Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015 Joni Qualm


Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015 Joni Qualm

Joni Qualm, the daughter of Joel and Jane Qualm of Ericson, Nebraska, was raised in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills. She comes from a family of five girls. Joni’s sisters have been instrumental in helping her achieve her life’s goals. Joni’s sister, Jayna, her husband Ky Iwanski, and their two daughters Paisley and Macee, call Ericson home, as does Joni’s other sister, Jessie, her husband Brent Swick and their son Aden, and Joni’s younger sister, Jentry. Joni’s older sister, Jenita, lives and works in New Mexico. You could say the girls slightly outnumber their dad, but the girls think he’s a pretty lucky guy nonetheless.

JOQ0715-154_edit_di_adjustedJoni grew up on one of the largest Quarter Horse Ranches in the nation, the Pitzer Ranch, so being a cowgirl was never NOT an option. AQHA Hall of Fame inductee Howard Pitzer was her great-grandpa, and John Qualm of Platte, S.D. was her great-great grandfather.

Her grandpa John Qualm was the first man to have Angus cattle in the Dakotas. Her grandfathers have always said, “Horses are a way of life, and the cattle are what pay for the horses.”

Joni can honestly say that she has ridden more miles on the back of a horse than she’s walked on her own two feet. She has been involved in rodeo her entire life and is an active member of the AQHA.

Aside from her western lifestyle and agriculture background, Joni’s passion is health care. Her grandma LaVonne Qualm is a registered nurse, and Joni has always admired how LaVonne was able to use her education to serve her neighbors in rural South Dakota.

JLQ0815-170_editIn May of 2014, Joni graduated with her nursing degree from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. She chose the field, because she saw it as an opportunity to give back to hardworking, selfless, farm and ranch families and to make health care a priority in rural areas. After her year as Miss Rodeo Nebraska, she hopes to serve rural Nebraska by working at a small town hospital or clinic.

Throughout Joni’s life, she has always tried to be the best she could be. She would like to leave her own mark on the world. Her motto for her reign as Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015 was “Leave Your Legacy.” With a grandfather in the AQHA Hall of Fame and an enormous Qualm family reputation, she has quite a legacy to live up to. (Photos courtesy of Becky and Kellie Carr with KC Creations Photography.)



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