National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan

~*~*2018-2019 Season*~*~
June 19, 2018 to July 8, 2019

The 2019-2020 season begins

First Monday after national finals through

the last Sunday of national finals.

​NLBRA of Michigan Junior Princess
Leah Crawford



My name is Leah Crawford and I am honored to be the 2018-2019 Junior Princess for the National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan.   I am 13 years old and live in North Street, Michigan with my family.  I have been a member of the association for 5 years.  

I am proud to represent our association and all that it means to me.  We are a rodeo family who helps cheer each other on.  We compete in the arena but outside of the arena we are all friends who help each other.  That is the best part, making life long friends and knowing we are all here for each other.  If you are someone who loves rodeo, horses, fun, and family you should join us in the great sport of rodeo with NLBRA of MI.

I compete in barrels, poles, goat tying, trail course, and have recently started break away and dally ribbon roping.  I have two horses that I am lucky to ride, Baron and Taco!  They are part of my family too.  I wish everyone a great Rodeo season for 2018-2019 and look forward to representing our association and rodeo.

Leah ​​

NLBRA of MI has 4 age divisions for kids to rodeo that are 18 years old and younger.  We put on 12 to 18 rodeos per season.  The season starts the first Monday following the end of National Finals week and ends the last Sunday of National Finals.  You can become a member anytime during the rodeo season.  Your division is determined by your age as of the first Monday following National Finals of that year. 

NLBRA of Michigan Queen 

Emmajean Ulrich


My name is Emmajean Ulrich. I am fourteen years old and live in Osseo, Michigan. I am going into my freshman year at Pittsford Area Schools.

I am greatly honored to uphold the position of NLBRA of Michigan 2018-2019 Queen. This season will be my 6th year as a member of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan and my first as a senior girl.

The events I am hoping to continue are goat tying, barrel racing, trail course, and pole bending. I also have interest in starting dally ribbon and breakaway roping in the near future.

One of the main reasons I love being a part of this association is because it is so much like a family and I learn something new every time I saddle up and ride. I want to spread the word of rodeo and bring it back into this day-in-age.

I am proud to represent the National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan as your queen and look forward to a wonderful year with all of my Little Britches family.



NLBRA of Michigan is successful due in part to the Board of Directors, the Youth Board, the Event Directors, volunteers of all ages, and the generous sponsors.


Little Britches is one of the oldest continuing junior rodeo associations in the nation.  The National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan

(NLBRA of MI), a franchise of NLBRA in Colorado, was established in 1998 as a 501-C3 non-profit youth rodeo organization.  This association is made up of amazing volunteers who have come together to promote the great sport of youth rodeo.  The purpose of the organization is directed towards building character, self reliance, and good sportsmanship in our youth.  It enables kids to set goals and challenges them to accomplish such goals through discipline, organization, and physical fitness.

​If you need more information regarding NLBRA of Michigan, please contact any of the board members or send message to

​     My name is Mesa Mae Hoekwater. I am in 3rd grade at Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain, Michigan.

     I am the 2018-2019 Little Wrangler princess of Michigan and this is my second year in little wranglers. I have two horses I love to ride, Kid who is 30 years old and my 5 year old named Crease. I compete in goat tail untying, pole bending, flag racing, and barrel racing. 

     I love to go to barrel races with my mom and friends to compete. My parents both competed in rodeo and I am a second generation competing in the Michigan NLBRA. 

     I believe the NLBRA is a great family sport with many great people and experiences. There is no better way to get started when your young and compete against other kids from all over the state and country.

I am honored to represent Michigan NLBRA.

Mesa Hoekwater 

​NLBRA of Michigan Little Wrangler Princess
Mesa Hoekwater