Bonjour, Hola, Guten Tag, Namaste, Aloha! Yes, as you can see, we have so many ways to say ‘hello’ in our beautiful country, but in the heart of rodeo it is famously said ‘Howdy’ to greet people. This intriguing life of the cowboy and cowgirl has roped my heart ever since I was young. As the reigning 2019 Newport Rodeo Queen I hope to inspire the younger generations, teaching them the ways of the rodeo and being an example of the amazing atmosphere it provides. I am Emily Sprague, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Sprague, sister to Michael, Mathew, and Julie, also an aunt to Lincoln, Logan, Winston, and another baby boy which will soon be here in June. I am also blessed to be niece to many wonderful uncles and aunts along with being a granddaughter to two sets of grandparents. I am also a mother, of some sort, to two fantastic horses, Sweetie and my rodeo horse Stormy. With much backup of family, I am in no shortage of great support! I have had many fun adventures involving ballet for sixteen years, horseback riding since I was two, an active member in 4-H since 2009, graduating high school from Deer Park Homelink with my Associates of Arts degree, riding on the Washington State High School Equestrian Team with the Deer Park School for four years, and held the 2018 Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo Queen title. I am currently attending Whitworth University for my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology. My ambition is to become an Equine Veterinarian. During the summers, I work at McKinlay and Peters Equine Hospital, earning more knowledge in how an equine veterinarian works. Being a rodeo queen has so many more attributes involved than just a pretty face and a beautiful horse. It requires her to be knowledgeable of her represented rodeo, educate the public about her rodeo, and to be a respectable public figure in front of everyone at all times. As the 2019 Newport Rodeo Queen I wish to be all of these facets and more throughout my reign. I look forward to making new friends, taking lots of pictures, riding in parades and rodeos, and representing this amazing rodeo! I want to also thank all of my sponsors who have supported the Newport Rodeo and all the events I will attend during my reign! I look forward to seeing you at the Newport Rodeo!