Mandan’s Dani Taylor crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015 |

Mandan’s Dani Taylor crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015

Mandan, N.D., cowgirl Dani Taylor was crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015. Photo courtesy Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant

Dani Taylor is Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015. She was crowned Oct. 12 during the championship round of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo hosted by the Minot Y’s Men. Competing in the state pageant as Miss Rodeo Mandan, Taylor earned top honors in the pageant’s horsemanship, personality and appearance categories.

Taylor, 21, is a senior at South Dakota State University, Brookings, majoring in mass communications and political science. She plans to pursue a career in public relations by promoting agricultural businesses or organizations. Her long-term goal is to operate a public relations consulting firm. Taylor was active in the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, competing in goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping. She has also been a competitor in livestock showmanship, hockey, track, FFA parliamentary procedure and agricultural communications contests, 4-H horse shows, and Mandan Horse and Saddle Club family rodeos and horse shows. Her parents are Marc and Dee Taylor, Mandan.

Other state pageant contestants were Miss Rodeo Minot Y’s Men Deann Berntson, 21, Kulm; Miss Rodeo Prairie Rose Megan Haag, 20, Fredonia; Miss Rodeo North Dakota Winter Show Sarah Hass, 24, Valley City; White Earth Valley Saddle Club Queen Shelby Hennessy, 18, Des Lacs; and Miss Silver Creek Rodeo Brittany Schock, 24, Mandan.

Award recipients included Schock as first runner-up and Haag as second runner-up. Contestants selected Hennessy as Miss Congeniality. Hass earned the Cowgirl Spirit Award given in memory of Minot Y’s Men Rodeo Committee member Paul Christensen. Taylor earned additional honors for high scores on the written test, speeches, photogenics and for her scrap book.

Among many prizes that Taylor wins as Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015 are a trophy saddle sponsored Northern Plains Steel; a trophy buckle sponsored by Milt’s Building Supply, Elgin; a jacket from Hensen’s Fur and Leather, Minot, and autograph sheets and print material by Image Printing, Bismarck.

Taylor will succeed Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 Codi Miller, Amidon. Miller will compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, during the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Taylor begins her official term of service in 2015 and will represent North Dakota at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant next year.

Miss Rodeo North Dakota promotes and assists with rodeos and other events throughout North Dakota and serves as an ambassador at numerous rodeos throughout the country.

Judges of the state pageant were Kelly Rustad, Kindred; Jodie Witt, Mead, Colorado; and Johna Niedfelt, Grand Island, Nebraska.

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–Miss Rodeo N.D. pageant


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