Meet Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo
Hi there! I’m your 2014 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Queen, Katherine Merck. I’m the 23-year-old daughter of Tim and Beth Merck and proud to be born and raised right here in the Lilac City! Although I was not raised around rodeo, my passion and involvement with horses led to my discovery and love of this incredible sport. As the saying goes, “a cowboy is born, not made,” and I was born all cowgirl! My activities center around my three passions: horses, the great outdoors and the Spokane community. I’ve enjoyed competing in American Quarter Horse Association horse shows for ten years, as well as been a dedicated member and competitor in National Reining Horse Association and Reining Horse Association of the Northwest shows since 2005. I particularly enjoy competing in freestyle reining – it’s a chance to combine my dance background with my passion for horses, as well as wear fun costumes!
Besides travelling the Northwest to these events, I take advantage of Spokane’s beautiful surroundings as vice-president of Gonzaga University Rod & Gun Club, which I helped found, and enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the winter. When I’m not outdoors, I volunteer as an elected board member of the Rotaract Club of Spokane, and am excited to be serving as the public relations chair of Spokane’s Junior Lilac Parade for the second year.
In the future, I plan to continue to compete in reining horse shows and push myself to constantly improve in the arena – both the horse show arena and arena of life! After graduating from Notre Dame, I’m currently studying at Gonzaga University School of Law. As Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo, I will channel my motto “live so enthusiastically you cannot fail” into promoting the sport of professional rodeo, the beautiful Lilac City, and most importantly the Spokane Interstate Fair and Rodeo! I look forward to seeing you at the rodeo!
Best Wishes and God Bless,
2014 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Queen