McKenzie Haley is the new Miss Rodeo America.
McKenzie, of Colome, S.D., was crowned Dec. 5 at rodeo finals in Las Vegas.
Beginning this month, she will travel more than 100,000 miles as representative of Miss Rodeo America, Inc. and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
She is pursuing a degree in elementary education and plans to earn a master’s degree in school psychology. Helping her pursue her education is the $20,000 educational scholarship she will receive at the completion of her reign.
McKenzie was also awarded a wardrobe of Wrangler jeans and shirts, Justin boots, Bailey hats, fully tooled Court’s Saddle with custom Miss Rodeo America conchos and an official Miss Rodeo America trophy buckle from Montana Silversmiths.
Accompanying the perpetual Miss Rodeo America tiara made by Landstrom’s original Black Hills Gold Creations, she was given a wardrobe of matching jewelry. These items, along with a multitude of other valuable and exquisite prizes will be presented to her throughout the year.
Contestants were judged in the major categories of horsemanship, personality, and appearance, competing in the areas of public speaking, personal interviews, modeling, photogenic and rodeo/equine knowledge.
“Miss Rodeo America has the opportunity to touch the lives of current and future rodeo fans, to be a source of information about rodeo and the western lifestyle, and to be a role-model for young people across the country,” McKenzie said in a prepared statement.
Below is a complete listing of awards presented at the 2011 Miss Rodeo America Pageant.
Miss Rodeo America 2011: McKenzie Haley
First Runner-up: Markie Battaglia – Miss Rodeo California
Second Runner-up: Martina Wardle – Miss Rodeo Utah
Third Runner-up: Michelle Boeshart – Miss Rodeo Nebraska
Fourth Runner-up: Kasie Pigg – Miss Rodeo Colorado
Appearance: McKenzie Haley – Miss Rodeo South Dakota
Personality: McKenzie Haley – Miss Rodeo South Dakota
Horsemanship: Markie Battaglia – Miss Rodeo California
Photogenic: McKenzie Haley – Miss Rodeo South Dakota
Speech: McKenzie Haley – Miss Rodeo South Dakota
Congeniality: Taylor Wong – Miss Rodeo Hawaii
Raeana Wadhams Spirit Award: Lauren Neil – Miss Rodeo Nevada
Written Test: Martina Wardle – Miss Rodeo Utah
Top 10 Contestants:
Michelle Boeshart – Miss Rodeo Nebraska
Celesta Harvey – Miss Rodeo Texas
Kasie Pigg – Miss Rodeo Colorado
Ashley Zeigler – Miss Rodeo Oregon
Jordanne Blair – Miss Rodeo Iowa
Martina Wardle – Miss Rodeo Utah
Katie Garfield – Miss Rodeo Washington
Markie Battaglia – Miss Rodeo California
McKenzie Haley – Miss Rodeo South Dakota
Lauren Neil – Miss Rodeo Nevada
1st Place – Miss Rodeo Montana, Jourdon Han
2nd Place – Miss Rodeo South Dakota, McKenzie Haley
3rd Place – Miss Rodeo Texas, Celesta Harvey
4th Place – Miss Rodeo Washington, Katie Garfield
Achievement Award (given to high seller for MRA Scholarship Foundation Drawing): – Miss Rodeo Texas, Celesta Harvey
Chap Award (Scholarship from Women’s Professional Rodeo Association for contestant with unique chaps & story): – Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Michelle Boeshart
People’s Choice Text Voting Award: – Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Chassity Sisco