Haley named new Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen
February 6, 2009
McKenzie Haley, the 21-year-old daughter of Jim and Tracie Haley of Winner, SD, was crowned the 2009 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen on Sunday, Feb. 1.
Haley won the competition among two other contestants: Shana Clarambeau, the 23-year-old daughter of Rod and Mary Clarambeau of Letcher, SD; and Teri Joe Weidner, the 21-year-old daughter of Dean and Karla Weidner and Becky Odenbach from Wolsey, SD.
The competition included interviews, speeches and modeling competitions, as well as a horsemanship competition.
The 2008 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen, Chelsie Riggs, was on hand to coronate the new queen.
Haley is currently a junior at Black Hills State University majoring in elementary education with plans for a masters in school counseling. Some of her most proud moments were being named Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2004 and the South Dakota High School Rodeo Queen 2005-2006. At the National High School Rodeo Queen contest, McKenzie was named 6th runner-up along with winning the modeling and speech categories.
Some of her other honors include receiving the Jade Mortenson Memorial Bible, being named the Winner High School Homecoming Queen and qualifying for the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals three times. When not studying, McKenzie enjoys exercising, riding horses, spending time with friends and family and volunteering at a local church youth group.