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My journey so far as the 2018 Miss UPRA has been an adventure to say the least! In the first three months of holding this title I’ve traveled more than 2,800 miles to rodeos, parades, and queen pageants. By the end of the year I plan to rack up many more miles!
We kicked off the New Year heading down to the Fort Worth Stockyards for the Stock Show and Rodeo Parade and the legendary Stockyards Championship Rodeo. The Stock Show Parade was a blast. There were beautiful floats and of course beautiful royalty as well. Miss Teen UPRA, Dixie Tabb, and I got pictures with Marines who were being chauffeured by a horse drawn carriage, they were one of the 150 entries in Stock Show Parade. Later that evening we attended the Fort Worth Championship Rodeo where I got the pleasure of posting our American Flag. Throughout the rodeo, Dixie and I ran sponsor flags, and snapped a quick picture with the sweet Australian girl who won the dance competition. Let me tell y’all, she’s got moves!
Next, Miss North Texas Fair, Caroline Macha, and Miss Teen North Texas Fair, Grace Minter, and I took a trip to the 2018 Miss Rodeo USA Pageant in Oklahoma City. We attended several parts of the pageant which consisted of horsemanship, platform speeches, and state speeches. It was such a neat experience to watch a national pageant all the girls were sweet as could be and did wonderful. There were perks to the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant as well, the North Texas Fair girls and I ate at the most delightful restaurants in OKC like Shorty Small’s BBQ and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. We topped off the USA Pageant with a little ice skating which we were definitely feeling the next morning!
The third rodeo in the 2018 Kick Off Series took us to the southeastern most city in all of Texas to Orange for the 1st Annual Sabine River Ford Pro Rodeo. Throughout the rodeo I enjoyed meeting all the children who share the love of rodeo too, like sweet Abigelle! Miss Teen UPRA and I helped out with the calf-scrambles and were able to sign autographs to every child in the stands which was a nice prep for our next stop, Humble, TX.
Now we arrived in Humble the week of the 71st Annual Humble Rodeo. Throughout the week we visited several elementary schools to promote the rodeo. I created a program that got all the children involved with rodeo cheers, and dancing. The children enjoyed the program as well as the teachers. By the end of our program we had several teachers and principals dancing along with the students and joining in on the fun with Miss Teen UPRA, Snippy the Rodeo Clown, and myself. Visiting the schools was such a fun experience and I can’t wait to do it again. Towards the end of the week we had numerous autograph signings at some of the Humble Rodeo’s major sponsors like Planet Ford, The Texan, Robbins Chevrolet, McDonald’s, and Cavenders. We even got to visit the Special Kids Day Saturday morning where the FFA shared their love for agriculture with us all, and that was a morning I’ll never forget. The way the children’s’ faces lit up when they saw us was unforgettable. Throughout the nights of rodeo, we were able to meet the featured bands, the legendary Tracy Byrd and Sundance Head. Sundance Head is local to the area and won The Voice in 2016. Also it was a pleasure meeting many local people who make a difference within the Humble community like Susan Waggoner, Doug Butcher, David and Ashely Ainsworth, Show-Dog, and especially Adam Foster. It was even better getting to work with them.
My next appearance will be in Archer City at Millwright Flower Shop March 1st, at 6 pm for a celebration party of my new coveted title. Everyone is welcome and I’d love to see you and your little cowboys and cowgirls there! Then I’m off to Crowley, Louisiana, next Midland, TX and then Graham, TX for the last of the 2018 Kick Off Series. We also have our annual Miss UPRA Clinic March 24th in Weatherford, TX at the Brazos Trails Cowboy Church. The clinic will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ages of participation range from 6-24 years of age. Horses will be provided at the clinic but you’re more than welcome to bring your own. This will be such a unique opportunity for many girls to improve on their rodeo queen skills. Lisa Lageschaar, Miss Teen UPRA, and I would love to see you there!
These last three 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’d like to keep up with my adventures, 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!
2018 Miss UPRA