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Miss Rodeo America 2017

Miss Rodeo America, Lisa Lageschaar

Lisa Lageschaar from Pickton, Texas was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2017 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas after a week-long competition during the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Lisa has a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University. Lisa plans to obtain a doctorate in Educational Leadership to continue to provide the best opportunities possible for our youth. As a member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, American Quarter Horse Association and Texas CattleWomen, and a graduate of the Masters of Beef Advocacy Lisa is passionate about agriculture and the western lifestyle.

“I firmly believe that our youth are our future. My main goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I am honored to represent the western and agriculture industries and the cowboys and cowgirls who keep our western traditions alive. The equine and agriculture industries have brought me more joy and happiness than I could have ever imagined, and it is my calling to give back to the industries that have given me everything by serving as an enthusiastic, proud representative.”

Lisa has been an active member in her community, giving back to the local youth through programs like Future Farmers of America and 4-H. She has mentored many students on public speaking, veterinary science, floriculture, horse evaluation, livestock judging and more. Being a positive example is important to Lisa and this belief is what lead her to pursue her chosen profession as an educator. Not only does she teach on the importance of agriculture as it relates to our future, but she also strives to instill values like humility, hard work, and integrity. When time allows Lisa competes in team roping, barrel racing, and enjoys working on the family dairy farm.

“As a first generation American, and someone who did not come from an equestrian background, I quickly found a way into the equine industry. Through my experience and education I have evolved into a woman who is passionate about horses, rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life. I was not chosen by this lifestyle, but I chose to make it my lifestyle. As Miss Rodeo America I will be able to serve as a spokeswoman on a larger scale, as a living example of how it doesn’t matter where someone comes from or what their circumstances are – anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to.”

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Get to know Lisa

What was it like when they called your name at Coronation as Miss Rodeo America 2017?

I was in complete shock when my name was called as Miss Rodeo America 2017! After being called 10th in the top 10 I almost thought I hadn't placed at all! I then didn't say all I wanted to say for the answer to the top 5 question and thought surely I had just blown it for myself then! As the emcees named 4th runner up down to 2nd runner up I stood there shaking, holding Mikayla Sich Miss Rodeo South Dakota's hands listening for 1st runner up I couldn't believe my ears when it wasn't my name they called! I was overwhelmed with feelings of joy, relief, and excitement! I mean, I am one of 62 women to ever be named Miss Rodeo America!

What was one of your most memorable moments as a state queen?

My most memorable moment as Miss Rodeo Texas was being asked to attend my hometown rodeo, the Franklin County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo. I was their queen in 2009 and they sponsored me to run for Miss Rodeo Texas in 2016. This was the first place I was told I should run for Miss Rodeo Texas (in 2009); so, it was very special to come back with the Miss Rodeo Texas crown on my hat! What made it even more special was that it was the one rodeo where I got to ride Biscuit during my time as Miss Rodeo Texas. He was such a gentleman during the presentation of the American flag for the national anthem!

Tell us about your horse?

My American Quarter Horse is named LJM BISCUIT. He's a (fixing to be in March) 13 year old palomino gelding that I've owned since he was 3. He traces back to Skipper W on the top side and Peppy San Badger on the bottom. I actually started Biscuit for a family friend as a 2 year old and then purchased him the following year. He's been through a lot with me! He's moved with me 6 times from college to student teaching, to my first teaching job, and back home to live with my parents while I travel the country this year. He's competed in the horsemanship portion of several rodeo queen contests, and he is my go-to head horse! He's got a VERY quirky personality, but he's solid as a rock. He's one of two horses I've ever owned that I'll never sell! I just love him to pieces!
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