So far in 2021 I have made it to the southeast coast, northwest coast and now I can check off the Gulf of Mexico! My time in Corpus Christi was nothing short of amazing. Being from the Midwest, I don’t get fresh seafood at all so you can imagine how much I ate, I’ll give you a hint, a lot! In addition to all the amazing food I got to spend time with my favorite Texan, Miss Rodeo Texas, Jordan Maldonado! This was our last rodeo together before she crowns the new Miss Rodeo Texas 2021, but we made the most of our trip by driving down to the padre islands, finding all the good crawfish restaurants, and brunch spots in Corpus! All the committee members of Rodeo Corpus Christi are so hospitable and loved calling Jordan and I “The Jordan’s”! Personally I think it has a great ring to it. Corpus Christi was a bucket list rodeo and it far exceeded my expectations!
For the last weekend in May I have a one-day event in Deadwood, SD called Back When They Bucked! It’s a special event featuring the ladies breakaway roping and Xtreme Broncs. It’s always special for me to go back to Deadwood because four short years ago my journey all started there! I can’t wait to report back on the great event the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation will produce!
May has almost come and gone in the blink of an eye and the summer rodeos are on the horizon! I’m giddy with excitement, as my schedule from last summer looks completely different to the up coming itinerary. In 2020 I went to rodeos that Miss Rodeo America has never been to or not in a long time. Those rodeos included some in my home state of South Dakota like Wall Celebration, Day’s of 76, Range Days, and even the tour finale that got moved to Rapid City last minute. I was so proud to have the opportunity to represent in South Dakota and will cherish those memories forever. I also attended great out of state rodeos like the Dodge City Roundup, the Wyoming State Fair, and Cattlemen’s Days in Gunnison, CO! Each rodeo brought new excitement to me because I had never been! Believe it or not I actually sat down and added up all my mileage in 2020, which ended up being around 20,000. It’s not the normal 100,000 that Miss Rodeo America usually travels in her year, but it was extremely special because of how hard all those rodeos had to fight to even happen! The quote, “don’t count the moments, make the moments count” is probably the best mantra for how a lot of us made it through 2020. So as the summer starts and I get back out on the road for what seems will be a more “normal” summer I wanted to just say I didn’t hate 2020, it brought me many unexpected memories, lessons, and blessings! I hope to see you all down the trail this summer and make sure to say hi!
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