Waiting for the winner of the 2012 Nuckolls County Rodeo Queen contest to be announced, Glenvil’s Lindsey Hinrichs stood beside her other two competitors, trying not to show how nervous she was.
“It seems like it would be really easy for someone who isn’t competing, but when you’re competing, it’s so nerve-wracking,” she admitted.
The winners of the different judging categories were read off one-by-one. First was congeniality.
“I thought that maybe I could get that one at least,” she said.
Next was workmanship. Again, not Hinrichs.
“I thought, ‘oh, no. I didn’t get it.’ I was so scared,” she said.
But then, hope emerged again with the personality competition, which she won. And then her name was read again for appearance, and then one more time for horsemanship.
“At that point, I knew I got it,” Hinrichs explained.
But it wasn’t until that point. The former Webster County Rodeo Princess in 2008 said she never expected to win the crown.
“It was everything all in one,” Hinrichs said of her emotions. “I was so happy, I didn’t know what to do. I was proud of everything that I did.”
To read the full story, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (8/8/12)