Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2020

Joeli Walrath

Joeli Walrath is Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2020.  Joeli grew up in Ashton, Nebraska and is  the daughter of Jamie and Jaci Walrath. Joeli’s small-town roots and involvement on the family farm instilled her love for agriculture. She began her rodeo career young competing in junior rodeos in barrels and poles and even a little steer riding.  She was raised in the  4-H program , FFA and was a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association.

Joeli is a 2016 graduate of Loup City High School.  She went on to attend college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the  Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln Equestrian Team and Horse Judging Team as well as the rodeo club. While at the University of Nebraska, she studied animal science with an equine emphasis. Joeli graduated from UNL in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

When not traveling and attending rodeos, Joeli enjoys spending time at home with her family, friends, and of course, her horses. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, cooking and baking. Joeli’s slogan for the year is “Be True. Be You.” She believes that being genuine and apologetically yourself is  the key to  what is most important – happiness. Joeli hopes not only to live by her motto everyday, but also to inspire others to be true to themselves. (Photo courtesy of KC Creations Photography)

Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019

Brylee Thompson

Brylee Thompson, of Hershey, is Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019.

Brylee was crowned in North Platte in June after winning the horsemanship, appearance, personality, congeniality and photogenic categories of the MTRN Pageant.

A student at Hershey High School, Brylee participates in basketball, one-act plays, quiz bowl and volleyball and is a member of the student council. Her activities outside of school include: 4-H Council, horse 4-H, Lonestar Cowboy Church youth group and rodeo Bible camp participant and counselor.

After graduation, Brylee plans to attend Colby Community College and eventually become a registered nurse. Her goal is to work in a large hospital setting – specifically an emergency room. While at Colby, Brylee also plans to compete as part of the college’s equestrian team.

Brylee’s life goal is to always spread kindness and lift others up. She wants to be a person who focuses on the positive in every aspect of her life and to be known as someone who is compassionate and kind to everyone. Her parents are Lucas Anderson and Hanna McConnell. (Photo courtesy of Suzanna Klaasmeyer Photography)

Mission Statement:
To provide an opportunity for young women of high moral and ethical
character to promote Nebraska and the sport of rodeo.

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.


Miss Rodeo Nebraska Clinic 2020

(Photo courtesy of KC Creations Photography)

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Clinic on Saturday, March 28 in North Platte.

The clinic is open to girls ages 12 and older. It is limited to the first 12 to sign up.

The clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Platte Community College South Campus, 601 W. State Farm Rd.

The purpose of it is to teach contestant hopefuls how to compete in a rodeo queen pageant. Throughout the day, they will learn about public speaking, interview techniques, modeling, photogenics, writing a bio and how to select wardrobe colors and styles among other topics.

They will also practice giving a 30-second impromptu speech and will watch a horsemanship presentation.

Participants are asked to take a hat with them as well as an image, either of themselves or someone else, in an outfit that they think best suits their body type.

“The clinic will be set up like a mock pageant,” said Cathy Ewing, clinic co-chair. “The girls will be divided into groups of six, and each will have a mentor to help them through the various judged sessions. At the end of the day, the girls will get a critique sheet from the judges, outlining how they did and offering tips and suggestions for any improvements.”

Former Miss Rodeo Nebraskas and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraskas will serve as mentors. The judges, some of whom have judged the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, will include Sally Haythorn, president of the MRN Association; Lisa Jamison, Miss Rodeo America 1991; Lori Harding, MRA 2003 and longtime boutique owner and makeup artist Joe Bohac.

There will also be a parent information session during the clinic.

The clinic fee is $200, which includes instruction, handouts, lunch and snacks.

Those interested can RSVP or obtain more information from Cathy Ewing at (308) 530-0590.

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant/contestant deadline postponed

The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant will be postponed to Aug. 2-5 in observance of the social distancing practices occurring throughout the state and nation.

The move has prompted the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association to extend its contestant deadline as well. Queen hopefuls now have until June 15 to enter.

“I would like thank everyone for their patience as we proceed with the pageant,” said Cindy Petersen, chair of the pageant committee. “This pandemic has caused the committee to adapt to new safety measures, but we are looking forward to another successful year.”

The pageant was originally planned for June in North Platte – in conjunction with NEBRASKAland Days and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

However, on Tuesday, NLD announced that the Buffalo Bill Rodeo would be rescheduled for Aug. 5-8. A new Miss Rodeo Nebraska is traditionally crowned during the rodeo’s first performance.

Those interested in entering the pageant this year, or in receiving more information, can contact Cathy Ewing at (308) 530-0590 or buckcathy06@yahoo.com.

Rule books and contracts can be found on the forms section of this website.

The Sponsors of Miss Rodeo Nebraska

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 laceyjane20@gmail.com, or Peggy Moorhead at moorhead@hersheytel.net.

Pageant Partners

Buffalo Bill Rodeo
Mid-Plains Community College
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association

Saddle Sponsors

Agri Affiliates
Sandhills State Bank


Mid-Plains Community College
KC Creations Photography
La Quinta Inn & Suites/North Platte
Platte Valley Auto Mart


NebraskaLand Days, Inc.
Buffalo Bill Rodeo Committee
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association
Hyannis Veterinary Service
Mentzer Oil
Town and Country Western Wear
Fat Dog’s
Orr’s Dry Cleaning
Jody’s Auto Sales
Security First Bank
Go Light
Twin River Band
Marshall Custom Hats
American Family Insurance
Joseph Angus Ranch
Niobrara Valley Vineyards
Haythorn Land and Cattle
Western Sire Services
Winner Circle Feedyard
Shadbolt Cattle Co.
Shadbolt Horse Training
Oliver Cattle Co.
Dry Creek Western Wear
Young’s Western Wear
Abbott Cattle Company
Toxic Graphics
Miller Angus
Nebraskland National Bank
Welker and Fevold
North Platte Telegraph
North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau


Petska Fur
Jespersen Feedlot


Gordon Livestock Market
Forster Well Drilling
Ted and Lolly Klug


Sibbitt Cattle Company
Otte Feeds
Pit Stall
Sandage Feed
Wreck-A-Mended Body Works
Open Range Beef
Price’s Gallery and Framing
Cow Country Sales & Service
Karen Troyer
Poor Farm


Steele’s Roofing and Construction
Valentine Dental Clinic
L & B Johnson, P.C.
D & R Repair
Steve and Julie Ravenscroft
Mane Attraction
Modern Cleaners
Sheridan Livestock Auction Company

Hurry! The deadline to enter the Miss Rodeo Nebraska/Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Pageant is April 1!

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Rule Book

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Contract

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Entry Form 

(CLINIC PARTICIPANTS: Please note that in the box on the entry form where it asks,”Why would you like to be Miss Rodeo Nebraska?” you can just answer why you want to be a rodeo queen in general.)

Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Rule Book

Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Contract

Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Entry Form

Visiting Royalty

Visiting Royalty Form

The Royalty Scrapbook

(Photo courtesy of KC Creations Photography)

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.

Honored Miss Rodeo Nebraskas

Honored Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraskas