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Hemingford lady named Miss Rodeo Nebraska Tell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by George Hipple Photography
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Three queens, from left: Miss Rodeo America Chenae Shiner, Jespersen and Miss Rodeo Nebraska Samantha Chytka.

Gina Jespersen of Hemingford was crowned the 2014 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Wednesday night, capping three days of competition.

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Jespersen will officially begin her reign in January, taking over for the 2013 Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Samantha Chytka.

Miss Rodeo America Chenae Shiner of Roosevelt, Utah, was on hand to help bestow the honor.

Jespersen, 23, attends Black Hills State University where she majors in elementary education. She hopes to become an elementary teacher in a rural Nebraska community.

Jespersen is also an accomplished horseback rider. She previously attended South Dakota State University, where she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Team and was on the student athlete advisory committee. She was a world show qualifier in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association, and 4-H member.

Her mission is to aid in the personal growth and success of young children. As Miss Rodeo Nebraska, she will showcase the qualities of Nebraska and proudly promote Nebraska’s rodeo legacy.

Jespersen is the daughter of Don and Joni Jespersen. She said she enjoys laughing with her twin, dancing, and reading.


Horsemanship, speaking, poise

The Miss Rodeo Nebraska horsemanship contest was held Sunday.

The women displayed skills on well-trained horses and appeared sharp and strong during the allotted time to compete.

Contests wore bright colors and answered questions after their ride to the judges at the front of the arena. During the performance there were interviews by rodeo women from Iowa and Utah.

The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Style Show was held at the Quality Inn Tuesday and accordingly the speech competition was attended by Sen. Tom Hansen and Mayor Dwight Livingston.

Miss Rodeo Nebraska contests included Dakota Clough, Tashonna Frye, Jespersen and Emily Taylor.

Clough is from Ogallala and attends Eastern Wyoming College.

Frye has a life mission to raise awareness and would like to work on a cattle ranch.

Taylor is currently attending UNL and her goals include working in social media.


Miss Teen Rodeo

The Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska contestants included Jennaya Love Frye, a sophomore in high school who enjoys singing and country-western dancing.

The first runner-up was Riyatta Wrase Frye of Harrisburg. She plans to attend college, study agribusiness, and would like to ranch and raise quality cattle and purebred quarter horses.

The 2014 Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska is Robin Reed Ferguson from Gordon, the 15-year-old daughter of Robert and Kris Ferguson.

Her goal is to use her power and talents to further her education and excel with her horse. She would like to educate and inspire rodeo spectators to become life-long fans.


Stephanie Sitz of North Platte was the primary writer of this report.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/13/2013
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