I have been all over the place since I last wrote you all of you! I hope you are keeping up on social media as I have been having a blast and trying to post as much as I can! My first stop was in Statesboro, Georgia!
Wow, Statesboro was a busy busy week, but it was most certainly fun and memorable all at the same time! I spent the week going to lots of sponsor visits because we all know you can’t have a great rodeo without the best sponsors! I also got to talk to several different civic groups and discuss with them my platform and why it means so much to me! I love hearing the responses from when I talk about my brother and Autism and how it has changed me for the better! I hear a lot of times about how someone else has been touched by Autism or even other disabilities! It really is something to get to be touched by god from one of his many blessing!
One thing that we did in Statesboro that will be a life long memory and well, it might have been my favorite event of that week, of course alongside the rodeo. I was able to see Freedom the eagle! During this experience I was able to pet him and get up close and personal with him! Of course I had my photo taken with him while I was there because he is famous in the town of Statesboro! Freedom is the mascot for the Georgia Southern University. I learned while I was there that Freedom is so famous that he flies over the football stadium at every home football game as well as during the graduation ceremony for the Georgia Southern graduates. Since it was almost graduation time there at Georgia Southern I was lucky enough to get to see Freedom in action! We made our way to the football stadium which was the nicest football field I have ever been on before and Freedom went to work showing off his skills! He flew from the top of the bow at one end of the field to the other and was able to land on hi handlers hand Mr. Steve Heins. I was absolutely blown away at how well he was able to execute this practice, you could tell this was not his first flight!
My next stop was in Evans, Georgia! The few days that I was there were an absolute blast! The committee was so fun to work with and really took me out and about to show me the sights of their town! Susan who took me around the town was so fun, I really got to know her well and it turns out we had a lot in common! Her sister Patty who is an absolute inspiration survived breast cancer and used Proverbs 31:25 during her fight, little did Susan and Patty know but that is my live by quote. Most of you have probably seen it on my belts that I have made and you will soon see it on many other personal items of mine as that is what I try to live by! I was deeply touched and we would soon run across this Proverbs many more times while I was there!
While I was in Evans we ran across this place that is a horse rehabilitation center that is under construction! Susan and I made our way down the long driveway and was lucky enough to meet the owners of the facility! Her name was also Susan and I instantly fell in love with her barn that just so happened to be her dream. Susan, one of the owners of Helios (Which is the name of the barn) is a retired nurse, Army Vet, and also a retired firefighter. She has lived a life far beyond many people and now her dream that she drew out on a napkin has come to life! I felt so blessed to have met them and connect with them! The people you meet while being Miss Rodeo USA is truly a blessing! I have met some of the best people out there and I will get to meet even more as the year goes on!
I am so lucky and blessed to walk in the shoes that I do! I have had a blast up to this point and it’s just the beginning! I can’t wait to see where all I will go the rest of the year and all of the people I will meet on my journey! Don’t forget to keep up with me on social media and to reach out and say hello if you see me on the road! Have the most blessed day and I will be back soon to keep you posted on everything going on this year!
Wow is really an understatement as to how these last two weeks have been. I am officially on the road for the year! My first stop was Brunswick, Georgia. First of all on the way there it was very exciting! I have not really ever left Iowa much in my life and I was able to see so many things on my long eighteen hour drive to Brunswick! I seen “rocks bigger than my car,” I was informed those are called mountains in Tennessee! When I first got to Georgia the first thing that went through my mind was that it looked like the Lion King! There are trees everywhere here in Georgia! I soon found out that they grow tree crops just as I grow corn or soybean crops there in Iowa! I learned so much history about the state of Georgia!
Rodeo On the Beach was my first stop! I had an absolute blast! I spent everyday with at least one member of the Exchange Club of Brunswick, which is an amazing group of gentleman who raise money to give back to the kids in their county! I was so thrilled to be apart of their eighth annual rodeo! We went on school visits, spoke to different groups of people, did radio interviews, and I was even able to go to the beach for the first time ever in my life! To top it all off I even got to ride a horse on the beach! They all made sure that I was able to see the sights as I was there and really enjoyed getting to be a tourist for about a day! They took me Kayaking right before the horseback ride on the beach and that was so cool! I was able to walk along the beach and even pick up a few sand dollars for my scrapbook!
I rode both Friday night and Saturday night during the rodeo! I was honored to ride one of Hedrick Rodeo’s finest horses, Bravo! We had some good runs and he did a great job taking care of me on my first adventure as Miss Rodeo USA 2019! I got to mingle with so many young rodeo fans and loved seeing their faces light up as the horses would fly by in the arena or the bulls would buck a cowboy off!
After Rodeo on the Beach I made a few hour drive to another part of Georgia, Statesboro! What a fun time and we made history all while doing it! I was so honored to make an appearance to the first annual Washington Ag Center Rodeo! I have never seen a better crowd for a first time rodeo, I am just so proud of the entire committee and everyone who helped put it together! The weather was amazing and the horses worked great all weekend! I spent the week leading up to the rodeo going around the county to different events! I was able to put my public speaking skills to work as I was honored to speak at the introduction and sponsor dinner, the Rotary club, Lions club, school visits, and even was asked to speak during the fellowship to the youth group! I was so lucky and honored to work with such caring people! Mr. Eddy had spent so much time putting together such a wonderful rodeo so me and Mrs. Ruthie went out to ladies night out where we did some shopping at local shops and even got to watch the main event for the night! We sat and listened to up and coming country star Tyler Cullens! I had such a great time meeting everyone and seeing the town of Sandersville, GA. When they say southern hospitality they are not joking!
I just got to Statesboro, Georgia and am getting ready to start my next adventure! I hope you are all enjoying the updates and staying in touch with me through social media! Please don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat I have been trying to post often so you can all see the exciting things I get to do! I will write again soon! In the meantime be sure to check out these really cool photos from my adventures!