Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017!

I was born and raised on a small, family farm in the Heart of Illinois. Farming has been in my family for generations. From as many generations that can be traced after immigrating from Germany and France, all the way down to my father and now my brother. As my grandmother put it “once a […]…

The reasons why I am not wearing a helmet…

I’m not wearing one because they come in cool colors and trendy patterns not. I’m not wearing one because I’m scared of my horse. I’m not wearing a helmet because a famous barrel racer made it cool (Although thanks to her, I look less like an alien and don’t get very many funny looks). I’m not wearing one because I had a bad accident.  

Giving Back as Miss Rodeo America Pageant Alumni

Giving back as a Miss Rodeo America Pageant Alumni by Lauren Johnson Miss Rodeo Kentucky National Director, MRKy 2015 Many people assume that the job of a rodeo queen lasts only a finite amount of time. That the job of promoting rodeo and agriculture ends when the crown is placed on the next girl’s hat.…

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,…