Name: Bianca Hertel
Pursuit: Rodeo Riding
Bianca is a 15yr old Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Country Cowgirl. In 2008 Bianca attended the Australian High School Rodeo Finals (NHSRA) where she won the Barrel Racing title along with the All Round Rookie Cowgirl. She qualified in the Australian Wrangler Division High School Rodeo Team in the Barrel Race and went to Gallup, New Mexico, in mid June–July 2008, and competed at the World High School Rodeo Finals. This year Bianca is setting her sights on qualifying in the Breakaway Roping, Pole Bending and the Barrel Race. Bianca’s dream is to compete successfully in the USA on her self trained horses.
When did you start?
I started riding around the age of five, which was just Pony Club and riding around town with my friends. Then in December 2004 I competed at my first Rodeo.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My career highlight would have to be winning the ABCRA Rookie Barrel Racing Title which I won in 2007 at the age of 12, which made me the youngest person to ever win this Title. As for my biggest acheivment that would have to be winning the ABCRA National Junior Barrel Racing Title for three consecutive years 2006, 2007 & 2008, and I am well I my way to winning my fourth in 2009.
What is your dream?
My life time dream would be to win the World on a horse I have trained myself.
Who or what have inspired you?
The most inspiring thing to me is that I want to win as much as I can on my horses. The more I win the more I want to try and win again. So I guess winning inspires me.
Who's your hero?
In Australia my hero is Vicki Schiller, a multi Champion All Round Cowgirl, and in the USA it would be Charmayne James, 11 times World Champion Barrel Racer.
Any other special talents?
All of my talent revolve around horses...
Country music for sure, such as Shea Fisher, Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks
Second Chance & 8 seconds
The only books I read are about training horses, however I did read Layne's book, Beneath the Waves, and I found that to be very inspirational.
Favourite TV Show?
Neigbours is my favourite.
All food is great but nothing beats a good steak and pasta.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
With the high cost involved in traveling and competing every weekend the grant money will help a great deal with fuel and entry fees.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
"NEVER EVER GIVE UP" Set your goals and work hard to reach them, then set the next and go again. "STRIVE FOR VICTORY"