What a great 2 weeks it has been!!!! My trip to St-Tite, Quebec, was nothing short of amazing! The small town of St-Tite, population 3800, comes to life every September as over 600,000 people come through the charming little town during the 10 day Festival de Western. Every business and every citizen embraces the western heritage by decorating stores and lawns with western décor. There is truly a great western spirit alive everywhere that you go. My attendance at the three rodeo performances was unforgettable. Each performance was a sell-out crowd of over 8000. I have been to many, many rodeos, but never one that vibrated such excitement as the crowd at St-Tite. I will never forget the honor of presenting Old Glory during the Finale, nor will I forget the wonderful hospitality of this French speaking community. I have to admit it was interesting to hear the entire rodeo announced in French!
After a brief stop at home to catch up on some rest, I traveled to Gainesville, Georgia for a great IPRA rodeo. Robin Brooks and the crew at Southern Rodeo Company put on a great show and are amazing to work with. I was joined by Miss Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo Mary Ashley Rohrscheib. Mary Ashley and I have been friends for a long time, and it was great to work with her as a fellow sash sister.
Next stop….my home state of Tennessee for another great rodeo by Hedrick Rodeo Company. It has been a while since I got to work with Danny and the awesome Hedrick family. I am looking forward to seeing many of my college and former high school rodeo teammates at this rodeo.
Stay tuned until next time and remember to always…..ENJOY THE RIDE…..
It was great to be back in Oklahoma the past couple of weeks. The Miss Rodeo USA clinic was a blast. Thanks to Eli Swenson, Miss Rodeo USA 2014, for putting together such an awesome clinic. We had 10 lovely ladies from across the United States and Canada, and an additional 10 Committee participants. During our 3 days at Oklahoma City, the participants heard from a great panel of presenters on all aspects of competition, all the way from completing the application through how to choose that perfect pageant wardrobe. A special thanks to Faith and Patrick Pinkerton of 5 Star Quarter Horses for once again supplying a great group of horses for the horsemanship portion of our pageant.
My next stop was Henryetta, Oklahoma for another great rodeo by Hampton Rodeo Company. Although Henryetta is a small town, we had a huge turnout. The entire town is very supportive of the rodeo. I was honored to meet Tammi Hiatt who has put on the rodeo for several years. She and her husband do an awesome job. It was great to spend my Labor Day weekend in the host home of Amy Duvall and her wonderful family. Amy was 1995 Miss Rodeo USA and currently serves as the treasurer of the Miss Rodeo Association. It is great to see so many “formers” still so supportive of our great organization.
I have spent a much needed week at home to recharge, and now I am off to St-Tite Canada for Festival Western de St-Tite. I have heard so many great things about this great rodeo in Canada. I can’t wait for my next blog to fill you in on the fun times there!
Until then…Enjoy the Ride!
Follow Miss Rodeo USA 2018, Summer Weldon on her adventures representing the IPRA and the MRUSA Association!