Meet The Queen: Illinois

What an amazing year that God has blessed me with! When I stop and think about all of the opportunities and things that I have been involved with so far this year as well as the many wonderful things to come, I can’t help but be humbled. I am so honored to be representing my…

Why yes, my dog is blue…

The Australian Cattle Dog, commonly know as a blue (or red) heeler, is a short but sturdy herding breed that has the tendency to want to push cattle, unlike the Kelpie and Border Collie which like to “bunch and bring.” They have a double coat that comes in a blue color or a red color…

A what kind of dog??

Did you know that the state of Louisiana has a state dog? That dog is the Catahoula, also know as the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog or Catahoula Cur. These dogs come in a wide range of coat patterns and colors. They are slick haired breed that has a broad and flat skull. Catahoula’s are very…

“Let me tell ya about my best friend!”

  The fact that I am a dog lover is not a unique trait. I have three dogs. A dachshund, an Australian shepherd and an Australian kelpie/Catahoula/Australian cattle dog/border collie mix. Yes, we really know all that he is crossed with. Since some of those breeds might be new to some. I am going to…

Curly hair don’t care!

When you are describing someone to another person you typically pick out a feature that was memorable. Like “O she had really blue eyes and was really tall” or “the girl that had on the really crazy dress.” For me it I am probably the “girl with the super curly hair.” I have very curly…

Row, Row, Row your garden?

I’m sure most are used to seeing gardens or crop fields planted in rows. While in large format farming it is for ease, in gardening there is a science behind it. Large format farms do not have to worry about things like companion planting or plant size. Did you know that growing some plants next…

Is it spring yet?!

Spring can not come soon enough! With all this snow it is making me look forward to warmer temperatures! I am already planning my garden for the year. Soon I will be planting seeds in my indoor green house. While most gardeners prefer to start their garden with plants that they got from the store,…

Three cheers for the (professional) amateur rider

Originally posted on A Yankee in Paris:
My alarm went off at 5:15am this morning, and as I drug a brush through my hair and threw food into my dog’s bowls, I began to wonder why it is that I do this?  While everyone else is enjoying a Sunday on the couch watching football, or…

“There is always sun above the clouds.”

Well today is the day. Today is New Year’s Eve to most, but to me, it is my last day as Miss Rodeo Illinois. Over the last year I have had some amazing experiences. Personally, the year has been a uphill climb that has thrown my family and I curve ball after curve ball. Along…

Changes to the Miss Rodeo America Horsemanship Competition

In addition to the changes that have been made to the speech portion of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Presented by Las Vegas Events, some exciting modifications have also been made to the horsemanship portion of this year’s pageant! The changes have been made for various reasons but overall are in the best interest of…