My heart is so full as I write this blog! I am just so thrilled to tell you all that my coronation was a night filled with a room full of people! We not only ran out of tables and chairs for people to sit but it was standing room only! I have been blessed beyond measures by the people that not only came but showed their support for me! I never knew that I was so loved and blessed with such an amazing community, family, and friends until the night of my coronation! I said so many hello’s and signed so many autographs for my friends and fans here at home! I want to thank everyone who was able to come out and also thank everyone who donated items and their time to help me! I could not have done it without any of you!
Last week I was honored to speak at my hometown church where I got to share my story of success! Not all of you may know this but I had to overcome many obstacles on my journey to the Miss Rodeo USA title! I did not own my own horse for almost four years! Thankfully I never gave up and was even able to win my last three local rodeo queen titles on borrowed horses! I have been blessed to learn the life lesson of “Hard work does pay off.” During my speech at the church service I spoke of how my obstacles may have got me down and feeling bad but I never threw in the towel and I never gave up hope! My faith is strong and my will is just as strong! I hope that if you ever have a dream and the will to chase it, that you do so! There are so many wonderful things in the world to accomplish and God will always stand by you. Whatever you are meant to do in life and whoever you are meant to be you will be and you will do!
How does one pack to be gone for an entire year? Please, if you know how this is done I want to know! I spent the entire day not only picking up after a successful coronation but I also packed my life into totes to be gone for the entire year! I am just so thrilled and a little nervous that I may have forgot to pack somethings! Hopefully nothing to important! Haha! I will most certainly miss my family, friends, community, and my farm, but I know this year will be one for the books! In sixty years or more I am sure I will be forgetful but I bet I won’t forget the memories that I make during my year as Miss Rodeo USA 2019! While packing for my year long adventure I managed to find several pairs of shorts, because summer is finally coming!!! Here in Iowa it has been a very long, and very cold winter. I am more than ready to go rodeo!
Speaking of rodeo, my first stop is Brunswick, Georgia! Oh I just can’t wait to get there and meet everyone! I have heard such wonderful things about this rodeo and the week that I will get to spend there! I hope to see some familiar faces and if I don’t that's ok to because in rodeo, well there are no strangers! Rodeo really is one big family! The last few weeks have been so busy working out my schedule and marking down when I will be where! Please keep up with me on all and any social media accounts as I will be busy, busy!
Well I hate to leave you so soon, but I have to finish packing and get ready to hit the road for my first adventure! Stay tuned! There are so many exciting things coming your way!
Also check out a couple of my photos below from my winter photo shoot with the amazing T.P. Creations! More to come I promise!!
The sun is shining!! Finally there is sun in Iowa and it feels so good! If you are following me on social media you have probably seen my winter photo shoot with the wonderful T.P. Creations miss Tisha Pol! It was not only overcast that day but it was a whopping nine degrees outside! She not only froze with me but she made sure I had some nice hot hand warmers in my pocket with a wonderful assistant by her side holding my Ariat winter coat! Thank goodness for my coat, good friends, and hot hands!!
We had so much fun outside in the cold and got some really cool pictures! You will want to keep watch of my social media pages as I will be posting several of these photos throughout the year! I am so blessed to have some photos with my very own horses! It will be a nice reminder that in a year from now I have some work to come home to!
Recently I attended the Miss Rodeo Iowa Coronation, where I was so honored to get to share her big day with her! I spent the evening working the crowd helping the other queens sell auction items for miss Rachel. I even got to help out the rodeo dads compete in the Mr. Rodeo Iowa competition! Now that was a fun competition and who knew so many rodeo dads had such good modeling skills!
I have been working on my coronation everyday preparing for the big event! I have never felt so loved and blessed all at the same time! I can’t wait for it to be here and to share all of the fun things with you guys as I am going to have a lot of things going on that night! I hope that you are keeping up on the Facebook page as I posted the event and post everyday about all of the exciting things that are coming in for the coronation to be auctioned off! My father has never really been much of a rodeo queen dad, but I think now he is starting to enjoy it a little more! He was so generous to donate a quarter of beef from our family farm to be auctioned off at the live auction, not only that but he also donated the meat for my taco bar! I am such a lucky girl to have a dad like him, and to come from a cattle farm!
Cripple Creek has been so generous to donate clothes for the girls to wear for modeling during the fashion show as well as, Sunflower Cactus Ridge Boutique, and Pearls and Lace Country Boutique. How exciting is this, all of the girls that are modeling for the fashion show will also get their hair and makeup provided by the Bella Mia Salon! This is just so exciting, I literally just can’t wait for this!!
It seems like I have not been off the phone since I have won this amazing title! Planning everything that goes into these rodeos and events that I will be attending takes a lot of time and preparation! I have talked to several rodeo committees about where I will be going, what I will be doing, and what I will need to prepare for during my stay with them! I have been patiently waiting to hit the road and it’s just about time to go! I have been packing and preparing for every possible scenario that I could get into. I am a very organized person, so for me to not be prepared could be entertaining!
My first stop as Miss Rodeo USA 2019 will be in Brunswick, Georgia! Never, and I know it sounds crazy but I have NEVER been to a beach! I have never been so excited, I will get to ride horses on the beach while I am there, I will also attend school events and ride at the rodeo that Friday and Saturday evening! I hope that I will see some familiar faces there and I can’t wait to work with Hedrick Rodeo Company! I will get to spend a lot of time with the family this year throughout my travels and I can’t wait to get to know them better! During the year I will get to meet lots of committees and their families as well, so far the ones that I have spoke with and the ones that have been in contact with are just outstanding and I know the rest of the committees and families will be as well!
This is just the beginning of my fun filled and memory packed year, I hope that you follow along with me on my lifelong dream as I travel and meet so many more wonderful rodeo family members! Don’t forget to follow me on social media and if you are in Southeast, Iowa on March 23rd, to attend my fundraiser for the year!