A touch of Spanish style gives Cairns tourism a giddy-up
THIS stunning photo of Ruby Goodsell at Paronella Park breaks the mould of reef and rainforest photos typically showcasing the tropical Far North.
The 19-year-old has been working at Spanish horse stud Cristogracia on the Atherton Tableland for five years and was approached by Baroque horse magazine for the photo shoot.
"The reason the photographer chose Paronella Park was because of the Spanish connection with Jose Paronella, who was the Spanish man who built the park," the Dimbulah resident said.
The photo of Miss Goodsell and white horse Alegrai Serio rearing in front of the Spanish castle will grace the cover of the magazine later this month.
Paronella Park marketing co-ordinator Bridget Evans said the park was a perfect backdrop.
"It was a lot of fun but it was hard work getting the horses down to the park because of our eco-guidelines," she said.
"In one shot Ruby was on the horse cantering down Kauri Ave between the row of trees. It was really exciting to see."
Paronella Park attracts about 100,000 people each year and Ms Evans hopes exposure in the national magazine will bring even more tourists.
"It's great for tourism in the Far North. We get people from all over."
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Free rein: White horse Alegrai Serio rears up for Ruby Goodsell at Paronella Park, providing an image that might lure more visitors.