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‘Happy Trails’ from Miss Rodeo SD

This last month has been a busy, busy month! I kicked off April in Oklahoma City at the Ram National Circuit Finals. Miss Rodeo North Dakota and I drove down together, and arrived at 3 a.m! Even with a short night, we were hard at it Wednesday morning. We visited the state capital, as well as the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame. We finished off the day with a delicious supper at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, followed by a grand entry practice session at the arena. Thank you to Bronc Rumford for bringing us such wonderful horses! My mount for the weekend was a wonderful gray gelding named Mike. We had some issues with the spotlights at our first practice, but got along great the rest of the weekend!

One of the most exciting events of the weekend was the Shootout at the OK(lahoma City) Corral. The rodeo queens teamed up with some of the cowboys and cowgirls to see who was the handiest with a shotgun! I was on Team #10 with Miss Rodeo Kansas and Tyler and Ilene Choal. I actually went to college with Tyler and Ilene, and our horses shared a pen for a while! It was great to see them again.

The next weekend, I was Greeley bound for the Miss Rodeo Colorado preliminary pageant to spend some time with Miss Rodeo Colorado and Miss Rodeo Wyoming. All of the contestants did a wonderful job! Congratulations to my friend Lizzi Snyder for moving on to the final pageant.

After the MRC prelims, I was able to spend a few days at home. I was back on the road before too long though, heading to Spearfish for the PRCA Judges' Seminar. George Gibbs and Marty Jandreau were wonderful teachers, and I learned a lot! Who knows…maybe someday I'll become a rodeo judge!

The following weekend, I was reunited with Miss Rodeo North Dakota, and headed the opposite direction – east, to the Twin Cities! We spent the weekend with Miss Rodeo Minnesota at the Minnesota Horse Expo. We shopped (a LOT!), promoted the WNFR ticket giveaways, and rode in the grand entry at the rodeo. Thank you so much to Barnes PRCA Rodeo and all the cowboys who lent us horses!

After spending less than 24 hours at home, Miss Rodeo North Dakota and I were on our way to Oklahoma once again! This time, we were headed to Guymon for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. We experienced every kind of weather – from snow to rain to sunny and 80 degrees! We spent our first morning visiting schools with the bullfighters, rodeo clown and the clown's pet goat, Jellybean. We did get to have a pretty relaxing afternoon and evening, however. Salon 1322 in downtown Guymon treated us to an afternoon of pampering – anything from hair do's to manicures! Afterwards, we headed to Eddie's Steakhouse for a delicious meal and the Miss Guymon Pioneer Days queen contestants' speeches.

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Friday morning, we judged the kids' clown contest at Standard Supply, then spent the afternoon golfing in the Spurs & Spikes Golf Tournament. I did pretty well, considering it was my first time golfing! We kicked off the rodeo that night up in the hospitality room with an absolutely delicious meal, and some of the best peach cobbler I've ever had! The next morning, we were up bright and early for a wonderful homemade breakfast at the rodeo grounds before the parade. We even managed to sneak in a few minutes in between breakfast and the parade to drive the NASCAR simulator!

The parade turned out to be a more exciting event than usual. Miss Rodeo Arizona, Miss Rodeo Arkansas, Miss Rodeo Kansas, Miss Rodeo North Dakota and I rode in a pickup with the bullfighters and rodeo clown. At one point, we stopped the pickup in the middle of the street and were dancing to "Old Time Rock & Roll"!

We finished out the weekend with two more performances on Saturday and one on Sunday. Thank you so much to Carr Pro Rodeo for bringing such great horses! Carmex and I got along great, and he was a blast to ride!

May looks to be just as busy as April. This has truly been the ride of a lifetime, and I can't wait to see what lies down the road! Until next time, happy trails…

Kristina Maddocks

Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2013