Montana cowgirl wins national royalty title
Aspen Swenson, daughter of Tri-State Livestock News national account manager Sarah Swenson and Andy Swenson was named the national Little Britches Princess earlier this month.
Aspen’s week at the National Little Britches Rodeo:
July 1 – arrived at Lazy E, Guthrie, Oklahoma, check in and put horses in stalls. PM – orientation meeting with all the contestants and hometown displays. Each contestant was asked to prepare a poster which represented them and where they were from.
July 2 – Luncheon at the Dominion House in Guthrie with royalty candidate introductions followed by modeling, speech and impromptu questions. Aspen was asked who her favorite sponsor is and why and also who does she see when she looks in the mirror.
July 3 – Rodeo knowledge test and judge’s interviews in Oklahoma City. PM- Contestant meeting and royalty introductions on the arena floor.
July 4th – Start of rodeo competitions. Aspen qualified for nationals in barrel racing, pole bending, flag race and goat tail untying. Late start on AM performance. Aspen was up almost last in goats and had to hustle to the horsemanship competition. She was asked to do a reining pattern, a flag run and also cow work. Immediately following cow work was the start of the second performance and the Judged Grand Entry. Aspen had to do a presentation run at full speed waving around the arena.
July 5 – July 8th – Sold 50/50 tickets at each performance to help raise money for the scholarship fund, competed. July 5th, carried the Montana flag in the Grand Entry for state day.
July 9th – crowning, Aspen won the Rodeo Knowledge Category and Personality. Was Crowned the 2017-2018 National Little Britches Little Wrangler Princess, received a saddle, scholarship, traveling chaps and crown.
Aspen said, “ I wanted to be the National Little Britches Little Wrangler Princess so I could inspire other girls my age to set a goal and work for a goal and so I could promote the sport of rodeo. I love rodeo! I have been competing in rodeo since I was 3 years old and I hope that I always can compete.”
–information compiled by Aspen’s mom Sarah Swenson
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