Vanessa Ternes: Miss Rodeo South Dakota March newsletter
April 8, 2011
Hello! March was a fun-filled month with some great opportunities to represent rodeo. The SDRA and NRCA held a membership rodeo in Rapid City at the Event Center March 25-26. I had the pleasure of representing rodeo with the beautiful Perkins County Queen, Jessica Johnson. It was a fun and relaxed rodeo that showcased the many talents of cowboys and cowgirls in this area. What a great opportunity to see the continuing love and support of families. Thank you to Lonny Harrowa for organizing the rodeo and to those who brought horses for Jessica and I to ride.
At the end of March, I was honored to represent South Dakota at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR). I was able to be a part of history as the DNCFR was hosted in Oklahoma City for the first time since moving its former Pocatello, ID location. It was an exciting atmosphere that truly felt like a mini-NFR; every rodeo performance had a theme, fireworks, a great presentation, and PRCA announcer of the year, Wayne Brooks. The contestants and visiting state queens were kept busy with a clay pigeon shooting competition at the Oklahoma Corral and were awarded a customized bronc halter for the best ten out of ten shooter. I had a fantastic time and wish I could have that opportunity more often.
While at the DNCFR, we had many autograph signings at locations that varied from Teners Western Store, Sheplers, Walmart, and at the Lazy E Arena. At one of the autograph signings, I was able to meet the current world champion bareback rider, Bobby Mote. He is a great role model for young cowboys and cowgirls and is such a genuine person. I met some other influential people when I attended cowboy church. Suzie McEntire-Eaton beautifully delivered God’s word through song. After the service I was delighted to meet the parents of Lane Frost; we talked about how they like to deliver God’s love through giving out free bibles. Another special person I met was through the generous Make a Wish Foundation. A young wished to attend the DNCFR. The other visiting state queens and I loved spending time with him and made sure his visit was a dream come true. What an inspiring opportunity to share our love of rodeo and to make a difference.
I have always wanted to attend the DNCFR. This fabulous experience was made possible by the hard work of Kathy Shumway, Melissa Heaton, Bronc Rumford, and all of the chaperones.
I hope to see you all at a future rodeo, please come by to say hello!
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