Junior Miss Rodeo SD Martina Loobey
Hello! I am Martina Loobey, the 17 year old daughter of Brook and Lorrie Loobey from Sturgis. This year I served as your 2014 Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota along with our new Miss Rodeo South Dakota and best friend Kendra! This time last year I was crowned the new queen and had no idea what the new year would bring!
It began with autograph sessions, rodeo performances and visits around Belle Fourche during the Black Hills Roundup. My next stop took me to Mitchell for the Corn Palace rodeo, where I was able to see the Corn Palace for the first time and was able to ride in the parade with the new Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo queens. One of my favorite rodeos this year to represent my title was the Days of 76 rodeo in Deadwood. I got to ride in all performances by carrying flags and clearing the arena. Also on their agenda for the week was two historic parades, many autograph signings down town and helping with the Days of 76 queen contest. Right before the Sturgis Rally kicked off I was able to go to Faith for their stock show and rodeo, be in their parade and be an emcee at their queen contest. Their committee let me do a 50/50 raffle to help with the expenses of my trip to Florida coming up that next year. Having gone to so many rodeos, I have made a lot of friends. Some of those same friends invited me to attend the Range Days rodeo during the Central States Fair in late August. I owe a big thank you to those that provided me a horse during that weekend. I had the distinct pleasure of carrying Ole Glory at their ranch rodeo while their National Anthem singer was on a horse next to me as well. Not only did I attend some of the bigger rodeos but also the small towns and their rodeos. Newell Labor Day rodeo will always hold a special place in my heart, not only was I able to ride in the parade and help with grand entry, I got to enter their barrel racing that evening.
Melynda Sletten, our 2014 Miss Rodeo South Dakota had me set for the SDRA finals,PRS finals and the First Chance Bonanza rodeo in Brookings. I helped her with her fundraising for the Miss Rodeo America pageant and carried flags and even helped the rodeo clown JJ Harrison with his act by handing out prizes. Right after the NFR, I was got to attend the Days of 76 Christmas ball. They had amazing food, a silent auction and was able to speak to the crowd to educate them about what rodeo queens do. Later that night I showed my mad boot scootin’ skills with one of the main musicians that night. It was not long after that when I had to start preparing for the Black Hills Stock Show and my rodeo queen corral. I had 30 girls show up to sign autographs and help with the world’s smallest rodeo and it was said that they had never had so many queens show up before. I made new friends that day and encouraged the other queens to watch the rodeo performances that night. My days were full of autograph signings, the girls in spurs fashion show, banquets and the rodeo performances. At the end of February I had the amazing opportunity to go to Florida for the teen weekend that the Miss Rodeo Florida Inc. hosts every year. There were fifteen girls there all from different states. We had the chance to go to Disney World, attend two PRCA performaces, go to the zoo and an airboat ride.
I have some of the best friends from 15 different states! The last rodeos I attended were the Sturgis Wild West Days and the Crazy Horse Stampede. None of this would have been possible without my parents, and my amazing coordinator Cindy. I wish all of the contestants good luck because this title is definitely a ride of a lifetime. Welcome to the 96th annual Black Hills Roundup!