Miss Rodeo SD August Newsletter | TSLN.com

Miss Rodeo SD August Newsletter

Miss Rodeo SD 2009

During the Fourth of July week, I was very honored to be a part of the 90th Black Hills Roundup Rodeo as Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2009. For 90 years, the Black Hills has been celebrating our western heritage and the great sport of rodeo during our Country’s birthday and I was so proud to represent all of those fundamental endeavors once again during this special anniversary.

At the kick-off of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota pageant, the contestants and I ventured to KBFS for a radio interview with Karl Grimmelmann. Later in the day I made my way to KOTA television in Rapid City where I appeared on their noon show to promote the Black Hills Roundup and the MRSD pageant. The first day concluded with the Black Hills Roundup press party, where I did a live auction. A very special thank you to all of the businesses in the community that contributed to the live auction, your support will definitely help my travels this summer.

The following morning the contestants and I had the opportunity to visit several local pageant sponsors. It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and thank them for all of their support of our pageant. Later that night it was time to showcase all of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota and Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota contestants at the Style Show. It was a magnificent evening filled with lots of glamour and many outstanding speeches. Horsemanship started early the next morning at the Black Hills Roundup grounds. That afternoon I enjoyed getting to know the MRSD judges and emceeing the salad luncheon hosted by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

After the salad luncheon it was time to RODEO, but not before Belle Fourche was covered in rain! Thankfully a beautiful rainbow came out followed by the sun for the first performance of the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo. During the rodeo performance, McKenzie Haley of Winner, SD was crowned Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-In-Waiting 2010! Congratulations McKenzie, you have an amazing year ahead of you!

The next day I attended a special autograph session at my host hotel, the AmericInn. Everyone was there, including announcer Chad Nicholson, Black Hills Roundup Chairman Gabby Bush, specialty act performer Jerry Wayne Olsen, and rodeo clown Dennis Halstead. It was so fun getting to visit with them all and working with them during the rodeo. Powder River Rodeo did an exceptional job this year producing the rodeo.

On the Fourth of July I rode in the Tri-State Area’s largest parade and during the rodeo performance, I had the opportunity to carry Old Glory into the arena as an Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1 Bomber flew over the arena. It was quite a rush! I could not have asked for anything more, carrying the America flag on our nation’s birthday celebrating my favorite sport of RODEO! I had an excellent week in Belle Fourche, the center of the nation, thanks to the Black Hills Roundup Committee and the community of Belle Fourche. They put on an outstanding Fourth of July celebration!

Recommended Stories For You

I then traveled south to the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the PRCA Hall of Fame Inductions in Colorado Springs which was a trip I will never forget. I experienced three wonderful nights of action packed Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo. During my time in Colorado Springs, I handed out Tough Enough To Wear Pink bracelets, helped with the mutton busting, and signed hundreds of autographs following each rodeo performance. We even had the pleasure to visit the Western Horseman magazine. At the magazine offices they gave us a special tour and they treated all 23 visiting queens to lunch! It was a remarkable afternoon learning about this special horse industry publication that has grown great strides in the past few decades. Thank you Western Horseman!

The following morning I had the opportunity to attend the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association Hall of Fame Inductions. It was so special to be in the presence of so many rodeo legends. This year’s PRCA induction class included fellow South Dakotan and legendary stock contractor Erv Korkow, 1934 Triple Crown Champion Leonard Ward, 1985 World Champion Bull Rider Ted Nuce, seven-time World Champion Dan Mortensen, 1969 World Champion Steer Roper Walt Arnold and Ace Berry, the only cowboy in PRCA history to win two National Finals Rodeo average titles in both a roughstock event and a timed event. Each acceptance speech was very touching and truly displayed the heart and try of each rodeo cowboy. A very special thank you to the PRCA for including the state queens and me at this special event.

My travels extended north to Wyoming for the Daddy of ‘Em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days. My experience in Cheyenne started at the legendary Arlene Kensinger’s house where we were treated to a wonderful Taco John’s meal. It was such a treat to view Arlene’s historic museum in her basement complete with a rodeo queen room covered in autographed pictures! After dinner we ventured to the rodeo grounds for the Sawyer Brown concert where the visiting royalty and I each introduced ourselves. The Sawyer Brown concert was fantastic memory.

The next morning started early with the pancake breakfast in downtown Cheyenne. I love to cook, so making pancakes and tossing them in the air was right up my alley. Thankfully I made several dozen perfect pancakes and the Boy Scout helpers caught every one of mine as I threw them cautiously in the air! After the pancake excitement, we attended the Cowgirls of the West Brunch, where I was honored to sit with many fellow South Dakotans. The Cowgirls of the West Brunch was such a wonderful tribute to the many women who have helped preserve our wonderful western heritage.

Then it was off to the rodeo to do our well-known Cheyenne Frontier FLY-BYS! The beautiful black Harry Vold horses did a spectacular job running around the track at top speeds. It was such an exhilarating moment for me to realize that I was Miss Rodeo South Dakota and that I was about to run an incredible fly-by at the largest outdoor rodeo of the year.

Later that night I enjoyed the Professional Bull Riding tour performance. The next morning my Harry Vold horse, Sport, and I joined up again for the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days parade, which hosts more horses than any other parade in the world. After the parade I enjoyed visiting with the Frontier Days committee and watching the parade. After another thrilling fly-by and PBR performance, sadly it was my last day at this great rodeo. I had the opportunity to flip more pancakes and to meet the amazing Thunderbird pilots, which we had the opportunity to watch their spectacular air show later in the day. Overall my experience in Cheyenne was remarkable, thanks to Arlene Kensinger and Esther, our chaperones, the community of Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Committee, and my wonderful host home of Carol and Byron Rookstool.

My welcome back to South Dakota was attending the Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo whose slogan is, “Best Rodeo. No Bull,” and this is exactly what I experienced at every rodeo performance. It was such an honor to attend another award winning rodeo in South Dakota. The Days of ’76 Rodeo has been named the PRCA Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four times and has been named PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year every year since 2004! The Deadwood community and the Days of ’76 rodeo committee truly put on a spectacular rodeo that includes authentic old west re-enactments and the top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls.

During the first rodeo performance McKenzie Haley, Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-In-Waiting and I helped with the kid’s roping and carried sponsor flags. I had the opportunity to participate in a special ceremony honoring Jaycie West and the Western Wishes program. Western Wishes is a program that grants wishes to children that are faced with adversity and who love the western way of life. In a freak accident while riding with her barrel racer mom, Amber, Jaycie fell off and was kicked in the head by her horse. Jaycie, a miracle child, survived a five-hour brain surgery to remove large bone fragments from her brain and was temporarily paralyzed on one side. But in less than three months, Jaycie stunned them all and was back in the saddle again! Jaycie is truly an amazing spirit and cowgirl and I was so grateful to meet such a brave little girl.

During my time in Deadwood, I was able to relive the western history of the area by posing in an old-time photo at Woody’s Old Time Photos who sponsored a photo for myself and McKenzie. We also participated in the historic Deadwood main street parades. The PRCA Clown Reunion was also in town during the Days of ’76 and it was truly a sight to see, over 40 rodeo clowns from all over the United States joined together to re-live their rodeo clown days. I owe a very special thanks to Ron Burns and the Days of ’76 Rodeo Committee, Glenn our horse helper, and the First Gold Hotel for providing our hotel accommodations. My summer has been very busy and I’m looking forward to more great rodeos in the future months. To see more photos from my travels please check my blog at http://mrsd2009.blogspot.com.

During the Fourth of July week, I was very honored to be a part of the 90th Black Hills Roundup Rodeo as Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2009. For 90 years, the Black Hills has been celebrating our western heritage and the great sport of rodeo during our Country’s birthday and I was so proud to represent all of those fundamental endeavors once again during this special anniversary.

At the kick-off of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota pageant, the contestants and I ventured to KBFS for a radio interview with Karl Grimmelmann. Later in the day I made my way to KOTA television in Rapid City where I appeared on their noon show to promote the Black Hills Roundup and the MRSD pageant. The first day concluded with the Black Hills Roundup press party, where I did a live auction. A very special thank you to all of the businesses in the community that contributed to the live auction, your support will definitely help my travels this summer.

The following morning the contestants and I had the opportunity to visit several local pageant sponsors. It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and thank them for all of their support of our pageant. Later that night it was time to showcase all of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota and Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota contestants at the Style Show. It was a magnificent evening filled with lots of glamour and many outstanding speeches. Horsemanship started early the next morning at the Black Hills Roundup grounds. That afternoon I enjoyed getting to know the MRSD judges and emceeing the salad luncheon hosted by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

After the salad luncheon it was time to RODEO, but not before Belle Fourche was covered in rain! Thankfully a beautiful rainbow came out followed by the sun for the first performance of the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo. During the rodeo performance, McKenzie Haley of Winner, SD was crowned Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-In-Waiting 2010! Congratulations McKenzie, you have an amazing year ahead of you!

The next day I attended a special autograph session at my host hotel, the AmericInn. Everyone was there, including announcer Chad Nicholson, Black Hills Roundup Chairman Gabby Bush, specialty act performer Jerry Wayne Olsen, and rodeo clown Dennis Halstead. It was so fun getting to visit with them all and working with them during the rodeo. Powder River Rodeo did an exceptional job this year producing the rodeo.

On the Fourth of July I rode in the Tri-State Area’s largest parade and during the rodeo performance, I had the opportunity to carry Old Glory into the arena as an Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1 Bomber flew over the arena. It was quite a rush! I could not have asked for anything more, carrying the America flag on our nation’s birthday celebrating my favorite sport of RODEO! I had an excellent week in Belle Fourche, the center of the nation, thanks to the Black Hills Roundup Committee and the community of Belle Fourche. They put on an outstanding Fourth of July celebration!

I then traveled south to the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the PRCA Hall of Fame Inductions in Colorado Springs which was a trip I will never forget. I experienced three wonderful nights of action packed Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo. During my time in Colorado Springs, I handed out Tough Enough To Wear Pink bracelets, helped with the mutton busting, and signed hundreds of autographs following each rodeo performance. We even had the pleasure to visit the Western Horseman magazine. At the magazine offices they gave us a special tour and they treated all 23 visiting queens to lunch! It was a remarkable afternoon learning about this special horse industry publication that has grown great strides in the past few decades. Thank you Western Horseman!

The following morning I had the opportunity to attend the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association Hall of Fame Inductions. It was so special to be in the presence of so many rodeo legends. This year’s PRCA induction class included fellow South Dakotan and legendary stock contractor Erv Korkow, 1934 Triple Crown Champion Leonard Ward, 1985 World Champion Bull Rider Ted Nuce, seven-time World Champion Dan Mortensen, 1969 World Champion Steer Roper Walt Arnold and Ace Berry, the only cowboy in PRCA history to win two National Finals Rodeo average titles in both a roughstock event and a timed event. Each acceptance speech was very touching and truly displayed the heart and try of each rodeo cowboy. A very special thank you to the PRCA for including the state queens and me at this special event.

My travels extended north to Wyoming for the Daddy of ‘Em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days. My experience in Cheyenne started at the legendary Arlene Kensinger’s house where we were treated to a wonderful Taco John’s meal. It was such a treat to view Arlene’s historic museum in her basement complete with a rodeo queen room covered in autographed pictures! After dinner we ventured to the rodeo grounds for the Sawyer Brown concert where the visiting royalty and I each introduced ourselves. The Sawyer Brown concert was fantastic memory.

The next morning started early with the pancake breakfast in downtown Cheyenne. I love to cook, so making pancakes and tossing them in the air was right up my alley. Thankfully I made several dozen perfect pancakes and the Boy Scout helpers caught every one of mine as I threw them cautiously in the air! After the pancake excitement, we attended the Cowgirls of the West Brunch, where I was honored to sit with many fellow South Dakotans. The Cowgirls of the West Brunch was such a wonderful tribute to the many women who have helped preserve our wonderful western heritage.

Then it was off to the rodeo to do our well-known Cheyenne Frontier FLY-BYS! The beautiful black Harry Vold horses did a spectacular job running around the track at top speeds. It was such an exhilarating moment for me to realize that I was Miss Rodeo South Dakota and that I was about to run an incredible fly-by at the largest outdoor rodeo of the year.

Later that night I enjoyed the Professional Bull Riding tour performance. The next morning my Harry Vold horse, Sport, and I joined up again for the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days parade, which hosts more horses than any other parade in the world. After the parade I enjoyed visiting with the Frontier Days committee and watching the parade. After another thrilling fly-by and PBR performance, sadly it was my last day at this great rodeo. I had the opportunity to flip more pancakes and to meet the amazing Thunderbird pilots, which we had the opportunity to watch their spectacular air show later in the day. Overall my experience in Cheyenne was remarkable, thanks to Arlene Kensinger and Esther, our chaperones, the community of Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Committee, and my wonderful host home of Carol and Byron Rookstool.

My welcome back to South Dakota was attending the Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo whose slogan is, “Best Rodeo. No Bull,” and this is exactly what I experienced at every rodeo performance. It was such an honor to attend another award winning rodeo in South Dakota. The Days of ’76 Rodeo has been named the PRCA Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four times and has been named PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year every year since 2004! The Deadwood community and the Days of ’76 rodeo committee truly put on a spectacular rodeo that includes authentic old west re-enactments and the top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls.

During the first rodeo performance McKenzie Haley, Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-In-Waiting and I helped with the kid’s roping and carried sponsor flags. I had the opportunity to participate in a special ceremony honoring Jaycie West and the Western Wishes program. Western Wishes is a program that grants wishes to children that are faced with adversity and who love the western way of life. In a freak accident while riding with her barrel racer mom, Amber, Jaycie fell off and was kicked in the head by her horse. Jaycie, a miracle child, survived a five-hour brain surgery to remove large bone fragments from her brain and was temporarily paralyzed on one side. But in less than three months, Jaycie stunned them all and was back in the saddle again! Jaycie is truly an amazing spirit and cowgirl and I was so grateful to meet such a brave little girl.

During my time in Deadwood, I was able to relive the western history of the area by posing in an old-time photo at Woody’s Old Time Photos who sponsored a photo for myself and McKenzie. We also participated in the historic Deadwood main street parades. The PRCA Clown Reunion was also in town during the Days of ’76 and it was truly a sight to see, over 40 rodeo clowns from all over the United States joined together to re-live their rodeo clown days. I owe a very special thanks to Ron Burns and the Days of ’76 Rodeo Committee, Glenn our horse helper, and the First Gold Hotel for providing our hotel accommodations. My summer has been very busy and I’m looking forward to more great rodeos in the future months. To see more photos from my travels please check my blog at http://mrsd2009.blogspot.com.