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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted Photo Mika Arnold, 11, daughter of Mike and Amanda Arnold, of Lincoln, is a contestant for 2018 Lincoln Riding Club junior queen. Her older sister, Alexis, won the LRC junior queen crown in 2017.

LINCOLN -- Mika Arnold is a candidate to succeed her older sister, Alexis Arnold, as Lincoln Riding Club junior queen.

The 11-year-old daughter of Mike and Amanda Arnold, of Lincoln, Mika will enter seventh grade at Lincoln Middle School in August. Mika loves all animals and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. She enjoys riding horses and has been doing so since she was 3-years-old.

Spending time with animals is her passion. Her best friend is Cochese, her 11-year-old red-roan gelding. Together they are like two peas in a pod. She says everything about a good ol' fashion rodeo is enjoyable and good family fun.

Mika is no stranger to representing LRC or competing in rodeo pageants. Mika won the 2015 LRC princess crown and had so much fun representing the Lincoln Riding Club as LRC Princess. She went to many new places, and met a lot of new people.

One of the most exciting aspects of that adventure was getting to talk to a lot of girls about rodeo and what it meant to her being a princess. Mika rode in several rodeos representing Lincoln Riding Club, and enjoyed seeing so many new people and different arenas.

Mika was thrilled when during the Washington County Horse Show she was asked to carry the American Flag in honor of the memory of those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.

That was awesome," she said.

She was invited by 2016 Miss Rodeo Arkansas Tori Miller to walk in her fashion show with her for her send off to the Miss Rodeo America competition.

Mika described that experience as a "Once in a lifetime thing." She enjoys representing the riding club, whether going to a rodeo, walking stages, carrying flags, getting sponsors, or talking to new people.

If selected as 2018 Lincoln Riding Club junior queen, Mika plans to contribute to the riding club by supporting all things rodeo and attending as many rodeos and events as possible. Mika feels there is no better feeling than representing a title while getting to talk to kids and adults about the sport of rodeo. She says that becoming the Lincoln Riding Club junior queen would not only be an honor but would also be a sentimental moment for her. She would have the privilege to be crowned by her mentor, trainer, and best friend Alexis, whom she also has the pleasure of calling her sister.

Sports on 08/08/2018

Print Headline: Arnold Seeks Junior Queen Sash

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