Kincaid Johnson, 2018 Miss Jim Bowie Days, invites young ladies interested in learning more about what it takes to become a rodeo queen and the responsibilities that go along with it to a free clinic on March 17, 2023, in Saint Jo, Texas. Johnson says she is seeking girls of all ages who love horses, are outgoing, and have the willingness to learn.
Sessions include interview and impromptu techniques, appearance tips, horsemanship skills, learning games, mini competitions, prizes, and a queen clothes sale. If you know a young lady interested in learning more about the queening world, please email Kincaid at [email protected] to register by March 15.
Our local county rodeo queen pageants all consist of horsemanship, personality, and appearance categories. Miss Johnson says that she is familiar with each pageant in Montague County and that they are all based a little differently from each other but are all reputable and fun pageants. Montague County pageants available to girls include Nocona Chisholm Trail, Jim Bowie Days, Saint Jo, and Forestburg. She will be providing information about these and other area pageants to young ladies attending the clinic.
Pageant prizes in the area include scholarships, saddles, buckles, horse trailers, and much more.
Kincaid says that the rodeo queen industry has provided her with much more than prizes. The experience has given her the confidence to speak in front of a group, job interview skills, improved horsemanship skills, great friendships and memories, as well as scholarships to help her get through nursing school.
Other former rodeo queens have weighed in:
“Not only will the pageant world teach you how to be a better rodeo queen but a better person as well.” – Bobbi Loran, 2021 Miss Rodeo Texas
“Personally, being a rodeo queen has given me so much: responsibility, horsemanship skills, friendships, and connections I will have for a lifetime.” – Raylee Brown
“Rodeo queening has been a huge life changer for me. It gave me the confidence to speak publicly and pushed me outside of my comfort zone..life skills that I still use today for job interviews and work.” – Erika Ashley
“Rodeo queening provided me with qualities and skills that are guaranteed to be beneficial during and long after being a rodeo queen.” – Ashley Dennis Edlred
“Because of rodeo queening, I was able to make connections, interview, and learn the tenacity to stay the course even when things didn’t go my way.” – Jessica Locke
Some background on Kincaid: She first started running in pageants when she was five and won the 2006 Saint Jo Rodeo Queen Title before it was revamped. In 2010 she won the title of Little Miss Jim Bowie Days. She was the 2011 Saint Jo Junior Queen. She aged into the senior queen division in 2014 when she won the Nocona Chisholm Trail Rodeo Queen title. She swept all the categories in that pageant. Next, she went on to reclaim the 2016 Saint Jo Rodeo Queen Title, winning the horsemanship, appearance, and ticket sales divisions. Her last pageant title was the 2018 Miss Jim Bowie Days title. She has judged Nocona, Saint Jo, and Forestburg’s queen contests since then and is really wanting to coach some young ladies into their queen titles. A nursing student at Covenant Nursing School in Lubbock (set to graduate in May), she is passionate about helping others, loves kids, and loves rodeo. She wants to give back to her community. She dreamed up this clinic and has really put a lot of thought and time into it.
The 45th Annual National Golden Spur Award Honors Brings Cody Johnson to the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences Nov. 3
The 45th Annual National Golden Spur Award Honors, celebrating the spirit of the American rancher and the enduring tradition of ranching, is set to take place on November 3, 2023, at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock, Texas, featuring an exclusive acoustic performance by country music superstar Cody Johnson.
This prestigious event is the pinnacle of recognition for the ranching and livestock industries, spotlighting those who forge ahead in continuing the incredible story of ranching. The night will be illuminated by the presence of the National Golden Spur Award honoree Craig Haythorn of Arthur, Nebraska, and the Ranching Heritage Association (RHA) Working Cowboy Award recipient Jimbo Humphreys of Dickens, Texas.
“We are thrilled to honor these exceptional individuals who embody the heart and soul of the American ranching tradition,” said Jim Bret Campbell, Executive Director of the Ranching Heritage Association and National Ranching Heritage Center. “With special guest Cody Johnson adding his musical talent to the night, we are sure it’s going to be a memorable celebration of ranching heritage.”
Other notable appearances include professional announcer and host for The Cowboy Channel Justin McKee, Western singer and entertainer Red Steagall, CMA Award Winner Trent Willmon, and other special guests.
Proceeds from the National Golden Spur Award Honors will go towards the preservation of ranching heritage and history. To learn more about the National Golden Spur Award Honors and the award recipients, visit goldenspurhonors.com.
Tickets range from $150 to $400. All tickets include access to the National Golden Spur Award Honors Pre-Show Reception and the Awards Show. Select tickets also grant access to the Cattleman’s Club VIP Dining, a unique culinary experience with exclusively themed food stations and beverages.
Tickets are available through the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences box office and website. For more information on ticket pricing, inclusions, the event schedule, and planning your visit, check out the official event website at goldenspurhonors.com.
About the National Golden Spur Award Honors
The National Golden Spur Award Honors recognizes the recipients of the National Golden Spur Award and the Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award. The National Golden Spur Award is the most prestigious recognition given by the ranching and livestock industries. It is a joint annual recognition historically given by six of the leading state and national ranching and livestock organizations, including the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Farm Bureau, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
Suggested Photo Captions:
Cody Johnson.jpg – Country music recording artist Cody Johnson will perform a live acoustic performance during the 45th Annual National Golden Spur Awards. (Photo courtesy of Cody Johnson Music)
Red Steagall.jpg– Western entertainer Red Steagall will present and perform at the 45th Annual National Golden Spur Awards. (Photo courtesy of National Ranching Heritage Center)
Craig Haythorn-by Peter Robbins.jpg– Craig Haythorn, fourth generation owner and operator of Haythorn Land & Cattle Co., will receive the 45th National Golden Spur Award. Established in 1978, the award has been conferred upon iconic industry leaders whose unparalleled devotion to land and livestock has earned them notable respect and admiration from their peers. (Photograph by Peter Robbins)
Jimbo Humphreys 3 – by Ross Hecox.jpg – Jimbo Humphreys, ranch manager of Guitar Ranches, will receive the Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award. Established in 2018, the award recognizes men and women who make their living in the saddle taking care of livestock and land daily. (Photograph by Ross Hecox)
When a City Girl Goes Country
By Annette Bridges
One might think living over four decades on a working cattle ranch there would not be anything not seen or experienced. The truth about this city girl is the more I embrace my
life as a cattle rancher the more first-times happen. Remember, I’ve told y’all before that
it took me almost 40 years to become comfortable with my life in the country. Perhaps the
surprises that continue to occur is largely due to my increased awareness of and participation
in our ranching operation.
The summer drought of 2022 brought many unwanted firsts for our ranch, but amongst the
ugliness was some beautiful and precious, too. When the herd was in our southwest pasture,
we could place the water tanks along the east fence that was close enough to allow for filling with water hoses rather than hauling the water tank. Of course, filling with water hoses
was much slower so it meant I spent many hours hanging out during the process.
To read more, pick up a copy of the September issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.
Lacey’s Pantry: Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
By Lacey Vilhauer
8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 ¼ cups milk 1 envelope of Ranch dressing mix 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided salt and pepper 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Add the potatoes to a pot, cover with water and boil for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until potatoes are almost tender. Drain. Place potatoes in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. In a bowl, mix soup, milk, Ranch packet, 1 cup of cheese and salt and pepper.
To read more, pick up a copy of the August issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.
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