Amanda Jenkins, Miss Rodeo Arizona 2005, took time to visit with Payson Community Kids Wednesday.
Rodeo Queens have been donning their crowned cowgirl hats and visiting these children for the past five years. Several little girls excitedly remembered meeting "Tamara and the pretty girls" last year. Jenkins told the children about her four brown horses--Lena, Chrissy, Rose and Jetson--her three frogs, three turtles and two cats. She answered questions from the children about what it was like to compete in a rodeo pageant and ride in rodeo parades. "When it rains, I ride in the rain," Jenkins said. "I was in Wyoming a couple of weeks ago and the arena was flooded. They still had a rodeo. When I was done riding my chaps were brown, my face was brown, my clothes were brown, I was covered in mud. But we still ride," she laughed and the children smiled with her.
The Community Kids were especially delighted as Jenkins listened to their own stories about pets. Jenkins has a background in Future Farmers of America and 4H, which she said played a big role in who she is today, an education major at Arizona State University.
"Rodeo is a sport that has a heritage. It actually came from a tradition; a lifestyle we celebrate," Jenkins said.
Just as she brings a little piece of rodeo to the students she meets as Miss Rodeo Arizona, Jenkins plans to bring rodeo into the mathematics and sign language courses she hopes to one day teach.