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Jessica Norton wouldn’t go to high school until a school that would let her take her horse could be found. She started at Bindoon Catholic Agricultural College in 1999, as a year 9 boarder.

In the next few years she discovered many things to influence her future, including the sport of rodeo. With guidance from Robbie Neuman of Muchea she began throwing a rope, practicing on a roping dummy and then began to compete in the junior breakaway competition.

She was the All Round Junior Cowgirl in 2002 Senior competition is tough, and to pursue her sport and have more rodeo opportunities Jessica headed east with her horse in 2007 and joined the ABCRA circuit on the east coast.

Since then, she has lived in Gunnedah NSW, running her own business. She drives to whatever rodeos she can; in 2013 that was 45 Rodeos.

Jessica has been in the top 15 selection at the National ABCRA Finals a few times now, but this year was delighted to enter as the number 2 position with a small margin between her and the number 1 position. Her horse Jack won the title of Horse of the Year in Breakaway Roping, and after four nights of rodeo competition at the finals in Tamworth, Jessica stayed in the second position and received her well-deserved title of Runner Up Ladies
Breakaway Champion.

Her mother, Barni Norton was in the crowd at Tamworth, cheering her on. As were a few other West Aussies including local west coast rodeo competing finalists Wade McCarthy of Gingin, and Laurence Oversby of Bindoon.