Leather & Lace, Boots & Bling, It’s a Cowgirl Thing

It’s that time of year again.

It’s the time when the city of lights turns into Cowboy Town! 

It’s time for the 

Miss Rodeo America Pageant

and the

Wrangler National Finals

Who is ready and excited! I know I am! Currently I’m waiting on my connecting flight down to the sunny Las Vegas. And I thought there couldn’t be a more perfect time to post about all of the fun and festivities coming up for this next week! If you follow along you’ll get all of the updates and all the details I can manage as 31 beautiful young ladies including our very own Washingtonian Crystal Hart as they compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America! 


This stunning beauty will get to walk across the National stage and make everyone in Washington proud-even though I know that she has already made so many of us very proud of her after an amazing year of traveling the country to represent Washington and the professional sport of rodeo! Starting tomorrow Crystal won’t have access to her phone so you can follow along here, the Curvy E Chronicles Instagram and Facebook the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant Instagram and Facebook and the Miss Rodeo America social medias. 

I am excited to follow Crystals journey through the pageant over the next week and highlight all of the fun and happenings. 

A couple of ways you can show your support from home for Crystal if you can’t make it down to Las Vegas are:

  • Change your profile photo on any of your social medias to a photo of you and Crystal or to one of Crystal to show her how much she is loved while she is down in Vegas. 


  • You can send her emails and words of encouragement at mrapmedia@missrodeoamerica.com with Washington in the subject line. Just hearing from you while she goes through this busy next week will keep her spirits up and help her succeed! 


This photo is being shared from the Miss Rodeo America Facebook page.


  • Anther cool thing is that the Fashion show happening on Friday and the Coronation which will take place on Sunday will be broad cast live on the Wrangler Network so tune in at 12 pm on Friday and 10:30 am on Sunday. 


These photos are being shared from the Miss Rodeo America Facebook page.

  • And finally another cool thing that I found on the Miss Rodeo America Monthly News letter said that there would be Facebook Live feed of Horsemanship on Monday and the Justin Boot Parade Saturday at Cowboy Christmas in the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Again I am so excited to be following along on this journey and I will be posting about all of the fun I am having on the trip as well! After all it is Las Vegas! 


Until next time, keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

The Power of Two Words

There are many combinations of two words that can make an impression on a person but the two I want to talk about today are


These two words seem so simple. They seem so routine. They seem so automatic.

But think  about the last time you said these two words and meant them whole heartedly?

Think about the last time you told someone that you genuinely appreciate all of the hard work they put in to a group, an organization, a project, anything! Most often people pour their hearts and souls into this type of work and often go without these two simple words.


I know I myself am guilty of not using these two simple words to show my true appreciation for people and all that they do. And recently I found myself perplexed because I hadn’t received these two simple words. My feelings were hurt because no one said two simple, two routine, two automatic words to me.

After this small moment of a selfish pity party I had, I came to realize that I myself hadn’t said it either! How could I expect these two simple words when I was guilty of keeping them all to myself.

Now when I talk about saying something so simple as


I mean to say it from your heart. I mean to say it like you truly mean it. And I mean to actually SAY it! OUT LOUD! Or even take the time to hand write a personal note. We are all to often found stuck behind some form of screen and forget the impact taking the two minutes of our day to hand write a note saying


And how much this can mean!

As you all know from my last blog post I spent an awesome weekend volunteering at the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant. I have loved to be more involved as time goes by and to meet new young ladies striving toward their goals and to see old friends reaching for that same goal makes my heart happy! I had the opportunity to choreograph the fashion show with the guidance and help of one of the board members and it was so incredibly rewarding to watch 11 young ladies take the stage and radiate beauty, grace and poise in fun fashionable western trends and end the evening in their western elegance. I couldn’t have been more proud of all of them for getting out there and trusting me to teach them a few small steps and to just have fun!

And last night when I got home from work and checked my mail I found this personally address envelope. Now I wasn’t surprised I got this because I knew they would be mailed out but it was what was on the inside of the card that surprised me.

img_6983This personal THANK YOU was everything but simple, routine and automatic! There was meaning behind it. There was genuine kindness in each hand written note. And this inspired me to write a few THANK YOU notes of my own.

Because I want to say




I appreciate the people that I got to work with! I appreciate all of the hard work they put in to make a program grow and take off. And I want to sprinkle these two words like glitter over the people who’s hard work isn’t totally recognized, people who volunteer their time, people who help grow the next generation.

Do not discount the impact a hand written THANK YOU card can have.

So here is my challenge to you! To each of you who read this!

Go out and find yourself a small box of thank you cards and leave them in your bag, your purse, your car-any where easily handy and next time you really want someone to know how much you appreciate them take two minutes and write it down, write it out, or even say it genuinely out loud!

The power of these two simple, routine and automatic words in the right context can make such a profound impact! And really what is two minutes of your time.


 img_6987Keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

2018 Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant

Today I am headed down to the 2018 Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant! I couldn’t be more excited to be heading back as the social media specialist and assisting with the fashion show!

Each year I have attended the pageant it’s incredible to watch young women from around the state come and show their hearts and souls to all of us there helping, watching and volunteering.  Unlike most other pageants after 3 days of competition these ladies walk away with life long friends and a slew of experience that will go with them for the rest of their life! The hard work and dedication they put in is something to be admired! I know first hand how much time and effort goes in to these types of contests and what kind of courage it takes to put yourself out there.

So without further ado I would like to introduce you to the young ladies competing! This year there are six Miss Rodeo Washington Contestants and two Miss Teen Rodeo Washington Contestants. I wish them all luck on this amazing and once in a life time opportunity!

(I do not own these photo and they have come from the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant Facebook page)

Miss Contestants













Teen Contestants





Starting today these ladies will compete in a number of different area’s including multiple interviews, a written test, answering on stage questions, impromptu speaking and most importantly demonstrating their abilities on horse back.

I will be looking forward to sharing some of the experience and behind the scenes of the pageant with the world via my Facebook and Instagram both on Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant and on Curvy E Chronicles!

Thank you for stopping by and keep eye out for what might be up around the curve!

Judging : Rodeo : Royalty : Old Friends : New Places

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!

My First Trip to Kitsap!


Last weekend I made a trip over the mountains and across the bridge to the Kitsap Co. Fair and PRCA Rodeo! In my rodeo queen career I hadn’t ever gotten the chance to make it over that far with other rodeo’s closer to me and with being a working adult (not all it’s cracked up to be). Any who I’m glad I finally had the chance to make it over!

My mom and sister came along on the adventure as well and it’s never a dull moment with the three of us! img_6710



My sister and I enjoy a little horsing around!!!

This was the first fair I had made it to for the summer and it didn’t disappoint! We were able to watch the end of the pie eating contest and visit the dog barn and the horse barn with so many miniature horses I couldn’t handle the cuteness! Not to mention we also say the miniature horse costume contest and I admire the creativity of those exhibitors!

We also ran into some amazing ladies that I am so lucky to call old and new friends!


Left to right; Miss Rodeo Canada Ali Mullin, Miss Rodeo Washington Crystal Hart, myself and my sister Jessica

After getting more than our fair share of fried food and sweet lemonade- we had tickets to the rodeo thanks to an amazing friend! And what a joy it was to watch!!!


It was a great performance and an honor to watch my good friend Crystal Hart Miss Rodeo Washington carry the American flag! It gives me chills every time I watch someone carry the colors horse back because it reminds me so much of how lucky I am to live in a country that I have the freedom to spectate at my favorite sport! And to hear everyone join in singing the anthem makes my heart sing!!! Not to mention my little brother is in the United State Air Force and I couldn’t be more proud of him and the country and flag he defends!

After the rodeo I got some more time to catch up with some good friends and to make some new ones along the way and I can’t wait for you all to see what is coming up on the Curvy E Chronicles!!!


I couldn’t feel more blessed to know these amazing and accomplished women who not only represent our sport but also are the leading role models for young girls in the western heritage! I can’t wait to follow along with them more as we come up not only on some more Washington Rodeo’s but some pageantry fun as well!

Much, much more rodeo adventures and rodeo queen coverage!

All in all I had an amazing time and an amazing weekend with family and friends and I will be heading back to Kitsap the next time I get the chance!!!!

Keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!