Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Pageant crowns 2020 royalty

Sherry Smith Photography

These young women were recognized in the 2020 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant in Woodward recently: Front row -- Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweethearts: Lylianna Chaloupek, Cashlynn Smith, Avyn Heaton and Sutton Maly; Back Row -- Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2020 Rebeka Breger, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2020 Kylie Myers, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess 2020 McKynlie Bowers and MRO Sweetheart Asbrie Heaton.

The Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant was hosted in conjunction with the Woodward Elks Rodeo in Woodward.

Crowned as the new Miss Rodeo Oklahoma is Kylie Myers, 22, of Moore. The new Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen is Rebeka Breger, 16, of Cashion. The new Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess is McKynlie Bowers, 10, of Woodward.

Five Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweethearts also were crowned: Lylianna Chaloupek, of Fairmont, Asbrie Heaton and Avyn Heaton, of Alva, Sutton Maly, of Waukomis, and Cashlynn Smith, of Ponca City.

These 2020 Royalty will promote the state and the sport of rodeo. Myers will represent Oklahoma at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America Pageant, hosted during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas. Their reigns officially begin Jan. 1. They will use the remainder of the year to pursue sponsors and prepare for extensive travel, public appearances and community service.

Myers wins a $2,500 scholarship from the Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council. She is an honor roll student at Oklahoma City Community College pursuing an associate's degree in journalism and broadcasting with an emphasis on public relations.

She graduated in 2016 from Moore Norman Technology Center from the advanced unlicensed assistant course for patient care. The 2009 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, she holds state 4-H barrel racing and pole bending championships and state and national rodeo awards.

Her goal is to earn her bachelor's degree, work nonprofit missions and help provide medical care to third-world countries.

At the state pageant, Myers competed as Miss Saint Jo Rodeo Queen, a Texas pageant open to Oklahoma residents. She won the major categories of horsemanship, appearance, personality and speech. She also received a $300 Annie Oakley scholarship and the Betty Baker Memorial Award given to the contestant, in any age division, with the highest overall interview score.

First runner-up Elise Wade of Enid and second runner-up Lesley Henderson, of Vinita took home $1,000 and $500 scholarships, respectively.

Breger is a part of her school's academic team and participated in softball, cheer and 4-H competitive shotgun shooting, before deciding recently to focus on rodeo and horseback riding. At the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Pageant, she competed as the Guthrie 89er Celebration Queen and won the major categories of horsemanship and appearance.

Bowers enjoys youth league basketball and is a national qualifier in gymnastics and track and field. She is an active contributor to the beef cattle operation on her family's Centennial Farm. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. At the state pageant, she won the major category of personality.

The Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant welcomed 20 contestants and visiting royalty from across the United States. The Woodward Elks Rodeo and Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau, both Platinum sponsors, will host the pageant again in 2020.

Contestants, their families and fans make an economic impact on the community through the four days of competition where contestants are evaluated in the major categories of knowledge and presentation, personality, horsemanship and appearance.

In addition to participating in several judged activities such as interviews, modeling, speech and horsemanship, they appeared nightly at the Woodward Elks Rodeo.

For more details about the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma royalty conducted by the Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, visit missrodeooklahoma.com. Information about the community and the Woodward Elks Rodeo is available at woodwardelksrodeo.com and visitwoodward.com.