This week we are headed back to Missouri! Help me welcome our Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri 2018, Dani Williams as our featured titleholder! Dani talks about her travels so far this year and how she's been involved with Cardinal Glennon!
How did you get your start in rodeo and rodeo queen pageants?
Growing up, my mom always told me stories of her rodeo queen days. She held the titles of the very first Mark Twain Lake Queen, Mexico Rodeo Queen and MRCA Rodeo Queen. She then started judging at my local rodeo queen pageant. About 6 years ago I started competing at the Troy Rodeo Queen Pageant. I have held the titles of 2014 Troy Jr. Rodeo Queen, 2016 Troy Rodeo Queen and the Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri 2018.
What has been your favorite appearance so far as Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri?
Each rodeo is so different and maybe that is my favorite part. I have enjoyed meeting new people at each one and of course catching up with old friends too! Throughout my year this far I have done some events such as reading at doctor Seuss Week, attending PRCA Rodeos and local charity events such as my personal fundraiser for Cardinal Glennon. My schedule is packed with events almost every weekend and there’s no way I would rather have it!
That’s so awesome that you have your own fundraisers that you do! How did you become involved with Cardinal Glennon and why did you choose them to donate money to?
I was actually a patient there three years ago. In late October 2015 I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune neurologic disease called Guillain Barre. After spending a week and the transitional care unit at Cardinal Glennon children’s research Hospital, I decided I wanted to give back to the hospital get it done so much for me. So I partnered with the local Troy rodeo queen’s to do a donation drive at Walmart. The event was super successful and we were able to raise $1500 Worth of items and $250 in cash donations from the Lincoln County community!
What is one thing you are looking forward to during the rest of your year?
I have enjoyed traveling all over Missouri thus far in my year, however, I cannot wait to travel to LasVegas for the National Finals Rodeo where Ashley Bauer, Miss Rodeo Missouri will be competing for the title of Miss Rodeo America!
Who is one Miss Rodeo America that you would love the chance to go to dinner with? What would you ask her?
If I had the chance to have dinner with a former Miss Rodeo America it would definitely be Katherine Merck, Miss Rodeo America 2016. I would like to give her all the credit in strengthening my passion and respect for the rodeo queen industry. As I watched her travel throughout her year, I loved how humble she was! Her story is truly inspiring and I strive to represent the sport I love, just as she did!
What is one thing you have learned so far being Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri that you didn't know when you competed for the title?
I always knew the saying “Rodeo rain or shine” and I have been fortunate to learn how much fun it is to rodeo in the mud. Although I have also become aware of how much Rodeo is just like a big family! We all have each other’s backs, laugh with and sometimes at each other and even when we part ways we are able to keep in touch through Rodeo.
So true, there is nothing like a weekend getting to rodeo in the mud. I know all of us here in the Ozark Rodeo Association can agree with that. And isn't that the most wonderful thing about the sport of rodeo? We truly are one big family.
Speaking of our rodeo families and how much fun we have on the road, why do you think the rodeo queen industry is dying? And what should we do to insure girls keep coming back to compete in the pageants?
I think that you understand this when I say it, that it takes a lot of time and energy to host a pageant. And trust me we greatly appreciate all that you do for the Ozark Rodeo Association and the rodeo queen industry. As for the girls, they may not realize all the opportunities that are presented with being a title holder, I know I didn’t when I started. And yes, I will admit it is a lot of work, however being a rodeo queen is also a lot of fun. I think as queen coordinators we all must really emphasize what the girls get to do and how easy it is to become involved!
Absolutely! There are so many incredible opportunities that come with the title. I have one last question for you.
Now that you've graduated high school, getting ready to go off to college, and halfway through your year as Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri, what does the future look like for you in rodeo queening after this year?
I will be heading down to West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. My plan is to major in Agriculture Communications and minor in Plant Science. I will be doing my first semester on-line due to my prior obligations here in Missouri and will transfer down in January. I hope to continue to be involved in the rodeo industry throughout college and one day compete for Miss Rodeo Missouri!
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Thank you Dani for taking the time to do an interview with us!
Until next time,
Miss Ozark Rodeo Association Pageant