The Wrangler Horse and Rodeo News

01-05-22 TW Digital

The WRANGLER Horse and Rodeo News is an equine and rodeo publication with circulation in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Utah and Idaho.

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82 The WRANGLER, Annual Breeders Edition • January 5-19, 2022 It's hard to put into words an experience that had such a monumental impact on my life. Eight days together with some of my favorite humans, early mornings, late nights, feeling the stress and pressure, the frustra on. I'm beyond thankful for the way that the Miss Rodeo America Pageant impacted me. I came into the pageant in a place of peace. I was very sa sfied with the work that I had done to prepare and with the two years of service I had given to the sport of rodeo as Miss Rodeo Wyoming. I knew in my heart that it was a God thing, meaning no matter what I did, he would place me in the role he had for me, after all, that's how my queening journey had progressed this far. I never felt the nerves or the anxiety to compete because of the faith that it was all in His hands. This allowed me to compete to my best throughout the week. Those who know me will know that horsemanship is my favorite part of the contest. For my pa ern, I drew a spi ire horse that was quite a handful and matched my personality perfectly. My rail work horse was good also, and I started off my week confident that I had shown the judges my true abili es as a cowgirl. The rest of the week blurred together un l the fashion show. Once again, those who know me know that this is always an area I struggle with. We had hours and hours of dance rehearsal in prepara on for the big show. I am so glad that I got out of my head and out of my comfort zone to put my full effort into the dances! It was an experience that I'm so grateful to have had, but hopefully I never have to repeat! Coming into the corona on, my heart was heavy with sadness. Not because of the crowning ahead, but because the reality had hit hard that this was the last me my girls and I would all be together. We had shared the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, shared years of service and days of pageant. Those would be our final moments together, though our experience will bind us for life. In the end, I am honored to bring home a Top 10 buckle for the Cowboy State. But the true trophies I get to keep are the memories from the experience, and the notes from all of you that kept me pushing through at the pageant. Thank you for the perfect ending to this wild ride of a life me! Gratefully, Rachel Derner Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2020-21 As we embark on a new year we are excited to see where this journey takes 2022 Miss Rodeo Wyoming Sierra Butler. Below you will find her tenta ve schedule through February. If you are interested in having 2022 MRW Sierra Butler assist/appear at your event please contact the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on Scheduling Coordinator Jamie Pond- Cobb at: scheduling@ 2022 MRW SIERRA BUTLER'S UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Na onal Western Stock Show, Denver, CO - January 8-23 Black Hills Stock Show, Rapid City, S.D. - January 28-February 5 Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee, FL - February 13-21 Who is the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on? For the Love of the Future The Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on was formed in 1977. The purpose of the Associa on is to support, promote and guide the lady who reigns as Miss Rodeo Wyoming. The Associa on assists Miss Rodeo Wyoming in organizing a corona on benefit held in the hometown of each Miss Rodeo Wyoming to raise funds for her reigning year. A clinic for young ladies interested in rodeo queen compe ons is also conducted by the Associa on. The corona on, clinic, and miscellaneous fund raisers conducted by the Associa on and sponsorship dona ons fund travel, wardrobe, and expenses for Miss Rodeo Wyoming. A scholarship fund has been established and each queen is awarded a scholarship upon the comple on of her reign. The Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on meets quarterly each year and we would encourage anyone interested in promo ng rodeo and the Western Way of Life to explore joining the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on. If you are interested in becoming a member or a suppor ng member of the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on please contact the MRWA President Ann Palomba at Our next mee ng is January 8, 2022 in Riverton, Wyoming. The Miss Rodeo Wyoming Associa on hopes that your 2022 is filled with good health and joy! As we bid adieu to the past year 2021 Miss Rodeo Wyoming Rachel Derner shared some final reflec ons on her experiences at the 2022 Miss Rodeo America Pageant as well as her service for two years as Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2020-2021 due to Covid. The Miss Rodeo Amica Pageant by 2021 MRW Rachel Dn

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