Five compete for 2013 Miss Rodeo Wyoming crown

Kimberly Kuhn, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2012.
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The annual Miss Rodeo Wyoming Pageant will be held in Douglas, WY, Aug. 13-17, where five young women from across the state will compete for the coveted jade crown.

The pageant is held in conjunction with the Wyoming State Fair, which celebrates 100 years in 2012. This year marks the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Pageant’s 57th year celebrating western tradition.

Competing at this year’s event include:

• Christina Albertini, Sweetwater County Rodeo Queen from Rock Springs;

• Amber Ezell, Miss Outriders from Rawlins;

• Holly Kennedy, Miss Albany County Farm Bureau from Laramie;

• Kodie Lester, Miss Laramie Jubilee Days from Laramie; and

• Bridget Seidel, Miss Cody Stampede from Cody.

Ladies will be challenged in the areas of Horsemanship, Appearance and Personality. The highlight of the Pageant is the Speech and Modeling Luncheon at the Clarion on Thursday, Aug. 16. For ticket information and itinerary, visit

The crowning of the 2013 Miss Rodeo Wyoming will be during the rodeo performance on Friday, Aug. 17. There, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2012 Kimberly Kuhn from Cheyenne, will pass down her crown. That doesn’t signify the end of her reign, however. Kuhn will travel to Las Vegas in December during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to vie for the coveted title of “Miss Rodeo America.”

Meet the contestants

Christina Albertini graduated from Rock Springs high school in 2009. From there she went on to attend Central Wyoming College and Western Wyoming Community College and currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology studying electrical engineering.

Amber Ezell graduated in 2007 from Encampment high school and is the 23-year-old daughter of Anne-Terri Ezell and Steve Hays. She graduated from Central Wyoming College with degrees in secondary education, social sciences and english. She plans to begin working on a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Philosophy, and upon completion attend law school.

Holly Kennedy grew up on Wyoming’s windswept plains, learning at a young age that with hard work, dedication and active engagement she could achieve anything. Kennedy credits her parents, Kelly and Alexa, for instilling in her confidence to always stand up for what she believes in; stand out to make herself and her issue known; and speak up about her beliefs.

Kodie Lester is the 20-year-old daughter of Dennis and Larie Lester. She became actively involved in 4-H, FFA and high school rodeo starting at a young age. Lester currently attends the University of Wyoming pursuing a degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management. She is employed with the Wyoming State Vet Lab.

Bridget Seidel is the 21-year-old daughter of Keith and Lisa Seidel. She recently graduated from Casper College with a degree in marketing and plans to earn a degree in web design as well. Seidel currently works for Seidel’s Saddlery, her family’s western store in Cody. She enjoys barrel racing, ranch roping and riding with her family in the mountains around Yellowstone National Park.

– Miss Rodeo Wyoming