Miss Rodeo South Dakota: Recapping September

Hello friends! I love the sport of rodeo and am so honored to represent it. I honestly cannot think of a more wholesome way of life that is so amazing.

September began in one of the most fun ways possible – spending time with my national director, Cindy Wilk. She invited me, Miss Rodeo America McKenzie Haley, and Miss Rodeo Utah Jamie Udell to be a part of the Championship Bull Riding event in Huron for the South Dakota State Fair. I loved being part of the introductions with the loud music, loading of the bulls, and the ecstatic crowd. I was honored to meet Tuff Hedeman, sign autographs with Holly Hoffman from Survivor, and spend time with Cindy’s talented granddaughter, Rheya. Thank you Cindy and Red Wilk for the great weekend, support, and for the free corn dogs!

My next adventure took me to the Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping in Deadwood. My duties representing at this event were a little different than normal. I spent time in the crow’s nest where I was able to gain a unique perspective at how a rodeo works through a timer and announcer’s eyes. Spud Whitman and Jim Thompson entertained the crowd with their announcing talent while the Days of ’76 Ranch Rodeo was a crowd favorite. I was lucky to make a new friend as I sat with Dona Vold Larson of Triple V and Harry Vold Stock Contractor while we discussed our favorite aspects of rodeo. I also gained a new appreciation for the hard work, talent and coordination of the cowboys who roped steers that weekend!

During the second weekend of September I took part in one of my favorite pastimes – spending time with the volunteers and riders of the SunCatcher’s Therapeutic Riding Academy. The occasion was the Sunshine ‘n Freedom Ride at Hay Creek in Nemo, SD. What a beautiful afternoon as we traveled the scenic trails while being able to help others. I encourage anyone and everyone to become involved in this organization in any way possible; you could volunteer for an afternoon session or just donate hay for the therapeutic horses.

My last endeavor of the month was at a Girl Scout “Round up” in Belle Fourche. I had a fabulous time talking with young ladies as we made arts and crafts, had barrel racing competitions on foot, and talked about our dreams and what we want to be when we grow up. I was happy to learn that I was able to interest some parents in entering their children in 4-H when they are old enough. Some of my fondest memories while growing up were at 4-H rodeos with my friends and my favorite pony, Oreo.

My next representing adventure will take me to Minot, ND, for the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo on Oct. 6-9. Good luck to all of the South Dakota cowboy and cowgirls. I know you’ll make us proud!

God Bless,

Vanessa J. Ternes

Miss Rodeo South Dakota