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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo Alexis Arnold, 15, daughter of Mike and Amanda Arnold, of Cane Hill, won the 2017 Lincoln Riding Club junior queen crown. Her younger sister, Mika, has thrown her hat in the ring to become Alexis' successor competing in the 2018 LRC royalty pageant.

Howdy y'all! My name is Alexis Arnold. I am 15 years old, daughter of Mike and Amanda Arnold, of Canehill, Ark. I am the reigning 2017 Lincoln Riding Club junior queen. I am currently a freshman at Lincoln High School. My career goal is a registered nurse. When I am not in the arena, I enjoy my time with my family and friends as well as my fur baby Fiona (Golden Retrievers are the best).

I have two horses; Babydoll and Skeeter. Skeeter is my big bay and is the 'been there and done that' kind of gentleman. He loves going and loves to please, whether it is to run barrels, carry a flag, make a queen run or just a bareback ride in the pasture. Babydoll is coming along with her training, I am hoping to have her ready for this year's competitions. We won second place together at the play days this past fall.

My year as Miss Junior LRC has been amazing. Did I mention how fast it went by? Lincoln Riding Club has been amazing supporters to me during my reign and I feel extremely blessed to have been part of such an amazing rodeo and club.

Being Miss LRC has been such an amazing opportunity for me to get out and meet new people, see new places, get out of my comfort zone and have experiences of a lifetime. I had the honor of meeting and riding with 2017 Miss Rodeo USA, Lisa Lageschaar of Pickton, Texas, while in North Franklin County, Arkansas. If you have never had the privilege to speak with her, I encourage you to do so. She is a very sweet, beautiful and inspirational horsewoman.

We (thank you, momma, Amanda Arnold) traveled many miles representing my title and riding club from rodeos and shows in Ozark, Ark., to Tulsa, Okla. My title has given me the chance to visit with many children all about the sport of rodeo, and allowed me to grow as a person myself and come out of my comfort zone.

Passing my title down to the new Miss Junior LRC is going to be bittersweet. Good luck to all the wonderful ladies competing this year. I am so excited for the 2018 contest.

Throughout my journey as Miss Junior LRC, I have had great experiences and have met some amazing people. I want to thank my parents (Mike and Amanda Arnold) and grandparents (Jim and Teresa Sellers) for supporting me. I will forever be grateful to them for hauling me all across the state whenever I needed them. Special thank you to the 2017 LRC Royalty Committee Ashley Thomas, Morgan Hunt, and Carol Jetton for putting together and running a fair, fun, consistent competition of a lifetime.

Sports on 08/08/2018

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