12“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

A simple line yet, I am changed. Over the past year, I have changed more than I have in my entire life. I have gone through many challenges as well as great times. I pursued becoming Miss Reno Rodeo because I am passionate about this amazing way of life. I have more hours on a horse than off. I truly wanted to become a role model and someone who could educate and promote this Western way of life that I have been blessed by.

I am so proud that I can come back to my own roots here in Hawthorne, Nevada and support the place that made me who I am today. Hawthorne has and will always be home and I feel so blessed to be able to give back to this amazing little Patriotic town. This Armed Forces Day is a little bitter sweet as May 16th marks my daddy’s six-month anniversary for being gone. I lost my best friend and dad this year and I know that he is looking down and extremely proud of his little girl for rising above these challenges and becoming a stronger cowgirl. I also know that my entire hometown Hawthorne is so proud of their little cowgirl. Becoming Miss Reno Rodeo has been the greatest accomplishment I have ever been blessed with and I am so thankful for everyone’s support! I am so excited that I have the privilege of riding and representing the 96th Reno Rodeo as their queen and continuing my dad, Troy’s legacy with horses. I hope to see everyone at the Reno Rodeo June 18-27.

Love, Your Miss Reno Rodeo 2015 and hometown girl, Gabriella Madraso