Hello everyone! My name is Kyra Doud, and I am your 2019 Elbert County Fair Queen! I’m very excited for the royalty year I have ahead of me, and the honor of serving and representing my county, as well as spending time with my amazing princess, Josie Thomas!
I am currently 15 years old and a freshman at Lutheran High School. I live in Parker, Colorado, with my parents, Brian and Janelle, and my older brother, Keelan. I have one horse, Hidalgo, and two dogs, Piper and Ranger.
I joined Elbert County 4-H five or six years ago, and it has been such an incredible experience for me. I have done projects from cake decorating and photography, to shooting sports and the horse project. 4-H has helped me grow in many different ways, including improving my horseback riding skills and boosting my self-confidence. Aside from 4-H, I am kept busy with track, theater, and school. At track, I perform in long jumping, and look forward to continuing down that path, as well as possibly doing other events. This year, Lutheran High School performed Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, and I had the amazing privilege to serve as a techie with an amazing cast. As for school, I am enjoying life at Lutheran and my incredible, caring peers and teachers.
My royalty year began on August 5, 2018, and started with the Lincoln County Fair. Josie and I had so much fun representing Elbert County that day, and throughout our royalty year, we continue to enjoy the honor. Some of my favorite memories so far have been attending the National Western Stock Show, where I met other incredible rodeo queens from other counties and states. One memory in particular is the day I met Miss Rodeo America 2019 herself, as well as Miss Rodeo Colorado! No doubt, royalty in Elbert County has helped me find things about myself that I did not previously know I had in me, such as talking in front of large crowds with ease and putting smiles on faces. I have never been so grateful and honored to represent such an awesome county!
For the rest of my royalty year ahead of me, I am excited to continue to meet new friends and represent Elbert County. I look forward to inspire other girls that they can do anything, even becoming a rodeo queen, and to follow their dreams. I would like to thank my family for supporting me all throughout my royalty year, my brilliant princess, Josie Thomas, for being patient and sticking by my side, and the best coordinator anyone could ever ask for, Mary Louise Jacobson!
Hello everyone! My name is Josie Thomas and I am so thankful to be serving as your 2019 Elbert County Fair Princess! My family lived in Elbert County for about 5 years, and we enrolled in the Elbert County 4-H program before moving to Douglas County. Despite our move, we have stuck with the Elbert County 4-H program because of its amazing leaders and volunteers! I am so excited to be able to share my love for animals and agriculture using my new title.
My family has owned and ridden horses since before I was born. When I was in the fourth grade, my dad took me on the Vici cattle drive in Oklahoma! It’s a three-day ride that can cover anywhere from 40 to 60 miles and covers portions of the historic Western Trail. I also participate in many 4-H horse shows. Riding is one of my greatest passions, and creatures as gentle and beautiful as horses just make it that much better!
4-H has become a central part of my life in the past six years. I am enrolled in the horse project, shooting sports project, and I am my club’s Vice President and a Youth Council representative. Within the horse project, I participate in horse judging, horse bowl, hippology, roping, working ranch horse, gymkhana, and performance horse. Within shooting sports, I compete in .22 rifle, .22 pistol, high powered rifle, and high powered pistol. I have been able to learn and achieve many great things through these projects, including Junior Working Ranch Horse Champion in 2017 and 2018 Individual State Champion Scoped .22 rifle. I am so grateful to participate in this wonderful program, and that I have had the opportunity to create lasting friendships with people from across the state.
As your 2019 Elbert County Fair Princess, I get to travel and participate in many different activities along with my counterpart, the 2019 Elbert County Fair Queen, Kyra Doud. This year, we are blessed to be able to be a part of numerous parades, rodeos, fundraiser events, open houses, and many other events. So far, we have been able to attend Farm Bureau dinners, Elbert County Cattlemen’s Association dinners, the National Western Stock Show, and numerous other events. Upcoming events for this spring and summer include Whiz Kids, many rodeo and public appearances, and a trip to Cheyenne Frontier Days! Being able to be a part of this royalty program has helped me to build my public speaking skills and my ability to talk to anyone I might need to. It has been such an amazing adventure so far, and I am so excited to see where the year will take Kyra and me!
There are so many people who help me do my best at representing our county! I am so thankful for my wonderful parents, Jeff and Sarah Thomas, who have done an amazing job at getting me where I need to be with all of the things I need to have. My younger sister, Hannah, and younger brother, Eli, have also been very supportive of me, whether it’s holding my horse or helping me pick outfits for an event. Kyra’s parents, Janelle and Brian Doud, have also been such a blessing for me this year! Our families have known each other for close to eleven years now, and so they are always willing to lend a helping hand with horses, transportation, and so much more. Another amazing individual that is helping me along this journey is our coordinator, Mary Louise Jacobson. She makes sure that we are able to attend as many fabulous events as we can, and she gives us so many opportunities to meet new people, learn new things, and have new experiences and we could not be more thankful for her! I also need to thank the Elbert County Fair Board for their continued support of the royalty program. Kyra and I hope to see you all at the fairgrounds in Kiowa, Colorado from July 28th - August 4th for the Elbert County Fair!