by marlys good
Morgan Flitner was crowned the 2013 Cody Stampede Lady-in-Waiting at the Irma Hotel in Cody March 16 at the conclusion of a day-long contest that included horsemanship, public speaking and questions, modeling and judges’ interviews. The eight contestants were also scored on a 100-question rodeo test that included everything from livestock diseases and Wyoming current events to PR history and awards.
Flitner, this year’s Stampede Lady-in-Waiting, will become the 2014 Cody Stampede Queen in January and compete for Miss Rodeo Wyoming in August 2014.
Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2014 is Flitner‘s “ultimate goal,” she said. “It would be awesome.” But the articulate young “lady-in-waiting” admits she just “enjoys queening. I enjoy the people, and I enjoy promoting the sport of rodeo. With my ranch background, I feel I can do a good job promoting it. I have the opportunity of talking to different people, explaining what rodeo really is, what kind of sport it is and how the animals are handled.” The animals and the people (involved) are professionals, she explained.
Flitner said, “Our western heritage is under a lot more pressure now than it was 20-30 years ago and it is something that needs to be preserved and represented well.” Her interest in “queening” and rodeo puts her in a position to help do this.
Flitner has been “cowboying,” or “cowgirling,” to be politically correct, since she was big enough to sit the saddle. She rode in her first rodeo at the age of 4 and has competed ever since. She has held the title of 2010 Days of ’49 Queen, 2011 Cody Stampede Princess and 2012 Big Horn County Queen.
In high school Morgan was active in school and community activities, 4-H, FFA and competed in high school rodeos.
As a freshman at Northwest College majoring in ag business, Morgan competes on both the Northwest livestock and horse judging teams, is the secretary of the Block and Bridle Club, and spends her free time outdoors. She loves riding and enjoys people and photography.
In addition to representing the Cody Stampede Rodeo at the events July 1-4, the royalty will spend the summer traveling to major rodeos throughout the state of Wyoming to promote the Stampede. They will also host a Queen Clinic in June for girls interested in learning more about this competition.
Morgan is the daughter of Pam and Greg Flitner of Shell.