Vanessa Ternes: Miss Rodeo South Dakota October newsletter
Greetings rodeo enthusiasts! As the month of October approached, I was reminded that my memorable time as Miss Rodeo South Dakota was not going to last much longer. Words cannot express how spectacular this year has been and how much of a positive impact it has had on my life. One thing that has been a great surprise this year is the quick bonds that I have formed with other state queens and how I have been able to better connect with my rodeo family. Rodeo is truly the sport that keeps on giving. I have cherished my time serving as your state ambassador and hope that I have made you proud as I fulfill my dream and show my love for our sport.
My first delight in October took place in Minot, ND, for the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant. What a proud time as I represented South Dakota by carrying in our state flag in the grand entry with Miss Rodeo America McKenzie Haley holding the American flag and Miss Rodeo North Dakota Sam Stanke carrying the North Dakota flag. I am so proud to be a part of the Badlands Circuit and feel that we have some of the best cowboy and cowgirls that the sport could offer!
I had a fabulous time participating in the North Dakota pageant by helping the committee, answering impromptu questions, warming up horsemanship horses, and modeling western fashions. The North Dakota committee was so hospitable and kind – thank you! While at the rodeo I made sure to introduce myself to the announcer, Bob Tallman. I was lucky to meet such a legend and a professional; he’s a gentleman and great asset to rodeo!
The next event I was able to represent at was the Chutes for Charity Dance at the Cadillac Ranch in Belle Fourche. We had an amazing turnout and were able to raise money for members of our community. I had an excellent time while jitter bugging to some of my favorite country songs.
The South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA) Finals in Rapid City were a great conclusion to the month of October. I selected some of South Dakota’s queens to help me represent at the event and help with the Miss Rodeo South Dakota silent auction. It was very entertaining to attend an event like the SDRA Finals because I love to watch the variety of events available to the contestants. Thank you to Lonny Harrowa for providing rooms for the representing queens and for allowing us to be a part of the stellar event.
During October and November, not to mention the whole year, have kept me busy by studying and preparing for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. I have been riding a variety of horses and learning all there is to know about rodeo, its animal athletes, and current events that surround us. I would like to share with you the essay I included in my Miss Rodeo America Pageant Entry on why I would like to be Miss Rodeo America:
“Miss Rodeo America is the symbol of a leader who serves as an ambassador for the western way of life while creating important relationships between sponsors, the public and professional rodeo. She exemplifies a commendable role model as she forms critical bonds and serves as a foundation of rodeo knowledge. Rodeo enthusiasts could not imagine this sport without her skill, grace and finesse to transform rodeo spectators into rodeo fans. This essential sport fosters teamwork and responsibility in our youth as they work with the talented animal athletes. She is proud to represent this integrity and hard work because she has been raised with the same ideals. It’s my goal to inspire enthusiasm for all ages of rodeo fans and competitors, enabling professional rodeo to flourish. As Miss Rodeo America, I will strive to propel rodeo to the next level by leaving a permanent impression with every life I touch.
Please show your support for me on Facebook for the People’s Choice Award for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. You can click on my picture and press the “like” button to cast your vote, or visit the Miss Rodeo South Dakota page on Facebook and click on the link.
Be sure to join me for the Miss Rodeo South Dakota Trunk Show at 5:30 p.m. and then the NFR Send Off Party in the Mulligan Restaurant at the Belle Fourche Country Club on Nov. 19! You will have the chance to preview my clothes for the MRA Pageant and to hear my state speech. Then please stay for the send off party to receive autographs from the talented South Dakota cowboys and cowgirls who will compete at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Long Live Cowboys… and Cowgirls!
Love and God Bless,
Vanessa J. Ternes
Miss Rodeo South Dakota
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