Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 is Bailey Lehr. Bailey is the 21-year-old daughter of Lance and Joan Lehr. She hails from Columbus, NE, where she grew up farming and ranching. She also enjoys working at her family truck stop, T-Bone. Bailey is working to get her Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business at Chadron State College. She has hopes of becoming a livestock buyer and continuing to work for her family. Away from the farm, she enjoys riding horses, eating sushi, and going for long walks with her dog Lil Debbie.
Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2021 is BrookeLehr. Brooke is the 16-year-old daughter of Lance and Joan Lehr out of Columbus, Nebraska. She attends Scotus Central Catholic where she is a cheerleader and participates in various sports. Brooke grew up working on the family farm, ranch, and feedlot while competing in many horse activities. She is a member of 4-H, the National Barrel Horse Association and the Nebraska Foundation Quarter Horse Association. Brooke has future plans to attend college with goals of pursuing a career as a lawyer where she plans to represent the agricultural sector. Brooke feels blessed and honored to have received this title and cannot wait to represent the Buffalo Bill Rodeo across this prominent state!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send off Celebration Planned for MRN 2021
Join us as we honor Joeli Walrath and her years of service as Miss Rodeo Nebraska!
We will send her off in style to the Miss Rodeo America Competition in Las Vegas November 6, 2021 at the Trotters Event Center in Ord at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for everyone, including royalty who may be attending and children. Please reserve your tickets by October 20 by emailing email@example.com.
Lehr Sisters Win State Rodeo Queen Titles
Winners Announced for the Miss Rodeo Nebraska 65th Annual Pageant
The first sister duo captured the titles at the 65th Annual Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant. The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association awarded Bailey Lehr the title of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 and Brooke Lehr, the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2021.
Crowned during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., on Wednesday, June 16, Bailey Lehr, 20, of Columbus, will serve as Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022. Bailey Lehr won the categories of horsemanship, personality, photogenic, and appearance at the completion of the four-day-long competition.
Danielle Forster,21, of Smithfield, received first runner up honors and won the categories of speech and written test. Jessica Lange’, 20, of Croftonwas voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants, while Megan Pendergast, 21, of Brady, received a non-finalist scholarship.
With the honor of capturing the title, includes multiple awards for Bailey Lehr. She receives a two-year, renewable full tuition scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College, a tiara, saddle, buckle, chaps, tack and jewelry, along with several other items.
Bailey Lehr will serve as Lady-in-Waiting until January 1, 2022, gathering sponsors and filling in at rodeos the reigning queen Joeli Walrath, of Ashton, is not able to attend. At the completion of her reign, she will compete for the coveted title of Miss Rodeo America 2023.
Bailey Lehr and Brooke Lehr are the daughters of Lance and Joan Lehr. Bailey Currently attends Central Community College where she will graduate in May with an associate degree in Agricultural Business. Lehr plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business at Kansas State University. She is a member of The American Quarter Horse Association, Nebraska Foundation Quarter Horse Association and the National Barrel Horse Association. She plans on competing in college rodeo while at Kansas State.
Brooke Lehr, 16, earned the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2021 and was awarded during the Teen Coronation Wednesday afternoon at Mid-Plains Community College. She attends Scotus Central Catholic High School where she participates in volleyball, basketball, track and cheerleading. She loves to participate in rodeo whether it be queening or barrel racing. Brooke Lehr is an active member of Saint Isidore Catholic Church. In her spare time, she likes to Kayak, go four-wheeling and a good country music concert.
Taking top honors in several categories, Brooke Lehr won speech, photogenic, appearance, personality, congeniality and the coveted horsemanship award. Calie Troyer,16, of North Platte was awarded first runner-up and the written test award. Jaelyn Himmelberg, 15, of Lawrence and Hannah Siwinski, 16, of Central City received the judges’ Rising Star Award. Brooke Lehr took home several prizes including a two year tuition scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College.
Photos Courtesy of A Moment Photography of North Platte.
Pageant Contestants Announced for Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2021
The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association is excited to announce our pageant contestants. Please join us June 13-16, 2021 in North Platte for our pageant festivities. Coronation for Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2022 will be held during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. The winner will be crowned Lady-in-Waiting and will go on to compete at the 2023 Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas.
2022 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Contestants
Danielle Forster: Forster, of Smithfield, is the 21-year-old daughter of Kevin and Kim Forster. Forester is currently a junior at the University of Nebraska where is she is a member of the Pre-vet Club, Rodeo Club, Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. In her free time, she enjoys embroidery, collecting records and spending time with family and friends.
Jessica Lange’: Lange’, hailing from Crofton, is the 20-year-old daughter of Roger and Jeanine Lange’. She currently attends the University of Wyoming where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Lange’ is a member of the University of Wyoming Ranch Rodeo Team and hopes to return to the family ranch and carry on the legacy and family traditions. Her love for agriculture and what it represents inspired her to pursue her degree path.
Bailey Lehr: Lehr, hailing from Columbus, is the 20-year-old daughter of Lance and Joan Lehr. She currently attends Central Community College where she will graduate in May with an Associate’s Degree in Agricultural Business. Lehr plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business at Kansas State University. She is a member of The American Quarter Horse Association, Nebraska Foundation Quarter Horse Association and the National Barrel Horse Association. She plans on competing in college rodeo while at Kansas State.
Megan Pendergast: Pendergast, of Brady, is the 21-year-old daughter of Matt and Rebecca Engels. Pendergast attended Mid Plains Community College and is a certified phlebotomist. She was a 4-H member for many years and enjoyed showing her ranch horses. Her previous titles include 2017 Logan Co. Rodeo Queen and the 2019-2020 Southwest Rodeo Queen. Pendergast is a current member of the Velvet Spurs Drill Team.
2021 Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Contestants
Brooke Lehr: Brooke Lehr, hailing from Columbus, is the 16-year-old daughter of Lance and Joan Lehr. Brooke Lehr attends Scotus Central Catholic High School where she participates in volleyball, basketball, track and cheerleading. She loves to participate in rodeo whether it be queening or barrel racing. Brooke Lehr is an active member of Saint Isidore Catholic Church. In her spare time, she likes to Kayak, go four-wheeling and a good country music concert.
Jaelyn Himmelberg: Himmelberg, of Lawrence, is the 15-year-old daughter of John and Cassandra Himmelberg. She attends Blue Hill High school as a freshman. Himmelberg is an avid dancer. She enjoys camping, fishing, playing violin, guitar and piano. She is an active member in many school activities and president of the freshman class.
Hannah Siwinski: Siwinski, from Central City is the 16-year-old daughter of Mike and Sherry Siwinski. She attends Palmer Public School. Siwinski is a 4-H ambassador and enjoys livestock and horse judging as well as horse quiz bowl. She likes to raise and show horses and participates in FFA, archery, band and track.
Calie Troyer: Troyer, from North Platte, is the 16-year-old daughter of Kyle Troyer and Yvette Troyer. She attends Hershey Public Schools where she participates in FBLA, One Act, Speech and Dance Team. Troyer is a member of 4-H and participates in the foster child program and their events. She attends and volunteers at church activities, loves board games and is also very competitive.
Do you have an aspiring rodeo queen in your family? She and her friends are invited to be a part of our 2021 Lil’ Cowgirl Clinic June 5 at Mid-Plains Community College. This clinic is for girls ages 6-11. The Lil’ Cowgirls will have a fun afternoon including a chance to meet and have photos taken with Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2021 and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2020 and other rodeo royalty. Along with the opportunity to make new friends, she will also receive a t-shirt and a rodeo queen sash, write a pen pal letter, learn a patriotic song & a fun dance routine, and more!
The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association is proud to announce our initial 2022 Pageant Schedule. All events are subject to change, so please check back on our website and social media accounts for updates. The below events are open to the public and located in North Platte, NE.
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.