I hope all of your summers are going as well as mine! I have had a blast the past month, and I have to admit my packing and repacking abilities have improved over the past month, as I have only been home for all of 6 days in the month of July!
The month started out with going to Winnemucca, NV for the Silver State International Rodeo to support not only the queen competition, but also the high school rodeo competitors. What a fun time! In that 106-degree weather, those kids sure worked hard. I helped with the horsemanship and speech and modeling portion of the pageant and those girls worked so hard. They even learned a dance (which as we know is one of my favorite things to do). From there, I went home to surprise my momma for her birthday and to repack for the next big and long adventure!
Once home and repacked, I flew off to Colorado Springs for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo! BIG thank you to Becky Littrell for all your help and planning such fun activities like trips to multiple assisted living centers, parks, and the notorious trip up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the very top of Pikes Peak. This trip was also my first big state queen trip and I got to meet 15 fellow state queens! That was a real treat.
During the last day of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, I was lucky enough to be invited to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductions and watch true rodeo history unfold. What an amazing experience and something I will cherish forever. Congratulations to the recipients and their families. As soon as that was completed, the fellow state queens and I had our Wrangler fittings for Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show! I am so excited to help Wrangler show off their spring line this December during the pageant.
After the rodeo was complete, the following morning it was back to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame to begin the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Seminar! It was four days of intense rodeo queen knowledge and practice. Thank you to so many different people from the MRA Board, PRCA, and to the other speakers that came, especially Chris Cox for volunteering his time during the rainy horsemanship portion. I know coming from Reno, NV the weather is always likely to change, but I know a few girls were not as warm hearted about the cold “mist of a rain”. But we all toughed it out like true cowgirls and had a great time.
I flew home the last night and left the next morning to the California Rodeo in Salinas! I love the Salinas Ro-day-o, not just because I was born in Salinas and it was the first rodeo I ever went to, but because of its relation to the Reno Rodeo and their enthusiasm towards Nevadans. Thank you Jeff and Lisa Shearer for letting me borrow multiple horses for fly-bys and grand entry, but also letting me help cook to get a very warm (and fresh from the field) meal.
From Salinas I got a few short days home to unpack, do laundry and repack, and then it was off to The Daddy of ‘Em All… Cheyenne Frontier Days! Thanks to Arlene Kensinger for all of our arrangements. We got to serve 13,000 people free pancakes that I helped flip off a chuckwagon! And let’s not forget the packed streets for the parades or the largest crowd Cheyenne or Wyoming has ever seen for the sold out Jason Aldean concert with 25,000 people! Cheyenne truly was a show, and the shopping was awesome! I can proudly say my Miss Rodeo America Wardrobe is now starting to come together.
I am back home for a bit, but that doesn’t mean the appearances will be slowing down anytime soon. Lots to do to prepare for the pageant in December and I cannot wait!