Sunday, January 23, 2011


Welcome to my new blog. It has been awhile since I've had one of these so bare with me! I created this blog to write about my struggles, successes, goals, hopes, etc. as I work towards becoming Miss Rodeo Missouri. When I first heard about rodeo queens, way back when, I thought about the stereotypical pageant queen. But rodeo queens are more than just looks. In the summer of 2009, I had the opportunity to work with SK Horses, Ltd. at National Park Gateway Stables/Cowpoke Corner Corral. My boss, Jessi, former Miss Rodeo Iowa 1997, bought all her employees tickets to the Rooftop Rodeo. It was here that I was able to see just what rodeo queens do and it is definitely more than just sitting atop a horse looking pretty. These girls, or women, act as ambassadors for the sport of rodeo. They must have good horsemanship skills, personality, speech, appearance, etc. These aren't typical pageant queens. Most of these women are down-to-earth, real cowgirls. Some have never had pageantry experience.

In 2010, I went back out to Estes Park, CO (forgot to mention the location), and was able to see more rodeo queens since I attended more rodeos. I became intrigued and decided to find out if Missouri had a Miss Rodeo pageant. They do! I want to be a rodeo queen because I want to bring the western way of life back to Missouri. I want to be a role model for little girls in my state that have dreams of being a barrel racer or a rodeo queen. I want to represent the rodeo sport, the cowboys and cowgirls who make it their hard earned living. I want to give back and make a difference.

I think I possess the qualities that make a good rodeo queen. Some things I will need to work on, others I won't have to. Please feel free to follow me in my journey towards becoming Miss Rodeo Missouri 2012. (And my parents thought I was joking when I told them I wanted to run for rodeo queen!)