Rodeo Queens make appearance at Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Known as the first ladies of professional rodeo, rodeo queens from around the country are in Rapid City for the popular Black Hills Stock Show.
Much like other pageants, girls start competing at a young age in hopes of one day being Miss Rodeo America.
Contestants are judged on personality, appearance, and largely horsemanship. For those who win the coveted titles of Princess, Queen, and Miss Rodeo, they become the face of rodeo in their home region.
With most rodeo events canceled this year, contestants are excited to be at the Black Hills Stock Show.
“2021, we have had quite a few of my appearances get canceled already,” said Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Martina Loobey. “So, to be able to come here and say, I‘m from South Dakota, I get to come to Rodeo Rapid City and the Black Hills Stock Show. So it is truly an honor to be able to represent them and come and participate.”
The Miss Rodeo America pageant was canceled in December, so rodeo queens were given the opportunity to carry their titles an additional year. Loobey has chosen to do this as she loves being a role model and inspiring girls. Her next aspiration is to compete for Miss Rodeo America.