North to Iowa!

To say that the first two weekends in September are busy for rodeo fans is an understatement! Just the weekend after the Pioneer City Rodeo is the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. This year has brought on so many new experiences and places. It has also caused me to say, “I’m going back next…

Rodeo hits the Pioneer City!

September brings with it high summer temperatures, Labor Day, the Pioneer City Rodeo and the Miss Rodeo Illinois pageant in Palestine, Ill. The Pioneer City Rodeo is one of the two PRCA rodeos in Illinois. If you haven’t gotten to make the journey to Palestine for the rodeo you are missing out! This isn’t just a…

Cowboy Christmas in July!

What an exciting summer it as been! “Cowboy Christmas has come and gone. I got to spend on of the richest weekends in rodeo at one of Illinois’ PRCA rodeos. the Shenandoah Pro Rodeo in Galena, Illinois It was an amazing experience. The trip up north was a little exciting due to the flooding but the…

Meet The Queen: Illinois

Hello from the Land of Lincoln! I am Ariel Weinman, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2015 from Brighton, Ill. This year has already been a wild ride and I am looking forward to more adventures as Miss Rodeo Illinois.  Last May I graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communications…

Cherry Blossom Festival!

Yet another adventure and bucket list item checked off the list! This past weekend I was in Washington D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. My self along with Miss Rodeo Virginia, Miss Rodeo Nebraska, and Miss Rodeo Nebraska were able to ride and represent our states in the Cherry Blossom Parade that went down Constitution…

Illinois Horse Fair

There are a couple things that come along with the start of spring like green grass, blooming flowers, drastic temperature changes and the Illinois Horse Fair. The Illinois Horse Fair is the kick off to horse activities for many in Illinois. It is a place to do some shopping, brush up on skills in clinic…

Silver Spurs Rodeo

I was able to leave the cold temperatures of The Land of Lincoln for some time in the Florida sunshine. While down in the sunny state of Florida I was able to help the area get ready for the Silver Spurs Rodeo held in Kississmiee Fl. My self and the other queens went to school…

Deborah Lee’s Story

Over the next year I will be traveling the country being an ambassador for the sport of professional rodeo, the western way of life, the state of Illinois, and to promote childhood cancer awareness. Children that have battled cancer and that are battling are an inspiration and an example of strength and hope Deborah Lee was…

National Western Stock Show and Rode

My first trip is in the books. The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo was an amazing experience. During my trip I was able to represent the state of Illinois by caring sponsor flags during rodeo performances, reading to children at the Denver Children’s Museum, and by helping with the mutton busting. Not only did…

Spring Planting has Started!!

Temperatures are going crazy but that has not stopped me from planting! I am so ready for spring it is crazy. I have all my little seeds started inside. It is so nice to see all my little green seedlings pop out of the soil. It won’t be long until they are producing so much that…

Blanching Green Beans

I have a problem I have did not have last year. Last year I planted green beans in hopes of beautiful plants that would produce a bounty of green beans. However, our pet goat we had at the time decided that those baby green bean plants were quite yummy and devoured them. So so green…

Cherry Tomatoes

One of the only varieties of tomatoes that I like are cherry tomatoes.  I have limited space in my garden so I decided to try to grow my cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets this year. It is really the same concept as the tomato planters that hang the plants up-side down. So far my cherry tomato plants…