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Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2016 - Olivia Faith Reed

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Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2016 Olivia Faith Reed

Olivia Faith is the 17 year old daughter of Brett and Kelly Schipkowski. Olivia Faith is currently a senior at Waterloo High School and plans to attend West Texas A&M University next fall to study Agriculture Education. As an Agriculture teacher, she would like to help high school students reach their highest potential through the FFA program. Olivia Faith was the Junior Miss Illinois Horse Fair 2014-2015. She is on the Illinois 4-H State Horse Judging Team where she has competed at Quarter Horse Congress placing top ten and the North American Eastern Nationals winning reserve champion. She is an active member of FFA, holding the positions of Section 22 Treasurer and Chapter Reporter. Some career development events that she competes in include: horse judging, sales, communications, agronomy, livestock judging and dairy judging. She also keeps three record books for her SAE including her job at her local animal hospital as a part-time kennel assistant. She enjoys all disciplines of riding horses, but primarily reining. Her favorite part of rodeo is how tight knit everyone is within.

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Illinois Horse Fair  - Every horseman in Illinois knows about the Illinois Horse Fair, which is held the first weekend each March! At this Fair, cowboys and cowgirls from all over the state gather to share their love for horses. There are all kinds of seminars to watch, vendors for shopping, and a rodeo Friday and Saturday night! This year we had a Miss Rodeo Illinois booth set up where we could meet people and share about what we do! Virginia and I also helped out with the Miss Illinois Horse Fair pageant. As this was the pageant that sparked my interest in rodeo queening, I love to help girls do the best they can in it! I am so excited for my next trip as Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois so stay tuned! 

Iowa Clinic  - On February 5 I attended the Queens in Jeans rodeo queen clinic in Winterset, Iowa, also the birthplace of John Wayne! Virginia and I left the day before and stayed the night with our National Director, Robin DeMott. Here we got to visit for a while and then we went on the rest of the way to Winterset! When we got to the clinic we all got to know each other a little bit. There were even queens from North Carolina and Minnesota! That evening we went over personality types and what's to be expected at a pageant. On the second day we all got there nice and early at eight a.m. On the first day we went over the components of speeches and interviews for most of the day and discussed wardrobe as well. On the last day of the clinic we learned techniques for applying make-up and we also learned how to model! After much practice walking, I think, I finally got the hang of it! When the day was through we went our separate ways, wishing our pageant sisters luck with their future pageant careers. 

Florida Trip  - As Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois, I am offered the experience of the lifetime to go on a five-day fun packed trip with other state Teens! This year there were 19 state Teen Queens total! I flew out of St. Louis on Feb. 4. Once we got to the resort after flying in we were able to spend some time at the pool before some bonding games and eating pizza. All of the girls were so nice! On the second day we got to go to Disney World for the day! Though it was a bit chillier than we all expected, we had a great time! My favorite ride was Space Mountain! The next day we loaded up again and headed to a place called Wild Florida! Here, we got to take an air boat ride and see some Alligators! We even got a chance to hold an alligator, which I gladly took advantage of! After we ate our lunches, we went to the Wide Open Rodeo! At the rodeo all 19 of us signed autographs and carried sponsor flags during the rodeo. What a fun rodeo! The 4th day was probably my favorite. We all got to ride horses on the beach! This 45-minute ride was the time of my life! The guide that was with us told me that I was grinning from ear to ear. After we spent some time laying on the beach we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the rodeo that night! On the last day, we all said our goodbyes as we were dropped off at the airport. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone, as I had the time of my life!

Teen 2016Pageant - On the weekend of September 3-5 I was given the opportunity to compete in the Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois Pageant. I had been preparing for this weekend all summer long! We had traveled up the night before to get the horses all set up and settled in. The first component of the competition would be the following day for which we would have our interviews as well as taking the written test. Once we were through with this we all got ready for the rodeo that night! At the rodeo each of the contestants were introduced during a fly by which was so much fun! The next day would be the Chuck wagon breakfast, speeches, modeling, impromptu questions, the buckle auction, and of course the rodeo in the evening. We were all very glad to have all of these events out of the way and relax a little bit and have some fun at the rodeo. Sunday would be the final day of the pageant-the day I had been waiting for. This would be when we all performed our horsemanship patterns!  Our parents would have our horses ready for us to jump on and complete a pattern and then we all ran a queen lap as well as a flag run. We then all jumped onto our drawn horses and performed another pattern! 
This is it.. The moment we had all been waiting for. Everyone had gathered around the stage outside to see who the next two titleholders would be. They started by naming category winners and when they announced the second and first runners up, I could hardly believe it. This is when I knew that I was going to be the 2016 Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself! At the rodeo that evening, Virginia Smith was now introduced as Miss Rodeo Illinois- lady in waiting and I was announced as Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois- Lady in waiting. What an amazing weekend!



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