Posted 6 months ago
By Kevin Horn
A Hemingford woman has achieved her long time goal of being crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska.
23-year-old Gina Jespersen was awarded the prestigious crown and sash during the Nebraskaland Days Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
To be 100% accurate, Gina is actually the Miss Rodeo Nebraska “in waiting.” She will officially be crowned in January, 2014, and will reign as Miss Rodeo Nebraska throughout 2014.
Gina, the daughter of Don and Joni Jespersen, currently attends Black Hills State University majoring in Elementary Education. She hopes to earn her Masters degree and become an elementary teacher in a rural Nebraska community.
Miss Jespersen, a 2008 graduate of Hemingford High School, previously attended South Dakota State University and was a member of SDSU NCAA Division One Equestrian Team and SDSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Gina, who began riding horses at the age of five on the family ranch southwest of Hemingford, has been involved in multiple community service activities.
Gina enjoys laughing with her twin brother, dancing, and reading.
Her mission is to aid in the personal growth and success of young children.
Gina began competing in horsemanship as a young 4-Her at the Box Butte County Fair. She went on to compete at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Texas in 2007.
Gina was crowned the 2006 Box Butte County Fair Queen in Hemingford; the 2009 Old West Trails Rodeo Queen in Crawford; the 2011 AK-SAR-BEN River City Rodeo Queen in Omaha; and the 2013 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen in Rapid City.
Gina and her horse, Harley, practice about three hours a day, as horsemanship is a huge part of the competition. The competition not only included horsemanship, but also a judges’ interview, and a radio interview score.