This young and inspiring lady, Miss Madison Iager she is also the Maryland High School Rodeo Queen. Her reign started in 2014-2015 and now she has been elected for second year of reign or 2015-2016.
In December of 2013 Madison was the youngest person to date to be awarded with the Touch of Class Award "in recognition of and appreciation by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Horse Industry Board for demonstrating the highest standards of excellence in Maryland's Equine Industry."
She also volunteers for a few programs in the community while helping raising money for food banks and fire department. She is also an active church member.
As I interviewed Madison (A.K.A. Mads), I couldn't help but falling in love with her amazing personality. Check it out her interview bellow and don't forget to watch her Highlights Movie of her making off for our photoshoot :)
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Daysy: How old are you and what grade are you attending to now?
Madison: I am 16 years old and am a sophomore at Keystone National Online High School.
(Stunning outfit by JustJan Show Apparel - Janice Grove)
Daysy: If you were to look back from 1 year ago to today, how would you say that this experience has changed your life in a positive way?
Madison: Blessed. That is the one word that comes to mind when I think about my past year as the MDHSRA Queen. I have grown so much as a person. I have gained so much confidence, knowledge and personal strength learning how to handle various situations. I am a happier person as I am comfortable with who I am. I grew up a lot. I look at some kids my age and wish that they could see past the petty drama that comes with being a teenager. There are bigger brighter things in the world to focus on. I hope that I inspire others to live their lives that way!
Daysy: What made you decided to run for the Maryland High School Rodeo Queen in the 1st year?
Madison: As soon as I heard that there was a Maryland High School Rodeo Team I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have competed on my mules in every discipline from eventing to team penning and rodeo was the only thing missing from our resume! I have always dreamed of being a rodeo queen so I knew I wanted to compete as soon as I could. I wanted to make history not only as the first MDHSRA Queen but I also wanted to be the first Queen ever to compete at Nationals on a mule.
Daysy: Can you describe your feelings once you learned you were crowded as queen?
Madison: There are no word to describe the feeling of being crowned. There is so much time, sweat and dedication that goes into preparing for the contest that it is just overwhelming. For me, it was a dream come true.
Daysy: What types of sports do you practice go keep yourself sharp for the rodeos? Any special diet as well or just go with the flow?
Madison: I work at my rodeo events on a daily basis. I ride every day to keep my horsemanship skills at the top of their game. Riding is a workout so it keeps my mules and myself fit! When preparing for the queens contest I add study time of the rule book and rodeo facts, modeling practice, speech and impromptu practice. Being a Queen is literally a way of life. Last year my speech title was "Always wear your invisible crown" as I learned real quick that I was a Queen rather I had my crown on or not. People are always watching me and I always want to be setting the best example that I can.
Lovely outfit by NDJ Designs (Nancy Johnson)
Daysy: Could you tell us how do you prepare for rodeos, any specific routines?
Madison: By keeping a daily schedule of riding and practice, it enables me to be ready for a rodeo at a moments notice! My Mama l, on the other hand, needs a little more time to prepare meals and such.
Daysy: How did you learn how to ride a horse and so many other activities that are involved in a rodeo's routine?
Madison: I told my Mama when I was 2 years old that I wanted to ride a horse. She grew up riding and competing but never pushed her love of equine on us kids...we were simply born with it! My Nana and Pappap got me a pony for Christmas that year and I have been hooked ever since. My Mama taught me and continues to teach me. I have also taken lessons to learn from other people but my Mama can watch me and help me the most. I recently bought a barrel horse and Mama started me with some lessons from a professional barrel racer to make sure I was on the right track. I am so blessed to have parents who are so supportive of my passion for riding.
Daysy: Do you find it complicated to conciliate school, the rodeo and a teen life with family/friends? How do you manage your time?
Madison: God is first, Family is second and Rodeo is third. This is the formula I use to try to balance my life. It sounds easy but sometimes it gets complicated. I am so driven to succeed in rodeo that sometimes I find I need to spend more time with my family and friends. Ironically, it normally ends up being in riding settings because that is what my friends and family love to do as well. I challenge myself daily to complete a lesson in school before I start to ride. I definitely have a different lifestyle than most but it is a life that works for me and my family. It may be 8:00 before I go out and have dinner with a friend but I still figure out a way to do it. My rodeo friends live the same kind of life I do so it is easy to get to spend time with them. Several times a week friends come over r to practice with my siblings and I. We end up eating dinner together (yes, we have a kitchen table in our barn) which leads to talking and hanging out. Those are some of the best nights!
Daysy: Who's your inspiration to keep going and following your dreams of becoming Queen?
Madison: My Mama is most definitely my inspiration to keep going and to do my best in anything I do. She is by far my biggest cheerleader. She inspires and encourages anyone she meets. She sees the possibility in us kids when we sometimes don't see it. She is an amazing lady with a heart of gold. Everyone knows her as Mama Lish. I don't know what I ever did to deserve a mama like her!
For those who wish to follow Madison's Journey you can like her Fanpage on facebook, that is updated by herself.
Congratulations, Mads! You are a true Queen and your passion and dedication are inspiring for all of us! Keep it up with your amazing work!!!
Photography: Daysy Photography
Hightlights Movie: Daysy Photography
Blue Outfit with spikes: JustJan Show Apparel (Janice Grove)
White MD flag/feather by NDJ Designs (Nancy Johnson)
Location: Woodbine, MD
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