Rodeo queens: Ambassadors for the sport of rodeo
Rodeo queens serve as the ambassadors for the sport of rodeo. They too, just as the cowboys, travel hundreds of miles and participate in hundreds of rodeos annually. In fact, Miss Rodeo America serves as the official spokeswoman for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and this year alone, she has traveled 120,000 miles and made appearances at 120 rodeos.
The reigning Miss Rodeo America is Keri Sheffield, the first-ever Miss Rodeo Florida to be crowned in Las Vegas for the title! She was extremely happy to bring the rose gold Montana Silversmiths crown to the Sunshine State and to wear it proudly at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo!
So what does it mean to be a rodeo ambassador and why do these ladies sign up or enter to become a rodeo queen? Miss Rodeo America and other state queens will travel from rodeo to rodeo going out into each local community talking to people about the sport of rodeo, educating and sharing rodeo history, sharing rodeo contestants stories, signing autographs, meeting future rodeo queens of tomorrow, and helping create new rodeo fans from those that don’t know much about the sport. They help draw people to our rodeos! Without our rodeo fans and the support of our local communities, we wouldn’t be able to host and put on these amazing rodeos. This is certainly true for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. These ladies sign up to take on these roles because they deeply care about their communities, local small and large businesses, promoting the western lifestyle, and promoting a healthy future in rodeo. Many of them grow up participating or being involved in rodeos, so it’s very near and dear to their hearts. “The job requires a necessary amount of grit, grace, work ethic, personality, and a whole lot of passion,” said Miss Rodeo New York Noelle White.
Did you know you can come to Kissimmee and meet several rodeo queens from across the US, including Miss Rodeo America? Last year we had representatives from almost every state. They love meeting new people, taking photos, and sharing their stories. We encourage you to head to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and ask them any questions you or your kiddos might have.
While the rodeo queens are in Kissimmee, you can catch them at places like Boot Barn Kissimmee, Boot Barn Orlando, Wild Florida, Give Kids the World, a few of our local elementary schools, local libraries, and more!
We are currently three days away from the Miss Rodeo America pageant being held in Las Vegas, Nevada where the new 2019 Miss Rodeo America will be crowned. If you make plans to attend the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in March, you’ll be able to meet her in person! We hope to see you in Kissimmee!