Meet the 10 women vying for the 2018 Miss Rodeo Utah crown

Thursday , July 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

OGDEN — Ten women will ride into Ogden Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday evening, but only one of them will ride out with the responsibility of representing Utah’s rodeo crowd for a year.

And yes — she’ll get a crown, too.

The Miss Rodeo Utah competition begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, with a horsemanship competition at Golden Spike Arena, 1000 N. 1200 West.

Contestant speeches will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, and a fashion show will be held at noon Monday, July 23, both at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd. A pre-rodeo, open free style horsemanship competition starts at 6 p.m. Monday at Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th St.

All contestants will be present at the rodeo each night. Miss Rodeo Ogden will be crowned at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium.

Learn a little more about the women competing for the crown below: 

Shianne Lowe, 23, of West Haven, is this year’s Miss Rodeo Ogden. Lowe is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, paddleboarding and hiking, along with traditional rodeo activities. 

Lowe said it would be an honor to win Miss Rodeo Utah and “represent the image that exemplifies the modern cowgirl,” according to her profile on the Miss Rodeo Utah website.

“Miss Rodeo Utah makes a difference in how spectators view the rodeo industry and leaves a positive impact on those who surround her,” she said. 

Rodeo is a way of life for Katelyn Marie Huffman, 23, of Fort Duchesne. She started competing in junior rodeos when she was 5 years old and spent plenty of time in high school and college in rodeo arenas. 

Huffman is a graduate of Utah State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal dairy and veterinary science, and she’s currently studying for her master’s degree. If crowned Miss Rodeo Utah, Huffman says she’ll work to “ensure the longevity of rodeo and the western lifestyle in an ever-changing world.” 

When she was younger, Jerrica James, 20, of Mendon, thought rodeo queens had it made. After all, they could enjoy wearing “shiny, sparkly outfits” and “riding all day long.” But the Utah Valley University student quickly learned that there was more to being a rodeo queen than having great outfits. 

“Hours are spent studying the health and science of the horses, ensuring their animals are kept healthy and safe. Knowing the top cowboys and cowgirls in the sport they love. Keeping up on world issues to be able to defend and support the sport of rodeo and the western way of life,” James said. 

Bradie Jill Jones, 23, was raised to appreciate her western upbringing and ranching roots. A native of Henefer, Jones trains annually for triathlons and enjoys going on 100-mile hikes. Jones said she believes cowboys, cowgirls and rodeos help keep the spirit of the West alive. 

“I am running for Miss Rodeo Utah because I want to help spur the great traditions of our American life forward into a future that honors our past and prepares for our future,” she said. 

For Kassadee Jo Jones, 19, of Lehi, rodeo is a sport that unites people and communities across the country. 

“I want to follow in the footsteps of former Miss Rodeo Utahs who have continually built upon the tradition of rodeo and demonstrated to everyone the difference one person can make,” Kassadee Jo Jones said.

When not riding, she is studying elementary education at Western Governors University and runs a catering company called The Cupcake Queens. 

The youngest of the 2018 Miss Rodeo Utah contestants, Katelyn Lisonbee, 18, of Duchesne, competed in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway events while in high school. She plans to attend Dixie State University in the fall. 

Lisonbee knew she wanted to be a rodeo queen when, as a young girl, a former Miss Rodeo Utah placed her crown on Lisonbee’s head at a community event. She said she hopes to be a good role model for younger generations and to share her passion for rodeo.

Taylor Lindsey Preece, 19, of Plain City, says there are no states that can compare to Utah and she’s glad to call the state her home. The lessons she’s learned on the back of the horse will stick with her forever, she says. 

“I would love to follow in the footsteps of the beautiful women who came before me and make my own everlasting footprints for those who follow after me,” she said. 

Preece is a student at Weber State University and one of her greatest passions is helping special needs children. 

Call her a “classic” kind of gal. McKaylie Richins, 21, of Coalville, has been competing in rodeo queen contests since she was 8 years old and says rodeo has shaped her into the person she is today. She is a student at Weber State, studying to become a dental hygienist. 

By being crowned Miss Rodeo Utah, Richins says she hopes to keep the “prestigious western lifestyle alive.”

“I would love nothing more than to celebrate our lifestyle by learning and teaching new things, serving others, building relationships and making memories,” she said.

Autumn Rae Patterson, 20, of Taylorsville, is a first generation cowgirl and enjoys anything to do with horses and horse competitions. The Patterson family has made a Christmas tradition of traveling to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 

“My desire is to fulfill the responsibilities of Miss Rodeo Utah with grace, professionalism and dedication while promoting the sport of rodeo and western lifestyle,” she said. 

She is a student at Westminster College. 

The impact of a rodeo queen can last forever, says Jayna Scadden, 23, of Farmington. 

“If the only prize given to Miss Rodeo Utah was the opportunity to get mud on her boots by serving the rodeo community, I would still be here. I am here to give all the glory to God and those hardworking individuals who make the sport of rodeo happen,” Scadden said. 

A student at Weber State, Scadden has participated in several equestrian events, including roping, team sorting, pole bending and wild cow milking. 

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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