Skylar Blankenship, 2018 Haines Stampede Rodeo Court
Hello, my name is Skylar Blankenship and I am currently a junior at the
North Powder High School. I’d like to thank my Aunt and Uncle, Mark and
Shelly Conro, my brothers and sisters, Lane Skidgel, and everyone who has
sponsored and assisted me throughout this journey. You’ve all helped me in
different ways that have built me up to be where I am today.
Once I moved to Haines with my Aunt and Uncle, I slowly began to get
into horses. Watching rodeos and everyone compete made me really want to
experience the thrill of rodeo. My Aunt would get me lessons out at Benny
Ruda’s so I could start practicing and not too long after I got my first horse,
I love being in the outdoors, being with my family, riding my horses,
shooting shotguns, competing in track and in FFA. These activities inspire me
to be a better person and a more active person through my community.
During the winter, my family usually gets together to have a trap shoot.
We have a family competition, and just to have a good time with everyone
who’s there. It is a great way to spend time with my family.
I have been competing in high school track for three years, in javelin,
discuss, and long jump. It is a fun way to bond with a team but also a good way
to work on my personal skills, along with staying in shape.
FFA was not my favorite activity at first, but as the first year went on, I
got involved with parliamentary procedure and fell in love. In 2015, I started
competing on the North Powder FFA Chapter Parliamentary Procedure Team;
we worked our way through the competitions and ended up competing at the
National Level in 2016. Flying halfway across the country to compete at the
National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an experience I will never
forget and treasure forever.
After high school, I plan on going to college. After college I would like
move to Wyoming to start a ranch there and to possibly take part in more
rodeo courts along the way. Wyoming interests me with the open spaces, good
hunting, lots of rodeos and my brother, Keegan lives there.
I’d like to thank the Haines Stampede Rodeo board for this opportunity
to represent this amazing rodeo and community, especially with my good
friend Ashley Hoffman. This year is going to be loaded with fun!
Cut ‘er Loose