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Miss Rodeo South Dakota newsletter

Courtney Smith

Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2009

North Dakota’s reputation as a very COLD state held true this past month as I ventured north for the Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant and the Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, ND. The Minot Y’s Men’s Committee did an outstanding job producing this standout rodeo. During the weekend I enjoyed participating in the Wild West Special Rodeo, carrying many sponsor flags, and presenting the South Dakota flag each performance.

At the rodeo I also had the opportunity to meet 8-time PRCA Announcer of the Year Bob Tallman and 5-time PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Troy Lerwill. The Badlands Circuit Finals rodeo was truly an amazing arena brimming with champion talent. After all of the go-arounds several South Dakota cowboys and cowgirls came out on top in the Circuit Finals standings and will travel on to the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, ID next April.

The circuit finals are also the host home to the Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant. Special thanks to the Miss Rodeo North Dakota board for including me in their breakfasts, luncheons, and for allowing me to show off my modeling skills. In the end, Tiffany Kuntz came out on top as Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2010. It was a long, snowy trip back home to Rapid City but I was very thankful to have my reliable Dodge Durango to get me through the snow and ice. Thank you again to all of my wonderful sponsors who helped me utilize this wonderful vehicle!

Family has always been a longstanding tradition within the roots of rodeo and that family spirit was very evident at this year’s South Dakota Rodeo Association Finals in Rapid City. The SDRA is an outstanding association because all members of the family can compete. At this year’s finals we saw brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers all competing in the same arena. My family was also on hand to help with my final fundraising efforts before my trip to Las Vegas for the Miss Rodeo American Pageant. We held a small silent auction and the visiting queens were on hand to help sell 50/50 tickets. This year’s Cowboy Christmas during the Finals was a great success and I owe a huge thank you to Deb McPherson, Lonnie Harrowa, and the entire SDRA Board of Directors for including me in their special events at the SDRA Finals Rodeo.

New to the SDRA Finals this year was the South Dakota High School Rodeo Extravaganza, where each of South Dakota’s region’s top contestants competed for the Extravaganza title. During the weekend, I was honored to carry the American flag and help with the clearing of the arena for all the roping events. We also had the opportunity to ride in the wagon parade during the final performance. During the final performance I was honored to meet the first Miss Rodeo America, Marilyn Scott Freimark, who was attending the rodeo watching her grand-children.

I was proud to be with our rodeo family in my hometown for the SDRA Finals Rodeo as this marks my last rodeo appearance for the year before heading to the National Finals Rodeo. All the words of encouragement and well wishes received from so many people will remain with me as I compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America and will empower me to make our South Dakota Rodeo family proud.

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I am looking forward to attending the Christmas in the Valley Celebration put on by Ray’s Western Wear at Stagestop Receptions in Black Hawk, SD on November 14th and the National Finals Rodeo Send-off Party in Belle Fourche on November 21st.

North Dakota’s reputation as a very COLD state held true this past month as I ventured north for the Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant and the Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, ND. The Minot Y’s Men’s Committee did an outstanding job producing this standout rodeo. During the weekend I enjoyed participating in the Wild West Special Rodeo, carrying many sponsor flags, and presenting the South Dakota flag each performance.

At the rodeo I also had the opportunity to meet 8-time PRCA Announcer of the Year Bob Tallman and 5-time PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Troy Lerwill. The Badlands Circuit Finals rodeo was truly an amazing arena brimming with champion talent. After all of the go-arounds several South Dakota cowboys and cowgirls came out on top in the Circuit Finals standings and will travel on to the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, ID next April.

The circuit finals are also the host home to the Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant. Special thanks to the Miss Rodeo North Dakota board for including me in their breakfasts, luncheons, and for allowing me to show off my modeling skills. In the end, Tiffany Kuntz came out on top as Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2010. It was a long, snowy trip back home to Rapid City but I was very thankful to have my reliable Dodge Durango to get me through the snow and ice. Thank you again to all of my wonderful sponsors who helped me utilize this wonderful vehicle!

Family has always been a longstanding tradition within the roots of rodeo and that family spirit was very evident at this year’s South Dakota Rodeo Association Finals in Rapid City. The SDRA is an outstanding association because all members of the family can compete. At this year’s finals we saw brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers all competing in the same arena. My family was also on hand to help with my final fundraising efforts before my trip to Las Vegas for the Miss Rodeo American Pageant. We held a small silent auction and the visiting queens were on hand to help sell 50/50 tickets. This year’s Cowboy Christmas during the Finals was a great success and I owe a huge thank you to Deb McPherson, Lonnie Harrowa, and the entire SDRA Board of Directors for including me in their special events at the SDRA Finals Rodeo.

New to the SDRA Finals this year was the South Dakota High School Rodeo Extravaganza, where each of South Dakota’s region’s top contestants competed for the Extravaganza title. During the weekend, I was honored to carry the American flag and help with the clearing of the arena for all the roping events. We also had the opportunity to ride in the wagon parade during the final performance. During the final performance I was honored to meet the first Miss Rodeo America, Marilyn Scott Freimark, who was attending the rodeo watching her grand-children.

I was proud to be with our rodeo family in my hometown for the SDRA Finals Rodeo as this marks my last rodeo appearance for the year before heading to the National Finals Rodeo. All the words of encouragement and well wishes received from so many people will remain with me as I compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America and will empower me to make our South Dakota Rodeo family proud.

I am looking forward to attending the Christmas in the Valley Celebration put on by Ray’s Western Wear at Stagestop Receptions in Black Hawk, SD on November 14th and the National Finals Rodeo Send-off Party in Belle Fourche on November 21st.