Black Hills State University student Gina Jespersen was recently crowned Miss Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen.
 Jespersen received an embroidered saddle for wining BHSS rodeo queen.
Gina Jespersen’s upcoming year is going to be a busy one. Aside from finishing her degree in elementary education, the Black Hills State University student will be traveling around the country promoting the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) as the newly crowned rodeo queen.

Jespersen, a fifth generation rancher from Hemingford, Neb., was recently crowned Miss Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen.

“I was overjoyed when they announced my name,” she said. “This has been an event I have attended since I was a young girl. I remember admiring the rodeo queens when I was a spectator in the stands. It is my blessing now to be that rodeo queen, and I hope to encourage other young girls to strive for their goals as well.”

Jespersen also won the categories of photogenic and speech during the ceremony held last weekend.

As the rodeo queen, Jespersen will be an ambassador for the BHSS. During the remainder of the stock show, which runs through Feb.3, Jespersen will be making appearances at other events, signing autographs and carrying the flags during all the PRCA rodeo performances. As ambassador, Jespersen hopes to promote the everlasting western legacy that the BHSS showcases.

“I have always had a love for rodeo and all that it and the western lifestyle encompasses,” she said. Jespersen has spent her life showing horses as a member of 4-H and the American Quarter Horse Association, and decided to continue to compete at the collegiate level. She was recruited as a member of the South Dakota State University Division I Equestrian team. She competed as a western rider in the horsemanship event.

Jespersen transferred to BHSU for its elementary education program. “I have enjoyed every minute of attending school here and truly feel it’s a fantastic education program,” she said.

She was previously crowed the 2009 Old West Trials Rodeo Queen in Crawford, Neb., and the 2011 Miss Rodeo Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha,Neb. Jespersen was also a finalist for Miss Nebraska Rodeo Queen at Nebraskaland Days in North Platte last summer.