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SSHS graduate enjoys busy schedule of Miss Reno Rodeo
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 16, 2012 | 1615 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Miss Reno Rodeo Kayla Roundy waves to the crowd during Saturday morning’s parade in downtown Reno. In April, she was named Miss Rodeo Nevada in Las Vegas.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Miss Reno Rodeo Kayla Roundy waves to the crowd during Saturday morning’s parade in downtown Reno. In April, she was named Miss Rodeo Nevada in Las Vegas.
Kayla Roundy, a 2006 Spanish Springs High grad, finally has her chance to show off what this Miss Reno Rodeo can do.

After being selected as Miss Reno Rodeo 2012 last year, Roundy traveled to other rodeos around the country with the Reno Rodeo Committee. She was involved with many community events, waiting for her time to shine at this year‘s Reno Rodeo.

This week as Miss Reno Rodeo, Roundy, on her horse Goldie, helps with pushing cattle. She also participates in the autograph parties every night and throughout the week. It’s basically a lot of PR events for the Reno Rodeo.

But even after the final performance in this year’s Reno Rodeo, Roundy’s work will not be done within the rodeo spectrum.

Roundy went to Las Vegas in April to compete for Miss Rodeo Nevada and won the crown, making her even more busy as she was holding two different titles at the same time and had double the commitments. But after this year’s Reno Rodeo is finished and she officially passes on her crown, Roundy will be back on the road, spending all but four days away from home in July.

She also hopes her stint as rodeo royalty won’t conclude when her reign as Miss Rodeo Nevada ends.

In December, Roundy will compete for Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas in conjunction with the NFR (National Finals Rodeo).

It’s an eight-day competition where all the girls are isolated from the real world and judged on areas such as personality, appearance, horsemanship, written exams, speeches, modeling and impromptus.

Despite a busy schedule which made it hard to continue her pursuit of a college degree, Roundy will miss the relationships she formed over the past year as Miss Reno Rodeo.

“The thing I’m going to take away from this is the family that I’ve gained,” Roundy said. “The Reno Rodeo Committee and everyone who has been involved has been so wonderful. They made my year for me. I’m taking away more than stuff. I’m taking away a whole big family basically.”

Roundy, who will be 24 in a couple weeks, took time to reflect and appreciate all the opportunities receiving her first horse at age 12 has brought her over the second half of her life.

“Last night when I did my fly-by and they announced me, I was sitting in the back thinking about how good of a feeling it was to be part of the Reno Rodeo Flag Team for 10 years and always watching these girls. To actually do it, was such a surreal feeling for me,” she said.

However, one day all of this will come to an end. Roundy knows she will need to start a normal life. She plans to finish her degree, and her time as Miss Reno Rodeo has encouraged her to switch paths from a human development and family studies degree to one in education. And seeing how well she interacts with children, it’s no surprise she wants to get into education.

“I think just working with kids and learning about myself and what I want to do with the rest of my life, that I’d really love to do education,” Roundy said. “It took me a while to understand the autographing part. I thought it was funny because who wants my autograph really? I thought I’d have to pay people to take them. That part I’m still not used to, but knowing that girls look up to me, it makes my job that more important, representing how I’d want my daughter to look up to me. It’s a really cool feeling. For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

Roundy was able to participate in a Make-A-Wish activity where a girl with terminal cancer wanted to be a rodeo queen and she got to ride with Roundy all night. Roundy admits it was a humbling experience. But it’s also an experience most do not get to witness.

Without the help of family, friends and the community, Roundy knows she wouldn’t be fortunate enough to be in these positions.

“I rely on my sponsors because this is my job. I not only promote the rodeo but the state now as well. I wouldn’t be in this spot if I didn’t have the support that I’ve had,” Roundy said. “I just want to tell everyone who has ever supported me how thankful I am. I honestly wouldn’t be anywhere without them.”
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