Sunday, November 22, 2009

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Gets Ready for the NFR!

There are a lot of pageants out there, and a lot of incredible young women compete in them. It would be a misunderstanding to think of these as "beauty" pageants because the contestants are talented, accomplished indivuals. This is especially true for the "Miss Rodeo..." contestants.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the send-off for Miss Rodeo Nebraska to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and the competition for Miss Rodeo America.

Amy Amack has been a wonderful representative of Rodeo and of Nebraska. Miss Rodeo Nebraska is crowned each June during the PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo, a part of North Platte's NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration.

If you enlarge the program below, you will see a schedule of the week she has in front of her beginning on Sunday November 29 and the contestant check-in for the Miss Rodeo America pageant.
It was pretty much a full house at the new Creekside Event Center in North Platte as friends, sponsors and well-wishers gathered to give Amy an appropriate send-off. Scattered throughout the crowd are many former Miss Rodeo Nebraska's, and two former Miss Rodeo America's.
The wonderful ladies of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association and Pageant committee did a great job serving a delicious prime rib dinner.
Then it was on to the style show as Amy modeled some of the beautiful outfits she will wear during the pageant. Like most pageants, this one requires a lot of fantastic clothes, and many changes throughout the competition. Unlike other pageants, though, this one also requires a lot of outfits that can be worn while competing on a horse!

Here Amy shows off her "You've Been Pinked" outfit. To give you a little insight into what an incredible young woman she is, she lost her mother to breast cancer shortly before the competition in North Platte in June of 2008. Knowing how much her mother supported her competition, Amy found the strength to compete and win. She has dedicated her reign to her mother and to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer.
Part of the purpose of the send-0ff gala is to raise money to help cover the expenses of her trip to Las Vegas. Western artist Brandon Bailey of Wyoming, currently a student at Chadron State College, donated a limited edition print to be auctioned off. Here is explaining a little of the history of the print and his association with Amy.
And here is Amy, showing off the work of this talented artist during the auction.
Miss Rodeo Nebraska doesn't just one day decides she wants to be queen of rodeo in Nebraska. It all starts many years before that, with competitions for queen and princess at many of Nebraska's rodeos. Amy has held numerous titles prior to her winning Miss Rodeo Nebraska. Here are many of the junior queens supporting Amy in her bid to become Miss Rodeo America. They include Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2010 Lady in Waiting, Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska, Miss Burwell Rodeo, the Oregon Trail Rodeo Queen, Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen, Miss Southwest Nebraska Junior Rodeo Queen, Miss Rodeo Cherry County, Miss Rodeo Webster County, Ogallala Round-Up Queen, Miss Rodeo Wilsonville, Logan County Rodeo Princess, Sutherland Junior Rodeo Queen, Miss Rodeo Nuckolls County and the Elwood Rodeo Queen. That's a lot of royalty!
A lot of young aspiring rodeo queens look up to Amy, who serves as an appropriate role model of young womanhood. They were also on hand to wish her well.
Another of Amy's beautiful outfits.
It is great to see all of these talented young women together. Most have farming and ranching backgrounds and all are proud representatives of the rodeos they represent, of their rural lifestyle, the sport of rodeo and Nebraska. During their competitions they not only have to display poise and professionalism, but have to have an extensive knowledge of the sport of rodeo, including the history, animals and aspects of the various competitions, and be excellent horsewomen.
If you can't make it to Las Vegas, you can follow the competition on the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Blog. And, if you would like to support Amy, you can vote for her in the People's Choice Award by texting "MISS RODEO NE" to 40841. Votes will be accepted from noon of November 5 through midnight of December 3. Before you start speed dialing though, each vote costs .99! There is, however, no limit on how many times you can vote.
Amy will finish her reign on December 31, following the competition at the National Finals Rodeo. That is when the 2010 queen, Michelle Boeshart will begin her reign. Her coronation is scheduled in North Platte at the Quality Inn and Suites on January 8th.
Michelle just happens to be the daughter of my best friend, and represented the Sutherland Rodeo as Junior Queen in 2001.
This outstanding young woman will also be a worthy representative of the state of Nebraska, the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, and of the competition during NEBRASKAland DAYS. It will be interesting to watch her during her reign.
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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