I have been blessed with opportunities, more opportunities than I could ever imagine in my lifetime! I have been able to spend some time here at home with my family and my rodeo friends and family before I leave! I have been getting everything lined up to hit the road and not be home for quite some time!
Just the other day I moved my horses to the Beatty Ranch where they will stay this year and be cared for there while I am gone! Recently I became a horse owner again! In May of 2018 I purchased my first horse in just over three years! Shortly after that a friend of mine asked if I would like to add another to my herd and I soon became an owner of two equine friends. A few years ago I was no longer able to own horses and had to find a way to compete without a horse. I was fortunate enough to know many people who were always willing to help me! I learned a lot and rode several horses all over the state of Iowa and outside of Iowa as well! I am so blessed to say I now in just a short amount of time own two of my very own horses again! They are both projects but I love a good challenge! Luckily, for myself and them, during my travels and meeting so many wonderful rodeo family members I came across the Beatty Ranch, where my two equine friends will now call home and receive the best care this year!
I have been all over the state of Iowa recently obtaining new sponsors and picking up gift baskets and items for my coronation in March! It will be here before I know it and I just can’t seem to contain my excitement! This is going to be a great kick off for my year! I have already heard of so many people who plan to attend and enjoy the night with me! Recently I found out that my local salon, Bella Mia Salon in Washington, Iowa has generously donated their time to do makeup and hair for my models during my fashion show! How cool is that? Also I currently have two wonderful boutiques that have partnered with me for the coronation and will be dressing the models for this fashion show! Be sure to check out Sunflower Cactus Ridge Boutique and Pearls and Lace Boutique, you can find both of these boutiques on Facebook and Instagram, and I promise you won't be disappointed!
Just last weekend I spent the entire weekend in Waterloo, Iowa at the 22nd Annual Bull Riding Classic! I was able to spend some time with my sash sister Miss Leon Rodeo, Emma Bair! I also spent some time with an up and coming rodeo star, miss Kylie McMahon! The three of us girls carried sponsor flags for the event and helped out during the mutton bustin'! I have spent the last few years helping at this event and carrying flags in that arena, but nothing was more exciting then getting to come back one last time as Miss Rodeo USA 2019! Emma and I had a great time chatting about her year and her big plans! Fun fact about Emma and I is that I have passed down my last two rodeo queen titles to her and I have been honored to crown her every time! I can’t wait to see what the future of Iowa rodeo royalty will look like!
I can’t wait to get things rolling and to keep you all posted on the fun things that I will get to do this year! I hope that you are keeping up with me on all social media as I have been getting many fun and amazing gifts in the mail from the best sponsors out there! I am trying to keep you all up to date on the goodies that I have been receiving and I hope that you enjoy them! I know I am enjoying it, and can’t wait to showcase these items on the road this year!
Like I said, stay tuned there are some really good things coming up in the next few weeks that I want to share with you! Just a reminder that you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, just search, “Miss Rodeo USA.” Have the most blessed day and I want to leave you with a fun quote that I found that I think you will enjoy!
“Success doesn’t happen to you, it happens because of you!”
I bet you’re wondering where is Heather, what is she doing? Well, let me tell you I have been busy! I have been preparing a coronation here at home where I will have friends and family come from miles around to help me celebrate my greatest success before I hit the road and travel for the entire year! I have some really cool things up my sleeves for the coronation and hope for the best turn out as I will miss them all while I am gone, but in Iowa we never say goodbye just say “I’ll see ya later.”
I have been asked so many questions as I have been doing a lot of interviews on the web and in the newspaper! I even made the front page of my hometown paper! I bet I will never do that again! I feel so blessed to have a town, community, and state that stands behind me. I have had so many phone calls, letters, and encouraging cards come in that make me really feel lucky to be where I am in life.
I am so excited to be hitting the road soon! I hope that you are all following me on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and here on my blog as things are just getting started for me! My first stop this year is actually a local event where I have been blessed to be apart of their show for a couple of years now. I will get to carry sponsor flags during the Waterloo, Iowa bull riding on February 15th and 16th at the Cattle Congress Auditorium! This year will by far be the most rewarding for me though as I will get to enter the arena as the newly crowned Miss Rodeo USA! I have always dreamed of being apart of that show and then once I was I dreamed of coming back with a national title! I am so excited to say that I have finally made that happen! I can’t wait to see my rodeo friends and spend time with my favorite four legged friends!
After getting to spend some time at home I am so excited to finally get to travel across the US! My first out of state trip is going to be, any guesses? Brunswick, Georgia! I am looking forward to this, I will spend time with the Hedrick Rodeo Company and the amazing committee during the Rodeo on the Beach festivities, during the week of March 25th through the 31st. Just recently I was able to talk to Pat, who is on the committee for Rodeo on the Beach. Do you ever wonder if your on the right path in life or if your taking the right steps that God has chosen for you? After speaking to Pat and sending him my platform information, “The World Needs All Types of Minds” I soon heard back from Pat, he told me about his experiences with my platform. I was touched, from 1200 miles away I felt an instant connection and was even more enthusiastic about my first trip! I then knew I was on the right path, that I was right where God wanted me to be in life.
These past few weeks of being home and preparing for my year and my coronation I have been showered with gifts, encouraging words and love. I sat back and thought how lucky am I, how blessed I really am to be in the shoes that I am in, that path that I am on, that I will get to experience things that some people may never get to do in their lives, things that only people can dream of! That being said before I close my second blog as Miss Rodeo USA 2019 I wanted to leave you with the words that I live by, these are my favorite words, the ones that I remind myself of everyday!
She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
I hope that you all have the most blessed day and I can’t wait to meet all of you on my journey! Don’t forget to follow me on social media and through my blogs here on the Miss Rodeo USA website! I will see you down the road!