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Michele (Green) Mackey

Miss Rodeo America 1994

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Let there be no question-rodeo is Michelle Green’s first priority for 1994. “Rodeo isn’t here for me. I’m for rodeo.” Said Green, who was crowned Miss Rodeo America 1994 during ceremonies Dec. 4h at the Flamingo Hilton during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Green, 22, 1993 Miss Rodeo Wyoming, competed against 9 other contestants for the crown. She was also awarded Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality, two areas she said don’t come naturally for her.

“I feel my strength is in horsemanship because it’s something I’ve done for years,” said Green, born and raised in a small farm in Lander, Wyoming. “(Horsemanship) comes naturally, much easier than speaking or modeling.” As the youngest of six children, Green said her four older brothers who competed in the sport had a large influence on her interest in rodeo. She has competed at the high school and college levels in barrel racing, goal tying, and break-away roping.

“My interest in queening stemmed from the rodeo,” Green said. “It was just an extra thing to do to get involved, and something that in recent years I’ve taken more seriously.”

Green entered her first contest in 1980 when she was 9 years old, and her first title came in 1982 when she was named Fremont County Little Britches Rodeo Princess. Green went on to win the National Little Britches Rodeo Princess title in 1984. Ironically, Green was first runner-up in the 1987 Wyoming State High School Rodeo queen contest to Stacey Talbott, 1991 Miss Rodeo Wyoming and 1992 Miss Rodeo America. What has Green learned from her 13-year rodeo queen career?

“It has personally made me believe I don’t have to limit myself,” she said. Green will take this year off from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, where she is a fourth year student majoring in special education and elementary education.

“Whatever I get out of this next year will be up to me,” she said. “I have a lot of control over what doors will open up.”

Other winners in the MRA pageant were Ashlee Her, Miss Rodeo North Dakota, first runner up; Jennifer Jan Juhl, Miss Rodeo Iowa, second runner-up and horseman award; Jennifer Hawkes, Miss Rodeo Utah, third runner-up; Deana Louden, Miss Rodeo California, fourth runner-up; Shelley Burrows, Miss Rodeo Texas, appearance award; Miss Rodeo Colorado, speech award; and Michelle Holliday, Miss Rodeo Oregon, congeniality award.

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