Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rodeo Queen Clothing Pictures

I have had a lot of inquiries on pictures of clothing I have for sale, so I am posting pictures of some of my different shirts, jackets, and outfits. Contact me at if you have any questions. Thanks!

Light blue and magenta custom retro shirt with AB crystals and handpained yoke and cuffs
Periwinkle MRA horsemanship shirt, lots of studs and crystals, handpainted yoke and cuffs

Tan western collections shirt with gold embroidery and lots of rimset crystals

Periwinkle shirt with yellow yoke and cuffs, accent -black leather with studs Black very sparkly arena shirt, rimset crystals on collar and cuffPatriotic! Blue leather bolero with maroon stars and sewn in crystals around the edge of the jacket

Robins egg and maroon bolero jacket and skirt combo with maroon painting and rimset crystals- worn for President's Breakfast at Miss Rodeo America Pageant

Red Rickrageous Jacket with pale yellow flowers and smiley pockets. This jacket has less bling and is very classy. It comes with a matching red skirt.

White Julie Ewing fashion show dress with embroidered lilacs and lots of purple swarovski crystals, fringe on the sleeves and boottom of dress

Jade Julie Ewing fashion show dress worn at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Has unique silver, gunmetal, and turquoise beading on it and lots of jade crystals. Very fitted sleeves, fringe on the bottom with a solid kick pleat on the back that has the beading. Gorgeous dress!

Bubblegum pink and metallic brown Jan Faulkner, made for speech competition at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Comes with a wide scrolled belt and a plain pink one. This dress has many brown rimset crystals.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Clothes for SALE!!!

I have a ton of wonderful clothes that I am advertising right now on for sale under The Second Go Round. Pretty much anything I have worn this year is for sale. You can inquire about clothing by emailing me at:


Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I would like to thank my family that showed up to support me at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. I really appreciate you being there and I hope you had fun at our "family reunion".
Thanks to:
Dad and Shannon
Joan and Jim
Edie and Paige
Mom and Lloyd
Uncle Rick, Uncle Terry, Uncle Bob, and Uncle Jeff
Aunt Jan, Aunt Julia, Aunt Kathy, and Missy
Cousins Jared and Cade and cousins Ben and Madeline
Ol' Grandpa and Judy
My step grandma Winnie and Bernie
Mark Collier

Miss Rodeo America Pageant

I would like to start off and say THANK YOU to the many wonderful people who have been by my side every leg of this journey. Your support has meant so much to me. Whether it was the uplifting emails I recieved, the daily "gifts" at the pageant, the phone calls at all hours, the wonderful horses provided at rodeos, the horsemanship help and study tips, the assistance with clothes, and everything else, I have been blessed by your generosity and friendship this year. I have come away from the Miss Rodeo America Pageant with a number of awesome things that I am so thankful for. First of all, I know for a fact that the people from our beautiful state are the most kind, loving, hardworking, strong, and especially "real" people in the whole country. I was so proud to be from and represent Montana, because people here have something MORE! I have seen it from Glasgow to Missoula, Libby to Miles City. My year has been incredible. Upon returning home, I have had to put my favorite equation to use. E + R = O , Event plus response equals outcome. If you change your responses, you change your outcome. It works every time. The event was that I didn't achieve my goal of winning Miss Rodeo America, but my response will be positive, and my outcome will be incredible. I truly do believe that there are things that are out of our control and performing so well at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and not making top 10 or top 5 really backs up that theory. If it was based on hard work alone, I know I would be at the top. The last thing I learned from the pageant is how far I have come as a person. Four years ago, I never could have come close to doing the things I have done this year. For every interview at America, I was calm and centered. Before my speech, I wasn't even a little nervous. Impromptu questions didn't make me stutter and shake in my boots like it used to. I am very impressed with the caliber of the Miss Rodeo Montana program. It has taught me so much- the most important being to believe in myself.
I am so excited for Chase Hawks and especially for Circuit Finals where a new Miss Rodeo Montana will begin her journey. It has been an amazing year and I appreciate everyone who has helped me grow. We will be friends for life!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Beautiful demonstration of character for the State of Montana

Ah Lesli your hard work and determination makes you as admirable and enviable as ever. You are truly a jewel in all that you do. All of your sparkling contributions will never be forgotton for the 2009 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. You have paved a well lit road for the Miss Rodeo Montana participants who follow you.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2nd question and NFR

Lesli showed she knows her facts. She convincingly answered her question at the luncheon today. She also did well at the NFR. All of her family are here in Las Vegas to cheer her on. We are rounding the corner to the final decision. Go Lesli!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My fashionable Lesli

Lesli modeled her touquoise dress adorned with beautiful crystals in the Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show tonite. It all comes so natural to her and she does it with such class. She put so much thought and effort into having the perfect dresses and outfits, not one second was wasted. Oh yes and her ability with group choreography is outstanding as well. Is there anything she can't do? She is truly the Most Versatile and Best All Around.

Speech Nailed!!!!

OH MY GOSH!!!!! Lesli calmly and beautifully presented her speech. Once again she to0k our breath away. Her composure was unbelievable. I felt as if I had never heard the speech and she was telling this mysterious story about the hidden gifts of Montana. Her pink dress was perfectly matched to her story within her speech and looked beautiful. Lesli once again shows her tenacity through an extraordinary performance!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Impromptu question is a success

Lesli answered a controversial question to the point and without any ums huhs or looks of confusion. She answered the exact question without extrapolation into unnecessary areas. She looked very professional as well as stunning.


Lesli, once again shined in all of her endeavors. Her horsemanship skills prove her ability to handle any horse confidently and with authority. She represents Montana with poise. As her mother, when I walked toward her at the get acquainted party, her ensemble of wardrobe and striking beauty took my breath away. All of her preparation and attention to detail has paid off.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Check in - Lesli is Ready

Lesli simply glowed at check-in. Her poise and confidence radiated. All of the young women appeared confident as well, but, as her mother, I know where her poise and confidence comes from. The days, hours, minutes and seconds of the hard work she has invested in this endeavor is apparent. First pictures can be viewed through this link then click on Online Images at the bottom of the web site. Here we go! Today she will demonstrate her excellent riding skills.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Off to Vegas!!

Well, I'm packing up this morning and driving down to Vegas! I wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much to everyone that has helped me! You all know who you are. I wouldn't have been able to prepare without you. You can follow pictures of the pageant online at and my mom will be updating this blog. Thank you so much for your support!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Western Design Conference and Lewistown Weekend!

Sam and I presenting awards at the Trappers Convention
Selling Deep Fried Oreos at the Fergus High School Football Game- they're delicious

The outfits we modeled at the Western Design Conference- I wore the brown one with the skirt

Kate- I mean Mrs. Ruland- and I show off some abstract art
Going to Jackson Hole for the Western Design Conference with Julie Ewing was a one-of-a-kind opportunity. I was with a girl who is about to run for Miss Rodeo California, and a girl who is about to run for Miss Rodeo Canada. We had so much fun and stayed in the coolest cabins that reminded me of the "Aspen" hotel rooms on Dumb and Dumber. I felt very spoiled. Sherry Jolley came and modeled with us as well and it was great to see her. The clothes were fun to wear and I got to model in two other designers sets, so I felt really fortunate. It was such good practice for America because the runway is a similar T- stage. I had a great time. Thank you Julie! You are a talented artist and an incredible person!
My weekend in Lewistown went really well and was packed full. On Friday, I did school visits and spoke to Ag classes. I also got to teach abstract art in Kate's class, which was really fun. We then went to cheerleading practice because Kate coaches the Junior High Cheerleaders, then to a football game. I helped out SKILLS club by selling deep-fried oreos. They were a hot ticket item and really good, if I do say so myself. The next day Sam, Kate, and I headed to the Trappers Convention. I did a bullwhip cracking demonstration, and we modeled fur coats. Sam and I also helped with the auction. Sunday was my favorite day of the weekend because Kate and I hauled her horse out to Ed Lamb's house and he donated a riding lesson. We worked for about 3 hours on the patterns for America and I really learned a lot. Ed is a super trainer and he really knows horses. It was so generous of him to school me for MRA and so nice of Kate to let me use her horse. This horse was perfect for the lesson. I would like to thank Kate Ruland for letting me stay at her house and giving me so many opportunities. It was a very productive weekend!

Ellensburg, Dillon Jaycees Rodeo

Gus saying Ciao!!!
This bay stud was great around the kids

Miss Big Sky Prorodeo Roundup- Tesla McDowell and I paying our respect, with lots of others

Miss Rodeo Washington, Virginia, America, Mississippi, and I before first perf of Ellensburg

Having fun at the MRW speech luncheon

The Ellensburg Rodeo Court and I (Oh, and some photogenic committee men :))
Ellensburg is an awesome rodeo. It is the last stop of the Million Dollar Tour and a Gold rodeo, which amps up the contestants, audience, and entertainment. It was great to watch the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant and it was such a tight race that I had no clue who the winner was until the moment she was announced. Getting back into pageant mode was really good for me, and of course it was fun to hang out with all of the other state queens and Miss Rodeo America. I would like to thank Nicole Ray, Miss Rodeo Washington and the Miss Rodeo Washington board for being so hospitable and showing all of us what a great place Washington is. We had the opportunity to tour a wind farm, take part in every aspect of the pageant, and ride in the Ellensburg Rodeo- which has one of the most amazing grand entries. Thank you to Jody and Gary Rempel, who let me use one of their horses for grand entry. Ellensburg was one of my favorite rodeos, but I had to rush home for the big hometown rodeo.
Labor Day wasn't exactly what I would have chosen for the perfect "hometown" rodeo. It was definitely funny and the audience got their ticket's worth. I was riding a friends little western pleasure horse and he decided that for the steer wrestling he was going to become a saddle bronc. I had gone all year without getting bucked off and right at the end, he got me. Kyle Shobe was the announcer and I was lucky to have him there because he made it really funny by saying, "Oh, she's goin' for eight seconds!!" and all of this stuff about being a cowgirl. I felt pretty cowgirl when I was crawling out of the dirt with manure stuck all over me and the whole town of Dillon watching. The horse bucked so hard it ripped my spurs, banner, and crown off. Scott Cameron the rodeo clown took the crown and banner and put them on, then proceeded to dance around. Wow.... I'm still hearing about that. The next night I rode this really nice bay stud of Sammy Ryan's. Thanks Sammy!!! He was an angel. I enjoyed riding in the parade, but did hear the phrase "bucked off" probably 20 times. I was proud of myself for staying lighthearted and just let that just roll off my shoulders. After all, that's what being Miss Rodeo Montana is all about! It reminded me of a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, " A woman is like a tea bag, you don't know how strong she is until she's in hot water".

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Missoula Stampede

My Scrapbook Cover! Thanks Muley Bluz!!!
Sam, Hank, and I trying to stay dry

Signing autographs at Quality Supply with all of the Missoula Stampede Girls

It's all about teamwork- picture from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Missoula is my stomping grounds and the first rodeo I ever saw was at the Western Montana Fair, so I am partial to this one. The Missoula Stampede committee has gone above and beyond to raise the bar for their rodeo. They succeeded in attracting many of the top cowboys in the PRCA and it's always fun to see the sport's finest athletes. I stayed busy doing many interviews, both radio and television. I did an interview on an MCAT show, as well as a part for a Wildlife Film Festival video on the fair. I would like to thank Gretchen Kirchmann for organizing my schedule. We definitely got the most out of the week. It was great emceeing the style show with Sam. We had so much fun recounting some of the finer moments of the year! There were so many highlights in the week, including going out to lunch with Laura Bakker, Sam, and Bill Nooney. Mr. Nooney is a huge supporter of the Miss Rodeo Montana organization and he makes the gas card for Miss Rodeo Montana possible. Lynn and Audrey Sholty put on another successful Ribbons and Rhinestones Golf Tournament and I had my first golfing experience. I didn't know you couldn't wear cowboy boots so I felt a little naieve when I showed up in my Justin Boots ready to golf. It all worked out and I just had to tiptoe on the greens:)
I would like to especially thank Laura Bakker for once again running an awesome pageant. The girls will do a great job and I hope that they can make it up to the Miss Rodeo Montana Pageant for the style show this January.
I got my scrapbook cover from Muley Bluz out of Ronan. Thank you so much Steve! This man is an amazing artist and probably one of the nicest people I have met all year. He did a superb job and I am so excited to see the beautiful finished product!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Photos

I Love Sam!!!
I love Stick horses and Sam

Sam and I Stanford

Helena with my ladies

Pretty sassy


Sam's hair looks good