Miss Rodeo Wyoming
Pageant History...

Compiled by Laurie Thoman, Miss Rodeo Wyoming, 1994

A legacy of cherished memories, hopes and dreams all began in Casper, Wyoming in 1955.  The first Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant was held during the Casper Nite Fair and Rodeo.  That initial contest consisted of fourteen entries.  According to Marilyn Scott Freimark, (who took home the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming that first year), competition was keen and the rodeo contractor furnished each contestant with a horse.  New horses were drawn each round.  At the crowning ceremony, movie actor, Rex Allen, presented Marilyn Scott with the crown.  Laurie Ann Hayes from Thermopolis was the runner-up.

Following the Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant was the first ever Miss Rodeo America of the Rockies contest.  It was also held in Casper, Wyoming.  Soon after the competition, the title was shortened to "Miss Rodeo America," as it is known today.  The Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA) voted to establish the contest as an annual event.  During the first year of the Miss Rodeo America pageant a set of fifteen judges were selected, five in each division, from all over the United States and even France.  Silent judges were dispersed throughout the audience.

The 1955 MRA pageant had nine contestants representing eight states of the Rocky Mountain Region and Canada.  Marilyn Scott, Miss Rodeo Wyoming, was selected as Miss Rodeo America to hold the title for the remainder of 1955 and the year 1956.  She represented Wyoming in the Miss Universe contest where she was offered a contract with Paramount Pictures and a TV series contact starring Casey Tibbs and Marilyn as the King and Queen of Rodeo.  Although she declined the part, feeling school was the place for her, she sated that she always wonders about the road not taken. 

Since the beginning of the Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant and the Miss Rodeo America pageant in 1955, Wyoming is proud to say that we have had four young ladies bring home the title of Miss Rodeo America: Marilyn Scott Freimark, 1955; Sandy Meyer Brazile, 1984; Stacey Talbott Sinclair, 1992; and Michelle Green, 1994.  Both pageants have continued to grow and develop from their solid beginning.  Each year a new young lady is selected to help promote and preserve our western way of life and America's number one sport - Rodeo.

The Douglas Sorority, a women's service organization, had a major role in organizing the Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant for many years.   Members provided chaperones, meals, housing and transportation for the contestants.  Paper work, publicity and planning for the pageant was also handled by the Sorority to benefit the community through their scholarships and other civic projects.  The Douglas Sorority turned the pageant production over to the MRWA in 2008.

It was not until 1977 that the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Association was formed.  Some original members include Dedee Merritt and Arlene Kensinger.  Arlene is a past president of the Miss Rodeo America Association.  Wyoming has continued to have on of the best associations in the United States.  Our organization helps delegate funds that the queen raises at her coronation each year, a scheduling coordinator sets up appearances and many major sponsors help make dreams come true. 

Several prizes and awards have been given over the years.  Lou Taubert's Ranch Outfitters donated trophies that varied in height from one to five feet tall.  Crowns ranged from leather to jade, all of which winners kept as a memento.  Today's winners will receive a $1500 scholarship, a trophy buckle and saddle, a silver platter, chaps, serape, a commemorative bracelet and numerous other items.  Awards are also given to first and second runner-ups, horsemanship, personality, appearance, speech and photogenic winners.  Pageant contestants choose Miss Congeniality and a Scrapbook winner. 

The individual beauty of the Wyoming Jade Crown stands out in any crowd and is very recognizable.  The Miss Rodeo Wyoming crown holds a history all its own with the special memories of the young girls who grew into beautiful ladies in just one year under its spell.  It has warmed the hearts and touched the souls of many.  It has been a guiding star on the darkest nights to those who have needed hope and inspiration.  The crown hold such precious prestige and honor to each Miss Rodeo Wyoming who has had the honor to place the crown on her hat.

Past Miss Rodeo Wyomings

* Selected as Miss Rodeo America
** Selected as top 5 at Miss Rodeo America
*** Selected as top 10 at Miss Rodeo America

Past Miss Rodeo Wyomings at the 2013 pageant.

BACK ROW: Kerin Castle Clark 1997, Laurie Thoman-1994, Sandra Utter Levering 1990, Jamie Moore Flitner 1985, Lael Wilhelm Good 1971, Wendy Courchaine Long 1969, Linda Kilgore Nunn 1967, Linda Lamb Kraft 1966, Jane Ann Johnston 1965, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns 1963, Bonnie Rankin Terrell 1961, Mary Kay Walker 1956
FRONT ROW: Kimberly Kuhn 2012, Brittany Richards 2011, Stacy Jo Johnson Berger 2008, Crystal Rivers Myers-2007



2014 Miss Rodeo Wyoming Contestants

Bridget Seidel
Miss Cody Nite Rodeo

Bridget Seidel is the 22-year-old daughter of Keith and Lisa Seidel, whose life has always revolved around her western heritage. She grew up raising Morgan horses and working in her family's renowned Saddlery in Cody, Wyoming. While growing up Bridget was trained in every aspect of the business; from helping tourists find cowboy hats, fitting them with western belts and buckles, and being a travel guide for their western vacation. She uses her degree in marketing to continue to promote the business online. In the off-season, Bridget helps her dad in the saddle shop with creating high quality saddles and braiding edges on belts and other leather goods. Her favorite part of working in the saddle shop is watching all the pieces of a project come together as a finished product. Bridget's childhood with horses naturally progressed into barrel racing, ranch roping and other arena sports, but she most enjoys trail riding with her family in the mountains. When she's not in the saddle, you will often find her shooting at the pistol range, playing cowboy songs on her fiddle or kicking up her heels on the dance floor. Her future plans include furthering her knowledge in graphic and web design to round out her career in the marketing world. With her active lifestyle and busy schedule, Bridget continues to discover the value of time spent with family and friends.
Katrina Barnett
Miss Cody Stampede 2013

Katrina Barnett was born in Cody, Wyoming and raised on the K bar Z Guest Ranch. She grew up on the back of a horse and has been there ever since. At an early age she began wrangling, taking out trail rides, doctoring injured or sick horses and helping out at the barn. As a young teen, she guided hunting and fishing trips with her father. At the age of 17, she bagged her first 6x6 bull elk and wrote a story about the adventure, which was published in the March/April 2009 issue of Bugle Magazine. She was an FFA member all four years of high school, winning many awards. In her agriculture class she learned her love for welding and is creating and designing different pieces of furniture. She went on to Northwest College and graduated with an associates of applied science degree in welding technology. While attending Northwest Collage she participated on the Rodeo Team. Katrina has always had a passion for the country and everything to do with the western way of life. She has raised seven horses of her own, along with her families herd. She started from the ground up; watching colts being born on the ranch, halter breaking them and eventually turning those animals into working stock. Her father taught her how to break horses and her mother taught her to train them into barrel or solid trail horses. This among other skills has made her into the horsewomen she is today.
Laurel Austin
Miss Laramie Jubilee Days

The Snowy Range is Laurel's favorite to place to be horseback. Regardless of venue, Laurel does some of her best thinking in the saddle. When not in the saddle, Laurel can be found participating in community service acts from canned food drives to "Back Packs for Kids." While in 4H and FFA she showed livestock and competed at the national level in agricultural issues. She won her first buckle in the Laramie Jubilee Days Kid's Horse Show at the age of seven. Laurel also played volleyball earning all-conference and all-state recognition. Laurel's background is as diverse as the terrain around her. Through 4H and FFA she learned responsibility and leadership; from participation in sports, the value of teamwork. Being Miss Laramie Jubilee Days has taught her that the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Overall, Laurel has learned that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Laurel is currently pursuing a degree in agricultural education at the University of Wyoming where she is a member of the Ranch Horse team and collegiate FFA, while also working at the University's livestock center during the school year and the greenhouse during the summer. She is thankful for the support from her family and community. As an educator, she will see to it that the youth, who are our future, have the same opportunities which helped her flourish. Laurel challenges every adult to get involved and invest in youth, our most important commodity. After all, "kids are our future."
Lisanne Fear
Miss Sublette County Rodeo Queen

As a Wyoming cowgirl in every sense of the word, Lisanne Fear has immersed herself in every aspect of Wyoming culture. She has been an active participant in numerable activities and sports, including painting art that has been hung in the Smithsonian. A free spirit by nature she exemplifies the virtues and gallantry for which our great state is known. In one turn she can be the most proper young woman you've ever met and in the next be working harder than you've ever seen. Lisanne has throughout her 20 years made it a point to see what else is out there in our world. From the streets of Paris to Westminster College in Salt Lake City she has seen a lot. A self-elected art major Lisanne maintains a strong connection to her artistic side through playing in jazz band and painting. She expresses a strong interest in the sciences of ranch management and plans to further her already extensive knowledge in this field through her planned studies in Wyoming. Open minded, beautiful, strong willed and free spirited, Lisanne is a Wyoming cowgirl to the core; she is a boon and a blessing to this state.

Christina Albertini
Miss Sweetwater Ranch Sorting Queen

Driving in the middle of the night over South Pass from Farson to Lander in a Wyoming winter blizzard was the starting point of Christina's life. On Christmas Eve she was delivered to her parents, Wayne and Sheila. After Christina was born, she lived a few years on a farm in Farson where her family raised registered rambouillets. The first horse that Christina stepped up on was a little sorrel mare that had been used out in the sheep camps. This little mare was also responsible for developing the passion for horses and rodeo that Christina now has. Carolina taught Christina how to rodeo by running in barrels and poles. In the summer, this inseparable pair would help move and gather cows for friends and family. Christina was fortunate enough to be raised in a rich agricultural and western atmosphere that taught her responsibility, respect and integrity. Christina graduated from Rock Springs High School in 2009. She participated in many activities which included the National Honors Society, Athletes for Literacy, band, and swimming. She also participated in the Ride 'Em High 4-H Horse Club where she learned about horsemanship, hard-work, loyalty and dedication. Christina graduated from Central Wyoming College and Western Wyoming Community College. She now attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology studying mine engineering. Christina would like to work in mine management after completion of her studies at the School of Mines.

Desiree Bridges
Miss Puzzleface Ranch Rodeo

Desiree believes her greatest blessing is to have been raised a Wyoming cowgirl. Sharing time between Jackson Hole and the family ranch in Thermopolis, she represents the wonderful variety Wyoming has to offer. From capturing the 2009 High School All-State Girls Alpine Skiing Championship to taking down a record Boone and Crockett antelope, she is the true spirit of the West. Growing up in the shadow of the Tetons and on the plains below the Big Horns, Desiree participated in varied activities. She volunteered time to Horse Warriors, Special Olympics and the Girl Scouts. She represented Wyoming at the National History Day finals in Washington DC. Desiree just graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. As a student, she competed on the Equestrian Team in western riding and reining, and qualified for nationals twice. Her interests are as varied as her experiences, including barrel racing, teaching children to ride and ski, photography, horse judging and travel. It's a good bet that anything on top of a horse is in her future! Desiree believes in heart and perseverance. Her mission is to be an accessible role model, especially for children. She wants to reach out to those who may never own a horse or a ranch but instinctively crave the values of the west, an image and lifestyle that is badly needed in todays society. Her goal as Miss Rodeo Wyoming would be to live daily by the Code of the West and by her motto, "Character Counts!"
Kaycee Auen
Miss Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Kaycee Auen, a true Wyoming native, was born August 10, 1990 in Casper, Wyoming. Kaycee is the youngest one of two girls for parents Jeff and Rainey Auen. Kaycee attended Casper area schools and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School. Kaycee attended Casper College before transferring to the University of Wyoming where she is completing her degree for wildlife biology. Kaycee has been actively involved with livestock, horses and animals of all sorts since she was little. She was a member of Natrona County 4-H and FFA teams and showed and exhibited all large species of animals. In addition, Kaycee enjoyed and competed numerous times in public speaking and speech contests, livestock evaluation teams and most recently completed her eligibility for the University of Wyoming rodeo team as a break away roper. While attending the University, Kaycee became a member of Sigma-Alpha Ag Sorority, Wildlife associations and completed an internship for the Wyoming Game and Fish. Kaycee has volunteered her time and efforts to the CNFR contestant check- in and she frequently offers advice, help and assistance along with her knowledge to interested youngsters of 4-H and FFA for team building, horse judging, livestock evaluation, animal care-nutrition and showmanship of quality show animals. Kaycee is an avid outdoors person who hunts and enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially, if the activity deals with the sport of rodeo. Kaycee's ambition is to train and ride horses destined for the roping box.
Maarissa Mason
Miss Teton County Fair & Rodeo Queen

Maarissa Mason is the 20 year old daughter of Marti Mason and Rob Mason. She was born and raised in the small town of Gaylord, Michigan. From a young age, Maarissa expressed interest in horses and started barrel racing competitively at the age of five. She also started showing horses competitively and still does today in many open show venues and the American Quarter Horse Circuit. Growing up, Maarissa was very active in her local 4H club, and was able to represent her club at the Otsego County Fair for numerous years, two of which she served as president of the club. In 2010, Maarissa competed on the Gaylord High School Equestrian team at the State Championship where she won the Michigan State Western Bareback Championship. Maarissa graduated from Gaylord High School in 2011 and moved to Jackson, Wyoming with her mother Marti Mason and her stepfather Dr. Angus Getz. Throughout the year, her love for horses and the sport of rodeo only intensified, and it is what encouraged her to run for Miss Teton County Fair and Rodeo Lady-in-Waiting in May 2012. Having a continuous love for horses and rodeo, she thought it was the perfect way to get re-involved in the sport, as well as her community. Maarissa was crowned Miss Teton County Fair & Rodeo Queen in January 2013.


2014 Pageant Award Sponsors

1st Runner Up: Cody & Crystal Myers
2nd Runner Up: Ann Palomba & Jamie Pond
Appearance: James & Maggie (Engels) Myers
Personality: Gwen Hansen
Horsemanship: Shackelford Sales & King's Saddlery
Photogenic: Snowy Range Veterinary
Sales Achievement: James Goodrich
Scrapbook: Paulette Moss
Speech: Johnson 99 Ranch
Congeniality: Rod & Linda Myers
Knowledge: Rod & Pam Rivers in memory of Hope Starwart knowledge coach
Most Programs Sold: Guy & Marcie Warpness
MRW Chaps: Tim Bath
MRW Spurs: Tom Balding Bits & Spurs
MRW Hat Can: Erin & Ethan Kyle
MRW Banner Pin: Holly Kennedy
MRW Chap Bag: Sue & Andy Heffron
MRW Briefcase: Parker Enterprises
MRW Banners: Cervi Championship Rodeo
$500 Scholarship for 1st Attendant
$2000 Scholarship for Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2014
MRWA Sponsor of the Year: WyoTech, Guy & Marcie Warpness
MRW Sponsor of the Year: Fremont Motors, Rock Springs, WY-Bill White


Little Miss Rodeo Wyoming Pageant

The Little Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant will be held August 15th, 2013 in Douglas during the MRW Brunch.

Pageant is open to girls ages 5-12 years old - $50 entry fee due by August 5, 2013
Contestants will participate in a dance with MRW contestants and introduce themselves and answer a question.
Contestants receive a t-shirt, pageant program, autograph by MRW and contestants, ticket to brunch/speeches/modeling.
Contact Erin Kyle at 307-690-8911 or

2015 Miss Rodeo Wyoming Pageant Entry Packet

For the convenience of Miss Rodeo Wyoming contestants we have a portion of the entry packet available for download below. 
PLEASE NOTE: This is not the complete application packet. 
If you are planning to compete for Miss Rodeo Wyoming, please contact Laurie Thoman (
or home 307-877-9336 or cell 801-231-7041)for a complete application packet to be mailed to you. 
Not included below are three contestant releases, contestant letter, sample MRW contract, complete rulebook and other information.

RULEBOOK - Partial

APPLICATION - can type on document and print a hard copy to turn in, please do not alter format, and limit to two pages.

AP INFO AND AUCTION INFO - including deadline, entry fee, auction information

AD PRICE SHEET FOR MRW PROGRAM  - feel free to make additional copies for selling ads






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