Olivia Heazlewood can’t ride a horse, but she can ride a cow.
The nine-year-old from Mount Direction has been showing off an unbreakable bond with her cow Rainbow Dash at the this year’s Royal Launceston Show.
In what her father Daryl described as a “real life Charlotte’s Web”, Olivia’s bond with the Dash was turning heads on Wednesday as preparations for the show’s cattle classes got underway.
While other cows were busy being washed, walked and fed, Olivia and Dash had their own agenda meandering around the cattle pavilion in a style all of their own.
Mr Heazlewood’s Platinum Angus Stud has bred many champions over the years, including a win at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
But its the winning relationship between his daughter and Dash that’s getting everyone's attention.
“Dash was a calf Olivia helped raised,” Mr Heazlewood said.
“One day she just jumped on her.
“She just yelled out ‘look at me’ and there she was.
“I would say that it is quite unusual for a little girl to ride a cow.
“It is hard to keep her off her now.”
Mr Heazlewood said unfortunately there was probably now more of a chance of Dash becoming a champion riding cow than a star angus.
Olivia said she was just happy to have a cow to ride and didn’t seem too worried that there wasn’t an official cow riding competition on the show’s program.