Every girl has a dream, and on August 21, 2010 Brittany Richards’ dream came true; the jade and gold crown of Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2011 was placed upon her white cowboy hat. The dream and desire for being Miss Rodeo Wyoming has never been far from her heart. She has devoted many years to making her dream come true, and is excited to start her journey on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Snowy Range and rolling plains of sagebrush are the setting for the life story of Brittany. She grew up in the golden prairie grass and white capped mountains, and found herself experiencing Wyoming’s true beauty through its changing landscape and history. She has clinched the ideals of this land, and lives as strong as the wind blows. She always strives to do her best and experiences life with a passion that extends to everyone she meets.
Growing up in Laramie with her supporting brother, Dusty, and loving parents, Loren and Christine, Brittany’s childhood activities laid the foundation for her current hobbies. She plays the piano, hunts elk and antelope, and enjoys taking walks with her Chocolate Labrador.
Brittany has been sitting in a saddle from a young age. Her grandparents are responsible for providing the opportunity to form her love of horses by giving Brittany her first pony and saddle. She became a member of 4-H showing horses and participating in numerous gymkhanas. In high school she showed her school spirit as a cheerleader and diver at the Laramie High School. She participated in the German American Partnership Program and was able to attend a month of high school in Southern Germany along with backpacking through various European countries with her family. Brittany then went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming in May 2010 with her degree Business Administration.
Brittany spends September and October every year preparing and presenting the Haunted Ghost Tours of Laramie City with the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Brittany has been serving as an intern at the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana for two year producing the Little Stick Horse Stampede for kids and as secretary for the American Quarter Horse Association horse events and ranch rodeo.
While Brittany travels as Miss Rodeo Wyoming, she will continue teaching children about horse safety with her T.A.C.K. program. Her program focuses on the history of the horse, the physical and mental attributes of a horse, and the proper way to act around horses at rodeos, fairs, and more importantly, at parades. Brittany feels that awareness is the best way to prevent accidents, and she is eager to expand the reach of her program to a national level.
Preparing for the duties of Miss Rodeo Wyoming, Brittany has learned the value of honesty and hard work. The encouragement from her friends and family has given her the strength to continue to work on making her dream come true. Les Brown once said, “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” Brittany has taken pride in her accomplishments and her growth over the years, and she is excited to help other girls accomplish their dreams while being true to who they are.