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

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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…

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…