Miss Evergreen Rodeo 2023 – Amanda Cook
Amanda Cook – 2023 Miss Evergreen Rodeo
Howdy y’all! My name is Amanda Cook, and I am your 2023 Miss Evergreen Rodeo. It is such an extreme honor and responsibility to represent not only the beautiful community of Evergreen, but also my hometown.
I am 21 years old and was born and raised in Evergreen under the roof of my amazing parents Shane and Theresa Cook, alongside my 6 other siblings! I have been riding horses since I was 6 months old, and made that love grow by competing for Evergreen Rodeo Junior Princess in 2011. After finishing my reign as Junior Princess, I joined the Westernaires at the age of 11 with my entire family. We performed all over, traveling with the Westernaires not only in-state but out-of-state as well. I graduated Westernaires at the age of 19 off Varsity Big Red at the National Western Stock Show, as well as 6 other Varsity level performance teams including trick and fancy riding.
I now am a sophomore in college at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology studying veterinary technician certifications as well as other specialties.
When I’m not working for my family paving company or going to school, you’ll most likely find me hunting or fishing with my big ol’ German Shepard, Max, who helps me with all my barn chores and loves his big horse friends just as much as I do, if not more!
Growing up I can always remember my favorite part of the summer being the Evergreen Rodeo and Parade. I can’t remember a year of not attending and watching the royalty ride through the arena presenting the rodeo with such grace, beauty, and honor. I can remember telling my parents that would be me one day with a horse of my own.
When my family welcomed our first horses Copper and Trooper, they taught me everything I needed know about riding and sometimes falling, but most importantly how to get back up dust yourself off and get right back on after you fall. I was little and had no idea that my horses were teaching me a much bigger life lesson. The 4-legged family of 2 rapidly grew to 9. Now, our pasture contains all sorts of breeds, from Mustangs to Quarter Horses to our beloved Trooper’s full sister Miss “Silver Fire”, or as we call her, “Fancie”, a foundation Morgan. Our family has never been more complete.
Now that Copper and Trooper are watching over me from up above, guiding me through the training of my horses, I am very proud to say that I am fulfilling my dream as Miss Evergreen Rodeo with my trusty black and white steed, “Pepe-le-pew”, or better known as “Mr. Stinker”, representing our hometown of Evergreen.
As I place this crown on my hat and sash on my shoulder, I look forward to continuing traveling all over Colorado, furthering my education as well as educating fans not only about the great sport we call rodeo, but also about the western way of life.
I am honored to be your 2023 Miss Evergreen Rodeo; see y’all Father’s Day weekend in Evergreen!