photo by Rhonda Malechi Photography, Seeley Lake.
August 9, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Queen of the Cowgirls has more than just looks to get where she's going!
by Deborah Stack
For the Pathfinder
A Seeley-Swan High School graduate has her sights set on the Miss Rodeo America pageant, and she's well on her way wearing the crown now of Miss Rodeo of Western Montana, a first step to the national pageant.
Mature, interesting and competent are the words that come to mind when talking with the current reigning Miss Rodeo Western Montana, Sarah Wilkins of Condon.
To say she has a passion for rodeo is an understatement.
Sarah's interest in the rodeo program began at age 12. She carried her love for horses and horsemanship through junior high and high school.
After graduating from Seeley-Swan High School in 1999 as class valedictorian, Sarah's interest in the rodeo program began to become a reality.
Horsemanship, personal knowledge of the history of the sport and personal interviews and questions regarding the sport comprise the program.
There are over 60 rules and regulations she must learn in order to compete.
The judges look at each contestant for their own style of dress, manner of speaking, being able to think fast and of course, knowledge of horses, riding and history of the sport. This has all paid off, since Sarah has reached one of her many goals. Last yea she won the title of Miss Rodeo of Western Montana, and she will carry that title through January 2002. There are two more goals she is focusing on now. One is to win the title of Miss Rodeo Montana this coming year. This would then enable her to reach for her next goal of Miss Rodeo America.
Sarah said she is having so much fun learning about other places, other people, and being exposed to the world of rodeo that she does not feel she has missed out on other things in her busy schedule.
She also said that she has made so many new friends and that the experience has made her more self assured, well rounded and knowledgeable about her field that she is very satisfied with what she has chosen.
Sarah is currently enrolled at Montana State in Bozeman in Animal Science and looks forward to attending Washington State for veterinary medicine.