At age 26, Miss Lisa Lageschaar whose home is Pickton, Texas is about to hang up her crown and banner because she has already achieved the pinnacle of Rodeo Royalty in the United States. As Miss Rodeo America 2017, she has served as the top representative of the PRCA Rodeo world wearing the crown she earned at National Finals Rodeo in December 2016. Lisa sat down with Enola Gay in the Channel 18 TV studio for a rare hometown interview about her amazing career.
Although raised on a dairy farm, Lisa always had a horse to ride, running barrels and roping in Mt. Vernon and Winnsboro rodeos and jackpots. At age 14, she became interested in the role that college scholarship money plays in wearing a crown and sash. She was crowned Miss UPRA in the Civic Center arena in Hopkins County seven years ago during the United Professional Rodeo Association Finals. She next set her sights on the title of Miss Rodeo Austin while in college there, and in achieving that, she decided to go for Miss Rodeo Texas. She did not win on her first attempt at the state title and taking that as a sign, went back to teaching public school Ag classes at New Boston, Texas. However, when school dismissed that summer, she followed her heart and tried again, this time earning the Miss Rodeo Texas title during the San Antonio Fat Stock Show in 2016. She traveled extensively, making public speaking appearances and riding in rodeos across Texas for one year, then prayerfully approached the idea of running for the national title. Always with her parents support, Lisa competed in Las Vegas’ NFR last December and ended up winning not only the appearance, personality and written portions of the contest but the coveted title of Miss Rodeo America for 2017. One year and thousands of miles later, she is now set to get back on track to obtain her doctorate in Educational Leadership, because teaching is in her heart. Meanwhile, she is happy to be spending a little downtime at November’s end back home with her family in Hopkins County.
Lisa has a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University. Lisa plans to obtain a doctorate in Educational Leadership to continue to provide the best opportunities possible for our youth. As a member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, American Quarter Horse Association and Texas CattleWomen, and a graduate of the Masters of Beef Advocacy Lisa is passionate about agriculture and the western lifestyle.
“I firmly believe that our youth are our future. My main goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I am honored to represent the western and agriculture industries and the cowboys and cowgirls who keep our western traditions alive. The equine and agriculture industries have brought me more joy and happiness than I could have ever imagined, and it is my calling to give back to the industries that have given me everything by serving as an enthusiastic, proud representative.”
Lisa has been an active member in her community, giving back to the local youth through programs like Future Farmers of America and 4-H. She has mentored many students on public speaking, veterinary science, floriculture, horse evaluation, livestock judging and more. Being a positive example is important to Lisa and this belief is what lead her to pursue her chosen profession as an educator. Not only does she teach on the importance of agriculture as it relates to our future, but she also strives to instill values like humility, hard work, and integrity. When time allows Lisa competes in team roping, barrel racing, and enjoys working on the family dairy farm.
“As a first generation American, and someone who did not come from an equestrian background, I quickly found a way into the equine industry. Through my experience and education I have evolved into a woman who is passionate about horses, rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life. I was not chosen by this lifestyle, but I chose to make it my lifestyle. As Miss Rodeo America I will be able to serve as a spokeswoman on a larger scale, as a living example of how it doesn’t matter where someone comes from or what their circumstances are – anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to.”