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Genuine, positive, talented and determined -- the 2007 Miss Rodeo America, Ashley Andrews, has it all. W.F. Young, Inc., a family operated company with a 115-year history and creators of the trusted Absorbine® brand of products, is proud to support the 22-year old North Dakota native who is a role model for women and professional rodeo.
"I am so thankful to Absorbine for being a sponsor of Miss Rodeo America and helping young women become leaders of tomorrow," said Ashley Andrews, 2007 Miss Rodeo America. "It has been such an honor to have the opportunity to raise awareness and be inspirational to others, which would not be possible without their support."
During Andrew's reign as Miss Rodeo North Dakota, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After receiving six months of chemotherapy treatments, she was given a clean bill of health to compete in the 2007 Miss Rodeo America pageant. She has taken on this experience with a positive attitude and used it to benefit others. Her efforts have helped raise over $1 million toward cancer research and promote awareness through organizations such as Relay for Life, the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society.
"The Miss Rodeo America pageant portrays a positive message of leadership and sportsmanship for the equine industry, the sport of professional rodeo and women everywhere," said Tyler F. Young, President and CEO of W.F. Young, Inc. and the fourth generation of the Young Family to lead the company. "It's a pleasure for our company to support this organization and the qualities it emphasizes in young women. This year's Miss Rodeo America, Ashley Andrews, is an outstanding individual, whose genuine, vibrant spirit is refreshing and truly an inspiration for all."
When Andrews was named Miss Rodeo America, W.F. Young provided her and all the contestants with their trusted products, from hoof care to grooming solutions, fly control and muscle care liniments, to use at home on their own horses.
"W.F. Young has always produced quality products people can count on," said Andrews. "As a horse owner and competitor, I want my horses to look and feel good. The Absorbine products, in particular the Bug Block® products, ShowSheen® and Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, have helped my horses look and perform their best."
Since 2001, W.F. Young has supported the Miss Rodeo America pageant. The company provides grooming products for all the horses used in the Horsemanship phase of the competition. In addition, they offer a cash award and plaque to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association's (PRCA) contractor whose horse is selected as the overall "Top Horse". Also, there is an opportunity to qualify for a $1,000 educational scholarship from Absorbine, through the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation.
Andrews captured the coveted crown after a weeklong competition featuring 28 contestants from across the country at the 52nd Annual Miss Rodeo America Pageant, held at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last December. During 2007, this senior at the University of Mary in Bismark will travel over a 100,000 miles making appearances at rodeos, tradeshows, schools, hospitals and PR events. She has spoken to the American Quarter Horse Association and worked to promote professional rodeos and the western way of life.
Marketed by W.F. Young, Absorbine products are available nationwide in tack shops, farm supply stores, and catalogs. Founded in 1892, W.F. Young, Inc. is celebrating 115 years of producing quality health care products for the equine industry. From their headquarters in East Longmeadow, MA, the company is committed to extending this heritage into the new century. For a dealer near you, or for more information, visit www.absorbine.com.
For more information on Miss Rodeo America and the pageant, visit www.missrodeo.com.