From Gingin to Glowalman

TWO young West Australian girls from the small community of Gingin north of Perth have spent a busy two weeks on horseback enjoying Gloucester and surrounds.

Tylah Edwards and Alex Gibbs.

Tylah Edwards and Alex Gibbs.

Tylah Jean Edwards and Alex Gibbs travelled to Gloucester for the annual Glowalman Junior Rodeo as part of an exchange program that has seen 44 young riders travel between the two States in the past 11 years.

Both Tylah and Alex have older siblings that have competed at Glowalman.

While the girls spent last week competing at rodeo events in Gloucester, Wingham and Nabiac they have also had some free time to kill relaxing around the region.

Alex is completing a traineeship as an administrative manager at her local council while Tylah is still at school. Both girls said while the number of competitors was greater at Glowalman, the standard of competition was similar to back home.

“There are heaps more riders than we would normally compete against,” Alex said.

“The competition is a little different but the standard is pretty much the same.”

The two girls also had the burden of trying to retain the Glowalman Shield, which they did.

“That was definitely an added pressure,” Tylah said.