Maria Gaudette's Biography
Professional Model / Barrel Racer / Former Rodeo Queen/ Actress
Maria was born & raised in Minnesota until I was about 18 & then moved
to the Oklahoma area where I stayed living out on my sisters ranch until I
moved to Florida 2005.
Since Before I could walk I had been riding horses &
raised around the rodeo life. Having the passion & the heart to compete, I knew
I was going to no matter what it took. I started competing on my first horse
(that my Dad bought me) a gelding named General, doing a multitude of jobs but
not one of them being barrel racing. Not once no one thought he was any barrel
horse. I wasn't going to let anyone stop me from competing, so I started
working him with a few known barrel racers that ran the circuit (PRCA) in the
early 90s. As he and I progressed we then started competing as much as we could
for the high school rodeos in MN & OK areas.
•The very first show being Pine Bluff MN region 1 MNHSRA 1995 where we placed
1st & brought home our first check & a ton of tack (accessories)
From that point forward we excelled.
•We earned the Rookie of the year in the junior high results standing for the
state of MN. As we continued to haul extensively, we ended up qualifying for
youth world in 96 & 97. To name a few shows - lists of favorite barrel
racing shows that I have placed/ won.
•Border Bash Winona MN placed 2nd •placed 1st Shooting won Finals for MNHSRA
1997 • MN Jr. High finals (state finals) for St. Peter MN ended placing 2nd all
around in my division w 250 entries. We had won multiple & all around
junior rodeo championships. The winter of 98 is when my horse General had
passed. So I took a huge break. I was so heartbroken over the whole issue that
I couldn't even compete for the longest time. After taking a good while off
& focused on school. I than started competing in rodeo queening. I moved at
this time to OK, where I stayed & helped around my sisters ranch &
finished the school season off where it was that 2001 year I was crowned Ms.
OHSRA. It was so nice to get back involved with something that I love doing
most, helping others... I attended parades, state fairs, I rode in many IPRA
shows, opened rodeos nationally & locally. Helped raise money at charities, helped out
the US military often, helped local children hospitals where I had done
autograph signings & paid my respects.
The following year I then started college. I worked for my father’s Business.
Precision Micro EDM. My father at this same time ended up suffering from stage
4 cancer. I was forced to putting my rodeo/queening career aside. So I could
take care of all business duties & stayed close to my family during this
difficult time. He was on chemo for a
year and luckily enough he's currently in remission to this day.
At the same time as being a queen. Here are some of my other
credits\ titles that I have received throughout my life ...
•3rd Runner up for Miss South Ok • Was crowned Miss ShowBiz United States 2012
•Was on the show - Filmed in Cancun Mexico The Fashion Hero• Worked W Famous Photographers
worldwide • Was a guest several times on HSN (Home Shopping Network) doing an
exclusive interviews about my modeling past and why I love certain products
2012-now• graduated FL state university w a degree in business/ Marketing 2012
• 2 years of acting and modeling school @ FL state • volunteer teach from 2013-
current• 6 month to current john Casablanca student/teacher modeling-acting
school) • done many state fairs • help organize charities n fundraisers •
attend and help occasionally @ All Children's hospital in St . Petersburg FL
from 2008 - until current • participate in any Shriners hospital events
charity's hospital fundraisers • Produced and help coordinate bull ridings
& rodeos throughout the state of FL from 2007 until current • working grand
entry w pyro techniques -also doing meet n greets to this day throughout the
US.(PRCA) • Worked and rode horses w some of the best in the world to name a
few trainers • Clinton Anderson training/classes
Josh Lyons Classes Tommy Turvey Classes
• 2000 Competed and placed in cutting & reining • competed and placed in
team penning •being a mom:), • Strong Christian • hobbies, teaching, horses,
fishing (any type of fishing), hunting, anything out doors, camping, cooking,
sports-nascar , competing, helping others, worked w top photographers worldwide
since 2005- until now•
•Won 1st place for the 2015 Patriot Cutting event held by the ACHA•2013modeled
for Macy's Dillard's in all their magazines • 2013 modeled for Miami fashion
week for the last 2 years• Tampa bridal show -Runway model 2012•Judge for
pageants throughout the state of FL or anywhere in the US, done judging in
Nashville , TX, MN, OK, etc. • Was illustrated in the Vogue Magazine 2012.
Started rodeoing again after taking a few years off for my modeling & now
I'm making a strong come back to see how far I can take this dream competing •
And currently, and always will be trying to remain trying my best @ all my
accomplishments, and going after my dreams goals in the best way that I can.
I'm very confident and determined that the best is yet to come! Keep a look out
for me sometime soon, I have plenty more coming to add to this list ;)