2022 Miss Rodeo Wyoming
Madelaine McElwee was born and raised in Laramie, WY. Growing up, McElwee had a natural love for horses. When she was five years old, she began taking riding lessons, and from then on, her passion for riding and the western way of life flourished. She competed in 4-H horse shows, the Laramie Jubilee Days Kids Horse Show, and eventually moved on to compete in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) reining shows. She competed at the AQHA Youth Worlds Horse Show in 2018. When she was 16, she took up an interest in aviation and began taking flying lessons. In May of 2020, she earned her private pilot’s license, followed by her instrument rating in December of that same year, her tailwheel endorsement in January of 2021, and her commercial pilot's license the following May. She is excited to continue her flight training with more licenses and ratings to come. In 2019, McElwee was crowned Miss Laramie Jubilee 2020. She had an amazing time as Lady-In-Waiting, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic was not able to fulfill her duties and had her title extended to 2021. In the future, McElwee hopes to be able to fly airplanes for a living and continue to embrace the western lifestyle.