Dr. Randy Smith of Altus has been selected as a judge for the 2014 Miss Rodeo America Pageant which will be held in Las Vegas on Dec. 2-9, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
State titleholders from around the nation will gather in Las Vegas to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America. Smith will be one of four judges and the only Oklahoman on the panel. He will judge all categories such as horsemanship, interview, appearance, modeling, impromptu questions, photogenic and personality.
Contestants will be interviewed on their rodeo and horsemanship knowledge as well as current events. The Miss Rodeo America organization stresses the importance of education and they award thousands of dollars in scholarships to contestants each year. The title holder will travel across the Nation promoting and representing rodeo and our Western Heritage and making appearances at a wide variety of events.
Smith stated he is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help select the next Miss Rodeo America. “Rodeo and rodeo queening have been a major part of our family for many many years” he said.
“As a rodeo queen Dad for many years I see first-hand the fantastic opportunities, growth and education this provides for young ladies. These are true cowgirls and our rodeo queens add so much not only to rodeo but to so many of our community and state events.”
“To be a good rodeo queen you have to speak well, present well, have an enthusiastic personality, ride well and handle a horse in all kinds of situations, and be knowledgeable in all aspects of the sport of rodeo and horsemanship. It takes an unbelievable amount of practice, studying, and preparing on the part of the girls” he said.
Smith lives west of Altus on the family’s cow calf operation with wife Tricia, an elementary school teacher, and daughter Emily who is the 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess. Smith is a higher education administrator with expertise in rural higher education. He is currently president of a large national association of rural colleges and he works nationally and in Washington DC on policy and issues impacting rural communities and rural higher education. He is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma.
Joining Smith on the panel of judges is Kara Gillit, Miss Rodeo America 2002, Dr. Jim Heird, Executive Professor & Coordinator of Equine Initiative at Texas A & M University and Gale Little, AQHA Representative.