My travels have begun, and I’ve had so much fun! I drove to Oklahoma City and attended the Royal Review Rodeo Queen Jackpot. This clinic is put on by the wonderful Candice Carper, Miss Rodeo USA 2007. I was able to see sash sisters from all across the United States and make new friends. I loved watching the girls grow and improve their skills; after all, practice makes perfect! One of the highlights of my trip was getting to hang out with Miss Rodeo America 2017 Lisa Lageshaar and Miss Rodeo America 2018 Keri Sheffield. These women were so much fun to work with, and I’m so honored to call them friends! Even though we represent different associations, we are bound by our passion for the great sport of rodeo. While I was in Oklahoma City, I stopped by the IPRA office to say hello to the people who work so hard for our great association.
On Sunday, I left Oklahoma City and headed to Arlington, Texas to watch RFD-TV’s The American. This was one of the most exciting rodeos I have ever seen! The unique setup of two side-by-side arenas keeps the show moving smoothly and the action leaves you on the edge of your seat. I love how this rodeo has well-known rodeo competitors and “underdogs” competing against each other for the chance to win a million dollars. At the rodeo, I ran into one of our great sponsors, JT Wynn with Wynn Leather. I was able to hang out with him for a bit and thank him for all that he does for the Miss Rodeo USA organization. I also got to spend some time with Lauren Terry, Miss Rodeo USA 2013. I remember when Lauren was a judge when I competed for Junior Miss Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo. My, how time flies!
Although I’m thankful for the opportunities I have already had, I’m excited to start my travels and looking forward to my first IPRA rodeo at the end of this month. Stay tuned and enjoy the ride!
Follow Miss Rodeo USA 2018, Summer Weldon on her adventures representing the IPRA and the MRUSA Association!