Rodeo queen, princess seminar scheduled for April 17-19 in Bismarck |

Rodeo queen, princess seminar scheduled for April 17-19 in Bismarck

The Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant Association will host a rodeo queen seminar April 17 to 19 in Bismarck for prospective rodeo queen and princess participants ages 10 to 25.

Featured instructors are Courtney (Peterson) Schaefer, Codi Miller, and Danielle Taylor. Schaefer was Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2012 and first runner-up at the 2013 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Miller served as Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 and was a top ten finalist in the 2015 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Taylor is Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015 and will compete for Miss Rodeo America 2016.

Schaefer earned her master’s degree in agricultural business from South Dakota State University and is currently a representative with Northwestern Mutual. Miller is employed with the not-profit organization Brave Hearts for Kids, which helps families with a child battling pediatric cancer. She is also completing her education through Minot State University. Taylor is a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in broadcast journalism and political science.

The 2015 seminar will focus on horsemanship, rodeo skills and knowledge, speech, interview skills, impromptu questions, stage presence, manners and etiquette, and appearance including fitness, wardrobe selection, modeling, hair and makeup.

Friday and Saturday sessions will be held at the Comfort Inn, Bismarck The Friday evening session takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s session runs from 8 to 5 p.m. with a banquet and mock pageant beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s horsemanship training takes place at the Missouri Ledge Equine Center located north of Bismarck.

Pre-registration is required by April 8. Cost of the seminar varies by age of the participant: $125 for those ages 10 to 13; $150 for ages 14 to 18; and $175 for those ages 19 to 25. For those who can’t attend the full seminar, day rates are $50 for Friday and $100 for each Saturday and Sunday. Coaches and parents may attend for $35. The cost of the mock banquet is $15.

For more information, contact seminar coordinator Sadie Wardner, phone 701-426-4759 or e-mail Registration and application forms are available at

The state rodeo pageant association is offering three $50 scholarships. Contact Wardner for application instructions.