Sweet, sweet summer time means rodeo, rodeo, rodeo!!!! What a great summer this has been! I had the honor of spending a few more weeks with the fabulous crew at Hampton Rodeo Company.
After leaving Missouri, I traveled to Springdale Arkansas with the Hamptons to get ready for the IPRA rodeo in Huntsville, Arkansas, which is very near their home. The Hamptons have a beautiful ranch, right on the river. The Huntsville rodeo was great. I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Tisha Ross, one of the judges from the 2018 Miss Rodeo USA pageant. It was great to see her and catch up. I also got to work with funny man Trent McFarlan. It had been a while since we worked together, and he always keeps the crowd entertained.
The next stop was Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Sallisaw started out great with visits to lots of great sponsors. Unfortunately, I got food poisoning while I was there, and became very ill. Sallisaw was a great rodeo, but I did not get to enjoy it to the maximum potential due to being ill while I was there. I did get to visit with Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen Maci Brown during the parade and first performance.
All year, I have been excited about attending the great Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo. I have always heard what a fun time and great rodeo that it is. Sadly, it was not in the cards for me. After a trip to the emergency room, the doctor sent me home for a little rest and relaxation to recuperate from my food poisoning incident. I am SO sad that I had to miss this great rodeo, and apologize to the wonderful committee for being unable to attend.
After a few days of rest and relaxation and a little TLC from my family, I finally felt better and had a great time at the annual rodeo in Lexington, Tennessee to benefit the kids at St. Jude. This rodeo is the closest IPRA rodeo to my hometown. I was able to visit with a lot of friends, family, and some of my college rodeo team mates. Just one short year ago, I was there as Miss Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Sometimes it is still hard for me to believe that I am Miss Rodeo USA. After the rodeo at Lexington, I got to spend a fun day pushing cattle at the Annual McPeake Jackpot Steer Wrestling and American Qualifier event. The weather was beautiful and we had a great day.
Tomorrow I am headed to Oklahoma City for the annual Miss Rodeo USA Clinic. I am very excited to meet some of the ladies that will be vying for the title of Miss Rodeo USA 2019, share some of my experiences from this year, and spend a little time with the fantastic Miss Rodeo USA Committee. Make sure to follow me on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram to catch a glimpse of some of the clinic action.
Until next time, remember to always Enjoy the Ride!
Follow Miss Rodeo USA 2018, Summer Weldon on her adventures representing the IPRA and the MRUSA Association!