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River City Rodeo in Omaha, Nebraska
River City Rodeo in Omaha, Nebraska
Youth Rodeo Activites


Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben

The Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben Contest is open to young ladies ages 18-24 who reside within Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, Illinois and Missouri. Selection of the queen is decided by judges and is based on Horsemanship, Personality and Appearance. Shianna Frye, Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben 2013, will be awarded a $750 scholarship following her reign. The Ak-Sar-Ben Rodeo Queen Committee also pays $300 towards Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben's travel expense.  The Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben 2014 pageant will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 prior to the Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show.

2014 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben Entry Form
2014 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben Rule Book
2014 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben Pageant Flyer

2014 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben Johanna Schmidt

Howdy everyone!  My name is Johanna Schmidt but everyone calls me Jo, and for the next year, I have the honor of representing Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show (ARCR) as your 2014 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben!  I feel genuinely blessed to have the opportunity to represent not only ARCR and its 65th annual celebration, but also the world's second largest rodeo, the Justin Boots Championships!

In a one day competition, held a week prior ARCR, I received top honors in Horsemanship, Speech, Personality, and Appearance.  I have met many loving and generous people along my  travels as Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben so far and I am excited to see what the future holds.  During this year I will be busy dedicating my time to representing this execeptional rodeo throughout the state of Nebraska as well as some surrounding states.

I'm the 22 year-old daughter of Bill and Shirley Schmidt.  I have  three older brothers, Steve, Derek, and Scott and they always give me a hard time.  We grew up in Juniata, Nebraska, and had a second home in Blue Hill on our family farm where we learned the value of hard work and being there for one another.  Hardwork, responsibility, faith, and love are just a few values that people can learn from being involved with country life as well as rodeo.

Over the years, I have learned that education can take you anywhere you want to go in the future.  In May of 2014, I will graduate from Hastings College with my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Agribusiness.  During my time at Hastings College, I have become an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, was listed on the Dean's List all four years, and was an assistant 4-H leader and volunteer for multiple organizations.  When not traveling or working part-time, I enjoy shopping, showing horses, and taking a relaxing ride down the road or pasture.

I would personally like to invite you and your family to come out to next year's Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show and encourage you to mark your calendars for September 25-28, 2014 to enjoy the Justin Boots Championships and all that Ak-Sar-Ben has to offer!


Little Miss and Little Mister ARCR

The Little Miss and Mister RCR will reign over Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show, serving as good will ambassadors. Helping distribute awards ribbons and even getting to ride in the parade will highlight their week! The 2012 contest will be held in conjunction with the Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben contest on Saturday, September 22nd at the Bass Pro Shop, Council Bluffs, IA. Children age 6-9 as of September 22, 2013 who reside in Nebraska or Western Iowa are eligible to participate. No experience or western background is needed.

Each contestant will be judged on a written essay question, and appearance and personality when on stage. Click here to download the  2013 Contest Rules and Application Form .


Mutton Bustin

Hold on tight! Mutton Bustin, presented by Wells Fargo is a crowd favorite, and proves little cowboys and cowgirls can hold on for eight seconds, just like the real ones! Mutton Bustin is a fun-filled competition where a few lucky youngsters have the chance to ride on the back of a running sheep for six seconds. Children ages 5-7 and under 55 pounds are eligible to participate in the contest which will take place during all three rodeo performances.

Want to be crowned the regional Mutton Bustin Champion?  Qualifying events will take place at five different rodeos throughout the 2014 summer. One winner from each rodeo will qualify for the tour finals, which will take place during the Saturday, Sept. 27th performance at ARCR.

The Qualifying Rodeos include:1 ) Wahoo, NE  2) Sidney, IA  3) Carson, IA  4) Dayton, IA 5) Sept. 27th Rodeo at ARCR 6) Sept. 28th Rodeo at ARCR

For full rules and regulations and how to be entered in one of the qualifying tour stops, please contact the participating rodeo.

To be entered in either the Thurs., Sept 25th or Fri., Sept. 26th rodeo at ARCR, a sign-up will take place and a drawing will be held on September 1, 2014 from all names entered. Twenty-four will be selected at random to participate. Parents and guardians will be contacted after this date to inform them if their child was selected to participate and which night they will assigned.Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to enter their child in the drawing  from June 1, 2014- August 30, 2014. Click here for application form.

Presented by: wells_fargo

Stick Horse Rodeo

How much more fun can it get than barrel racing or riding your stick horse in the same arena the world champions do? The Stick Horse rodeo is a fun competition where kids, ages 3-8,  have the opportunity to race around barrels, untie ribbon from a goat tail and participate in other modified rodeo events all in the same dirt arena as the professional cowboys! The Stick Horse Rodeo takes place Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m. prior to the start of the Justin Boots Championships.

To be entered in the Stick Horse Rodeo,a sign-up will take place and a drawing will be held on September 1, 2014 from all names entered. Twenty-four will be selected at random to participate. Parents and guardians will be contacted after this date to inform them if their child was selected to participate and which night they will assigned.Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to enter their child in the drawing from June 1, 2014 - August 30, 2014. Click here for application form.

Rough N Ready Challenge Rodeo

The Rough N Ready Rodeo takes place on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the CenturyLink Center rodeo arena. Justin Boots Championship Rodeo contestants are paired with special needs children in various rodeo-type events such as stick horse races, dummy roping and barrel riding. Special needs children under age 18 are eligible to participate. In addition to rodeo participation, the day also includes a luncheon with a motivational speaker. The event is free of charge and limited to the first 70 children with special needs that register.

A drawing is held during the event for a giveaway of a one-year lease on a Honda Odyssey minivan donated by O'Daniel Honda and Merrill Lynch of Omaha, Neb. The van prize includes the lease, taxes, insurance, and licensing. The winner will be selected through a drawing that takes place during the Rough N Ready luncheon. Parents of registered and participating special needs youth are required to be present at the luncheon in order to win the van. Other supporting sponsors and partners of the program are Fast Trac Freight Services, Inc. of Omaha and Batten Trailer Leasing of Omaha.

The goal of the Rough N Ready Rodeo is to put a smile on every child's and raise money and awareness for area Heartland organizations that serve families with special needs.

Rough N Ready Welcome Letter

Please print off and submit EACH of these listed below if you wish to enter.

Contestant Application
Contestant Release Waiver
Van Giveaway Entry Form




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