Written by Lacie Koford

Western Wasatch Contrbutor

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Alaina Kruitbosch is quickly making her name known among the youth rodeo scene. Alaina’s mother, Tanya, grew up competing in various rodeo events including barrels, poles, queening, and goat tying, and now Alaina is finding her niche in those events as well. At only 15 years old, she participates in the Utah Youth Rodeo Association, Legacy Junior Rodeo Association, Weber County Junior Posse, Weber County 4H, and rodeo queening. She’s won many titles including West Haven Jr Posse 2nd Princess 2015, West Haven Jr Posse 2nd Princess 2016, Weber County Jr Posse 2nd Princess 2016, West Haven Jr Posse 1st Princess 2017, West Haven Jr Posse 1st Princess 2019, Oneida County Fair & Rodeo Junior Queen 2019, Hooper Tomato Days Jr Queen 2019, and most recently at the beginning of June in Malad, Idaho she won Oneida County Fair & Rodeo Queen 2020. Alaina also participated in Ogden Pioneer Days in 2019 and had the opportunity to ride with the Whoopi Girls, being one of the youngest invited to ride with them that year.

Alaina quickly found the joy that competing offers when she started in Junior Posse at the age of 8. After only one year, she found herself involved with 4H and the youth rodeo scene. From that quick start, she has grown into her talents and finds that today she gravitates towards barrels, poles, and queening. Queening is truly her passion, however, so her goals center around the skills and experiences that it takes to succeed in that arena. Alaina has had to work hard at being successful at her craft, it didn’t all come easily to her. When she first began, she realized that she wasn’t the fastest competitor, but after lots of practice and focus, she was able to improve her skills and find her niche in barrels and poles. One of her recent interests is in breakaway roping, so she is focused on learning this new skill and adding to her repertoire.

Even though her commitments in rodeo take a lot of focus, time, and dedication, Alaina is still able to make time for other hobbies and interests, as well as maintaining her status as a high-achieving student. Recently she’s been involved with her local FFA group, quickly earning her Greenhand Degree. To earn this designation she has had to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the history and purpose of FFA and have a Supervised Agricultural Experience plan, commonly referred to as an SAE plan. Alaina has also found joy in raising and training a mini horse and has been able to teach it a few tricks for entertainment purposes. She often will take the horse to friend’s birthday parties or family gatherings. The children love to ride him and she ensures safety is maintained, as well as an enjoyable experience. A constant companion, her German Shepherd Osha, has also served as an interest for Alaina. She thoroughly enjoys going on many adventures with her canine friend and has built lasting memories to share. Entering the 10th grade in 2020-2021, she continues to make her role as a student the priority and understands that her success in the classroom will only enhance her success in her rodeo goals. She’s able to balance student life with her passions in rodeo, 4H, FFA, and many other interests.

Alaina has worked hard to get to the level she is at today and will continue to remain focused and driven as she makes and achieves new goals in the future. She strives to make it to the NFR as an accomplished barrel racer one day, while still remembering her goals in queening. Miss Rodeo Utah and Miss Rodeo America are on her bucket list and a goal that she will remain focused on through trials and achievements. Alaina’s mom, Tanya, is very proud of her daughter’s accomplishments so far and is pleased that she is developing the same passions and desires that she once had. She relays that it is so rewarding to watch Alaina strive to become better and remain focused on her goals because she knows that it will continue to reward her throughout her life in many arenas.

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