Being a rodeo queen is not just full of glitter and rhinestones; hard work, hours of dedication and shear perfection in the arena are all key aspects to being crowned as the queen.
At the beginning of October, Sarah Trahan of Alvin High School was full of smiles during her competition for Brazoria County Fair Rodeo Queen. The contestants were judged on a prepared speech, tack and attire, horsemanship pattern, flag pattern and a timed barrel pattern on their pathway to the crown.
“Every aspect of judging is important,” Sarah explained. “You have to deliver your best speech, stay confident on your horse and smile through every event because that is what the judges like to see.”
As the rodeo arena lights shined down on the nine rodeo queen contestants, the crowd quieted as the announcer grabbed the microphone. Sarah questioned all of the long hours that she had put into preparing for this event, “Have I done enough? Will I be crowned?” When the announcer called her name, Sarah was overcome with joy and excitement as she had reached her goal of becoming Brazoria County Rodeo Queen for 2018.
The longtime Alvinite is at her happiest when she is in the arena working horses or training the next generation of little girls. Her passion began at the first big rodeo she attended two years ago. With zero sponsors and being brand new to the sport, she was nervous of how her end results would turn out. Sarah came out on top at the Revolution Barrel Race in College Station, and from that moment she knew this was her dream. When she is not on her own horse, Titan, Trahan works two jobs that she truly enjoys. At one of her jobs, she is the barn girl for her rodeo coach where she cleans stalls and helps with younger riders as they begin their journey to the big time. Sarah spoke about how rewarding it is to work with the younger generation to perfect all areas of the sport. Some of the girls were in the rodeo arena to witness her crowning at BCFA.
After graduating from Alvin High School in May, Sarah plans to load Titan up and head off to college.
She hopes to attend Texas A&M University for their veterinary program to eventually become an equine surgeon and open her own practice. Through it all, Sarah will continue to ride in rodeos across the state of Texas.
As for the little girls out there hoping to follow in Sarah’s footsteps, she said, “If you work hard, keep your head up and stay smiling, you will succeed.”
Congratulations to Sarah Trahan, Alvin High School senior, for being crowned Brazoria County Fair Rodeo Queen for 2018.