The month of May was filled to the brim with California rodeos. I traveled from Bakersfield, to Sonora, to Ramona, to Bishop and ended the month in Santa Maria.
At Bakersfield I had the privilege of judging their queen contest. It was a wonderful experience being on the other side of the table as a judge. The Bakersfield Stampede Days is hosted by the Kern County Sheriff Posse, an outstanding group of volunteers. During my stay in Bakersfield I was also able to tour the Kern County Sheriff Department and even do a training simulator. I will admit I was unsuccessful in my attempts to be a Sheriff Deputy and I should probably stick to being a rodeo queen for now.
My travels took me to the Sonora Mother Lode Roundup hosted by the Tuolomne County Sheriff Posse. Sonora was a wonderful town and the committee was so kind and generous the entire weekend. I know I would love to return to visit that rodeo in the future. I had such a great time in that adorable town.
The month of May included a lot of new friends. One friend that wasn’t new but I definitely grew closer with was Brittney Phillips, Miss Ramona Rodeo. I had such a great time visiting schools, doing TV interviews, radio giveaways and rodeo performances with Brittney. The moment I got to town we were side by side working hard to promote another great small town rodeo.
My next stop was the Bishop Mule Days and what an event that is. It is definitely a one of a kind event. I borrowed a mule for the parade and had a wonderful time. My mule Petunia was a little stubborn and a little talkative at times but the crowd loved her and I am glad she took care of me.
My final stop for May was Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. Santa Maria is another one of California’s finest small towns and they do a wonderful job putting on a rodeo. I so enjoyed working with everyone there. A big thanks to Reno Rosser for letting me do the motorcycle vs. horse barrel racing. I’m proud to say we won! I also was able to meet Aaron Watson while I was there.