Rodeo Committees, Stock Contractors, Sponsors, etc interested in booking Miss UPRA
contact UPRA Queen Director Linda Chase at 903.850.7247
Let me tell you all about the whirlwind that has been my life these past few months. I have been fortunate enough to travel 4,720 miles to various rodeo, parades, and appearances. Things kicked off the very first of the year with an invite to attend the sendoff party for Miss Rodeo America 2017, Lisa Lageschaar. I cannot wait to see her year as MRA unfold.
The 60th annual Mesquite Winter Classic was the first stop in this year’s Kick Off Series. I was asked by WFAA to come help do a special for Good Morning Texas and was also able to present the colors during the rodeo performance.
DeRidder, Louisiana, and Hope, Arkansas, were the next two stops in the series. I would like to thank Jay Bergeron, Bergeron Rodeo Company, and Nick Car for supplying us with horses and letting us be a part of the fun.
My fourth stop in the kick off series was the Humble Rodeo. The committee welcomed me with open arms and the hospitality was wonderful. I was able to attend several school visits, autograph signings, and run sponsor flags. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was getting to meet Kevin Fowler and have front row VIP seating to his concert.
While having a couple weeks off the rodeo road I was on the go. With the help of some wonder people we held our annual UPRA Queens clinic. This was followed by being a part of the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Tractor Supply all in Winnsboro, TX.
The Horseshoe Arena in Midland, TX, was the next rodeo stop. Things kicked off bright and early with a TV interview with KMID and radio interview at County Kicks 99.1. While Cadillac Rodeo Company had the rodeo rolling in full swing, just a few doors down in the same building they were having a Comic Con Convention.
Graham, TX, was the sixth and final stop in the kick off series. While there, Champion Rodeo Company took me in like family and supplied me with two great horses to ride and invited me to sign autographs at their booth.
My next weekend was all about the future of our sport. The Mt. Pleasant Rodeo Association invited me to help with the Priefert World Youth Rodeo, where I present the colors and carried sponsor flags. We were able to beat the rain but it came down once I arrived in Naples, TX, for their Youth Rodeo Series Awards Banquet.
Mr. Don Howell made sure I was well taken care of as I attended the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductions in Ft. Worth, TX. I was able to be at the big reveal as well as present the plaques and buckles at the induction ceremony. Once we were finished we scooted down the road to Mt. Vernon, TX, to their annual Bulls and Broncs event present by the Sheriff’s Posse of Franklin Co. and J&J Rodeo Company.
My next few weekends were filled with rodeo action from Sulphur Springs, TX, Linden, TX, Jefferson, TX, Pittsburg, TX, Lindale, TX, and Winnsboro, TX, while attending many of these rodeos I was able to present the color rodeo and signs what felt like a thousand autographs.
I am proud to announce that Arrowhead Now from Claremore, OK, has joined the Miss UPRA Team as the official chap’s sponsor.
The Wednesday before attending the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame I was working horses and broke my collar bone when one of them bucked me off. On April 14 I had surgery to repair the broken bone. Although I am rocking a sling, I have been and will continue to roll up and down the rodeo road.
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
Miss UPRA 2017