2016 Miss Rodeo Utah Contestants

Shianne Lowe MRO 1st Att

SHIANNE LOWE

Age: 22
Hometown: West Haven
Parents: Davey and Lyndi Lowe  
Education: Shianne is a graduate of Fremont High School. She’s a graduate of the cosmetology program at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College and works in cosmetology and esthetics at Textures Salon.  She is a student at Weber State University, studying professional sales.
Background: Shianne enjoys photography, creating custom loom beaded pieces, trap shooting, snow and water skiing, team roping, barrel racing, helping the youth raise and show 4-H livestock, working as a secretary for the World Series Team Roping Association, preparing future rodeo queens, working on her personal fitness at the gym, keeping her bowling score over 100, and spending time with family and friends, even if it’s just swinging ropes in the backyard.
Why I want to be Miss Rodeo Utah: “I am a hometown cowgirl with traditional values. These ideal attributes come from generations of ancestors who were hard-working, committed, and held strong to their beliefs.  It has been a privilege growing up in the Beehive State, where I have experienced a lifetime of rodeo traditions.  Rodeo and the western way of life of continue to shape the person I am today.  I love promoting the sport of rodeo and being an example to my peers as well as the the younger generation. I am a firm believer in the importance of family, faith, hard work, and dedication. The image of Miss Rodeo Utah exemplifies the modern cowgirl.  It also inspires grace, dignity, and leadership.  She touches the lives of many and makes the difference in how spectators view the rodeo industry.  It would be a special privilege and honor to wear the prestigious crown and continue the legacy and the original tradition — rodeo.”

Carly PeercyCARLY PEERCY

Age: 22
Hometown: South Jordan
Parents: Curtis and Lana Peercy
Education: Carly is a graduate of Kearns High School and attends Weber State University, pursuing a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations
Background: Carly loves living in the Beehive State, with its amazing scenery and endless entertainment opportunities.  In the summer you will find Carly riding her horses, chasing lines on the road to the next rodeo, camping with her family or water skiing. She enjoys hiking and exploring the state’s five national parks.  In the winter, she loves to hit the slopes on her snowboard.
Why I want to be Miss Rodeo Utah:Becoming Miss Rodeo Utah would give me the opportunity to represent and serve the incredible state of Utah as an ambassador to the sport of rodeo, our western heritage and the strong family values it stands for. I believe I truly exemplify the western heritage we are proud of.  I believe in honesty, integrity, and hard work. These are some of the values I would bring to the title of Miss Rodeo Utah.  Rodeo and the western way of life continues to shape the person I am today and to be able to represent Utah as the first lady of rodeo would be an honor. Being Miss Rodeo Utah would provide me with endless opportunities. I would be able to share the legacy I love, as well as educate the up-and-coming rodeo fans about this home-grown backyard production sport we call ‘rodeo.’  I would present the Beehive state with dignity, grace and leadership.  This opportunity would not only be a dream come true for me but it would also open up the door for me to inspire the up and coming future generations as well as keep the sport of rodeo alive.”

McKaylie Richins MRO 2nd AttMcKAYLIE RICHINS

Age: 18
Hometown: Coalville
Parents: Jeff and Lisa Richins
Education: McKaylie is a student at North Summit High School and plans to attend Weber State University
Background: McKaylie has been heavily involved in the Utah Future Farmers of America program, both in competition and leadership roles.  On a state level, she has competed on the Parliamentary Procedure Team, Horse Judging Team, and Marketing Plan Team.  She also had the opportunity to compete at the national FFA convention.  She enjoys a good shopping trip to find the best items on sale, spending time with family, hunting, fishing, camping and spoiling her niece who loves horses as much as McKaylie does.
Why I want to be Miss Rodeo Utah: “Since my first rodeo queen contest in my hometown, I knew I wanted to represent the greatest sport on dirt.  Growing up around rodeo and the western way of life has thankfully shaped me into the woman I am today.  For the past 10 years I have prepared and served food at the Hospitality Cabin for those that support and work hard to make Ogden Pioneer Days successful.  I have witnessed that Ogden Pioneer Days is one of the best outdoor PRCA rodeos.  Rodeo is famously known for the values set by competitors and ambassadors.  The western heritage has instilled in me lifelong values such as passion, hard work, determination, discipline and love I have for family and my country.  I want to do something that truly matters and instill those same values into the lives that faithfully support the sport of rodeo.  I would love to serve as an ambassador to this great rodeo and celebration of pioneer heritage by learning and teaching new things, serving others, building relationships and memories and most importantly, keeping this prestigious western heritage alive by giving back what Utah and rodeo has so generously given me.  Serving as an ambassador for rodeo as Miss Rodeo Utah would be an honor and a dream come true.”

Savanna Steed MRO (2)SAVANNA STEED

Age: 19
Hometown: Ogden
Parents: Gary and Kim Steed
Education: Savanna is a graduate of Fremont High School and is currently attending Utah State University.  She’s pursuing a degree in communicative disorders.
Background: Savanna enjoys spending time at her family’s cabin, fishing, and attending the Mountain Man Rendezvous.  She also likes shopping for clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Working with disabled youth in an equine-therapy program is her passion. She also mentors aspiring rodeo queens and goat tyers.
Why I want to be Miss Rodeo Utah: “When I was 10 years old I was asked in a Standard-Examiner interview why I wanted to be Miss Rodeo Utah.  My response:  “So I can drag that fancy horse trailer around.”  Well, since those precious wild dreams of my youth, I have certainly learned a lot.  I have learned from some wonderful ladies who were formerly a Miss Rodeo Utah, other rodeo competitors, my family and my own personal experiences in the rodeo arena.  I have learned that rodeo is less about buckles and trailers and more about boostraps when things get a a little rough around the edges.  Values that are not only seen in the rodeo arena, but in the faces of the great people of the state of Utah.  As Miss Rodeo Utah, I will be able to help everyday people catch the vision of these western values by loving and serving the citizens of this great state.  As Miss Rodeo Utah, I can be an honorable role model for young and old alike.  I will be able to showcase rodeo – a sport that encourages family unity, nurtures our youth and teachers both individual responsibility and value of teamwork.  And last, but not least, to make wonderful new friends and cherished memories to last a lifetime.”

Hales, McKenna 3317McKENNA LYNN HALES

Age: 19
Hometown: Morgan
Parents: Ron and Becky Hales
Education:McKenna is a graduate of Morgan High School and is currently attending Brigham Young University. 
Background: N/A
Why I want to be Miss Rodeo Utah: “With watchful eyes and the big dreams of a pint-size preschooler, I can clearly remember my first introduction to the woman who gracefully wore the golden Miss Rodeo Utah crown.  As a bouncy young rodeo spectator waiting behind the autograph table at Ogden Pioneer Days Stadium, I did not imagine the inspiration that simple encounter would have on my future.  Along with many other influential role models, I have always been drawn to the qualities and values that Miss Rodeo Utah exemplifies. For me, she is a women who embraces her western heritage, is a teacher and role model for future generations, lives by her values, and understands the importance of faith, family and friends. Serving as Miss Rodeo Utah will allow me the opportunity to continue to stretch and develop myself personally, providing growth experiences, and lasting relationships that will benefit me for a lifetime. Promoting and educating others about a legacy and lifestyle that accurately depicts much of what I hold dear is not only an honor, but an incredibly opportunity. With my unfailing work ethic, developed talents, genuine nature, and commitment to representing myself and others with the utmost integrity, I look forward to the opportunity to be a valuable contributing member of the Miss Rodeo Utah legacy.”