This first generation cowgirl proves you don't have to come from a rodeo background to have big dreams in the rodeo world. Please help us welcome two time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Flag Girl and your 2018 Miss Rodeo Utah, Carly Peercy as this week's featured titleholder!!
How did you get started in rodeo and rodeo queen pageants?
I ran for my very first princess title in 2008, lets just say I had no idea what I was doing but I loved every minute of it. During High School I was on the Kearns High Drill Team which consumed most of my time, so I decided to concentrate on dancing and being a state officer during those years. Once I graduated from High School in 2012 I competed for my very first PRCA queen title, there was 4 girls competing and unfortunately I was the girl that walked away without getting my named called to be apart of their court. This was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, it fueled my fire and started a burning passion inside me. I wanted to go back the following year and win the queen title. So that’s just what I did, in 2013 I held the West Jordan Western Stampede Rodeo Queen title, and I was officially hooked! Since than I have held 11 other rodeo queen titles including my current title Miss Rodeo Utah 2018.
Why did you decide to run for Miss Rodeo Utah?
Something unique about me is I am a first generation cowgirl so I have wanted to be an example that big dreams are attainable. I am also very goal orientated so after continuously setting goals to compete at different local rodeo queen pageants, I came to a realization that I needed to set my goals high if I wanted to follow my dreams of becoming Miss Rodeo Utah. It took me three years to walk away with the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo Utah, but the important part was I never gave up going after my dreams. Now its my hope to make an impact, and be an example that ALL dreams can come to reality with faith, determination and hard work.
What has been your most memorable appearance so far as Miss Rodeo Utah?
This most memorable appearance that’s standing out to me at the moment, happened just this past weekend. I was able to be a part of an event with a nonprofit organization called the Mascot Miracles Foundation. This foundation provides lasting memories and moments of happiness for young warriors fighting unthinkable battles. They help children who have serious illness through professional, college and corporate mascots; by creating and attending events. I was fortunate enough to be a mentor to these heroes and spend a day with them putting on an exceptional rodeo during the Pony Express Days in Eagle Mountain, Utah. I can honestly say my heart has never felt so full of happiness and love.
What are you most looking forward to during the rest of your reign?
Definitely making an impact in my state. This last weekend kicked off the first rodeo of summer here in Utah and now I am going strong every weekend attending rodeos, events and parades until the middle of August. I will travel from the north, east, south and west of Utah these next few months and I couldn’t be more exited to pack up my Dodge Ram pick up truck and hit the rodeo trail with my friends and family.
As you are preparing to compete for Miss Rodeo America in December, what has been the biggest challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
I’ll admit I am a huge over thinker. I sometimes stress about the smallest things that no one can change. This year I have been focusing on myself, reminding myself to let things go that I can’t control, always to live in the moment and most importantly remember who I am. I have told myself from the beginning no matter what happens I will stay true to myself, believe in myself and never give up on my dreams.
You got to be a flag girl at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for 2017, what was this experience like?
If I could describe it in one word it would be AMAZING! This past year during the 2017 WNFR was my second year that I got to carry sponsor flags at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Being selected to ride with 21 other incredible, talented riders, and being a part of this selected group of women is unexplainable.
I do have to giggle when I hear girls say that carrying flags at the WNFR would be so glamorous and fun, don’t get me wrong it’s a blast but it’s also a lot more than just carrying flags during a rodeo. You haven’t seen the definition of perfect until you spend a day practicing with us. We practice until we are in sync, talk about late nights practices after the rodeo and early mornings practices as well.
When you compete for Miss Rodeo America, besides bringing the crown back to Utah, what is your goal?
My goal going into Miss Rodeo America is to have no regrets, I am going to go to America as ready as I can be. No matter if I win or lose I want to look back and say I did my very best and whatever happens it was meant to happen. God is good, and he always has a plan for us.
If there is one piece of advice you could give to every girl starting out in the rodeo queen industry, what would it be?
Always stay true to you, no matter what!! You are special in your own unique way, don’t let anyone change you. Once you find your inspiration, use it to make a difference.
What do you believe is the most important phase of competition and how do you prepare for it?
As a Rodeo Queen it’s our job to be the public relations and ambassador of the sport of rodeo, especially as the first lady of professional rodeo! This comes from putting in hours upon hours of time and energy into studying all different rodeo and agricultural topics.
Every portion of the Miss Rodeo America pageant the contestants will be answering questions in their interviews, while answering impromptu questions and when they give their extemporaneous speech. Staying up to date on current events, PRCA rules, equine related knowledge, personality questions are all extremely important if you want to be successful at the Miss Rodeo America pageant.
Like I said studying is a little tricky because there is so much to study but I have learned that having a studying routine is very important. First of all to keep up on current events, I read TheSkimm daily and I watch the news nightly. To help me study all the different topics I will take flash cards with me everywhere I go, on my down time I will ask myself questions, answer them back or write them down and then while I am driving I will have someone send me a speech topic and I will create a speech out of it and say it out loud. I will record myself then go back and listen and critique them later.
Long explanation short, you have to put the work and effort in if you want to be successful not only at the Miss Rodeo America pageant, but in everyday life.
Thank you so much for this opportunity!
Carly Peercy, the 2018 Miss Rodeo Utah
Thank you Carly so much for sharing your journey with us! You're a reminder that you don't have to come from a certain background to obtain certain dreams!
We can't wait to continue following your journey as Miss Rodeo Utah this year!
Until next time,
Miss Ozark Rodeo Association Pageant
Photos courtesy of: Carly Peercy