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Boomsma wins title at Black Hills Stock Show

Nicole Boomsma made a promise to her grandfather, Harley Titze, when she was 6.

She promised him she would bring him a saddle, which was fulfilled Feb. 2 when Boomsma was named Miss Black Hills Stock Show 2014 in Rapid City. Boomsma, who has won belts and sashes in competitions, won her first saddle after winning the title earlier this month.

Boomsma, 24, claimed five rodeo crowns prior to her most recent one, but this one meant more to her because this is her final year rodeo queening.

“Winning this crown has been a goal of mine forever,” said the Stickney native, who now lives in Mitchell. “The Black Hills Stock Show Crown is the second biggest title to have in the state. … I have to make sure I do well this year because this is the final time I will do this, and I want to make the most of this opportunity.”

Boomsma, who took three years off from rodeo queening, is making up for lost time. She has claimed two titles in six months and has her sights set on a couple more.

Because of her victory at the Black Hills Stock Show, Boomsma is eligible to compete in the Miss Rodeo South Dakota competition, which takes place during the first week of July in Belle Fourche. At the Black Hills Stock Show, Boomsma also won awards for best appearance, speech and personality.

“I couldn’t have done this without all the people who support me,” Boomsma said. “Eric Kobernuz, my horse trainer, has spent every waking hour helping me and most importantly my family, they have been supportive of my dreams.”

Boomsma has never participated in the Miss Rodeo South Dakota competition but is hoping to make her first and last time participating a memorable one. If she wins the Miss Rodeo South Dakota crown, she earns the chance to participate in the Miss Rodeo America competition.