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Miss Rodeo America 2023- Kennadee Riggs

Kennadee Riggs was crowned as Miss Rodeo America 2023 on Sunday,
December 4th at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Having grown up under the western skies of Queen Creek, Arizona, Kennadee has carried on the legacy of her cowgirl bloodlines as a member of the Cowgirls Historical Foundation while working for the Arizona Farm Bureau and Cowboy Lifestyle Network. Prior to being selected, the 22-year-old daughter of Don and Shanda Riggs, represented the Grand Canyon State as Miss Rodeo Arizona 2022. She served an 18-month church mission in Brazil, Arizona, and Oklahoma, and is currently a student at Arizona State University pursuing journalism. She enjoys teaching horsemanship lessons, as well as volunteering as an instructor teaching English and Portuguese to Brazilians in weekly classes. Her passion of “Kicking Up Kindness” is reflected in The Kindness Journal Podcast. Kennadee encourages everyone to perform acts of kindness in their everyday lives.
During her reign as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Kennadee will travel approximately 40,000 miles and appear at nearly 150 rodeo performances, as well as making appearances at schools, civic groups, and other special events in order to educate the public and create awareness about the sport of rodeo, its sponsors, and its opportunities. During her appearances she will represent and promote rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life to more than 2 million people. Kennadee will also serve as a spokesperson at a variety of promotional events and model in commercial advertisements for western retailers, publications, sponsors, and other service providers to the western industry.

Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2023- Reata Cook

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” came to fruition on August 18, 2022 when Reata Cook was blessed to have the coveted jade and gold crown of Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2023 placed upon her cowboy hat as the 65th Miss Rodeo Wyoming.

Reata was blessed to grow up living every cowgirl’s dream; on a cattle ranch with an abundance of hard work, family fun, and a lot of riding. She comes from a 6th generation ranching and farming family and her proud parents are Jay Cook and Kerri Parr. Reata is the very spirit and embodiment of Wyoming; integrity, hard work, GRIT, and the “West." Reata is a 2019 graduate of Big Horn High School and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a future goal to obtain her master’s degree. Having diverse athletic interests led her to spend many years on a basketball court, football field, track field, and rodeo arena, whether it was competing in school sports, rodeo events, or representing her royalty titles, she was always ready to work hard and put forth her best effort. Her college involvement and honors include Campus Ventures, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Leadership and Success, President’s Honor Roll, and Dean’s List. Reata attributes her many accomplishments to her faith in God, “everything I do, I do for the glory of God.”

Reata’s ambition to empower young ladies, inspired her to partner with Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation, ‘Just For Girls’ program, where she continues to carry out her platform which began when she was Miss Sheridan WYO Rodeo. She educates and mentors girls on how to feel empowered in the world we live in today through the western values true to Wyoming while creating unique friendship experiences.

As the 2023 Miss Rodeo Wyoming, “I am not only honored, but truly humbled to have this amazing opportunity of fulfilling a lifelong dream representing the greatest sport on dirt, rodeo, and my beautiful state of Wyoming, the Cowboy State, and I will proudly serve as your ambassador with honor, poise, grace, and integrity.” Long Live Cowboys!

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