Kelly Harper is the 14 year old daughter of Rick and Tica Harper. Kelly is currently a freshman at Citrus High School and takes all Honors and AP classes. In her free time, Kelly enjoys playing volleyball, competing on her school's weightlifting team, public speaking, and of course riding horses.
One of Kelly's favorite things to do is explore the trails on her family's cattle ranch; while hunting down the Houdini heifers on horseback. Kelly also enjoys taking in and bottle feeding any abandoned or rejects calfs. Kelly is active in her High School's FFA chapter and is on their Horse Judging team which competes annually at the State Fair. In addition to FFA, Kelly also participates and shows in 4-h. She is the treasure of her 4-h club, competes in many public speaking competitions, and shows her horses at the County Fair and at the 4-h Horse Shows. Aside from 4-h Kelly also shows her horses in the American Ranch Horse Association where she competes in Reining, Cutting, Trail, Rail Work, Showmanship, and many other events.
Kelly hopes to further her experience in horses by obtaining a degree in Equine Science by taking a variety of courses including equine management, health, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, disease, and western training. She also hopes to secure a spot on the University of South Carolina's equestrian team. While attending USC, Kelly plans to study law. She hopes to obtain her law degree, and specialize in agricultural and equine law. In addition to being an attorney, Kelly also hopes to own a breeding and training facility for reining and other performance horses. Kelly says, “I realize my goals are big, but like a great mind once said, ‘Go big or go home, and don't follow your dreams, chase them.’” Kelly's experiences, accomplishments, and many interest, including her hobbies of horses, ranching, and of course Rodeo, is what lead her to competing for, and securing the title of Miss Rodeo Florida Princess 2017. She also received the horsemanship and speech awards at the pageant. Kelly states, “I look forward to traveling the state while promoting the great sport of rodeo everywhere I can.”
Miss Rodeo Florida 2017
Miss Teen Rodeo Florida 2017
Miss Rodeo Florida Princess– 2017
Keri Elizabeth Sheffield, hails from Summerfield, Florida, where she grew up on Lake Weir with a life full of faith, family, friends, and animals. She served as President of her local 4-H club and loved showing lambs and hogs as a proud showman at the Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala, FL. She spent her spare time growing up at arenas watching her cousins practice for rodeos until she was finally eligible herself, at which time she convinced her parents, who knew little of the sport, to let her follow her heart and live her life as a cowgirl. She participated in goat-tying, pole bending, breakaway roping, and barrel racing throughout her years in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and Florida High School Rodeo Association and also served as first the SJRA and then the FHSRA Queen. Representing her fellow athletes, her home state of Florida, and the great sport of rodeo as the FHSRA Queen allowed her to release her inner desire to serve others, promote the sport she loves, and act as a role model to others from a position of leadership. She was a part of history at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, as she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as part of the inaugural nursing class of the college. She works as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit and served on two mission trips to Costa Rica, where she visited orphanages and administered medical care while rotating through several pediatric units in a hospital in San José. She plans on continuing her education to become a nurse anesthetist and pursuing her dream of serving as a medical missionary, helping those in need while spreading the love of Christ. Keri’s values and priorities are firmly aligned with the western way of life, and she is beyond honored to merge her servant’s heart and love of all things western as she serves as Miss Rodeo Florida; she sees it as such a privilege that offers her a platform from which to promote both the state and sport she holds so dear to her heart. She hopes to inspire others, particularly young minds, to seek out opportunities in rodeo and to show them the type of fulfillment that comes from hard work, caring for nature and animals, and honoring the type of simplicity many now consider old-fashioned. She can’t wait to represent Florida as she travels the country and will work hard to uphold the values for which her title stands.
Baily is the 18 year old daughter of Clint and Dee Simpson. She attends Harmony High School and is a senior. She has been very involved with 4-H and FFA. Baily was raised around cattle and ranching since the day she was born. She is a 4th generation family member for raising cattle. She hopes to one day continue this family tradition of ranching.
When Baily grows up, she would like to go to college and get her bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Baily loves to go shopping, work cows with her family, compete in rodeo pageants, go to the beach, and most of all, she loves to ride horses.
In the future, Baily hopes to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America. But for now, she is looking forward to her year as Miss Teen Rodeo Florida. Baily is looking forward to meeting new people and making memories of a lifetime.
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