"Each time I get up to present on a bill or address a group of people it takes me back to every rodeo queen speech I ever made. "
I grew up on a ranch with crunch times at specific times of the year. My husband’s family ranch/farm where I currently reside is all about year round efforts to make a living in agriculture. I’ve learned a great deal about stamina while being a part of the Diamond Tail Ranch team. And to add to our load, a year ago I ran for the Wyoming House of Representatives. I now represent House District 26 in the Wyoming Legislature. I often tell people my first Session experience was like calving heifers: little sleep, high stress, quick decisions, and long days. Not unlike some days as Miss Rodeo Wyoming!
My last word of advice was given to me by Shirley Holmes Churchill (MRW 1980) and it is a policy I still maintain: always write a personal “thank you” to EVERYONE who helps you along the way. Thank the stock contractor who mounts you for a grant entry. Thank the person who hosts your appearance at their local rodeo. Thank anyone who gives you an assist and hand up in your ride as MRW especially your Association members, sponsors and coordinator. But lastly, thank those most important to you, your parents and siblings!