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Iager named first Maryland high school rodeo queen
By CARYL VELISEK
WOODBINE, Md. (July 1, 2014) — Madison Iager of Howard County, is Maryland’s first High School Rodeo Queen and she will be heading for Rock Springs, Wyo., to compete in the National High School Rodeo Queen Contest on July 7.
“And I’m extremely excited,” Madison said.
She will be taking part in the contest for 19 days, she said, and it will include a speech, modeling in western garb, an impromptu personal interview, a written test, and horsemanship.
Madison is the daughter of dairy farmer, Mark Iager, and Elisha Harrison Iager. Her mom always rode horses and Madison’s interest in riding started when she was just two years old, she said, when she told her mother she wanted to show horses and she went in to compete on miniature ponies in the lead line division.
“I will be competing in all of my rodeo events on my mule, Gato,” she said. “I bought this feisty 13.2 hand john mule eight years ago. I instantly fell in love with his funny personality and willingness to learn. He has been a joy to work with and we have taught each other so many things. He is my pride and joy and my motivation to get to the barn every morning.
“Mules are very smart,” she added, “and not stubborn as they are often made out to be.”
Madison attended Public School until the middle of her eighth grade year when a back injury prevented her from sitting for long periods at a time.
“I finished the year with a home hospital teacher so I could attend my daily therapy and heal”, she said.
“I soon realized that online school was the perfect fit for me and I will be starting my sophomore year this fall. I’m a 4-her and I tend my animals, which include two donkeys, one horse, seven mules, dairy cattle, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats and pigs. My most comfortable place in the world is in the show ring. I love the challenges of managing weights, muscle condition, feed rations and showing style and I am an avid volunteer for the Lisbon Horse Parade which raised $8500 this year for the local food banks and fire department.”
She also helped her mother start the largest mule event on the East Coast which raises money to award scholarships each year.
The rodeo Madison will be attending is the largest rodeo in the world with participants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. This is the first time Maryland has had a High School Rodeo Queen and will be sending someone to the Nationals.
In December of 2013, Madison was awarded the Touch of Class Award ‘in recognition of and appreciation’ by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Horse Industry Board, for demonstrating the highest of standards of excellence in Maryland’s Equine Industry.
“My Mom had always taught me to be involved in things that mean something to me so that I would put my whole heart into it. I can honestly say that my whole heart is in the equine world, “ Madison said.