Amidon is once again home to a state title holding rodeo queen.
Amidon is once again home to a state title holding rodeo queen. In May, Elli Rettinger competed in the North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Queen pageant at the Junior High Rodeo Finals in Bismarck, bringing the crown to Slope County.
Elli is the 13 year old daughter of Perry and Brenda Rettinger. In addition to her rodeo queen title, she also competes in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping and ribbon roping. Rettinger qualified for the NDJHRD state finals in all 6 of these events, making the short go in breakaway and goats.
Since gaining her title, Elli has made several appearances at area events, promoting the sport of rodeo. She served as the Master of Ceremonies at the ND High School Rodeo Queen contest in Bowman, and carried flags at each of the performances there. She attended Mandan Rodeo Days, where she raced a fancy black and white paint horse, owned by the rodeo contractor, through the arena carrying sponsorship flags at each of the PRCA rodeo performances over the Independence Day weekend. She rode the same high-spirited horse in the Mandan Parade, carrying a flag over the 4 mile parade route.
As the NDJHRD Queen, Elli’s job is to promote the sport of rodeo and educate the public about the sport and its history. Elli most enjoys the close knit family that rodeo has created. Although she and her friends compete for the win, they are always ready to help and encourage each other, too. Junior High and High School rodeos have both a fall and a spring season before their respective finals in May and June. The top four contestants in each event earn the honor of representing North Dakota at the National competitions every summer. The 2016-2017 Junior High Division fall rodeo season kicks off on August 13 in Ray, ND.