The Cherokee PRCA Rodeo does not hold a rodeo queen contest.  But we are pleased to welcome the following ladies to our event:

Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2016

Lacey Jensen

Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2016Lacey Jensen is the eighteen year old daughter of Jim and Angie Jensen. She is a senior at Underwood High School where she participates in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Dance Team, and Student Council. After graduation she plans to attend Creighton University in Omaha where she will major in nursing. Lacey hopes to attend Medical School after she earns her degree where she plans to become a radiologist.

Lacey grew up riding horses with a love of rodeo and the western way of life. From the age of 7 when she was “Little Miss River City Roundup” she has always loved being able to share her love of rodeo with others and since has also served as the Leon Rodeo Princess 2011, and Miss Leon Rodeo 2014. Outside of rodeo, Lacey enjoys being a member of the Arabian Horse Association, Arabian Horse Society of Iowa, and the Ride n’ Tie Association. Each year she participates in the 20 mile, One Heart Equestrian Therapy Benefit Ride n’ Tie endurance event in Maxwell, Iowa. She also competes weekly at the Speedhorse Productions barrel racing series located in Carson, Iowa.

Lacey looks forward to meeting new and old rodeo fans alike in her travels as Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa.

Miss Rodeo Iowa 2016

Shelby Chapman

Miss-Iowa-RodeoShelby Chapman calls the Southeastern side of the state, Richland, Iowa, home. She’s an Iowa State University graduate, having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in December 2013. She is employed at TriOak Foods as a Swine Fieldman, overseeing TriOak pork producers, providing guidance and diagnostics on swine health and medication. Shelby is honored to earn the title of Miss Rodeo Iowa. As Miss Rodeo Iowa, she will travel approximately 30K miles both in and out of the state. Through her travels she will focus on promoting Iowa agricultural, rodeo & educational opportunities for young women. During her reign she will attend rodeos, fairs and parades, as well as visit schools, hospitals and the elderly. Shelby will conduct radio, television and newspaper interviews across the nation. In December of 2016, she will represent Iowa at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. During this pageant, Shelby will have the opportunity to vie for the coveted Miss Rodeo America title along with educational scholarships and other awards.

Visit Miss Rodeo Iowa at www.missrodeoiowa.org OR Facebook!

Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016

Emily Taylor

Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016Emily Taylor is the daughter of Rick and Karen Arkfeld of Battle Creek and Mark Taylor of Colorado. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and an emphasis in advertising and public relations.

While at UNL, Emily was a member of the English and western equestrian teams and was active in both the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club and Abel Residents Association.

She plans to use her degree to pursue a public relations career in a major agricultural – based company, such as John Deere or Monsanto.

“Agriculture is near and dear to my heart,” said Emily. “I want to utilize the skills I have acquired to be an advocate for the industry and way of life that helps feed the world.”

As a first-generation cowgirl, Emily wants to encourage people from all backgrounds to become educated and more engaged in rodeo.

(Photo courtesy of Becky and Kellie Carr with KC Creations Photography.)

Miss Rodeo Minnesota 2016

Jody Bombeck

Miss-MinnesotaMy name is Jody Bombeck. I am a 2010 graduate of Willmar Senior High School and a 2011 graduate of Ridgewater College with a degree in business management. Currently I am a territory manager for the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota for Thomasville, Broyhill, and Lane furniture. Minnesota has always been my home, and my love for horses started from the time I could sit up. I plan on pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and product development. My hobbies include ranch sorting, team penning, and trail riding.

Miss Rodeo Illinois 2016

Virginia Smith

IllinoiesMiss Rodeo Illinois, Virginia Smith, is from Ava, IL. She currently attends Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where she is an Agri-business Economics major with a minor in Equine Science.  Teaching and encouraging youth to be involved in the sport of rodeo and horses in general is something that Virginia is passionate about. “The youth are the future of our sport and the western way of life, and it is important to continue to support them and provide opportunities for them to get involved.”

Queens interested in attending our event may contact our committee liaison, Kristen Weiland at rodeoqueen@cherokeerodeo.com