Name Brittany Meissner
Who is your sponsor? I am sponsored by The Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, a division of Tamworth Regional Council.
Why did you enter the quest?
I joined the quest as I thought it would be a great opportunity to be up close and personal with the festival, and to be able to be there to showcase our beautiful city on a whole new level for all our visitors. I also saw it as a great opportunity to meet and get to know some professional young women with similar visions as myself and to also broaden some of my skills, such as public speaking and networking.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT MYSELF
Whilst I hold an admin based role at the AELEC, I am very passionate about the equine industry also. Growing up in a rural family, I was given lots of opportunities and have been lucky enough to ride horse from a very young age. My family comes from a camp drafting back and that is what I grew up doing, I have also competed in the team equestrian sport of polocrosse over the past few years. In 2016 I was lucky enough to head over to South Africa to watch a family member take on the under 21’s South African Polocrosse team in a world series tournament. It was such an amazing experience to see the equine industry on another level in another country.
Where would you send someone to visit if they were in Tamworth for the first time?
Well of course I am slightly biased , but of course I would send them to the AELEC (Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre). AELEC is such an amazing asset to not just Tamworth but all of our surroundings areas as well. The AELEC centre is also known as the Opera House of the Bush, and it is not at all wrong. 3360 seats and hosting more than 50 events a year, ranging from Show Jumping to Barrel Racing, Dressage to Cutting and almost everything in between. So if I was going to suggest to any of the visitors somewhere to go and have a look it would definitely have to be the AELEC.
Who or what is your favourite band and/or song?
I am a very big fan of country music in general, growing up my dad and brother always had it playing in the sheds and so on. Tamworth attracts such a wide range of very talented not yet famous individuals to town and then also some of your very well known artists such as Kasey Chambers, The Sunny Cowgirls and also Troy Cassar-Daley. One of my favorites throughout the festival and to also listen to at home is a band called Hurricane Fall. A band made up of four young men, that bring a very modern vibe to authentic country music.
What has been the best thing about the Queen Quest so far?
For me everything so far has been very interesting and beneficial. The 10 week development that is hosted by a number of local businesses that give up there time to help us, is an amazing opportunity. From Toastmasters to dress advice, media training and the simple details like what knife and fork to use in a formal dinner. For me there hasn’t been one particular part I can single out, I have found it all very interesting and I am sure that it will be the same for the rest of the quest.
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What would you do if you were crowned queen?
Just to start with, what an absolute honor it would be to be crowned queen. I would grab the opportunity with both hands and embrace every opportunity that was given for the 12 month period. It would be such a privilege to be able to promote the TCMF at a number of events throughout the year but also to represent Tamworth when going over to Gore, New Zealand.
What Queen responsibility or perk are you most looking forward to?
I will be proud to stand out on the street with my sash on during the festival and provide festival goers with valuable information about Tamworth and the festival. The whole Queen Quest experience, along with all the responsibilities it hold, is what I am looking forward to each and everyone of them.