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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