Well, I will start by saying that throughout these past two years, I have had to deal with a lot of struggles, mentally and physically. But before I get into all of that, I would just like to say how grateful and proud I am of the Benson Butterfield Rodeo Committee.
This group of women are so wonderful and selfless and I can’t thank them enough for all they do. When it comes to being Benson Butterfield Rodeo Queen I will definitely miss having this title.
This experience honestly helped me get through the worst times of my life and it was hard, but representing the great sport of rodeo didn’t just distract me from everything going on. It made me want to be stronger for kids going through the same thing.
Representing Benson Butterfield Rodeo gave me confidence to go out and ride my horse in front of a crowd of people with no hair. It helped give me confidence in almost all aspects of my life to be honest. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to be Benson Butterfield Rodeo Queen not just one year but two. Although I’ll be sad to pass on my crown, I know that the tradition will live on and Benson Butterfield Rodeo will be well represented.
This has been a truly wonderful two years. Benson Butterfield Rodeo Committee, people of Benson, and all you rodeo fans out there, I really can’t thank you all enough. And a reminder to all those out there fighting horrible diseases, mental illness, or anything else that might be going on in your life: Stand your ground. Never. Give. Up.
With love always Preslee Rae West 2017-2019 Benson Butterfield Rodeo Queen