MISS RODEO NEBRASKA ASSOCIATION
Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023
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Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022
Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022 is Calie Troyer. Calie is the 17-year-old daughter of Yvette Troyer and Kyle Troyer from Hershey, Nebraska. She attends Hershey Public Schools where she will be a senior this fall. Calie is involved in dance, one-act, FBLA, speech, National Honor Society, and Teammates mentoring. She is on the high honor roll. Calie is Active in 4H and has served as Co-president of the 4H council. In her free time she likes to be with her friends, family, and animals. After high school, she plans to pursue a degree in pediatric’s. Calie is excited to represent the state of Nebraska.
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The mission of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association is to produce a quality state pageant to select and crown MRN and MTRN to be official ambassadors who will promote Nebraska, professional rodeo, and our western values and lifestyles.
The concept of Miss Rodeo America was developed in 1955 by a group of gentlemen under the name of International Rodeo Management (IRM).
The same year, the town of Burwell, Neb. selected its first Miss Rodeo Nebraska: Dallas Hunt George of Lincoln, who held the MRN title in 1955 and 1956.
She won the regional title in Omaha at the AK-SAR-BEN Rodeo in 1956 and went on to compete and win the Miss Rodeo America title in 1957.
Laura (Lolly) Cameron Klug won the MRN title in 1957. She also won the Regional title at AR-SAR-BEN and competed at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. In 1959, she was named as the Buffalo Bill Rodeo Queen and given the title of Miss Rodeo Northwest. She then competed again at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, where she was second runner-up.
The MRN Pageant has continued every year since its humble beginnings. The goal of it is to select a young lady with the desire and enthusiasm to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the sport of rodeo and the state of Nebraska.
In 1991, after Burwell had hosted the pageant for 36 years, the pageant was moved to North Platte so it could be presented in conjunction with Nebraska’s official state celebration, NEBRASKAland DAYS and the PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo.
Also in 1991, NEBRASKAland DAYS started a tradition of presenting a $1,000 scholarship to newly crowned MRNs. The MRNA Scholarship Program has continued to grow and now awards more than $5,000 in scholarship money.
In 2000, the pageant schedule was changed from three days to four days. In 2006 the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, Inc. expanded its program to include the Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Pageant.
President – Michelle Whitson, MRN 2010
Vice President – Jane Qualm
Secretary – Peggy Moorhead
Treasurer – Shari Schlichtemeier
National Director – Joni Jespersen
Assistant Director/Miss Teen Rodeo NE – Cathy Ewing
MRN 2022 – Bailey Lehr
Past President – Sally Haythorn
Advisory member – Lolly Klug
Advisory member – Karen Freeze
2023 MEMBERSHIP FORM
2023 Clinics Announced
Save the Date for the 2023 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Coronation!
Join us for the official coronation of Rebel Sjeklocha, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023!
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Send-Off Scheduled
Join us for the Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 Send-Off Celebration! November 5th in Columbus, NE. More details to follow. Like or Facebook page for realtime updates!
Sjeklocha Claims Crown and Over $14,000 in Scholarship Funds
Winners Announced for the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association 66th Annual Pageant
North Platte, NE, – Four days of competition resulted in a crown for two new titleholders. The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association awarded Rebel Sjeklocha the title of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023 and Calie Troyer the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022.
Crowned during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte on Wednesday, June 15, Sjeklocha, 21, of Hayes Center, will serve as Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023. Sjeklocha was the lone competitor for the title, however, she had to achieve 75 percent of the past three winners scores to take the title and category awards. She is the second woman to win both Miss and Teen titles, as she served as Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2018.
By earning the category awards and title, she will receive over $14,000 in scholarship funds that includes a two-year, renewable full tuition scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College at the conclusion of her reign. Numerous other prices such as a tiara, saddle, buckle, chaps, tack and jewelry were awarded by the sponsors of the program.
Sjeklocha will serve as Lady-in-Waiting until January 1, 2023, gathering sponsors and filling in at rodeos the reigning queen, Bailey Lehr of Columbus, is not able to attend. At the completion of her reign, she will compete for the coveted title of Miss Rodeo America 2024.
Sjeklocha is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications with minors in Law and Business and the Engler Entrepreneurship Program. Throughout college, Sjeklocha was a competitive member of the Husker Equestrian Team, the president of the CASNR student advisory board, and very involved in other on-campus organizations. She is the host of a western lifestyle podcast called “Breaking the Barrier,” and enjoys all things media and communications. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and writing cowboy poetry.
Troyer of Hershey, NE took home the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Yvette and Kyle Troyer. Troyer attends Hershey Public Schools where she will be a senior this fall and is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, dance, One-act, speech, National Honor Society, and Teammates. She is active in 4-H and has served as both the secretary and president on the 4-H Council. Troyer is active within her church community and volunteers time to help in her community. She wants to pursue a degree in pediatrics after high school because of her love for children.
Taking top honors in several categories, Troyer won photogenic, appearance, personality, written test and the coveted horsemanship award. Hannah Siwinski, 16, of Central City was awarded first runner-up and the speech award. Troyer took home several prizes including a two year tuition scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College.
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CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED FOR MISS RODEO NEBRASKA PAGEANT
Contestants from across the state will compete for the coveted titles of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023 and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022. The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association will host the annual pageant June 12 – 15, 2022 in North Platte during NEBRASKAland DAYS.
The contestants will compete in the categories of horsemanship, appearance and personality. Three judges will review the performance and knowledge of each of the ladies.
MISS RODEO NEBRASKA 2023 CONTESTANT
Rebel Sjeklocha is the 21-year-old daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She hails from Hayes Center, NE. Rebel is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications with minors in Law and Business and the Engler Entrepreneurship Program. Throughout college, Rebel was a competitive member of the Husker Equestrian Team, the president of the CASNR student advisory board, and very involved in other on-campus organizations. She is the host of a western lifestyle podcast called “Breaking the Barrier,” and enjoys all things media and communications. In her spare time, Rebel enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and writing cowboy poetry.
MISS TEEN RODEO 2022 NEBRASKA CONTESTANTS
Hannah Siwinski is the 17 year-old daughter of Michael & Sherry Siwinski of Central City. She will be a senior this fall at Palmer Public Schools. Hannah has been active in the 4-H Horse program for 11 years. She enjoys FFA, 4-H, being a Merrick County 4-H Ambassador, Rodeo, raising and showing American Quarter Horses, archery, playing board games, and spending time with family. She competes in horse judging and quiz bowl, designs and makes her own unique line of western earrings, and breaks and trains her family’s young horses. Hannah loves to make others smile and laugh every day.
Calie Troyer is the 17-year-old daughter of Yvette and Kyle Troyer, from Hershey, NE. Calie attends Hershey Public Schools where she will be a senior this fall. Callie is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, dance, One-act, speech, National Honor Society, and Teammates. She is active in 4-H and has served as both the secretary and president on the 4-H Council. Calie is active within her church community and volunteers time to help in her community. Calie wants to pursue a degree in pediatrics after high school because of her love for children.
MISS RODEO NEBRASKA PAGEANT 2023 SCHEDULE
Sunday, June 12
10:00 AM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Horsemanship Competition, Wild West Arena – Free Admission
12:30 PM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association Horsemanship BBQ, Wild West Arena Pavilion – Tickets available at the gate
Adults – $10.00 Children 12 & under – $5.00
Monday, June 13
6:00 PM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Speech Competition – Mid Plains Community College, South Campus Theater – Tickets available at the door
Adults – $5.00 Children 12 & under – free
Tuesday, June 14
7:00 PM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Style Show & Scholarship Auction, Location to be announced
Adults – $25.00 Children 12 & under – $15.00
Wednesday, June 15
1:30 PM Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Coronation
Mid Plains Community College, South Campus Theater – Tickets available at the door
Adults – $10.00 Children 12 & under – $5.00
8:00 PM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Coronation, Wild West Arena during the Buffalo Bill Rodeo
Tickets to the rodeo available on nebraskalanddays.com or at the gate
9:00 PM Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant Awards Ceremony, Wild West Arena Pavilion
Age Requirement Updates for the 2023 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association Pageants
To reflect the recent change made by Miss Rodeo America Inc. regarding the age requirement for contestants at the Miss Rodeo America 2023 Pageant held in Las Vegas, NV in December 2022, the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association announced a change in age requirements for the contestants for the Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023 Pageant to be held June 2022 during Nebraskaland Days celebration in North Platte.
The age requirement for Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023 contestants now states:
2022 Participation Agreement for pageants held in 2022 that select a Lady-in-Waiting (2023 titleholder) who would compete in 2023 for Miss Rodeo America 2024 will agree and sign to the following on their MRA Pageant application: She will have reached 21 years of age by November 1 of this year (2023). She will have not reached 27 years of age and will have not reached 27 years of age as of December 31 of this year (2023).
In addition, the age requirements for the Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska pageant were also adjusted to reflect the best opportunities for our competitors.
The new age requirement for Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2022 contestants now states:
Contestant must not be less than 15, nor more than 18 years of age by the first day of the pageant as you compete for Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska.
Please reach out with any questions to our Executive Board Members or Pageant Chair Cindy Petersen.
Nebraska Rodeo Queen Shines on National Stage
Walrath Takes Third Runner-Up at National Pageant
NORTH PLATTE, NE – Joeli Walrath of Ashton, NE, finished as third runner-up at the 2022 Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. She served as Miss Rodeo Nebraska for 2020-2021 and competed in the eight day contest at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Contestants are judged in three main categories – horsemanship, personality and appearance.
When asked what her favorite part of the pageant, Walrath stated, “All the early mornings and late nights are so extremely worth it. Just to be standing on this stage is a dream come true for every single one of us. We have all talked about our journeys getting here, dreaming of the Miss Rodeo America crown and state crowns, so just being here and being able to represent the great state of Nebraska and having my support system here the entire time. Thank you all for getting me here, and I appreciate all of you.”
Walrath received a $6,000 education scholarship from the Miss Rodeo America Foundation, a Top Five Buckle from Montana Silversmiths and other prizes.
Hailey Frederiksen of Colorado received the honor of being crowned Miss Rodeo America 2022.
Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 Coronation Fundraiser Announced
Join us January 8, 2022 in Columbus, NE to celebrate the Coronation of Bailey Lehr as Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022. Please RSVP by December 17 to email@example.com.
The Sponsors of Miss Rodeo Nebraska
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We are so grateful to the many gracious sponsors who make the Miss Rodeo Nebraska program possible. We couldn’t do it without you! For more information about sponsorships, or to learn how to become a sponsor, contact Lacey Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Peggy Moorhead at email@example.com.
MISS RODEO NEBRASKA ASSOCIATION
ENGLER AGRIBUSINESS ENTERPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM – University of Nebraska Lincoln
NORTH PLATTE STOCKYARDS/ OGALLALA LIVESTOCK
SEW UNIQUE’S IRISH CHAIN & BUFF-N-BLUE
WELKER FEVOLD PR
R & S HAY SERVICE, INC.
TED & LOLLY KLUG
BETTY & LARRY FREDERICK
BURNELL & DEBI STEINMEYER
DAN & KAREN TROYER
RANDALL & PAMELA SANER
Buffalo Bill Rodeo
Mid-Plains Community College
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Rule Book
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Contract
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Entry Form
Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Rule Book
Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Contract
Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Entry Form
2024 Pageant Visiting Royalty
Visiting Royalty Form
Young Cowgirls 2023
The Royalty Scrapbook
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Their reigns may be over, but our former Miss Rodeo Nebraskas and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraskas will never be forgotten. Click on the links below to see photos of previous leading ladies.