2012 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo visiting royalty
Mackenzie Carr, Miss Rodeo America 2012, hails from Vernonia, OR. Carr is expected to travel more than 100,000 miles during her reign representing Miss Rodeo America, Inc. and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.
“Miss Rodeo America is a spokeswoman for western heritage, embodying and exemplifying the qualities of self-reliance, bravery, and true grit to the utmost capability.” Carr said. “I am so blessed to be the first Oregonian to have the prestigious honor and privilege of serving as Miss Rodeo America.”
Carr graduated from Lower Columbia College with an associate of arts degree in speech communications and will later transfer to Oregon State University pursuing a bachelor of science degree in construction management engineering with a minor in speech communications. She is taking time out from her studies at Oregon State University to reign as the “First Lady of Professional Rodeo.” She will be able to use the $26,000 in scholarships she was awarded as Miss Rodeo America from the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation to help further her educational goals.
When Carr isn’t promoting the sport of rodeo either in or out of the arena, she enjoys cooking, singing and playing the piano. She also loves to dig it up and slam it down on the volleyball court, riding, training horses and giving riding lessons to young children.
Courtney Peterson, Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2012, is the daughter of Mark and the late Robyn Peterson of Sisseton, SD. She graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in agriculture and resource economics and agricultural business.
Peterson’s involvement with agriculture stems from her family’s long history with livestock. When not traveling, she enjoys cooking, music, dancing and competing in area ranch rodeos with her brothers, Matt, Darin and Derek.
Kimberly Kuhn, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2012, is the 22-year-old daughter of Pete and Vicki Kuhn and a fifth generation ranch owner in Johnson and Sheridan Counties. Kuhn graduated from the University of Wyoming (UW) with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture business with a minor in finance.
While at UW, Kuhn was a member of UW Rodeo Team, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, SPURS Honorary, Ag Ambassadors, and recipient of the National Western Stock Show Scholarship. Kuhn is a member of the Wyoming Rodeo Association and the Big Horn Basque Club.
Sadie Wardner, Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2012, is the 24-year-old daughter of Ron and Sue Wardner of Coleharbor, ND. A recent graduate of North Dakota State University, she earned a degree in public relations and advertising, and a minor in equine studies. In the future Wardner plans to work in the agriculture industry. Her dream job would be working in the animal welfare department for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
While horses have always been Wardner’s focus, she also enjoys singing country music, playing the piano and guitar, Zumba, teaching music to St. Olaf Sunday school children, jackpot barrel racing, training colts, analyzing equine pedigrees, volunteering and traveling.
Sabrina Behr, Miss Rodeo Minnesota 2012, is the 22-year-old daughter of Jerry and Teffaney Behr from Northfield, MN. She is a senior at St. Catherine University pursuing a bachelor of science degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in physical therapy.
Behr hopes to combine her natural leadership skills and giving heart in a career with her love of working with people and horses within the sport of rodeo. She lives by the verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Laura Taysom, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2012, is the daughter of Dave and Tami Taysom from Arcadia, WI. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish.
Taysom started her rodeo career with 4-H gymkhanas and open speed shows. She then ventured into the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association where she competed in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, team roping, goat tying, and the queens contest.
Jamie Udell, Miss Rodeo Utah 2012, is a 23-year-old student Dixie State College pursuing two full bachelor degrees, one in communications and the other in biology. Once she finishes these degrees, she plans to go to dental school, heading towards her goal of becoming a pediatric dentist specializing in craniofacial issues. Udell is also currently an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as a certified CPR/BLS Instructor. She and her family live in a cabin high on top of a mountain in Southern Utah.
Kallie Sue Baker, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2012, is the 21-year-old daughter of Ronnie and Karen Baker and resides in Mustang, OK.
In 2009, Baker graduated from Mustang High School with National Honor Society honors. She is taking the year off from her studies at Redlands Community College where she is pursuing a business degree. Baker is an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay cosmetics and owns her own photography business, It’s a Sue Thing Photography. Her passion in life is anything horse related and she loves to barrel race, compete in ranch sorting and ride with the Kerosene Cowgirls Drill Team.
Brielle Yackley, 2010-2012 South Dakota High School Rodeo Queen, was also named first runner-up at the 2011 National High School Rodeo Finals Queen contest in Gillette, WY. Yackley won the categories of horsemanship, impromptu question, and personality.
Yackley, of Pierre, SD, is the 17-year-old daughter of Christine and Doug Sorensen of Pierre and Mike and Kellie Yackley of Onida. She is a senior at Riggs High School and will be attending South Dakota State University in the fall. Yackley competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and cattle cutting at high school rodeos. Yackley was named to the 2011 Cinch Rodeo Team and Cinch Academic Team for South Dakota high school rodeo.
Jessica Johnson, 2011 Buffalo High School Regional Queen and Miss Perkins Co. from Bison, SD is the daughter of Sheila and Gus Johnson. She currently attends Bison High School.
Representing the western way of life has been a wonderful journey for Johnson, as she looks to inspire people of all ages to embrace the values that rodeo and the western heritage represent: faith, family, respect, patriotism, integrity, a strong work ethic and friendly camaraderie that is found in rodeo.
Lauren Hagg, Miss Faith Stock Show and Rodeo, is the 18-year-old daughter of Kent and Karin Hagg. She attends St. Thomas More High School.
Hagg loves to ride her horses at home, and in the summer competes in jumping and horse shows. She works hard to accomplish her goals, is involved in 4-H, and enjoys being a role model to youth. Hagg enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Kelly Schopp, 2011 Boss Cowman Jr. Queen, is the 13-year-old daughter of Ray and Julie Schopp from Meadow, SD. She attends Lemmon High School, and is in the 7th grade. Schopp has enjoyed being the Boss Cowman Jr. Queen, and is looking forward to being at the Black Hills Stock Show.
Kiley Schuchard, Perkins Co. Fair and Rodeo Princess, is the daughter of parents Amanda and Eric Schuchard. She is the oldest of four children and lives on a ranch. Schuchard loves animals, riding horses, rodeo, reading, milking cows and goats and gardening.
Madison Burdine, 2011 Junior Miss Perkins County Queen, is the 12-year-old daughter of Slade Burdine and Christina Burdine. She attends Bison Junior High and is a seventh grader. Her hobbies include writing lyrics, drawing and riding her horse Babe.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Oct. 23, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News