Miss Murray State Rodeo, Miss Sunbelt Ag Expo, and Miss Rodeo USA. Those are the only rodeo queen titles this week's titleholder has ever held. She says it's not about how many titles you have won, it's about how passionate and determined you are! I would like for you to meet Miss Rodeo USA 2017, Brittany Howard! Brittany is from Kentucky and was the first woman to bring the title back to her home state in 50 years! Keep reading to take a glimpse into Brittany's year as Miss Rodeo USA!
How did you become involved in rodeo and rodeo queen pageants?
Growing up, I always had a love for animals! It was an easy decision to attend college where I could bring my horse and major in the Animal Health Technology field!
I attended Murray State University in Murray, Ky where I first saw their collegiate rodeo team. I joined their team my junior year and that is the first time I heard about their rodeo queen pageant. I had no idea what I was getting into, but thought that it was something I was most definitely interested in! I loved representing the team, Murray, and the greatest sport on dirt. That year 2014, I competed for the first time in the MRUSA pageant. I had no prior pageant experience, but walked away with memories to last a lifetime and friends that I will forever cherish!
What was your most memorable experience of being Miss Rodeo USA?
There were so many memorable experiences throughout my year as MRUSA. I don’t think I can name one but I’ll give you a few!
What has life been like since you gave up your title in January?
Life has been back to the real world since I gave up my title in January!! The Day after I handed over my title, I packed up and headed back to Kentucky! I was at work the next day and haven’t stopped working since! I have assumed my job as a Licensed Veterinary Technologist and am loving every minute of helping animals and enhancing their lives! I find time to ride my horses, play with my dogs, and spend time with family!
With being Miss Rodeo USA, you traveled thousands of miles throughout the country, what was one item besides your crown and sash, you made sure you always packed?
And then there was that one time when I left my buckle on a different belt at home... I’m not even kidding! Don’t worry, I turned around for that one! I had several items that I almost always had with me— a battery pack for my phone, tablet, cheese sticks, SNACKS! , and my trusty pair of twisted x loafers!
Our pageant gives our Miss ORA the opportunity to go on and compete for Miss Rodeo USA, what piece of advice would you give to girls who are unsure about competing at the national level?
My advice to girls who are deciding o whether to compete for USA— DO IT! Make the most of it and THIS time in your life!! You won’t regret it because regardless the outcomes, you will have had an incredible week, made lifelong friends, and lots of great memories! Never let the competition sway you from competing, you always strive to be the best you can be, stay focused, work hard, and never give up!
Who was one person you met during your reign that inspired you?
An inspirational person... my pageant director, Donnie. He inspired me to cherish the most out of every experience and to keep going and be the best person that I could be. He was a great impact in my year as MRUSA and I wouldn’t have made it through without him!
What's your favorite quote to live by?
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals” James Todd Smith
Stay focused was my platform. Inspired after having a conversation in GA with their president of farm bureau who ended the conversation with “stay focused”.
There you have it girls! From a former Miss Rodeo USA, you don't a bunch of experience to win the big title. All you need is a lot of determination and hard work. One of my favorite parts from this is interview is the quote Brittany shared. How true is it that we get discouraged and lose focus of our dreams because we don't think we are good enough. Keep believing in those dreams and reach them! You will get there whether it takes you one try or thirty tries.
That's all for this week! Thank you Brittany for sharing some of your experiences with us!
Until next time,
Miss ORA Pageant
Photos courtesy of: Brittany Howard