From the Daddy of ’em All to the Twin City!

FullSizeRender (2)George Strait’s famous words, “I can still make Cheyenne…” rolled through my mind as I was preparing to leave for the airport at 2 A.M. on July 29th. I; however, was using the term as motivation to stay awake while getting ready for the 5 A.M. flight I had to catch. Little did I know what I was going to experience while in Cheyenne, Wyoming. TIMG_1264he Daddy of ’em All exceeded my expectations and then some! As soon as I arrived in Denver I received my first surprise of the trip – Alex Ingram, Miss Rodeo Texas 2014 and I were taking the same shuttle from Denver to Cheyenne! It was great to be able to catch up with sweet Alex! Upon arrival in Cheyenne I immediately ran into a fellow Texan and San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Committeeman, which was nice! I was certain that this must be a good sign. I had already ran into more Texans on this trip than I had native Wyomingans.

While in Cheyenne I was able to tour the Francis E. Warren Air Force base thanks to Mr, Richard Morrison,  ride in what was probably the longest parade of my life, and run down FullSizeRender (1)a racetrack horseback for the notorious rodeo queen “fly-by!” Friday afternoon, Cheyenne brought me another unique surprise – a hail storm which made me question if I should be searching for a basement! I mean, when it hails like that in northeast Texas you better run for cover because a tornado is coming next! Fortunately that wasn’t the case, and once the hail stopped the sun peeked through the clouds just in time for the KISS concert! The committee in Cheyenne treated all of the rodeo queens so kindly, and it was so neat to meet with people from all over the world who came to watch and enjoy the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

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Warwick, Australia, Rodeo Queen – Georgie Stower

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The following weekend I traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the induction of the 2016 class of the Pro Rodeo FullSizeRender (5)Hall of Fame. It was such an honor to meet and learn about the legends of our sport. The stories told ranged from joyful memories to tear jerking tributes.

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo served as the host rodeo for the PIMG_1411ro Rodeo Hall of Fame where the 2016 class of Dave Appleton, Arnold Felts, Jerold Camarillo, Myrtis Dightman, Bud Linderman, Phil Gardenhire, John Quintana, steer wrestling horse Sottie, bucking horse sire Gray Wolf, Redding Rodeo, and Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo were recognized and fans were given the opportunity to meet the inductees. Each of the inductees was well-deserving of the honor!

While in Colorado, the Outlets of Castle Rock hosted all of the state rodeo queens for a morning which made for quite the day! I mean who doesn’t like to shop? I had a blast shopping and getting to know the fellow state rodeo queens.

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Shortly after arriving back in Texas a repacked my bags to head to “the Biggest Little Rodeo IMG_1534in Texas” in Forestburg. I served as one of the judges for their rodeo queen and princess contest which I truly enjoyed. The young ladies competing were talented, driven, and unique. When it came time for the rodeo, Forestburg held true to their title.FullSizeRender (7) The whole town shut down for the rodeo and Watermelon Festival. Even in the middle of the rain and thunderstorm the stands stayed packed! Thank you to Stacey Ward for the opportunity to be a part of such a fun event!

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Back in San Antonio, I was invited to attend the South Texas CattleWomen’s, a generous sponsor of Miss Rodeo Texas, meeting in Hondo as a guest speaker where I shared the story about how my family moved to Texas to operate a dairy farm, my journey to becoming Miss Rodeo Texas, and my aspirations as a rodeo queen. It was great to be able to speak with like minded women about the ties between agriculture and rodeo.

FullSizeRender (11)This past weekend I traveled to the Twin City of Texarkana for the Four States Fair and Rodeo queen contest. It was so nice to be back “home” as I lived about 25 miles west of Texarkana when I taught school last year. I served on theFullSizeRender (10) panel of judges for the Miss Four States Fair and Rodeo pageant, which resulted in the selection of two great girls to represent Four States this upcoming year! The pageant was very well run and a ton of fun.

I am currently gearing up for a month full of Texas rodeos which I am very excited for! I will attend my “home town” rodeo in Mount Vernon, Texas for the Franklin County Sheriff Posse Annual Labor Day Rodeo, the West Texas Fair and Rodeo, the Tri-Sate Fair and Rodeo, and the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo. I hope to see you there!

Be thankful for the ones beside you, the God above you, and the life before you.

God bless,

Lisa Lageschaar
Miss Rodeo Texas 2016

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Red, White, and Blue to Corn Gold and National Blue

Hello again! I hope all of you had a safe and fantastic Fourth of July holiday! I was able to spend the holiday weekend at the 92nd annual Belton Chamber of Commerce IMG_0661Fourth of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo. What a thrill to hear my name called as Miss Rodeo Texas as I made a lap around the arena! I had a great time and made many new friends! As soon as I arrived I felt right at home. Thank you to Keith Smith for your hospitality and for producing such a great event! There is no doubt it takes team work to put on an event as great as the rodeo in Belton, and I witnessed a true example of just that in Belton, Texas. Although there were several people who worked tirelessly to produce the event, I would like to give a special thank you to Nancy Minyard for your generosity in showing me the grounds, escorting me to where I needed toIMG_0697 be
each evening, and for your delicious desserts! I definitely didn’t leave Belton hungry!

Kayla Clayton, thank you for being so FullSizeRenderwelcoming and sharing the ins and outs of Rodeo Belton. I enjoyed spending time with you and your precious girls Hazely and Hartley! Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Mark Arrazola for your unwavering commitment to the Belton Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. I enjoyed helping with the mutton bustin’, assisting the Dynamite Dames during their thrilling trick riding performance, and meeting with fans from all over world!IMG_2206

IMG_0737After I left Belton, I traveled to Hamilton, Texas for the Comanche County statewide 4H horse camp, where I was able to share some of my knowledge and experience with kids IMG_0861ranging in age from two to eighteen years of age. I had a blast, and I would recommend this camp to any horse enthusiast in IMG_0741the state of Texas! Activities ranged from roping and barrel racing, to improving foundation horsemanship skills, and even swimming with horses! I met some of the sweetest,
hard working kids around, and I am honored to have been able to come to Horse Camp 2016. A HUGE thank you to Rachel Hilliard for all you do to make this horse camp IMG_0870possible. You are a special woman, and your hard work does not go unnoticed! Virginia Fleming, with the SF Ranch, thank you for the use of your beautiful bay gelding, Magnet. He was a joy to ride, and sure did make me look good! I hope to be able to come back to the Comanche County Horse Camp for years to come!IMG_0873

Going from teaching high school agriculture to being Miss Rodeo Texas has been a bFullSizeRender (1)ig change, and I am so thankful I was able to travel to Dallas, Texas, this past week, for the Texas FFA Convention to watch some of my former students receive their Lonestar FFA Degrees and their State FFA Proficiency awards. Although I only spent one year with these students, they all hold a very special place in my heart, and it was so gratifying to see them receive recognition for all their hard work as ambassadors for agriculture and the youth of Texas! I have no doubt that each of you will continue to achieve great things!

Until next time… Be thankful for the ones beside you, the God above you, and the life before you.

God bless,

Lisa Lageschaar
Miss Rodeo Texas 2016

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Aubrie Fields- Miss Rodeo Texas Teen 2016

This blog was written by Guest Blogger, Aubrie Fields- Miss Rodeo Texas Teen 2016!

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Hello! I’m Aubrie Fields Miss Rodeo Texas Teen 2016. I don’t think I will ever get tired of saying that as this is a dream that I have had for many years now.

 I am the 15 year old daughter of Gary and Sue Fields and I have an older brother, Brady. I live in Sudan Texas where I started riding when I was a week old, it’s fair to say I was born into the rodeo world! I did 4-h horse shows ever since I could remember and started rodeoing seriously in 6th grade and I have made it to state finals the past 4 years. I am very active in school activities such as UIL, student council, FFA, basketball, track, and cross country. I enjoy showing  goats and ag mechanics at major stock shows as well as competing in public speaking events.  I enjoy tutoring other students in math and English and giving riding lessons to kids of all ages who want to ride but do not have a horse.

I  have been involved in rodeo royalty pageants since 2008 when I won the Earth Rodeo Sweetheart which sparked a small flame that would soon grow. I entered my first big rodeo queen contest at the age of 9 with not a clue in the world what I was about to get myself into. November of 2010 I was crowned Miss Rodeo Sandhills Princess and I was hooked! I knew that someday wanted to someday be Miss Rodeo Texas.

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Later that year I went to the Miss Rodeo Texas Princess Pageant  and sadly did not win. This defeat made me want it that much more. So, I went home and worked like crazy and won the ABC Pro Rodeo Princess that I would take to the Miss Rodeo Texas Princess the following year which resulted in another loss. It crossed my mind that maybe I wasn’t cut out for the job and maybe God had other plans. I went on to win Miss Rodeo Texas Junior High and got the courage to run for MRTP one more time. Third time was the charm and I took home to title of Miss Rodeo Texas Princess!

Not winning MRTP the first two times I competed was tough on me and made me have doubts about my ability! It also made me believe I needed to be older when I ran for Miss Rodeo Texas Teen. But, with much convincing from friends and family I finally decided to give Teen a shot this year and I am beyond excited that I did! I know my year as Miss Rodeo Texas Princess prepared me for MRTT more than any amount of studying could ever do.

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If any young lady is considering running for Miss Rodeo Texas Princess or Miss Rodeo Texas Teen…I hope you do!

 I am so honored to be the 2016 Miss Rodeo Texas Teen and it could not have been possible without all the sponsors and committee members who make the contest a success! I also want to thank all the people who let me ride horses to help me prepare for the horsemanship portion as well as all the people who donated items to the three title winners. Last but definitely not least thank you to my parents for everything y’all do from dying jeans to making clothes and supporting me through my impulsive decisions.

 

I look forward to my rein as MRTT and I want any young girl to know that determination is key: you can have the clothes and the horses but if you don’t have the drive to succeed you won’t achieve to your goals.

-Aubrie Fields,

Miss Rodeo Texas Teen

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