Miss Rodeo queens host local youth rodeo queen clinic
HERMOSA, S.D. — While rodeos nationwide have opted to cancel pageants in the wake of the coronavirus, some lucky girls have had the opportunity to learn from the best.
Rodeo queens have not had the opportunity to travel much this year, so it has given them time to host local youth rodeo queen clinics.
A group of young hopefuls gathered at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Hermosa to welcome the current Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo South Dakota, and the 2006 Miss Rodeo South Dakota for one of many national clinics.
A major aspect of the clinic was horsemanship and versatility, but competitors also learned to take photos for applications, model, and deliver speeches.
“To be a Rodeo Queen, you have to be able to ride as many different horses as you can, because as Miss Rodeo South Dakota, going to different rodeos, I don’t take my own horse,” said Martina Loobey, the 2020-2021 Miss Rodeo South Dakota. “And we have to be able to speak on our feet and speak about a lot of different topics and know about rodeo, because we are the connection between the rodeo fans and the cowboys.”
While the experience was an exciting opportunity for the competitors, others look back on their time in rodeo clinics, and consider it a privilege to pass their knowledge on.
“Anytime that I’m able to give back to a title that has taught me some incredible things in the three years that I’ve competed in rodeo queening,” said Miss Rodeo America 2020-2021, Jordan Tierney. “The people that have given to me, given of their time, resources. whatever it is, so the chance for me to do just a little bit of that through this title is very special to me.”
The clinic was free of charge and open to all skill levels.
“We have lots of opportunity to becoming ambassadors for the sport of rodeo, through rodeo queening, also through 4H which offers the 4H rodeo ambassador program,” said Coordinator for Youth Queen Clinic, Tracy Heitsch. “So this is a great opportunity for girls who are interested in being spokesman for South Dakota’s number one sport which is rodeo, is a great opportunity for them to learn from some of the best resources on how to go about that.”
Along with rodeos, pageants have also been cancelled. So this year’s rodeo queens will hold their titles for two years and will relinquish their crowns in December 2021.