I imagined my Miss Rodeo America horsemanship run plenty of times but not many of those imaginations ended in me two handing the horse to complete the pattern.
Over the course of my rodeo queening career, I’ve had people tell me I can’t do something most of those pertaining to riding. I’ve been on horses that have bucked, kicked, reared, fallen over, runoff and just about everything in between. I’ve been bucked off, I’ve fallen off, hung over the side and stepped on a time or two. I’ve had to double grab, hang on the saddle horn or hang on for dear life. Each one of those experiences making me a better rider than before.
A lot of people have said “man if you could have had a clean run it would have made all the difference” But I think I was supposed to get that horse, on that day, at that time. Things don’t always go your way, sometimes you have to grab life by both hands, laugh it off and move on.
To my friends, family, supporters, sponsors, association members and people, I have met along the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me the cowgirl I am today, one that isn’t afraid to grab life with both hands, cowgirl up and just enjoy the ride.
To every single girl out there hoping to one day be a rodeo queen, never give up, work hard and find the beauty and good in every moment.
For those who are wondering the “what’s next” for me, I will be re-enrolling in my final semester at the University of Wyoming and preparing for my future career as a lawyer. This summer I will hopefully be heading to Washington DC to work in the US Senate and continuing my passion for protecting, promoting and preserving our lifestyle. I look forward to continuing in the rodeo queen industry because I believe that the future of rodeo is better with a stronger army of rodeo queens.
My year as Miss Rodeo Wyoming has shaped my life and taught me that with a little passion and a whole lot of hard work you can do anything you put your mind to.