What does it mean to be Miss Rodeo Utah?

Miss Rodeo Utah symbolizes the young women of Utah who want to promote the sport of rodeo that stands for family, hard work, values, and commitment. She represents Utah at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. She also travels throughout Utah appearing at rodeos and western-oriented events.

Miss Rodeo Utah 2017

Miss Rodeo Utah

 McKenna Hales

In front of a sold-out crowd during the final performance of Ogden’s Pioneer Days Rodeo, McKenna Hales of Morgan, was crowned Miss Rodeo Utah 2017 on Monday, July 25, 2016.    McKenna, the 20-year old daughter of Ron & Becky Hales, was also awarded the Horsemanship, Appearance, Speech, Personality, and Photogenic awards as part of the tough week-long competition.

McKenna, known for being secretly speedy, is also an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying many adventures Utah is famous for, including hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling.  From a very young age, McKenna’s kind and compassionate nature kindled her love for animals, which later developed into a passion for all things equine. As a member of the 2015 UHSRA National Team, Hales was an integral part of Utah’s National Championship, along with finishing as the Silver State International Pole Bending Champion the same year.

Currently attending Brigham Young University, Provo, McKenna plans to apply to the nursing program following her reign as Miss Rodeo Utah. 

Working in partnership with the American Cancer Society, McKenna’s year will be spent helping to improve Utah’s poor cancer screening rates, educate about prevention, and help promote ACS programs and events. Follow her year using #MRU17kickcancer as she spends time spreading a message of hope and support that reaches beyond the rodeo arena to families and fans across the state!