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Great Lakes Circuit Finals. I cannot find words to explain my emotions as my last official rodeo as Miss Rodeo Illinois has come and gone. The Great Lakes Circuit Finals was such an incredible experience and was such an amazing way to end out an exciting rodeo season for me as Miss Rodeo Illinois. I was completely honored to be chosen to carry the American flag the opening night. Walking into the arena on a dark house and when the spot light centers on you is such an amazing feeling. Of course, don't worry, that's not the only exciting thing that happened! The other queens and I were able to hand out the contestant jackets, we carried flags during the performances each night, and we were able to push cattle out of the arena. During the free time we had on Saturday morning, the other state queens and I went to the one and only Churchill Downs and received a backside tour and of course had to check out the incredible museum. If you ever get the chance, I advise going to see this incredible place! From the rodeo to our track tour, we had so many incredible memories that I will remember forever! I couldn't have imagined a better rodeo or way to end out my rodeos this year.  Now, it's time to prepare for Miss Rodeo America! Look out Vegas!

"God is within her, she will not fall" -Psalm 46:5

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Tri-State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant (September 7-9) Tri-State Rodeo is an incredible rodeo that is home to Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois! My horse and I headed for Fort Madison, Iowa on Thursday morning! We arrived and got parked just in time to saddle and warm up for the first performance of the weekend! Each night we rode in the grand entry (with over 500 different horses that rode through each night!), had a queen's lap, and on Thursday and Friday nights I pushed cattle out of the arena during the steer wresting and team roping events and ran flags between events. The Miss Rodeo Iowa and Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2018 pageant was so wonderful to be a part of. I attended the public speaking portion of the pageant where each contestant gave their speech, and they all did so wonderfully. I also attended the modeling portion, were I was able to be introduced and model as well! It was so much fun to be a part of the Miss Rodeo Iowa pageant.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" - Romans 8:28

God Bless,
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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Miss Rodeo Illinois and Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2018 Pageant and Pioneer City Rodeo in Palestine, IL (September 1-4) I had a "slow day" on Thursday, August 31, where I attended the sponsor dinner meet and greet with the rodeo committee. After the dinner, I was able to have a night off and walked over to the carnival and rode on a few of the carnival rides. Needless to say, I also found out that 25 year old me can no longer ride the rides I could when I was 15! On September 1, the first day of the Miss Rodeo Illionois (MRIL) and Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois (MTRIL) 2018 Pageant began and what a day it was! I went to sponsor and school visits all day with the wonderful Lisa, who was nice enough to chauffeur me around! The contestants got settled in and then had their personal interviews and took their written tests on the first day as well. After I was done with my visits, I was able to meet up with the contestants and have a lovely meal at Joe's in Robinson which was absolutely delicious. Then it was night one and the first performance of the Pioneer City Rodeo! Championship Pro Rodeo did not disappoint and put on a spectacular performance. After completing our queen laps, Kelsie and I carried sponsor flags between each event, and pushed cattle out of the arena during the steer wrestling and tie down roping. Clark (my horse) also made a friend after the rodeo when a little girl came up and asked to pet him and for a picture with him. On Saturday morning, the day started off early with the pancake breakfast on the downtown Palestine main street. After helping make and serve the pancakes we were also able to eat some too! Then we started off with modeling and speeches! It was so much fun to model the lovely Pioneer City Rodeo buckles for the buckle auction.:) All of the girls did an amazing job! We had lunch and signed autographs with the clown, bullfighters, and trick riders from 11-1. It was so fun to meet all of the people excited for the rodeo. After lunch we stopped by the Rocking Horse and snapped some photos. They are one of our fabulous sponsors that do a splendid job on the bouquets! We then made a quick pit stop for ice cream after the sponsor visits! After ice cream, Kelsie, the contestants, and I stopped by the Magnolia Home and we all had a blast! Since these lovely ladies weren't able to make it to the modeling and speech portions of the pageant the girls and I went ahead and put a mock pageant on and showed them some modeling and impromptu questions! It was such a blast to talk to them about everything happening in the pageant and at the rodeo. Night two of the rodeo went just as well as night one! I even got an incredible surprise when Katie told me I was going to get to carry the American Flag during the anthem which is an incredible honor to have. On Sunday, we started the day off with Cowboy Church on the rodeo grounds, then headed to the arena for horsemanship at noon. Everyone did such an incredible job with their patterns. After horsemanship, and everyone was done with their horses we had a quick lunch. At the performance on Sunday, I was lucky enough to be able to carry the American flag again! Then during the intermission in the rodeo (before barrel racing) we held our buckle ceremony in the arena. It was such an amazing experience to announce the winners in front of the bucking chutes! I want to say a huge congratulations to our two new title holders, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2018 Lady-in-Waiting, Ivy Weirather and our Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2018 Lady-in-Waiting, Faith Robbins! I am so excited to have these wonderful young ladies become a part of our association. I know they will do an incredible job next year. On Monday, Kelsie and I got to ride in Palestine's Labor Day Parade. Words cannot express how honored I was to carry a MASSIVE American flag in the parade. There is something about small town Illinois that makes me so proud of both my state and my country. As I turned down each street corner and saw the people start to stand when they saw the flag wave, it made my heart grow with love for the people of this great nation.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" -Psalm 33:12

God Bless,
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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August Rodeos: August 3-25 Oh my goodness! Where did the month of August go?! Last time I looked it was still July. I started August off getting myself in full "queen gear" at the Miss Rodeo Missouri Queens in Jeans clinic on August 4-6. It was such a fantastic experience and full of useful information I know I will use in the next few months as I make my final preparations for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. After my short stay in Missouri, I spent the rest of the month enjoying my wonderful state of Illinois, attending local rodeos and events! On August 10, I headed to the Williamson County Fair Rodeo in Marion, Illinois, and on August 19, I attended the Cumberland County Fair Rodeo in Green-up, Illinois. While I was at both of these rodeos, I met the lovely County Fair Queens, carried the American flag in the arena, pushed calves out of the arena, and got to meet the lovely people who attended the rodeos and sign autographs during intermission. Whippoorwill Rodeo Company, LLC put on two spectacular performances each night! On August 20, I headed to a local saddle club, Okaw Saddle Club, in Vandalia, Illinois, where I carried the American flag during their grand entry. I love being able to attend both large and small events throughout the state! On August 24, I headed to another Whippoorwill Rodeo Company, LLC rodeo at the Union County Fair in Anna, Illinois, which happens to be the home of the 2016 Miss Rodeo Illinois, Virginia Smith (Of course I had to go and say "Hi!"). The funny man for the rodeo happened to be Dave "Showtime" Meyer, who is hilarious! On August 25, I headed to Cowden Pioneer Days in Cowden, Illinois. Wooten Rodeo Company had some incredible stock and put on an amazing performance that included some fabulous trick riders, and my dancing! Back to that last point, yes, you read that right, I danced at the rodeo in the middle of the arena by myself. Possibly, one of the more embarrassing moments of my year! During the tie-down roping, as I was pushing cattle out of the arena I rode my horse past the announcer (the fabulous, Matt McGee) and the funny man danced to the music a little bit, so naturally I danced back (as much as you can dance on horse back that is). Apparently Matt thought this was funny, so he told one of the chute men to hold my horse saying and I quote "so she can't get back on and run away". Then he asked for some music for me to dance to. Naturally, I had no idea what to do, so I pulled out the quality disco dance moves like the sprinkler. Finally, after realizing I had no real sense of dance moves while standing in the middle of the arena, Matt allowed me to get back on my horse! After all that embarrassment (and realizing I should take some dance lessons), I still couldn't imagine a better journey than the one I am on this year!

"You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way." -Psalm 18:36

God Bless,
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017


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Cheyenne Frontier Days holds a prestigious air as it is often known as the best outdoor rodeo, and trust me when I say they did not disappoint in 2017. My first day at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ was absolutely incredible. We rode in the parade in the morning, then helped with the rodeo challenge which was such a fulfilling experience. Miss Rodeo Iowa, Logan Kinyon, and I helped teach the kids about roping and how to rope the dummy. After the rodeo challenge we were able to experience the amazing rodeo for the first time. After the first round of bull riding, we made our way to each sponsor booth where I met some incredible people, all of which help make CFD possible. Day two at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ consisted of the famous pancake breakfast with our special introductions after we ate the fabulous pancakes! After the pancake breakfast we toured some of downtown Cheyenne, including Cowgirls of the West. I was also happily surprised to meet a lot of people from Illinois and I made sure to snap some photos with them. Then we headed out to the rodeo grounds, where I was able to do my fly-by and introduction in front of the stands! Talk about incredible. I don't think there is any way to possibly explain the amazing feeling you get when you run down the historical track! Day two ended at the Flo Rida and Jason Derulo concert, which was so much fun. Day three at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ started out with the parade downtown, where we rode in a horse drawn wagon! After the parade, we headed to the rodeo grounds. It was my free day so I spent it watching the rodeo and shopping! After watching the rodeo, Miss Rodeo Iowa and I went to the museum to learn about the incredible history of CFD, where I grew even more appreciation for the incredible rodeo. It was such an incredible experience and such an amazing opportunity to be involved in such a historical rodeo. We ended the day at the Casey Donahew and Jason Aldean concert with a gorgeous rainbow sunset. Talk about an amazing send off to end my time in Cheyenne! Between my amazing host mom and the incredible volunteers that made this event possible for me, there is no other way I would have wanted to spend my July in Cheyenne.

"Don't be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." - Lane Frost

Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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July rodeos. Cowboy Christmas did not disappoint this year as I spent it attending many events in the great state of Illinois. On the 4th of July, I was invited by the Casey Saddle Club to ride in their parade. It was so much fun to be in a part of a fabulous parade and I was able to carry the American Flag. The next weekend, July 7-8, I attended the Southern Illinois Invitational Rodeo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois with Whipporwill Rodeo Company. They put on 2 incredible performances! I carried the American flag each night in the grand entry and chased calves out of the arena in the roping events and steer wrestling. I also walked around and signed autographs after the intermission each night. They had a petting zoo, face painting, and even a band after the rodeo! It was such a fun event to be a part of! On the 12th, I attended the Wayne County Fair Rodeo in Fairfield, Illinois with C Bar Rodeo Company where I had a great queen run. On July 15, I was back in my mom's hometown of Teutopolis, Illinois at the Little Buckaroo Saddle Club. I carried the flag in the grand entry and helped with some of their events! July 15th I was back with C Bar Rodeo Company at the Clay County Fair in Flora, Illinois, where I had another queen run. On July 25, I made my way up to Iowa to meet with Miss Rodeo Iowa and attended one of her county fair rodeos in Afton, Iowa where I had a queen run and chased calves out of the arena with her and Miss United Rodeo Association. July has been a busy month for me and all rodeo competitors, but it sure has been a blast! Safe travels for everyone as we continue on with the summer rodeo season, I am heading out to Cheyenne Frontier Days now! 
“Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.” -Proverbs 3:23 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Shenadoah Pro Rodeo, Galena IL My Cowboy Christmas 2017 began in the Northern section of Illinois at Shenadoah Pro Rodeo in Galena. This also happens to be Illinois' first PRCA rodeo of the year! Let me start off by saying that Three Hills Rodeo Company outdid themselves yet again by putting on 2 incredible performances.  Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois, Kelsie was able to come and be a part of the rodeo with me as well! I was honored to carry the United States Army flag both nights in the grand entry (Hooah!). Each night all 5 of the branches had a flag in the arena while a large America Flag was held during the national anthem. It was so wonderful to see the American spirit of both competitors and spectators alike, and I was honored to be a part of such an incredible grand entry. During the rodeo, Kelsie and I pushed cattle during the calf roping and the steer wrestling. On Saturday night the clown even jumped up behind me on my horse and helped me push cattle during the calf roping. My horse, Clark, handled it like the rock star he is!  We were also excited to be a part of Rider Kiesner's specialty acts that included gun twirling, whip cracking, AND trick roping. To top my weekend off, on Sunday Fallon Taylor showed up to compete at the rodeo and was stalled next to your's truly! (Hopefully Babyflo shared some barrel racing secrets through the stall door to my horse!). I was also grateful to cheer on some of Illinois' great rodeo competitors such as Will Crain (bull riding), Paige Essenpreis (barrel racing), and Keith Brauer Jr (saddle bronc). I am excited to watch them all compete at the other PRCA rodeos this year. They are definitely making Illinois proud! To say this was an unforgettable rodeo would be an understatement. This was an amazing way to start off my Cowboy Christmas.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." -John 14: 27

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Teutopolis K of C Hall Parade and Little Buckaroo Saddle Club. Every year, the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus holds a parade and picnic as their annual fundraiser. This year I was lucky enough to ride in the parade posting the American Flag. It was wonderful riding through the streets in the same parade I rode in as a little girl with my aunt and uncle, only this time I was leading the way and riding as Miss Rodeo Illinois. I loved being a part of the parade and it really was such a special moment. After the parade, all of the horse riders met back at the saddle club, which just so happened to be right next to the K of C Hall and their picnic! At the horse show, I carried the flag though the grand entry and stood in the center with all the other riders at the show. After the grand entry, I had been asked to be the "guest judge" for the show! This was my first time judging a horse show and I had a blast! It brought back the memories from when I was younger and entered my first show at the Little Buckaroo Saddle Club. By far, the hardest class to judge would have been the lead line class. They all looked so good and were adorable on their horses! I asked them a question about their tack and their horses' names. Those children really knew their stuff and came prepared! The Little Buckaroo Saddle Club always does a great job of making me feel special and putting on a great family fun show. I am so glad I was able to be a part of the event.
"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:18 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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NEBRASKAland Days. After getting home late from the Little Buckaroo Saddle Club, I packed up my bags and put them into my car, took a glorified nap, then at 3:00am I headed west for my 12 hour drive to North Platte, NE for NEBRASKAland Days. When I arrived at my host house in Nebraska, I met up with my amazing friend Miss Rodeo Iowa, Logan, who was staying with me and my wonderful host mom. After taking some time to freshen up after our long trips, we met up with Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Kayla, and Miss Rodeo Missouri, McKenna, who were staying a few houses down and drove to the speech portion of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska pageant. There were 3 MRN contestants and 4 MTRN contestants and they all did an incredible job with their speeches. After the speeches, we drove to the lake and ended the day with a great meal and a relaxing evening. We were able to get the boats out and drive around the lake a little bit. Our boat driver did a great job and  was so fun and awesome! On Tuesday, we spent the day between sponsor visits, autograph signings and style show practice. At one of the fabulous autograph signings at a coffee shop there was the coolest little petting zoo! We were able to go in and play with some of the animals. The man in charge of the petting zoo jokingly said, "One of you should get on the donkey." I don't think he thought any of the queens would, but I was up for the challenge and hopped right on him! The donkey did so good! Tuesday evening we were able to be a part of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska style show which was an incredible opportunity. I had an absolute blast dancing on the stage and modeling my fashion forward outfit! If you didn't get a chance to watch the show, head over to the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association facebook page where they have a video clip of the show as it was live. I also shared the link on my Miss Rodeo Illinois Facebook page. The first thing on Wednesday, we helped with the teen coronation. It was so much fun to be a part of this ceremony. Before the coronation, they had a "cowgirl" themed beginning, where all of the queens were partnered with young cowgirls and were able to go out on stage and dance. It was so incredible to see the little girls smile and have fun while they were on stage. Congratulations to Molly Paxton who was crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2017! After the teen coronation, we headed to the Kid's Parade which is where all of the kids dress up in costumes and walk around the block! I had a blast and I think they did as well. I was special enough to walk with a transformer through the parade, Bumble Bee, to be exact! After the parade, we headed to have lunch with the Rotary where we introduced ourselves and met some incredible people of the North Platte community. Of course I couldn't pass up my next photo opportunity with Dino after speaking to Dino's owner at the Rotary! So we headed to Sinclair gas station, where Dino was dressed up in a saddle ready for the photo op. At a quick break in Starbucks, we celebrated Miss Rodeo Indiana 2016, Maribeth's last rodeo with us by having cake, ice cream, and coffee. Then we went back to get ready for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Nebraska Coronation. We had our "last supper" with our host family, the other state queens, and Paula at Another Round restaurant. It was a great meal with wonderful people. The Buffalo Bill Rodeo was so incredible to be a part of! I am so thankful for Larry Hoatson for allowing me to ride their amazing sorrel gelding. He was such a phenomenal horse and really made me look good as we participated in the grand entry and he ran around the arena for my queen's run. Congratulations to the wonderful Kristin Kohmetscher who was crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2018 Lady in Waiting. It was well deserved and she will do an amazing job next year! I am so thankful that the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association invited me to come to the pageant and be a part of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.
"The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." -Luke 6:38

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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The Buckin for Wishes was such an amazing event to be a part of! From the radio interviews during the week to the kids’ games to the grand entry I had an incredible time supporting the Make a Wish IL Foundation. I was honored to meet the people who make the organization and wish granting possible and they are simply an incredible group of people. And children they help are all so wonderful! To make the event even more special it was hosted at my hometown fairgrounds. C Bar Rodeo Company outdid themselves with an awesome performance that even included some incredible trick riding. I can't wait to attend more of the C Bar Rodeos this summer. 
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” -Psalm 103:13 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Illinois High School Rodeo Finals.
The end of May also brought the end to the 2016-2017 Illinois High School Rodeo season. I was so honored that I was able to be a part of their finals rodeo this year which took place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. I was picked by the queen coordinator to be a judge for the Illinois High School Rodeo Queen Pageant which took place on Wednesday, May 31. It was a great experience being a judge and I am so happy and excited for Brooke Haller, the 2017 Miss Illinois High School Rodeo Queen. As her year is just beginning and she is gearing up to compete at the National High School Rodeo Queen Pageant! Brooke is from my mother's home town, Teutopolis, so it's nice to have another local girl competing as a rodeo queen. On Thursday, I was lucky enough to be in the grand entry of the rodeo. I also walked around and interacted with the fans! It was such a great evening that I was able to spend at the IL High School Finals and I am so glad I was able to make it.
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." -Romans 8:37 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Sharon Camarillo Clinic and Miss Rodeo Iowa Horsemanship Clinic
In the month of May, I was able to get some horsemanship practice in before the busy rodeo season in Illinois started! My first trip was up to Galva, IL to the Sharon Camarillo Horsemanship for the Better Barrel Race Clinic. This clinic was wonderful for both my horsemanship skills and for my barrel racing. I brought my barrel horse, Eyes A Rare Fever, to the clinic with me. Sharon is an amazing horsewoman and I learned so much from her just in the 2 days I was attending the clinic. We even ended up bringing home the fastest time award for the weekend! I left the clinic with more in depth knowledge of my horse's body, hand placement, and issues that I need to address as I prepare for Miss Rodeo America Pageant. For my second clinic, I drove up to Dallas Center, Iowa for the Miss Rodeo Iowa Horsemanship clinic. While on my way there, I stopped to pick up a horse, DS Chimay, who was my old horse to use for the clinic. One of my wonderful college friends now owns him. He is green broke and my goal for this clinic was to get used to keeping my position and staying relaxed even on a horse that wasn't perfect. I had a great time learning at this clinic as well and learned some more valuable detail and tricks to use as I work more on my skills as I prepare for December. Overall, both clinics were really great and informative. I am so glad I was able to attend each of them!  
"Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance" -Proverbs 1:5 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo
My trip to Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo Pageant was a blast! From the sponsor visits to the rodeo performances, everyone was so wonderful and helpful. Becky and Gina were the two backbones of the queens' experience in Guymon and they did a phenomenal job! Our host family, the Stonecipher's, were so welcoming and generous by opening up their home to all 17 of the state queens that came to visit Guymon! We had some fun-filled school visits with the 2 bullfighters and the rodeo clown, Justin Rumford. The visits involved a brief description of the rodeo events and who we were, and some of them even went into activities such as the rodeo queens playing dodge ball against the teachers! We were also lucky enough to ride in the back of the Dodge Ram pickup trucks during the parade. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all consisted of amazing rodeo performances produced by Pete Carr Rodeo Company. They are a fantastic crew and put on an incredible rodeo, not to mention the champion bucking horses and stock that they have. They had some fabulous palomino horses they generously allowed us to ride while carrying sponsor flags and our queen runs. Everything was well organized and put together for each performance. I am so glad I was able to make the 800 mile journey to the Oklahoma Panhandle and experience the wonderful rodeo that is Guymon Pioneer Days!
"Have faith in God..." -Mark 11:22

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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Washington D.C.
Could you imagine riding down Constitution Avenue on horseback? In front of all of the incredible monuments and buildings.? I am incredibly thankful that I received this opportunity when Miss Rodeo Virginia invited me out to Washington D.C. to ride in the Cherry Blossom Parade. Miss Rodeo Virginia, Miss Rodeo Washington, Miss Rodeo Pennsylvania, and myself all rodeo in the parade. It was one of the most incredible experiences being in such an amazing place and celebrating such an awesome festival. After the parade, we walked around the mall looking at all of the historical monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and World War II Memorial, to name a few. You’re able to feel the history throughout the city while walking around Washington D.C. It was such an incredible experience. On Sunday, we were able to go to Arlington National Cemetery. If you have never been to Arlington, I advise putting it on your bucket list. Arlington was incredible and extremely humbling. It gives you such a huge understanding of the suffering and sacrifice that the men and women who serve our country endure for us. We visited the Tomb of the Unknown and saw the change of the guards. Watching that was very humbling. After visiting Arlington, Miss Rodeo Washington, her mother, and I went to the International Spy museum. There, I found out that I would not make the best spy, but it was a blast! We participated in a Spy Challenge game (that we might have lost, but it's okay, we tried our best). The museum did a great job of depicting the life of a spy and showing how to become a spy. I am so thankful I was able to participate in the parade and explore Washington D.C. for a few days. It was an incredible experience to say the least!
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29: 11. 

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Dallas Market and Stephenville, TX
What could be better than a weekend full of shopping and riding horses!? Well, I was lucky enough to be granted the opportunity to travel down to Dallas with my national director, Katie Perry, for the Dallas Market. While there I found some awesome accessories from M&F Western Products, a cool shirt from XOXO art & company, and I found an amazing outfit from Pat Dahnke for the fashion show at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant this December. I can't forget meeting the one and only Dale Brisby while I was there! Needless to say, the shopping experience was well worth the trip there. After a day full of shopping, Katie and I headed south to Stephenville to meet up with Miss Rodeo Illinois 2008, Carly Elford (Hagey). Carly allowed me to ride with her for 2 days and gain more knowledge and work on my horsemanship while I was with her. It was so much fun and I learned so much. I was able to bring a lot of information home with me that I can work on to prepare for the Miss Rodeo America pageant. All in all, the trip was incredible and as Dale Brisby says, "On to the next one, ol' son."
"For we live by faith, not by sight" - 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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North Dakota Winter Show I am so glad I was able to make the 16 hour drive to spend the weekend with Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Miss Rodeo Minnesota, and Sutton Rodeo Company. I was able to carry sponsor flags in the grand entry and throughout the performances each night. I experienced so many new things this week! From my first time in North Dakota to eating an Indian Taco on fried bread! The North Dakota Winter Show Queen pageant was well put on and I modeled and had my bio read during the speeches of the pageant. Unfortunately I had to leave early on Saturday  after the grand entry of the second performance because of a snow storm that was on its way to North Dakota, but that didn't stop me from having a blast the 2 days I was there. I met some wonderful local and PRCA queens while I was there and we all had such a wonderful time. I am so glad I was able to make the trip.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” -Psalm 73:26 NIV

Emily Westfall 
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017

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2017 Illinois Horse Fair: Horses and Heroes (March 3-5) Such a fabulous weekend at the Illinois Horse Fair. I spent my weekend walking around the horse fair, helping sell some "pitch a pony" rubber ducks, supporting the Illinois Horse Fair Queen Pageant, and signing autographs at the Cowgirl's Sparkling Conchos Booth. It was so wonderful getting to know all of the young boys and girls that stopped at the booth or talked to me throughout the weekend! I had a blast playing a few rounds of corn hole with the Jr Miss Illinois Horse Fair at the Illinois Walking Horse Association. I was honored to finally meet one of my role models Jane Melby who was a clinician at the horse fair. I had such a great weekend learning, meeting people, and having fun! The Horseman's Council of Illinois did a wonderful job of putting on a fantastic event. I can't wait to come back to the horse fair in the future. 
"Everything is possible for one who believes." - Mark 9:23

God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Silver Spurs Rodeo: February 12-20. My trip started out just a little rough, when I lost my driver's license in the St. Louis Airport when I was leaving, but have no fear, I was not going to let that stop me from having an amazing trip! We started out our weekdays with school visits to the local schools to help spread awareness and teach the children about rodeo. On Monday evening, we were also blessed to be able to be a part of Give Kids the World in the evening. Give Kids the World was an absolutely incredible experience. Seeing the joy and excitement in all of their faces was unforgettable! They celebrated Halloween that evening and we had a dance party, handed out candy, saw a mad scientist do experiments, and they even had a sloth named Lucy make an appearance! After the school visit on Tuesday, we went shopping and site seeing in downtown St. Cloud. The area was really cool with brick paved roads and historic buildings. We ate lunch at a cute little Italian restaurant. We had a slight hiccup in plans while we were on our way to the second school visit when we were rear ended! Thank goodness no one was hurt and the truck didn't have any damage. Since we had stopped in front of Starbucks we decided we should get coffee then too! We then headed to Lakeview Elementary School for another school visit. After Lakeview we headed out to Wild Florida for some crazy Florida action! I went on my first air boat ride and let me tell you, it was an awesome experience. I was able to see wild alligators and wildlife up close and personal on the lake. After the air boat ride, we explored all that Wild Florida had to offer and all of the awesome animals they had around (we even saw triplet baby goats that had just been born). That evening at 7pm we met at Catfish (a local restaurant) with our host families for supper. We all had a blast getting to know each other and enjoying the amazing food! I ate scallops and crab for the first time. Miss Rodeo Washington, Crystal Hart, tried to explain to me how to eat the crab, but needless to say I was not the best at that endeavor! We told stories and had a million laughs that evening. On Wednesday afternoon, after school visits, we headed out to Lake X Ranch for adventure day, and what an adventure it was. Some of the deputies from the local sheriff’s department were nice enough to volunteer their time to help us complete the obstacles. We started out on a nice hike to enjoy the local climate. I learned about the "Christmas" lichen, lizards, and the local trees as well as about their controlled burns they have. After our hike to the lake, when we got back to camp we went to the obstacle course! This consisted of a climb about 30 ft in the air up a telephone pole, then we had to walk across that telephone pole that high up! Talk about scary. After I was hoisted down, I headed over to the rock wall, which was my absolute favorite! After Lake X, in the evening, we were lucky enough to be invited out to Doc Partin Ranch for a bonfire and some hog hunting! It was such a blast. I may not have gotten to see any hogs, but I did see THREE live armadillos (it has been on my bucket list to see a live armadillo). It was such an exciting night! On Thursday, after more school visits, we went to supper at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, which was such a cool experience. If you have never been before, I recommend making the trip to see them! The food itself was absolutely amazing and the show was phenomenal. Our knight (the green knight) won the jousting tournament! I even caught a flower that he had thrown into the crowd at the beginning of the show. On Friday, we started the day off at Gatorland. That is such a cool place to go visit. The first show we saw showcased a tarantula and a boa constrictor! Then we went to watch the gator wrestling. That was so different and exciting to watch. After the gator wresting, a small group of us went zip-lining together. We zip-lined over the alligators and crocodiles that were in their pens. One part of the course had a rope bridge that did scare me a little! Saturday morning we headed out to Cocoa Beach to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It was such a fantastic and relaxing day. Then on Sunday morning we were able to be a part of the Exceptional Rodeo. I was able to hang out with an awesome girl named Mallory all day. It was Mallory's 5th time at the Exceptional Rodeo and she was a rock star! Mallory was wearing a cowboy hat and bandana that had come from her grandfather and was attributing her winnings to him. It was such an amazing feeling to be a part of that experience. On Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, they hosted the 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo, which is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River! Talk about an amazing performance. From the exceptional stock to the great acts, this rodeo was one for the books. I was able to make a fly-by during Sunday's performance, and it was exhilarating. I was blessed to ride a great little sorrel mare who did a phenomenal job and took great care of me in the arena. At each performance they had their quadrille perform which was so cool to watch! All of their hard work paid off and they did a fabulous job! My host family for the week were the Cabots, and they were amazing. I couldn't have asked for better people to take me in. They treated me like one of their own and welcomed me into the family. My trip to Florida was a complete success. I met so many new people, made lasting friendships, and amazing memories! I can't wait to continue my journey. 

"Though he may stumble he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." -Psalm 37: 24
God Bless, 
Emily Westfall
Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 

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Cinches' World's Toughest Rodeo. I was able to make it to my first rodeo as Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 at the World's Toughest Rodeo in Moline, IL! I was accompanied by Kelsie, Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2017. I couldn't have imagined a better weekend! Three Hills Rodeo did a fantastic job of putting on the 2 performances. I cannot believe how much fun, and how honored I was to be able to be a part of their event. Before the performances each night, they opened the doors for children to come in and play games as well as get signed autographs. I spent most of my time with the children learning about stick horse barrel racing! I can't explain how much fun I had teaching them the proper way to go around the barrels and handing out bandanas to all of the participants.  Each night the rodeo company graciously allowed me to ride in the back of the pickup as the barrels were brought into the arena and when they were taken out. I was introduced while the men set the barrels! It was exhilarating to be in the center of the arena in a fabulous, orange, RAM pickup as the announcer said my name. The rodeo hired some amazing entertainers for the weekend as well. The rodeo clown was awesome at his job and definitely got many well deserved laughs. He also brought in a bison during his act on Saturday night! The Cowgirl Sweethearts did an amazing job trick-riding! I have always been amazed at their strength and agility. There was also a special act that had come all of the way from France! He was a professional bull jumper. It was incredible to watch him as he ran toward the bull and then proceeded to flip over and he would magically land on his feet! Needless to say, the specialty acts were spectacular during the rodeo. During my free time on Saturday, I was able to make it to visit the Boot Barn in the North Park Mall. All of the employees were so kind and helpful. We were also able to stop by Karen Dietrich's Lipsence booth, where she had an assortment of amazing lipsticks and glosses to choose from. Overall, my trip was full of fun, laughter, and excitement. I am so honored to be on this amazing journey. Thank you to all my sponsors so far!
God Bless,
Emily
"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live." –Ecclesiastes 3:12 NIV

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Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 coronation and fundraiser- Teutopolis, IL; January 8, 2017 - My coronation was an utterly wonderful experience! I cannot put into words the gratitude I have toward all of the wonderful sponsors and volunteers that helped put the event together. I am so blessed for all of the love and support from my family, friends, and the community. My coronation consisted of a barbeque pork meal, sundae bar, Randy Kemmy and Thunder Road band, bake sale, silent auction/raffle, and a gun raffle. Everything went so smoothly and was absolutely wonderful. My coronation was held at 2:00. I watched from the hall as Olivia (Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2016) and Virginia (Miss Rodeo Illinois 2016) were introduced by Katie Perry (my national director). Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois, Kelsie Steckel was introduced and crowned first, then Katie introduced me. The moment Katie called my name and I stepped in the room is truly an unforgettable memory. As Virginia removed her crown to place it on my head, I felt like I was in a dream! The entire event was so surreal and amazing I will cherish these memories forever. I am so excited to start my journey as Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 and can’t wait to see what all of the adventures have in store for me!
God Bless,
Emily
“She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” –Proverbs 4:9

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Lady-in-Waiting: Miss Rodeo America Pageant 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada; December 7, 2017 - Viva Las Vegas! The Miss Rodeo America pageant experience was eye-opening, exciting, nerve-racking, and an unforgettable experience. This was my first time in Vegas, so needless to say I did not know exactly what to expect. I am SO glad I was able to make this journey out here with my mother. From the lady-in-waiting social on Monday  night to the Rodeo Royalty seminar on Thursday  and everything in-between I was able to take away so much valuable information! Having my mother by my side in the airport, hotel, and on the strip made my trip feel much more relaxing! I was able to meet and get to know many of the other ladies in waiting on this trip and they are all such amazing people! I am so excited to get to know them throughout the year. I can’t believe how much work I have to get done before January and it’s already December!
God Bless,
Emily
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plan” –Proverbs 16:3

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Watson woman named miss rodeo illinois 2017 - Teutopolis, Ill., December 19, 2016– Emily Westfall of Watson, Ill. was named Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 Lady in Waiting after she competed for the title this past Labor Day in the Miss Rodeo Illinois Pageant in Palestine, Ill. in conjunction with the Pioneer City Rodeo. On January 1, 2017 she will take reign as Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017.
Emily is the 23-year-old daughter of Lyle and Pamela Westfall of Watson, Ill. Westfall graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture/Animal Science. She was an active member on the rodeo team where she was deemed the Public Relations Officer for the 2015-2016 season. Currently, Westfall works for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She plans to obtain her Master’s Degree in Psychology and open a therapeutic horse for the Miss Murray State Rodeo competition. She is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the International Barrel Racing Association, as well as the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Her favorite equine disciplines include barrel racing, roping, cattle sorting, and trail riding. Aside from competing in the arena, Westfall enjoys managing a restaurant, reading, drawing, hiking, and camping.
“With strong ties to our western heritage and agriculture, if I were crowned the next Miss Rodeo Illinois I want to be able to use my position to help spread awareness about the amazing sport and lifestyle we call rodeo.” - Emily
Emily will travel throughout the state and the U.S. to PRCA rodeos promoting the state of Illinois and the sport of professional rodeo through 2017. Just this month she has already attended the 2016 Miss Rodeo America Pageant held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. She attended a rodeo royalty seminar, a Lady in Waiting social and watched several events at the pageant cheering on her predecessor. She will compete for the coveted 2018 Miss Rodeo America crown next December in Las Vegas.

To offset her expenses, she will be conducting a few fund raisers to support her travels and competition wardrobe. Her first fund raiser will be her Coronation Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis, 210 S Pearl St., Teutopolis from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. A gun raffle, 50/50, silent auction, bake sale and kid’s games will be held. A BBQ dinner will be provided with a donation. Randy Kemme and the Thunder Road will be the musical entertainment for the day. Those who are unable to attend but would like to support Emily, may make donations. Sponsorship levels can be found on the Miss Rodeo Illinois website at www.missrodeoillinois.com. Check the website to follow Emily in her travels and blog throughout the year. Please make checks payable to Miss Rodeo Illinois 2017 and mailed to 229 Zimmerman Rd., Metamora, IL 61548.

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