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Royalty Roundup: Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Adrianne Schaunaman

Adrienne Schaunaman, of Aberdeen, SD, has serves as the 2022 Miss Rodeo South Dakota. Photo by Kettering Photography.

At the end of this month all the anticipation leads up to the job interview of a lifetime. This year 28 talented women from across the country with vie for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2023. This is an opportunity to not only represent the professional sport of rodeo as an ambassador of the PRCA, but also as an ambassador for the diverse agricultural community across the country. My heart is overflowing with the outpouring love and support from my state, family, and community during my year as Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2022. It’s in these moments leading up to the bright lights of Las Vegas that the kind words of encouragement beam through as a guiding light towards the chase of our goals.

As I write you now where does that leave me? While writing this article it is currently October 20, 2022. I am in the final stages of my 50 Pink Horse Challenge. Through the Miss Rodeo America Organization we strive to ride 50 horses in the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. Not only are we raising awareness, but it serves as a great opportunity to ride a variety of horses in the same fashion that we would in pageant. It’s great practice! This task has taken me all over the state of South Dakota, and on the way to pick up clothes for the MRA23 pageant down to Kansas for a couple of days. This final count and miles driven are fueled by caffeine and a Ram Truck! It has been such a blessing to be granted the opportunity to ride such amazing horses that are the pride and joy of their owners. In addition to completing this challenge, my days have been filled with studying and organizing the trailer load worth of items needed for the eight day long pageant.

Schaunaman will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, November 27-Dec 4, 2022. Photo by Rodeo Ready Photography

Through and through, till my last day with the Landstrom’s Black Hills Gold crown and beyond I plan to chase my year’s mission and platform. This year I have chosen to represent “Mentoring Matters.”

Mentorship is about service above self. It is about being a kind volunteer to those in your community, bridging a connection and fostering human connection. By mentoring the public I feel I can make an impactful change to those in my community and across the country. Rodeo Queens work to educate the public and be well versed on agriculture and rodeo. We represent a very small community, so it is important through mentorship we make our voices heard. As policies change or as special interest groups try to alter rodeo and agriculture we offer our service towards educational mentorship.

Upcoming Events

Nov 3-5 Miss Rodeo South Dakota and Teen Miss Rodeo South Dakota Pageant, Brookings, SD

Nov 12 Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2022 Trunk Show & Send-off Party, Aberdeen, South Dakota

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