Miss Rodeo Wyoming contestants competing for title while making friends along the way

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 5:42 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Five contestants are competing for the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming. These girls are doing a variety of competitions like horsemanship, modeling, interviews and a written test.

Horsemanship and modeling are a couple of events the contestants are looking forward to, but the test was a challenging part for others. “Studying is hard because you don’t know what to study and [we] can get asked anything,” said Shayla Conner, a Miss Rodeo Wyoming Contestant from Sheridan.

“I am also not a good test taker but we got that over so I feel like the rest of the week should be easier than today,” said Sierra Butler, a contestant from Freedom Wyoming.

Rachel Durner, the 2020-20201 Miss Rodeo Wyoming, said this title is a representative of Wyoming, equine knowledge and agriculture knowledge. Durner said they are tested on Wyoming facts and more.

These contestants are excited to be able to share their love for rodeo. “We are a welcoming community and we [want to share] our sport because it’s so unique,” said Madeline McElwee, a Miss Rodeo Wyoming contestant from Laramie. “Everyone is so nice no matter what you do no matter where you go everyone is willing to jump in and help,” said Holly Riesland, a Miss Rodeo Wyoming contestant from Thermopolis.

Jordan Lutz. a contestant from Jackson Hole, said this pageant will help with her future. “This has taught me how to public speak and feel confident in how I am. I’m glad I can get out there and support what I really love,” Lutz said.

Durner is currently mentoring these contestants during this week. Her title ends officially at the end of December where the winner will take over her title. She said it feels rewarding to be there for them. “I know exactly what it means to be competing for this and the honor that it is to be Miss Rodeo Wyoming and to join a sisterhood of legendary women in our industry,” Durner said.

The winner will be crowned on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.

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