Where is She Now?
By Dakota Missildine
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that this thought is true of any situation I’ve encountered. Whether it’s perfecting my roping, preparing for a 5K or meeting a work deadline; I must make the effort daily to hone on my skills or I won’t receive the desired results.
I enjoy meeting people that also understand and practice this work ethic in their daily lives with a drive to succeed that is unsurpassed. The Alabama Horse Council is made up of just this kind of people. I am honored to have been the very first AHC Scholarship recipient back in January of 2008.
My name is Dakota Missildine, and I was excited when Molly McGraw contacted me about writing an article to share where this adventure called life has taken me since 2008 and how the AHC scholarship helped me achieve my goals. Let me start with a back story on myself- a small town Alabama cowgirl that had big dreams and believed she could do anything. I credit this deep rooted attitude of belief and grit to my mother Pam Missildine and many of her close friends as well as my grandfather Robin Missildine that were and still are huge influences in my life. Each offering a different life lesson and wisdom that I carry with me everywhere I go. I’ve been involved with horses since before I grew out of my helper stirrups and came up through the ranks of junior, high school and collegiate rodeo. While attending Troy University, I served as the Women’s Rodeo Team Captain and competed in multiple events. Upon graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations, I began pursuing my Master’s in Business. The monetary help that the AHC Scholarship provided helped to cover costs associated with my last year in the Bachelor’s program at that time. The support from Donnie & Nelda Hix along with Charlotte Collins and the rest of the Alabama Horse Council was and still is unsurpassed. Winning the AHC Scholarship gave me the opportunity to meet many people at the Alabama Horse Fair that January. I remember standing on the arena floor of Garrett Coliseum right after I was announced the recipient where I was given a few minutes with a mic to share my career goals and dreams of making a difference. Fast forward to two years later and I was on that same arena floor carrying Old Glory at the IPRA National All Region Finals Rodeo pursuing one of my dreams in front of some of those very same people.
In 2010, I had the honor of serving as Miss Rodeo USA and promoting the International Professional Rodeo Association. I relocated to Oklahoma that year and since then the western lifestyle and people within it have blessed me with incredible experiences far greater than I could’ve ever imaged. From traveling the U.S. and Canada, carrying flags at the WNFR, serving on the IPRA and Miss Rodeo USA board of directors, timing at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, writing articles for Championship Bullriding and Rodeo News, qualifying for IFR’42 in the breakaway roping, working in the pressroom at the College National Finals and National Finals Rodeo, judging multiple rodeo queen pageants and serving as a clinician to encourage other cowgirls regardless of age that they CAN do anything they set their minds to- my cup runneth over. The relationships that I’ve made along this journey are truly what I value the most.
Mound City, Kansas is now where I call home, and I travel as an Apparel Territory Manager for Ariat International throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. If you love the comfort and technology that our Ariat footwear line provides, I encourage you to check out our clothing line at www.ariat.com. You won’t be disappointed. I continue to rope and ride every chance I get and enjoy spending time with my family, friends and two furbabies -Mr. Man and Ole Tuck.
Make each day count,