March: The Cowgirls and Ladies Seminar and RODEOHOUSTON April 1, 2017 by Katelin Bradley, MRW 2017March was a busy month! During the first weekend of March I was able to attend a barrel race at Chism Trail Ranch in Merrill, Wisconsin. Chism Trail Ranch is where I barrel raced and cattle sorted quite frequently in high school and college. They let me carry the American flag for their opening ceremonies on March 4th, which was the first time I had carried the flag as Miss Rodeo Wisconsin. It was a great event. I got to see many good friends and watch some great barrel racing. On March 18th I drove to River Falls, Wisconsin to attend and help out at the Cowgirls and Ladies Seminar. The seminar is the annual clinic hosted by the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin Pageant Association. This year, Miss Rodeo America 2007 Ashley Andrews and other notable people in the rodeo industry were able to come present. The seminar provided informative tips on clothing, hair, and makeup, as well as interviews, impromptu questions, speeches, and horsemanship. Each participant got to practice perfecting various skills. It was a very productive two days! I barely had time to unpack from the seminar and I was packing my bags again! This time I was off to Houston, Texas for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. At RODEOHOUSTON, state title holders that are invited do not participate in title. The other state queens and I helped Cervi Championship Rodeo take care of the saddle horses, pickup horses, and sheep! We rode in the grand entry and stood as pivot points. I can honestly say that loping into NRG Stadium with thousands of people in the stands is one of the coolest experiences that I have had so far this year. RODEOHOUSTON was a fantastic rodeo to help out with. I will never forget warming up horses in the stadium with some of my rodeo heroes riding on the same dirt.