Our next Mother’s Day blog post comes from the first mother to ever have two young women in the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant program: Susan Sheely.
Susan is the mother of Hannah and Katie Sheely who were the 2013 Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon and 2013 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon at the same time!
Aww the perks of a Rodeo Queen Mom…..I have the privilege of being the mother of the first sisters to hold the titles of Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon and Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon in the same year. I have to say 2013 was a crazy whirlwind at times, but probably one of the most memorable years of my life! Except , of course, 1997 when my first daughter Hannah was born and 2000 when my second daughter, Katie, came into my life! Hannah and Katie have always made me very proud to be their mother, but the sense of pride in watching them represent Oregon and the sport of rodeo was amazing. They gave me experiences I would have never experienced otherwise. For instance, I used more hairspray, curlers, and make-up in one summer than I had in my entire life. Anyone who knows me knows that is true. I had never spent more than 10 minutes on a hairstyle for the day or even a special event for that matter. That definitely changed when I became a Rodeo Queen Mom! I learned to press jeans and buckle chaps in record time; as well as, make flower packs, fix flower packs, and remake flower packs. Being a rodeo queen Mom, you have to be a jack of all trades. It seems the biggest task I had difficulty with and always ended up doing late at night or at the wee hours of the morning after driving for hours struggling to stay awake was putting rollers in the girls’ hair. For instance one evening at the Tillamook Rodeo around 11:00, I was just finishing rolling up the girls’ hair and realized I hadn’t fed the horses for the night yet, Bug was very unhappy with me (Hannah’s horse). It’s also very challenging to wake up a 13 year old at 2:00 am and keep her head up to get rollers in her hair after struggling to keep myself awake on the 3.5 hour drive to Grande Ronde in the middle of the night. All worth it to watch them fly around the arena for a grand entry, sign an autograph sheet for some adoring little girl, or stand up giving a talk about rodeo in a school. I could talk about so many memorable moments that will forever be etched into my mind. I have to say I love being a Mom, and especially love being a Rodeo Queen Mom! As Scott Allen, Pro Rodeo Announcer says…. “It’s good to be Queen”, but I say it’s even better to be their Mom!