Switching from queen mode to rounders in minutes was a bit difficult but everyone helping out made it possible. I had a full schedule until Saturday evening, so I was unable to get my boys rodeo ready. I left a VERY specific schedule of what tack to put on what horse and what time they needed to be ready as well as feeding, watering, cooling down and bathing schedule. I was so worried the entire time about things not getting done but there was only once where there was a slip up and it was quickly fixed. Charley Kay and Byron Mills, Nathan, Sara Avey, Kirk, Sydeny Tisdale, Sydnie Parsons, JJ Burton, Kent and Kelly Morris, David Edwards, Bailey Perdue,
Dean Miller and I'm sure a few others made my week possible! There were multiple times that I felt like a NASCAR pit stop every time I had to switch out horses. This team did a great job taking care of Cody and Max for the week. The queen's contest was a close one and the girls did an outstanding job.
I cannot believe a year ago I heard my name over the loud speaker as the next Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks. I knew it was a dream come true but I never imagined the impact it would have on my life. Last year in my speech I said "Whether rodeo of the Ozarks is a page or an entire chapter in my life I am thankful for the part that it has played and for the friends and memories I have already made!" I am so pleased to say that it has definitely become a life altering chapter. I have made lifelong friendships. My rodeo friends quickly became my very best friends. The experiences are irreplaceable.
I am forever grateful to my friends, family and sponsors. Lonecreek Performance Horses, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas and Rush Springs Ranch kept me on the go all year! Supporters like the Pea Ridge Veterinay Clinic, Arvest Bank of Pea Ridge and Nicole Shelton Photography also played a part in making it happen as well. This has truly been a blessing of year. Thank you to the Rodeo of the Ozarks and their amazing board for this opportunity.
Multiple times I was asked if I am sad to give up my title. My response was an easy one: No, I am not, because it is part of the job as a rodeo queen. My title was a stepping stone to a more enriched future. It has been an outlet to express my passion for rodeo and a chance to be a role model for children. I now hand over the reins to the 2014 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks, Tori Miller and wish her the very best in the year to come.
2013 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks