2017 Miss Ada Firemen's Rodeo QUeen
A native of Eastern Europe, Veronika first sat in the saddle at age two, shortly after arriving in the U.S. This experience began as speech therapy in a therapeutic riding program, but she fell in love with the horses, and that’s where it all started.
Veronika has a diverse background with horses ranging from showing western pleasure to hunter jumper, but her passion is rodeo. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and breakaway roping. She loves the spirit and the atmosphere of the rodeo, and says, “ It feels like family with all the people who have inspired, trained, and supported me.” Veronika has four equine athletes of her own. She has also gotten the opportunity to train and work with several rescue horses.
As a rodeo queen, Veronika enjoys speaking to elementary students about the sport of rodeo, carrying the flag for rodeo grand entries, and appearing at festivals and other events. She appreciates all she has learned in her rodeo queen competitions and from other rodeo queens. During her pageant experience, she has received awards for photogenics, personality, appearance, and rodeo knowledge.
The Ada Firemen’s Rodeo Pageant has been a special experience because Veronika has gotten the chance to represent rodeo for the honorable profession of the Firefighters. She says “ Thank you to the Ada Firemen’s Rodeo, and all the people who have helped and supported me; the Ada Professional Firefighters, Sam Smith, and pageant directors Brandy Sovo and Jamie Harrison. I am so lucky to have an amazing partner this year, Hadley Baker, Miss Ada Firemen’s Rodeo Princess 2017-2018.”