Miss Rodeo South Dakota monthly update
July 8, 2013
After a very busy April, I was able to spend some long overdue time with my family during May! I still spent quite a bit of time on the road, however, traveling down to Arizona and all across South Dakota.
After returning home from Guymon the first weekend of May, I spent an entire week at home before flying to Arizona for the Miss Rodeo and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona Pageant and Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo. Miss Rodeo Colorado, Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona and I kicked the weekend off with a day of tubing and wakeboarding on Saguaro Lake with Miss Rodeo Arizona and her parents. There were some pretty impressive wrecks! From there, we headed up to Payson for the MRAz and MTRAz pageants and Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo. It was wonderful to watch all the contestants and take part in the fashion show. Thank you so much to Miss Rodeo Arizona 2012, Jayme Smith and her parents Nancy and Dennis for all of their hospitality, and congratulations to Miss Rodeo Arizona 2013, Brittney Truman!
I was able to spend a few extra days in Arizona soaking up the sunshine and spending time shopping with my cousin Jaime. I was glad I took my chance for some sunshine when I could, because I returned home to rain! The next morning, I headed to the Dakota 105.5 studio to chat with Ward on the Weekday Wakeup about the upcoming Casey Tibbs Match of Champions. I headed home for a night to prepare for a busy Memorial Day weekend, then was off and running bright and early the next morning. I stopped by Simmons Elementary in Aberdeen to visit with some of the students there, then hit the road for Newell. I spoke to some up and coming queens at the Newell Rodeo Queen Clinic, then had to hit the road and head back east for the Buckhorn Rodeo in Britton with Miss Rodeo Aberdeen and the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Ambassador. It was an honor to be back in the arena I won my first buckle in as Miss Rodeo South Dakota. We managed to hold off the rain for the Friday night perf, had a little excitement attempting to bring steers back down the arena, and Miss Rodeo Aberdeen and I finally headed back to my house to catch a few hours of sleep before leaving for the Miss Foothills Rodeo pageant in Wessington Springs the next morning. Saturday evening we returned to Britton for the final performance of the Buckhorn Rodeo. I had a little excitement during the grand entry. As Stingray and I were running a sponsor flag past the chutes, a bareback horse kicked his chute gate open and came running up to join us!
I had a chance to spend a few days at home again, and then it was back on the road. I spent a rainy Friday afternoon in Wall judging the Wall Regional High School Rodeo queen contest, then headed to Fort Pierre. I was honored to attend the dedication of the Johnny Smith Memorial Sculpture Garden and unveiling of the Billy Etbauer bronze at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center and the 20th Annual Casey Tibbs Match of Champions Invitational Bronc Match. A big thank you goes out to Diana Melvin for arranging for each of the queens attending to have their name and title inscribed on a commemerative brick in the sculpture garden!
After spending the weekend in Pierre, I met up with Mom at home, loaded up the trailer, and we headed for North Dakota. We spent two days riding with the Trails 4 Transplants ride, covering a total of 44 miles. I don't know who was the sorest afterwards – Stingray, myself, or Mom! It was for a great cause, however, which made it worth it. If you are interested in learning more about Trails 4 Transplants or contributing to their fundraising efforts, visit the Trails 4 Transplants Facebook page.
After returning home from the trail ride, I had one last chance to spend a few days at home before summer really got up and going. I spent the second weekend of June in Oakes, nd, for Irrigation Days and the Bear Creek Roughriders Rodeo. Although it sprinkled throughout the entire rodeo, there was a great crowd and Miss Rodeo N.D. and I had a wonderful time!
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I am also excited to announce my partnership with the Red Dirt & Roughstock Tour. The inaugural event was held in March in Rapid City, and events will be held throughout the rest of the summer across the state: June 14 in Highmore, Aug. 16 in Kadoka, and Sept. 27 in Rapid City. The September event will be the finale, and will also feature a performance by Jason Boland! Make your plans now, and I'll see you there!
Until next time, happy trails…
Miss Rodeo South Dakota