Cowboy Christmas…..that run of great rodeos historically beginning around the 4th of July not only gives rodeo competitors the opportunity to enter multiple rodeos in a short period of time, but also can be instrumental in their money earnings which ultimately determines the top fifteen who compete in January for a shot at a national championship at the International Finals Rodeo.
Cowboy Christmas has been just that: Christmas in July for this Miss Rodeo USA. What a great ride these past few weeks has been! I spent my 4th of July in Ada, Oklahoma, judging the Ken Lance Memorial Rodeo Queen Pageant with my good friend and sash sister Taylor Spears, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2018.
After my time in Ada, I took a short trip down the road to Shawnee, Oklahoma to spend a few great days helping out the International Professional Rodeo Association at the world’s richest youth rodeo, the International Youth Finals Rodeo. It was fun to spend a few days with some of my peers from the IPRA office, some of my sponsors, and to catch up with some of my rodeo family.
I left the IFYR on Wednesday night and headed to Oklahoma City to jump on a plane for Lakeside, California. Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside is the only IPRA rodeo currently held in California. The Optimist Club of Lakeside host a spectacular event. My time there ended with a surprise just for me from the Optimist Club….a horseback ride and photo shoot on the beach at the border of Tijuana Mexico and California. It was a great day and a perfect end to the fabulous time I spent in California.
After a quick flight back to OKC, I had the opportunity to stop by the IPRA office for a bit and catch up with the fabulous crew there. Then off to Ozark, Missouri I went.
This past weekend was spent with the crew from Hampton Rodeo Company and the Ozark Booster club for the 63rd annual Pro Rodeo at Finley River Park. Entertainment was provided by the legendary Lecile Harris, who is not only a pro rodeo hall of fame member, but also is from my home state of Tennessee.
My next few weeks will be spent at rodeos in Arkansas and Oklahoma with the crew of Hampton Rodeo Company, reigning and multiple time recipient of the Stock Contractor of the Year Award.
Remember to follow my adventures on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, and until next time……ENJOY THE RIDE!!!!
What a whirlwind the month of June has been! Since my last blog, I have traveled over 6700 miles. So far, June holds the record for the most miles traveled in a month.
When I left off last, I was departing for Ozark, Arkansas. What a great rodeo Hampton Rodeo Company put together there. When I arrived, the area had been in a drought for some time. I jokingly told them that I bring the rain with me, as it had rained at the past 3 rodeos that I had attended. There was no rain in the forecast, but guess what …..it rained! The rain hurt the attendance a little on Friday night, but Saturday night, the crowd was great. I even got to spend some quality time with Miss Rodeo USA 2015 Kirbi Allen Carter on this trip for some quality girl time.
I left Arkansas and headed straight to Las Vegas for a sponsored photo shoot at the world famous Las Vegas Image Studio with Judy and Terry Wright. I can’t wait to share the beautiful photos from this shoot! We did an outdoor shoot in a ghost town just outside Las Vegas, and even though the temperature hit 110 degrees that day, it was an amazing experience. It was almost a year ago exactly when I visited Terry and Judy for the first time to have my head shots done for the Miss Rodeo USA competition.
I flew back into Nashville from the photo shoot and headed straight to Blairsville Georgia for the 7th Annual Blairsville Pro Rodeo where we had record breaking crowds both nights. After Blairsville, it was off to Gray, Tennessee for the 4th Annual Jericho Shrine Pro Rodeo. This committee has been working extremely hard to make the rodeo bigger and better each year. I had an action packed weekend between television and radio promotions, sponsor visits, and the rodeo.
This past weekend, I was close to home in Smithland, Kentucky. Despite the rain and the extreme heat, I had a great time at the rodeo. It was wonderful to be within an hour and a half of my home and have so many of my friends and family be able to come to the rodeo. This was the first time for the Smithland rodeo to be an IPRA sanctioned event, and we had a great turnout of IPRA cowboys and cowgirls.
As I write this, I am gearing up for Cowboy Christmas….and I can’t wait to travel all across the country for this next run of rodeos. The next time I blog, my year as Miss Rodeo USA will be half over. It really is true that time flies when you are having fun!
Until next time….Enjoy the Ride!
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