Growing up Holly had the privilege of working cattle on her family’s ranch. This experience, along with 4-H and FFA involvement gave her an appreciation of Agriculture. Her 4-H and FFA activities included showing most animals as well as numerous static exhibits. This earned her many awards, tittles, and honors at the county and state levels.
Holly has been a member of a local riding club called Cheyenne Saddle Tramps. She has shown horses in all English and Western classes and competed in the gymkhanas. Along with winning several buckles and other awards she was honored to be selected as the Queen. As Queen she represented them in parades, money making activities, and other events.
Holly has also been active in Cheyenne Frontier Days. First, she was selected for the Dandies drill team. Then she was named to ride in the CFD Color Guard where she led the military and CFD Committee in the grand entry and parades. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer for the night shows.
This broad background would serve her well as Miss Rodeo Wyoming.
Shayla is the daughter of Berta and Leo Conner and a graduate of Northwest College in Powell, where she played collegiate soccer and earned a degree in Farm and Ranch Management. Shayla was also a member of the Block and Bridle Club and worked at the Boys and Girls Club while team-roping and doing some breakaway on the side.
Growing up on her family ranch raising bucking horses and cattle while attending rodeos throughout the U.S. and Canada to compete their stock has provided Shayla with a true grit attitude to not only appreciate hard work but to always persevere. Her unique background has led her to compete for Miss Rodeo Wyoming while pursuing her long-term goals to contribute more to her tribal community and a career in veterinary medicine.
Shayla has a passion for addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). As Miss Sheridan WYO Rodeo, she hopes to spread awareness and support for the MMIW movement along with Hanna’s Act, in memory of her cousin Hanna Harris whose life was taken tragically.
Shayla gives her heartfelt gratitude to the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Board, Royalty Board, Sponsors, her family, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe for their support as she continues her journey to make a positive impact while making history in the rodeo queen world.