Reigning Leesville Lions Club Rodeo Queen prepares to pass on title at this year's event.
The Leesville Lions Club will soon be holding its 60th annual Lions Club Rodeo and Rodeo Queens Contest.
Shelby Kadrovich is the reigning rodeo queen, and she has nothing but positive thoughts for the girls hoping to be named her successor.
"I wish them all the best, and I hope that they have fun. Being a part of the Lions Club pageant was a great experience, and everyone in the club was always making things fun," she said.
Shelby has had one busy year since claiming her crown. The 18 year-old graduated from high school earlier this year, and on July 31 she was crowned Queen of the National Little Britches Pageant.
"It was a lot of work," she said when describing the efforts that went into the competition. The pageant required a week-long competition that included categories such as horsemanship, modeling, a three-minute speech, impromptu, an interview and a 50 question test on the Little Britches Association and its rule book.
In her near future, Kadrovich will be traveling to Las Vegas and Denver to sit in on a few pageants taking place there before setting her sights on her next big competition, the Miss Rodeo Louisiana contest.
"After that I'll probably take a year off from competing," Shelby said.
In addition to her exhausting efforts at winning crowns and titles, Kadrovich has remained focused on her education. She is currently enrolled at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston where she is majoring in animal sciences so that she may one day be a veterinarian.
To kick off this year's competition, which will include a few changes, the Lions Club will be holding an informational meeting Thursday Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Court House. To RSVP, call Debbie Causey at 337-239-5952 or simply show up.
"I just hope that the girls competing stay focused on the Lions Club," said Kadrovich. "It's a lot more than just a crown; it's about the Lions Club camp and the kids they help there."