July 20, 2009

Visit with Miss Rodeo America 2008 ~ Amy Wilson

One of the highlights of my recent roadtrip to Denver was my return journey home when I met and visited Amy Wilson, Miss Rodeo America 2008, in Colby, KS. The heroine in Seeds of Summer, the second book in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series is a former Miss Rodeo Kansas, as is Amy. Part of my research for this story included a great deal of communication with Amy and her advisors and friends. Amy has been a joy to work with and is such a lovely person. My visit to her home was an unexpected blessing, as she shared some special moments from her time as Miss Rodeo Kansas and then as Miss Rodeo America. Pictured on the right holding her pageant leather dress.

Amy with leather Bible given to her as part of her MRA reign. Miss Rodeo America has a host of sponsors who shower their queen with lovely gifts, some of which include: a wardrobe of Wrangler Jeans, Justin Boots, Bailey Hats , fully tooled Court’s Saddle with custom Miss Rodeo America conchos and an official Miss Rodeo America trophy buckle from Montana Silversmiths. Accompanying the perpetual Miss Rodeo America tiara made by Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations, Amy was given a wardrobe of matching jewelry. These items, along with other prizes were presented to her throughout her reign. Below are a "few" of Amy's favorites--too many to list them all.

Amy's boots -- a few of her favorites she couldn't part with.

Amy's saddle. Amy owns three horses and continues to compete in barrel racing as well as breakaway roping events. Below is a favored jacket designed by Rickrageous, a sunflower design set with crystals (and very heavy).

Below with friend, Justin McDaniel, World Champion Bareback Rider. Next month Amy will head to New Mexico Highlands University to continue her college education. God's blessings to you, Amy, for your future and in all that you do!


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