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  • Moundridge girl to be crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Kansas

  • Abby Harders knows getting the royal treatment isn’t about wearing poofy dresses.
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  • Abby Harders knows getting the royal treatment isn’t about wearing poofy dresses.
    Harders, 15, of Moundridge will be crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Kansas 2014 on Feb. 8 at the McPherson Community Building. She became the first person from McPherson County to earn the title in August at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, a four-day competition that judged competitors in areas such as horsemanship, speech, interview and modeling.
    “I’d say my best event is horsemanship, even though I won every category,” Harders said. “I was nervous at first, but when they started calling my name for everything, I figured it was a done deal.”
    As Miss Teen Rodeo Kansas, Harders will travel to different rodeos and events, including the Silver Spur Rodeo in Florida. Along the way, she’ll meet other Teen Rodeo winners as well as Miss Rodeo winners, the older versions of Miss Teen Rodeo.
    “It’s great just being able to meet so many friends and have so many experiences,” Harders said. “It’s a memory that’ll last a lifetime.”
    Harders is no stranger to the attention. She and her sister have claimed six titles between them, and Harders has been named Central Plains Rodeo Association Princess and Miss Beef Empire Days Princess.
    Sandy Harders, Abby’s mother, said she’s proud of her daughter’s accomplishments.
    “It’s awesome,” Sandy said. “You have to be a good public speaker and a good studier. You have to know a ton of things, so it makes for smart kids.”
    The Miss Teen Rodeo crown comes with responsibilities—namely, about 60 rodeo appearances during the next year. Harders will be responsible for covering the cost of these trips.
    Harders said she is looking for community support and sponsors. She said one of her favorite sponsors so far is the Kansas Fur Harvesters, who showed her how to skin animals and gave her a teddy bear made of blue fox and mink.
    “I think those kinds of things are fun,” Harders said. “They were all backwoodsmen, so it was fun getting to know them.”
    On Feb. 8, she will have a fundraiser dinner and auction to raise money to cover the expenses. Entry is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and younger. There will be a live and silent auction.
    Some of the items up for bid are a guided turkey hunt for two people, a three-hour horseback ride in Colorado for six, a picture Abby painted, and saddles, saddle stands and earrings.
    Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. Miss Rodeo winners will be present as well.
    Page 2 of 2 - Those who wish to RSVP for the dinner and auction can call 620-386-0652 or email missteenrodeokansas2014@gmail.com.
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