Liveliness. Get-up-and-go. Respect for the rodeo. Responsibility. Grit.
Those are the qualities that made Abbey Pomeroy the top candidate for the Miss Rodeo K-State title. At least, that’s what she told the judges in her interview.
The K-State sophomore was announced the winner of the pageant Saturday night at the K-State Rodeo at Weber Arena.
She competed against two other women in a contest whose events were spread over two weeks before the coronation prior to the rodeo events Saturday night.
“I had a huge support group there, which was neat,” she said. “All of my friends were there, so I had a big cheering section.”
She said she loved hearing the announcer say her name with his voice booming over the speakers.
“It was awesome to be chosen,” she said. “I feel very honored to be the representative for K-State rodeo.”
The contestants were judged on horsemanship, speech, modeling, personal interview and written test. Lauren Rumbaugh, a K-State sophomore, was first runner up, and junior Devon Stewart was named Miss Congeniality.
Pomeroy grew up in a farm near Hesston, with an older brother and sister and a younger sister. She and her siblings were involved in 4-H, and they raised sheep and showed horses.
She said her upbringing instilled a love of the agricultural and rodeo culture, with its value on hard work and respect.
“I love the attitude of competitors and fans,” said Pomeroy, herself a barrel racer. “They just have a true spirit for the events they’re competing in.”
Now, in her second year at K-State, she keeps busy with several activities in addition to rodeo. An interior design major, she is involved with several campus interior design clubs. She is also the fair trade marketplace coordinator for Ecumenical Campus Ministries.
She said she loves helping with the fair trade marketplace, whose purpose is “to help those with a greater need than myself,” she said. “I also love working with David Jones and the people at ECM. They’re a great group of people to work with.”
Pomeroy is also a resident of Clovia, the 4-H scholarship house. It is a cooperative living house, which means that the 60 young women who live there cook and clean for themselves. Pomeroy has lived there since her freshman year and will return again next year.
“I love it,” she said. “I like to be around all the different personalities. They’re all hardworking girls, and I don’t know where else I would get that much support.”
And then, of course, there’s rodeo. Pomeroy said she got involved with the K-State Rodeo Club just this year. She brought her horse, Abu, up to Manhattan last semester and participated in college rodeo events.
Now she’s looking forward to making at least 10 public appearances in her tiara-topped hat at rodeos, parades and events through the next year.
It’s going to be a busy time. But Pomeroy said she’s not worried about getting burned out.
“Everything I’m involved in I have a deep passion for,” she said. “It never feels overwhelming because I’m really getting to dive into and grow in each of them. I’m blessed to be at a place, where I can explore each interest that I have.”
Pomeroy said after she graduates, she plans to move to a bigger city and get a job with an architecture firm.
“I’m just a sophomore, so I have so many options,” she said. “At this point, none of them have been limited.”