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am officially seven months into my year as the 2018 Miss UPRA! So far it has
been a wild ride and I’ve been holding on tight and cherishing every memory that
I’ve made along the way. Last time I visited with you I thought I had a full
schedule, but now we’ve got the pedal to the metal and I’m averaging about three
appearances a week! It’s such a blessing to have a fun-filled schedule and I
can’t wait to tell you all about it!
First off, I’d like to say a big thank you to Judy Wright, the owner of Millwright Marketplace and Flowers in Archer City, Texas. Mrs. Wright was kind enough to host a Miss UPRA meet and greet which gave my home town the opportunity to come and meet me personally. It was such a great time filled with family, friends, sash sisters and surprise flowers! Millwright knew exactly how to make this rodeo queen feel special. I’m so grateful for the supportive businesses in my hometown who encourage their youth to follow their dreams, their kindness speaks volumes about my community. If you’re ever in Archer City, Texas stop by Millwright and see what they’re all about. I guarantee you’ll find unbeatable Texas hospitality!
The month of March held one of the most amusing rodeos during my reign. At the 5th Rodeo in the 2018 Kickoff Series held in Crowley, Louisiana, Miss Teen UPRA and I were kept busy. We not only had the privilege of doing our queen duties at the rodeo but we were invited by Jay Bergeron, the rodeo producer, to a crawfish feed! Cajuns sure know how to cook crawfish. Let me tell ya, I was in heaven. But the Crowley trip even gets better. The highlight of this adventure was when Miss Teen UPRA and I had the opportunity to be in the clown’s act. At the time, we didn’t necessarily know what we were getting ourselves into but we soon found out that we’d be competing against each other in an exclusive Carson Kitaif Professional Rodeo Entertainer dance act! It was hysterical! I’m surprised that I actually kept my composure while showing off my best dance moves in front of an entire rodeo audience… blind folded! If you need a laugh you should check out the dance video on the Miss UPRA Facebook Page, then head on over to the Carson Kitaif Professional Rodeo Entertainer Facebook page and hit like. He definitely has a gift when it comes to entertainment and he’s a pleasure to work with as well!
Next we headed to Midland, Texas to the Permian Basin Spring Stampede Pro Rodeo.
At the rodeo I had the pleasure of meeting the 2018 Permian Basin Spring
Stampede Rodeo Queen, Shawna Sullivan and got to catch up with Miss North Texas
Fair and Rodeo Teen, Grace Minter. We all teamed up together and ran sponsor
flags during the rodeo, made sponsor visit runs, threw t-shirts and Frisbees off
the barrel truck, and had a few autograph signings with the Man in the Can,
Ronald Burton. What was interesting about this trip was that Comic Con, a comic
book convention, was held at the same event center as the rodeo; so we got to
see cartoon characters and superheroes on our commute to the rodeo which made
Midland all the more memorable.
The most memorable appearance I’ve made as Miss UPRA was to Hooves and Halos in Winnsboro, Texas. Hooves and Halos is a non-profit organization that serves as a ministry to special needs children, adults, the elderly, nursing home residents, kids in crisis (foster, CASA, Children’s Advocates), prisoners’ children, veterans’ children or basically anyone who needs them. This ministry offered recreational activities and equine programs that are tailored to the unique needs of children and adults with challenges. Everyone who attended the play day was able to enjoy roping lessons, horseback riding, mechanical bull rides, hay rides, barrel train rides, petting zoo animals, clowns and balloon animals, face painting, tons of games and prizes and so much more. The folks were brought in from all over by the school bus loads and we were proud to escort them in by horseback for an unforgettable adventure. Through such a simple and meaningful event, they opened doors for families and welcomed members of the community to come and have good-hearted fellowship with one another. It was a prime example of Christ’s unconditional love and such a blessing to be a part of. I’d like to encourage you to follow the Hooves and Halos Facebook Page as well to see some of the wonderful things they are doing within their community.
In April, I had the honor of attending the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductions in the legendary Fort Worth Stockyards. It was so humbling to hand out awards to several rodeo extraordinaires who excelled in the sport of rodeo and hear their stories. The event wouldn’t have been possible without Don Howell, the Immediate Past President for the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. The day before the inductions he hosted a meet and greet where we got the privilege of meeting several distinguished rodeo athletes, I was in awe. Mr. Howell exudes such kindness and it made the overall experience so enjoyable. Mr. Howell is very thoughtful as well, he requested that past UPRA titleholders attend the meet and greet and enjoy the festivities. I was so excited to have Colleen Crumpton, Ashlyn Williams, Jocee Neal, and Lisa Lageschaar, Miss UPRA 2012 and Miss Rodeo America 2017, come and enjoy the day with us. There’s nothing quite like celebrating rodeo history while being a part of the sisterhood of UPRA titleholders, it was absolutely humbling.
Now that rodeo season is picking up its pace, I’ve been able to represent at multiple rodeos that include: Crowley, Midland, Graham, Glen Rose, Fort Worth, Conroe, Sulphur Springs, Lampasas, Winnsboro, Lindale, Durant, Brownwood, Wichita Falls, Mount Pleasant, Nocona, and Comanche. The Brown County Rodeo in Brownwood, Texas was a wonderful rodeo because I had the privilege of meeting Miss Rodeo Texas, Tianti Carter. Tianti is the perfect role model for many rodeo queens, including myself, it was such a great opportunity getting to work alongside her. The Wichita County Mounted Patrol Rodeo was such a fun filled Rodeo as well. I love attending hometown rodeos because I get to catch up with all the local rodeo queens from my area, and I get to catch up with Johnny “Backflip” Dudley too. It’s always a great show when Johnny does the entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, Johnny let Miss Teen UPRA and I create our own entertainment when he gave us permission to jump in his clown barrel! It was hysterical! I still don’t know how Dixie and I managed to fit in there but it’s safe to say that I can check that one off the bucket list!
My next appearance will be at the Archer County Rodeo Queen Luncheon, Tuesday, June 19th. This weekend I’m off to Mexia, TX followed by Gainsville, TX, then Taos, NM for Rodeo De Taos. Soon after, I’ll be representing in Teague and Bowie, TX. The first week of July kicks off the UPRA Cowboy Christmas Series and you can catch up with me by checking the Miss UPRA Facebook Page for my upcoming appearances throughout the series. Immediately after Cowboy Christmas I’ll be attending the National Little Britches Rodeo Association Luncheon held on July 8th, in Oklahoma City, OK. If you’d like to know the other rodeos I’ll be attending check the Miss UPRA Facebook Page for weekly posts on where my next appearances will be. I hope I’ll come to one near you!
These past seven months have been exceptional and I can’t wait to see what the rest of my reign as the 2018 Miss UPRA has in store. If you haven’t yet, you can “like” the Miss UPRA- Miss United Professional Rodeo Association Facebook Page to stay updated. You can also find me on Instagram “miss.upra” and on Snap Chat “missupra”. I look forward to meeting each of you along my journey as Miss UPRA!
P.S. The 2019 Miss UPRA Pageant is drawing near! If you’re interested in vying for the coveted Miss UPRA title, please reach out to me! I’d love to help you get started!
“She does not know what God has planned but she does know HIS plan NEVER fails.”
-Morgan Harper Nichols
2018 Miss UPRA