On Aug. 21, Morgan County Extension intern, Moira Taber, was crowned the 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo Rodeo Queen in Moultrie, Ga.
Nearly three months before Spence Field was flooded with agriculture enthusiasts, vendors, and the top minds in agriculture, the Sunbelt expo Queen contest was held. Taber and 24 other girls traveled down to Moultrie to compete for the different titles at the event.
Taber is a junior at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Ag Business Management. Taber grew up in Idaho. She has been in Georgia for the past three years studying at the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Her plan after college is to attend graduate school to study animal science, and then complete a doctoral program in epidemiology. Her professional goal is to have a career studying animal pathology and disease transmission.
Taber is the president of the UGA Cattlemen’s Association club. She is a member of UGA Block and Bridle Association, and she is the co-chair of the rodeo committee.
Taber is also the AmeriCorps intern with the Morgan County Extension office. She works alongside the 4-H Agents and they focus on youth development. Outside of her professional and educational commitments, Taber enjoys riding and competing with her Morgan horses in reined cow horse and ranch versatility events.
The Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie. This annual event has more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology.
The seven different age divisions in the competition were Teeny Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss, Princess, and the overall title Miss Sunbelt Expo Rodeo Queen.
Contestants competed in prepared public speech, interview, impromptu questions, modeling, appearance, personality, and horsemanship. Horsemanship consists of a pattern that riders complete on horseback to demonstrate skills as a rider.
Taber now looks forward to representing the Sunbelt expo at the Miss Rodeo USA competition at the International Professional Rodeo Finals, held this January in Oklahoma.