April 5, 2022- Laramie, WY- The Miss Rodeo Wyoming Association (MRWA) announced today that Madelaine McElwee will take over the duties of Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2022 after the resignation of Sierra Butler. McElwee was 1st-Runner Up at the Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2022 Pageant and will immediately take over the duties with her first appearance being at the University of Wyoming Art Gala on April 9th, 2022 in Laramie, WY.
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.
A celebration introducing McElwee as Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2022 will be held in Laramie, WY with more details being released soon. She will travel the country representing the state of Wyoming and the professional sport of rodeo, as well as preside over the Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2023 pageant, August 15- 18, 2022 during the Wyoming State Fair. McElwee will then compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2023 in Las Vegas November 27-December 4, 2022 during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Visit missrodeowyoming.com for more information on McElwee, the MRWA, or to schedule an appearance by McElwee.
About Miss Rodeo Wyoming Miss Rodeo Wyoming symbolizes the youth of our state who wish to further promote Agriculture, and the sport of professional rodeo, and in doing so, promotes the great western way of life. Miss Rodeo Wyoming is the ideal, agriculturally oriented American young woman, who embodies professionalism, speaks intelligently, and has integrity, good character, knowledge, and grace. She consistently models and demonstrates these characteristics as she travels extensively across the state of Wyoming as well as across the United States. About Miss Rodeo Wyoming Association The Miss Rodeo Wyoming Association was formed in 1977. The objective of the Association is to support, promote and guide the lady who reigns as Miss Rodeo Wyoming. The Association assists Miss Rodeo Wyoming in organizing a coronation benefit held in the hometown of each Miss Rodeo Wyoming to raise funds for her reigning year. A clinic for young ladies interested in rodeo queen competitions is also conducted by the Association. The coronation, clinic, and miscellaneous fund raisers conducted by the Association and sponsorship donations fund travel, wardrobe, and expenses for Miss Rodeo Wyoming. A scholarship fund has been established and each queen is awarded a scholarship upon the completion of her reign.