Winning the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming and then going on to win Miss Rodeo America was an experience of a lifetime. The amount of time I spent in the public eye was mind boggling. Even when I was home, which wasn’t very often, people looked at me as a public figure and a role model for kids. I always had to be aware of my actions and words. The easiest way to do this was to be true to myself. I would remind myself that they chose me as Miss Rodeo Wyoming 1991 and Miss Rodeo America 1992 for who I WAS, not for something they thought I COULD be. So even when all eyes were on me, I remained true to myself. I was the ranch-raised cowgirl that didn’t have all the fancy clothes, trucks, trailers or the $40,000 horses, but I came from a ranching background with a very loving and supportive family who made me who was then and still am today.