Miss Rodeo California 2023

Miss Rodeo California 2023

McKensey Middleton

Miss Rodeo California 2023 Press Release

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San Luis Obispo, California; October 29, 2022 — McKensey Middleton, 25, of Hathaway Pines was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2023 after a three-day pageant in its home of San Luis Obispo, California at The Pavilion on the Lake and Cal Poly SLO Rodeo Arena.

The competition included the following categories: Horsemanship, Speech, Personal & Horsemanship Interviews, Test, Raffle Ticket Sales, Photogenic, Personality & Appearance. Along with the title of Miss Rodeo California 2023, McKensey was the winner of the Ellen Kleinbeck Spirit Award, Appearance, Personality and Horsemanship categories. As the newly crowned state rodeo queen Middelton received a $7,000 educational scholarship, a buckle, saddle, perpetual chaps, perpetual crown, and other various awards provided by our generous sponsors from the western industry. Jessica Schmidt, the Miss Rodeo California Sponsorship Coordinator says, “Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors, each young lady received a contestant goodie bag during orientation. At coronation they were awarded category prizes; such as, gift certificates, trophy bracelets, a buckle frame and bronc halters. None of this would be possible without each individual and the companies that believe in supporting the Miss Rodeo California pageant and western way of life with its strong morals and values.”

McKensey Middleton has also been awarded the prestigious opportunity to represent California traveling the state and nation as well as finishing her year competing in the Miss Rodeo America 2024 Pageant. The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is held in December each year in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We love coming back to the central coast and San Luis Obipo is truly the most majestic place to hold our pageant! The community of SLO are amazing individuals that have welcomed us with open arms. We are looking forward to watching McKensey’s year unfold,” Markie Battaglia, Miss Rodeo California Inc National Director, said.

“Miss Rodeo California, Inc. provides a platform for a young woman to represent her home state of California and promote our western heritage, but also seeks to present the young woman with a scholarship for her higher education. This year, the ladies vying for the title raised an unprecedented amount of money, which allowed Miss Rodeo California, Inc. to distribute $ 9,000.00 in scholarship monies to the pageant contestants. Miss Rodeo California 2023 received over $ 7,000.00 in scholarships, which is the highest scholarship grant in the organization’s history.” said Mackenzie Okeson, MRC Inc. Treasurer.


Who is Miss Rodeo California?

Miss Rodeo California is a young lady who strives to promote the State of California and the sport of professional rodeo. In doing so she also endeavors to promote the great western way of life with its strong morals and values. Miss Rodeo California will be a talented, personable horsewoman with a vast knowledge of the sport of rodeo, the equine industry, and the State of California. She is a young lady who enjoys travel and has a sincere interest in garnering educational experiences that will assist in laying a solid foundation for her future. As an ambassador to the sport, Miss Rodeo California promotes the western way of life and professional rodeo. She is well versed on the sport of rodeo, horsemanship skills, has a wonderful personality and is an excellent speaker.

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