Rhinestones and Rodeo
Former Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo queen, represents North Dakota
Hope Ebel is the 2018 Miss Rodeo North Dakota, and she will be in Minot for the Y’s Men’s Rodeo on Oct. 5 through Oct. 7.
Ebel, a native of Zeeland, was crowned last Oct. at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo and will represent the state in Las Vegas at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Dec.
Ebel got her start in the rodeo queen pageant world on a whim. She was helping at the Ashley rodeo, in the back pens with the steers and calves, doing the “grunt work,” when someone said there were no candidates running for the Ashley rodeo queen title. The day before her registration papers were due, she decided to throw her hat in the ring. She won the title, and two years later, in 2017, got her second crown, when she was appointed the title of Miss Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo.
As Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Ebel took off a year of college to focus on her role as the state’s rodeo representative. She graduated from high school in 2016 and has completed two years of college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she is studying animal science/biomedical science. She originally planned on being a veterinarian, but a year spent being a rodeo queen has changed her plans.
She learned that following one’s dreams is important.
“This year I learned we are more powerful than we think, and we should invest in our lives,” she said. Her plans have changed. She will pursue a medical degree.
This year traversing the state and the nation has taught her a lot of things, she said. Her original plan of veterinary school was because she didn’t think she should pursue a medical degree.
“To invest that much time and money into myself didn’t seem that smart, till I realized I had to do it for my future. Everybody goes through life struggles, but you also realize that just because of hard times, you can’t set yourself back. You have to go for it and take the risk,” she said.
Ebel got her EMT certification four years ago, and has served on the ambulance crew in Zeeland, and occasionally, Ashley.
As a state rodeo queen, being in contact with so many people has been special. She has visited schools and nursing homes, and remembers an occasion at a nursing home in Wibaux, Montana, in the memory care division. As she walked into the room of a World War II veteran, she asked how he was doing. He brightened up and said he was looking for a pretty gal. Ebel answered, “how’s that going?”, and he answered, “I think they brought me one.” Throughout her year, she’s learned “we touch a lot of people’s lives and we don’t know it.”
She is proud to represent North Dakota at the national pageant in Dec. in Las Vegas. Her year as Miss Rodeo North Dakota “has made me proud of the people I get to represent and made me proud of where I’m from. It’s the people who make our state so great.”
Ebel will be on hand at the Y’s Men’s Rodeo at the North Dakota State Fair Center. She will carry flags in the grand entry and sign autographs, and the week of the rodeo, she will do school visits and media interviews. She is the daughter of Ordeen and Kristi Ebel.
The 64th annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is Oct. 5 through Oc.t 7. There is no longer a Thursday evening performance; it has been moved to a Saturday afternoon matinee. Performances are Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets range in price from $13-$33 and can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 701.833.1761.