Hello Everyone, I’m Karissa Carter, your 2016 Miss Gold Dust Rodeo Queen. I grew up in the small town of Fruitland, Idaho. I am currently a sophomore at Fruitland HS. You will most likely find me in an arena with my horses or out in the field with my cows. I compete in high school rodeo currently in two events, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending. Barrel Racing is by far my favorite event. Rodeoing is my life, I love how everyone comes together as a family and is willing to help at any moment. My horses are Sunni and Beau. Sunni is a 7 year old registered APHA. He is carrying me through my reign. Beau is a 10 month old registered AQHA. She is not quite broke yet. Sunni is my rodeo horse. We run barrels and poles together. I have trained Sunni since he was one. I owe my accomplishments to my horses and parents. I also want to say a thank you to all the people who have supported me through my reign. I hope to see you all at the 2017 Gold Dust Rodeo!