Everyone has dreams, some attainable and some insurmountable, Codi Miller from Amidon has always dreamt about earning the title of Miss Rodeo North Dakota.
Published October 18, 2013
Many young girls and those much older dream about being a princess, a queen, marrying a rich attractive doctor or lawyer etc. But not Codi. Born and raised on a farm and ranch in southwestern North Dakota does something different for a child, besides the regular blood that run through their veins, they also have a mixture of the sound of applause after a spectacular performance in Pole Bending, Goat Tying and Barrel Racing. It is also mixed in with the smell of burning hides during the spring branding and the sound of a horse whinny.
Codi grew up with that blood surging through her veins and it kept her dreams alive, not only alive, but surging. When she went for a leisurely ride with her younger sister Kit, when she was shooting a free throw in the Bowman gym and as she was accepting her high school diploma. The dream was always there. She knew it could happen. She felt it would happen and Sunday during the PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo Finals in Minot, Codi Miller was named Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014.
Codi, the daughter of Gary and Stacey Miller, won’t be confined only to appearances in North Dakota, as she will also travel to events next year in Denver, Las Vegas and Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, she said. Miller will also have a chance to be named Miss Rodeo America.
The year of 2014 is going to be a very busy and hectic 12 months for Miller as she travels back and forth across North Dakota carrying ‘Old Glory’ at the start of parades, many banquets and public appearances in which she can continue to be an advocate for the anti-bullying movement, which has become a hot topic nationally in recent years, and most recently let to the arrest of two young girls.
A graduate of Bowman County High School, Miller completed a hospitality and tourism degree at Black Hills State University and works as an event coordinator for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Miller has also served as a state high school rodeo queen, Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss North Dakota Teen USA.
“Its going to be such an honor to travel the state and go to some other huge rodeos around the country,” Miller said. “To be able to represent North Dakota again will be very special. I know I’m going to have some great opportunities to learn and to grow as a person and to bring that all back to North Dakota.”
Editor’s note: Congratulations Codi. You dreamt the dream, believed in the dream and visualized the dream. Now wake up and Live the Dream.