Being an advocate for the sport of rodeo and our western lifestyle
“If you don’t share your story, then somebody else will share it for you and it won’t be your story.”
Growing up in agriculture my love for ranching and the western lifestyle has always been strong and I have always wanted to share that love with others.
I had an incredible opportunity to serve as Miss Rodeo Wyoming 1997. The responsibilities that came with this title were to represent Wyoming, rodeo and our western lifestyle. I was able to be a spokesperson for the way of life I truly love. The spokesperson opportunities were varied and included: elementary school and high school visits, radio and television interviews, rodeo appearances, parades, special rodeos and the list goes on. In today’s terms, I was advocating for Wyoming, rodeo and our western lifestyle.
What does it mean to be an advocate? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.” In other words, stand up for what you believe! I have vivid memories of talking to elementary kids and telling them about rodeo events. I always had spurs with me and would roll them on my face and then explain the difference between a human’s skin and a horse or bull’s hide.
Whether we have a title or not we can all do our part in sharing the story of this incredible world of rodeo and agriculture in Wyoming. And whether you get involved in an organization or share your story on social media so others can catch a glimpse of what you do, the sky is the limit. The key is to be you—be kind and not defensive—be approachable—be understanding—be the best face of rodeo and farming and ranching that you can be!