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Kourtney Hauge: January Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota newsletter

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As the year 2010 draws to a close and my first semester of college is completed, it is crazy to think that my first six months as Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota is drawing to an end. What an exciting first six months it has been; and what a great next six months I am looking forward to.

Not long after winning Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota, I was off traveling the state representing my new title. My first appearance was at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. There I was able to help emcee the queen’s contest and was introduced at the rodeo that night as I carried the American flag atop a great Sutton horse. I congratulate the new Corn Palace Stampede Royalty, and would like to thank Sutton’s for providing us with great horses to ride.

From there, I headed west, where I spent three days at the Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo. The first time I ever went to this rodeo, I was amazed by the authenticity of the rodeo and the way that they incorporated the Old West into modern-day-rodeo. I was so excited to carry flags and ride in the historic downtown parades and to be part of such a historic event in the town of Deadwood. I would also like to congratulate Kristina Maddocks on her title as the first-ever Miss Days of ’76.

The next event on my list was the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals and the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador’s Luncheon. I was able to help with the Ambassador Luncheon and visit with some of the current reigning state and 4-H queens. A special congratulations to Hayley Smith, a great friend of mine, who was crowned the 2010 South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador! After the Friday rodeo performance of the 4-H Finals, it was time to head home and begin my next new adventure in life – moving to Vermillion (SD) to begin my life as a college student at the University of South Dakota (USD).

I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology at USD with the future plans of attending medical school to be a pediatrician or physician’s assistant. After settling into college, it was time for the SDRA Finals Rodeo. It was great to catch up with some friends and reigning royalty and to wish Miss South Dakota 2010 McKenzie Haley luck as she vied for the Miss Rodeo America title in December. While at SDRA Finals, I was able to carry flags, help with the Make a Wish event, and enjoy watching some of my very dear friends compete and win the saddles at the Finals.

Traveling slowed down a little for me after SDRA Finals, as it was time to get ready for Thanksgiving and finals week at school, but there was plenty of time to follow McKenzie on her progress at the Miss Rodeo America pageant. Even though I was unable to be in Vegas this year, I followed the pageant daily (this definitely took away some of my studying time, but it was so worth it). How exciting it was for McKenzie to take home the title of Miss Rodeo America? I attended the welcome home party for Miss Rodeo America in Winner just a few weeks ago – what fun I had seeing that gorgeous Black Hills Gold crown McKenzie has the honor of wearing and hearing a little about the pageant from her. I’m looking forward to the next six months of my Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota reign traveling with the new Miss Rodeo South Dakota Vanessa Ternes and Miss Rodeo America McKenzie Haley.

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My next appearance will be at Vanessa Ternes’ Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) coronation on Jan. 8. Hopefully we will see you there to support Vanessa as she prepares for an exciting year as MRSD. Then it’s off to the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo at the end of January for me. Hope to see you all there for a great two weeks of rodeo!!

As winter is fully upon us, I hope you are all enjoy the time with your family and friends this holiday season. I hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas with family and a very Happy New Year. We’ll see you down the rodeo trail.

Until next time, God bless!

As the year 2010 draws to a close and my first semester of college is completed, it is crazy to think that my first six months as Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota is drawing to an end. What an exciting first six months it has been; and what a great next six months I am looking forward to.

Not long after winning Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota, I was off traveling the state representing my new title. My first appearance was at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. There I was able to help emcee the queen’s contest and was introduced at the rodeo that night as I carried the American flag atop a great Sutton horse. I congratulate the new Corn Palace Stampede Royalty, and would like to thank Sutton’s for providing us with great horses to ride.

From there, I headed west, where I spent three days at the Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo. The first time I ever went to this rodeo, I was amazed by the authenticity of the rodeo and the way that they incorporated the Old West into modern-day-rodeo. I was so excited to carry flags and ride in the historic downtown parades and to be part of such a historic event in the town of Deadwood. I would also like to congratulate Kristina Maddocks on her title as the first-ever Miss Days of ’76.

The next event on my list was the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals and the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador’s Luncheon. I was able to help with the Ambassador Luncheon and visit with some of the current reigning state and 4-H queens. A special congratulations to Hayley Smith, a great friend of mine, who was crowned the 2010 South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador! After the Friday rodeo performance of the 4-H Finals, it was time to head home and begin my next new adventure in life – moving to Vermillion (SD) to begin my life as a college student at the University of South Dakota (USD).

I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology at USD with the future plans of attending medical school to be a pediatrician or physician’s assistant. After settling into college, it was time for the SDRA Finals Rodeo. It was great to catch up with some friends and reigning royalty and to wish Miss South Dakota 2010 McKenzie Haley luck as she vied for the Miss Rodeo America title in December. While at SDRA Finals, I was able to carry flags, help with the Make a Wish event, and enjoy watching some of my very dear friends compete and win the saddles at the Finals.

Traveling slowed down a little for me after SDRA Finals, as it was time to get ready for Thanksgiving and finals week at school, but there was plenty of time to follow McKenzie on her progress at the Miss Rodeo America pageant. Even though I was unable to be in Vegas this year, I followed the pageant daily (this definitely took away some of my studying time, but it was so worth it). How exciting it was for McKenzie to take home the title of Miss Rodeo America? I attended the welcome home party for Miss Rodeo America in Winner just a few weeks ago – what fun I had seeing that gorgeous Black Hills Gold crown McKenzie has the honor of wearing and hearing a little about the pageant from her. I’m looking forward to the next six months of my Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota reign traveling with the new Miss Rodeo South Dakota Vanessa Ternes and Miss Rodeo America McKenzie Haley.

My next appearance will be at Vanessa Ternes’ Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) coronation on Jan. 8. Hopefully we will see you there to support Vanessa as she prepares for an exciting year as MRSD. Then it’s off to the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo at the end of January for me. Hope to see you all there for a great two weeks of rodeo!!

As winter is fully upon us, I hope you are all enjoy the time with your family and friends this holiday season. I hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas with family and a very Happy New Year. We’ll see you down the rodeo trail.

Until next time, God bless!

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