Kansas woman competes for title
Amanda Erwin of Goddard has spent this past year representing Kansas as Miss Rodeo Kansas 2000.
She is the granddaughter of Willard Masopust, Tonganoxie, and the late Frances Masopust.
As part of her role, Erwin has traveled to rodeos in Kansas and out of state. She also has attended events and luncheons and given motivational and educational school talks.
On Nov. 2, she had a send-off party to prepare for the Miss Rodeo America competition, which will be Monday through Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. She will compete with 29 other young women in horsemanship, speech, interview and modeling.
Erwin started in horses when she spent the summers at her grandparents' home and rode horses with her cousin, Katherine (Rollins) Mestagh. Her aunt and uncle, Paula and Bo Rollins, helped her search for her first horse. And they helped her get involved in the Leavenworth County 4-H Club, the Happy Helpers. Her projects include cooking, crafts, ceramics and horseless horse.
She is a member of the Haysville Saddle Club, the Kansas Horse Council and the American Quarter Horse Association. She attends Wichita State University, where she is studying entrepreneurship and graphic design.
Her reign as Miss Rodeo Kansas will end Jan. 1, when Susan Dysart of Louisburg takes over.