The month of May not only brings the end of the school year, but also serves as a transition into the summer months and its activities. Branding is one of those things that typically happens towards the end of May and into the beginning of June. It's always a big relief for my family when all of the branding is completed so that our focus can then turn to haying season and all that it entails.
For me, the beginning of June usually means it's time to start working with my 4-H animals and getting them trained to lead for the fair. This year though, June has also brought a few rodeos and other events to attend along with the realization that this is the last time I will be writing as Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota.
On May 31, I helped out with a queen clinic in Newell that Cheyenne Winkler organized for girls wanting to learn more about being a rodeo queen and what areas of competition are included in a contest. The clinic covered areas such as horsemanship, modeling, interview, impromptu questions, and appearance. There were seven girls that attended and I hope to see more participants next year!
I traveled to Ft. Pierre for the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions, held on June 2. Before the bronc match, I went to the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center for the branding event and also signed some autographs with MRSD, Courtney Peterson, Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, Kendra Peterson, Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, Kristina Maddocks, the Jackrabbit Stampede Ambassador, Caitlin Wilkerson, and Miss Indian Rodeo, Kelsey Knight. I had a lot of fun with these girls during the day! Later, we explored the museum and I enjoyed seeing displays such as the Hall of Champions, that contains memorabilia of South Dakota's PRCA world champions. There were also some displays explaining the history of horse racing in South Dakota and exhibits dedicated to Casey Tibbs, and world champion and trick rider, Mattie Goff Newcombe. The bronc match was excellent with some of the top cowboys in the country competing in the event. It was a good night of saddle bronc riding and I would definitely recommend it as an event to put on your calendars for next year!
Later during the month, I was able to attend the Sturgis Wild West Days rodeo and parade which was June 15-17. It was a fantastic rodeo, put on entirely by volunteers, and the rough stock provided by Wild Card Rodeo was excellent! This was a great local PRCA rodeo that was fun and relaxed. I was honored to be able to carry the American flag for both performances along with the other sponsor flags. I would highly recommend attending this wonderful rodeo next year!
As June comes to a close, I am looking forward to the JRMRSD 2012 competition and Black Hills Roundup, July 1-4. There are some very talented young ladies competing for the crown and I wish them all the best during the competition. The Black Hills Roundup is a rodeo I look forward to every year, always promising action-packed and patriotic performances, an awesome Fourth of July parade, along with other fun events for the whole family. For more information and schedule of events for the Black Hills Roundup, visit their Web site at blackhillsroundup.com. I hope to see you there!
I feel truly blessed to have been able to have the incredible opportunity of representing the great sport of rodeo in South Dakota and it would not have been possible without several people. I would especially like to thank Ted and Kathy Thompson for all their help and support, Cindy Wilk for being such a fantastic coordinator, Vanessa Ternes and Courtney Peterson for their friendship, advice, and encouragement, the JRMRSD & MRSD Board of Directors, Val Simpson, Brett Crowser, Cheyenne Winkler, and last but certainly not least, my parents and the rest of my family that helped make this year possible. I am so grateful for all you do! I also want to recognize the sponsors for the new JRMRSD crown, Croplan Genetics and CHS Cooperative along with the businesses that sponsored the JRMRSD 2012 saddle: Great Western Tire, Inc., Dana Dental Arts, Jenner Equipment Co., Dodge Town Inc., Belle Fourche Veterinary Clinic, and Finkbeiner Feed and Seed. Thank you all so much for your generous support. I've had an unforgettable year and I look forward to what the future has in store for me!
Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2011