Vanessa Ternes: Miss Rodeo South Dakota newsletter
Hello rodeo fans! The month of June was an amazing time to represent our great state of South Dakota. The fun started when I traveled to Sturgis for the Wild West Days on June 17. The stock contractors for the event were the Wild Card Rodeo and Stace Smith of Smith Pro Rodeos. It was so exciting to represent at a rodeo with stock from the PRCA’s Stock Contractor of the Year.
On June 18-19, I represented at the Crazy Horse Stampede with Miss Black Hills Stock Show, Trisha Smeenk. I’ve always loved the essence of this rodeo with the Crazy Horse Monument in the background and the voice of talented announcer Jim Thompson. I felt very privileged to be at this rodeo because it was Jim’s last rodeo to announce. He has brought class and entertainment to rodeo as he presents the event with a personal touch that engages the audience. The Korkow family was very hospitable and is so much fun to work with. The rodeo committees and stock contractors from the weekend were such a pleasure to work with!
My next adventure took me to the incredible Crystal Springs Ranch Rodeo in Clear Lake, SD. I had never been to this rodeo before and what a treat it was! I was so amazed at the support of the community and surrounding area; it was inspiring to see how a small town can get so excited about a rodeo. There truly aren’t words to describe this event; it’s best to experience it for yourself. Every inch of the land that slopes up from the rodeo arena was covered with enthusiastic rodeo fans. I thought to myself that this is exactly how a rodeo should be. The Sutton family supplied the quality animal athletes and Dennis Halstead entertained the crowd with his comedy. A great presentation was made for the World Champion Bull Fighter, Jerry Norton, as he completed his last bull fight. The crowd showed their appreciation as they sported “Jerry Norton Fan Club” T-shirts. I enjoyed the gifted announcing abilities of Steve Kenyon as he recognized people who are behind the scenes and may not always receive the recognition that they deserve. I cannot say enough positive things about this rodeo and its hometown hospitality. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.
This month I was honored to receive the coveted Miss Rodeo South Dakota sponsored custom hat from Star of the West Hat Company. Brad Montague is such a talented hat maker; I absolutely love my new hat and proudly wear it every weekend. Thank you Brad for your support and your very generous sponsorship so that Miss Rodeo South Dakota can continue to represent in style. Also thank you to Marla at T&M Studio in Sturgis for sponsoring a free sitting and picture; I used the marvelous picture for the cover of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota Pageant Program and for the plaques I presented to my sponsors in appreciation for their endless support.
As June came to an end, the festivities of the Miss Rodeo South Dakota Pageant were in full bloom. Three beautiful ladies were vying for the Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-in-Waiting title and the honor of becoming Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2012. I was very excited to welcome everyone to my hometown and was so happy to be there as Miss Rodeo South Dakota. The contest featured competition categories ranging from impromptu questions, a test, horsemanship and personal interviews, modeling, dancing, photogenics, personality and horsemanship.
Congratulations to Courtney Peterson from Sisseton, SD for achieving her dream to become the next MRSD! I can’t wait for the fun that we’ll have while representing rodeo together. Also congratulations to Kay Marrs of Whitewood for capturing the Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota title!
I absolutely love this time of year and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our freedom than with one of the most patriotic sports on earth. The Black Hills Roundup always offers endless fun and entertainment for the whole family with fantastic fireworks, carnival, singing competition, parade, and the nonstop rodeo action. This year’s Roundup Committee was such a pleasure to work with. It’s evident they put in many hours of hard work to provide a thrilling rodeo experience.
I was excited to work with the stock contractors of The Powder River Rodeo Company and my friend, Chad Nicholson, as he served as the announcer. What a great team effort to put on such a stellar rodeo. This is the rodeo that I have been looking forward to representing at all year. It was so special for me to carry the American flag, and my heart swelled with pride as the crowd cheered for our military service men and women and the brave veterans for their selfless act of serving our country. Nothing compares to the feeling of representing at your hometown rodeo with the community that has shaped the person you are today.
During the Black Hills Roundup, the Chutes for Charity organization benefitted another community member, and I’m happy to be a part of this benevolent group. We presented the family of Brian Curtis with a $1,000 check to aid in his medical expenses. The professional bull rider is undergoing treatment after a serious head-to-head collision with a bull that occurred at a rodeo in Utah. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian and his family, and I pray for your successful recovery. Please continue to support the Chutes for Charity so we can continue to benefit others in our area!
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