This last weekend I was asked to come down and judge the queen contest at the Ritzville Rodeo! I was truly honored to try something new in my retirement from the queen world. This was something new for me and I really learned a lot as well was able to share my knowledge with other young and aspiring queens!
Having never judged a contest before I was going in with an open mind and an open heart hoping that I could help these young women grow and achieve their dreams of representing rodeo and the agriculture industry.
I did get to meet two amazing and bright young women. Both had a heart and passion for the sport and their home town which speaks volumes! Not to mention having the courage to put themselves out in front of a crowd to not only speak but to also ride a pre determined pattern and present a flag and themselves horse back!
I was proud of how hard both had worked and after the scores were tallied and everything was said and done, the board of directors decided they would bring back the old tradition of having a queen and princess. These made for a great opportunity for both of the young women who tried out and now they have a year to grow, learn and represent what means so much to them!
After the judging I decided I would hang out and stay for the rodeo considering I had never been and there were a lot of old friends I hadn’t seen in a long time!! I couldn’t be more blessed with such an amazing rodeo family after all of these years!
Here are just a few photos from the night helping with grand entry and hanging with friends!!!
I had the best time and I can’t wait to go back next year even just to hangout!!!
There is another pageant coming up that I will be judging in a couple of weeks so I will do a full judging follow up when I get through that one and let you all know how interesting it is and how I feel I have helped to improve each young woman I come in contact with!
Keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!