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Miss Rodeo Montana 2013 Sidelined by an Injury

Miss Rodeo Montana 2013, Alyson Grinestaff, recently underwent an MRI at Billings Orthopedic & Sports Center to determine the cause of some back pain that she had been experiencing and it was determined that she is suffering from two levels of bulging discs in her lower back.  As a result, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joseph M. Erpelding recommended that she does not ride a horse or participate in a vigorous schedule for the near future in order to avoid a surgery and prevent serious lifelong injury.  Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc. National Director, Jody Rempel, says "our board has made the decision, in the best interest of Alyson's health, to cancel all upcoming appearances that are currently scheduled, up to and including the Miss Rodeo America Pageant."
Miss Rodeo Montana 2013, Alyson Grinestaff, recently underwent an MRI at Billings Orthopedic & Sports Center to determine the cause of some back pain that she had been experiencing and it was determined that she is suffering from two levels of bulging discs in her lower back.  As a result, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joseph M. Erpelding recommended that she does not ride a horse or participate in a vigorous schedule for the near future in order to avoid a surgery and prevent serious lifelong injury.  Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc. National Director, Jody Rempel, says "our board has made the decision, in the best interest of Alyson's health, to cancel all upcoming appearances that are currently scheduled, up to and including the Miss Rodeo America Pageant."
   
Reflecting on how she feels, Alyson says "Being Miss Rodeo Montana has truly been a dream come true for me.  Since I was a little girl, I dreamed about wearing the silver crown.  It was truly a blessing for me to have that dream come true.  I leaned many valuable lessons these past few months and was fortunate enough to meet some of Montana's greatest folks.  The past few months have also been very challenging for me as I have been experiencing incredible pain trying to ride at rodeos and press on through my demanding schedule.  It is heartbreaking to have my time as Miss Rodeo Montana disrupted, but I firmly believe that even though we don't always see the bigger picture, God's plan is perfect and as Romans 8:28 says, he works everything together for our good.  I firmly believe that all lights are green until they are red.  The plans we have can change in an instant and we have to adapt, even when it breaks our hearts.  It is because of my love for horses and the western lifestyle that I want to do everything in my power to heal and be able to enjoy and be a part of that lifestyle for the rest of my life, even if that means halting completely for the next few months.  I guess that WHOA means WHOA!"

The Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc. Executive Board is deeply saddened by this turn of events but wishes nothing but a speedy recovery for Alyson.  Mike Gurnett, Board President, says "Alyson has been such a pleasure to work with and on behalf of the board I would like to extend a very special thank you and a great deal of gratitude to Alyson for representing our organization, our sponsors, and Montana Pro Rodeo with such grace, integrity, pride and dignity.  Her warmth and compassion is truly appreciated by those she has come in contact with this year, as she has that ability to make people feel special and helped to make many events successful.  We wish you a speedy recovery and know that your life ahead will be filled with successes."

Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2013, Alaini Lorash, will fill in for Alyson at a number of appearances.  

The 2014 Miss Rodeo Montana and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana Pageants, to be held in January in Great Falls, will go on as scheduled.  Interested applicants should contact Lori Hoppe for more information, 406-570-4368.
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