Hello! My name is Taylor Hill, your 2017 Miss Gem State Stampede! I’m the daughter of Tammie Spade and Michael Hill and a Junior at Sandpoint High School where I am the Key Club President and a peer mentor. Besides being occupied by equine activities, I participate in Track and Field in the spring time, where I throw shotput and discus. When I graduate high school, I am plan on applying at University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana where I hope to major in either Equine Studies or Environmental Sciences. After I complete my education, one of my greatest goals in life is to make a difference in the lives of others, through the opportunities that the Lord has given me. I find that agriculture is regarded as a necessity of the world. Everyday each and every life form is being encompassed or affected by it. We all have to drink water, we all have to eat, we all have to perform basic functions. That is why I am passionate about the North Idaho State Fair and the sport of Rodeo. It has a superb influence on the future of agriculture and our community.
I have been involved in Horse 4-H for 7 years, the Ranch Horse Project for 3 years, and currently in my second year of the Shotgun and Rifle project. In 2013 I had the pleasure of attending the Idaho State Youth Horse Contest where I placed fifth, ninth, and seventh in the Oral Presentation, Individual Judging, and Team Judging, respectively. I Returned a year later where I helped my teams place fourth in Judging and fifth in Horse Bowl. That year, I was awarded the State Triple Crown Award, given to a horse project member who goes above and beyond the normal requirements. I participated in everything from polo and english jumping to roping and sorting cattle. Through 4-H I have learned and gained confidence in so many aspects of life, which will help me as I carry the title of Miss Gem State Stampede and Official Ambassador of the North Idaho State Fair.
Every rodeo queen needs a good horse. My partner is a Quarter Horse mare, named Lucy. She is 11 years old and 15’3 hands tall. Her gorgeous Bay Roan color makes her a perfect queen horse not to mention she is so much fun to ride. Lucy is excited to do her job and is so eager to work, sometimes she can’t stand it (especially when it deals with cattle)! I am overwhelmed with joy to be the 2017 Miss Gem State Stampede. I look forward to meeting and developing relationships with the many people I meet. Lucy and I will have the opportunity to represent our Fair and Rodeo at some the of the greatest rodeos and parades in the Northwest. These adventures are bound to be amazing! I am so passionate about this title for the fact that I am able to be a part of the rich tradition that North Idaho holds as well as help keep the history and the future of this great Fair & Rodeo alive and growing. My goal is to share that passion with the public, not only during this year, but afterwards as well. For the latest updates on my travels check out the Miss Gem State Stampede Facebook Page.
Hope to see you along the way,
2017 Miss Gem State Stampede