Douglas, WY- On Friday, August 16, 2019, during the Wyoming State Fair PRCA Rodeo, the gold and jade crown of Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2020 was placed on the hat of Rachel Derner, Miss Laramie Jubilee Days 2019 by Hannah Ostheimer, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2019.
The four-day pageant was held in conjunction with the Wyoming State Fair. Derner is the 62nd titleholder and the 16th lady from Laramie to hold the title.
Rachel was judged in the categories of horsemanship, personality, and appearance. She was also awarded the photogenic and knowledge awards.
Derner is the 22-year-old daughter of Justin and Tansie Derner, and big sister to Rebecca, Teigen and Sage. She has grown up being active in 4-H and FFA, using these organizations to find her voice for agriculture. In high school, she developed a passion for advocating for agriculture. Rachel served as the 2015-2016 Wyoming FFA State Reporter.
With the public speaking experience she gained from FFA, and the deep-rooted family history in the cowboy way of life, the role of a rodeo queen seemed like a perfect fit for Rachel. She is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications from the University of Wyoming, where she also served as the captain of the Cowboy Joe Mascot Handlers.
She hopes to use this degree to help farmers and ranchers make profitable decisions and help to preserve the agriculture industry. She believes in the agriculture industry, the sport of rodeo, cowboy heritage, and the western way of life, and can’t think of a better way to serve those people than as Miss Rodeo Wyoming.
Derner was presented with a briefcase, banners, a hat can, banner pin, trophy saddle, belt buckle, spurs, subscription to PSN (ProRodeo Sport News), PRCA rulebook, and will design a pair of chaps from Tim Bath. She will also receive a scholarship to be used after her reign from the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Association Foundation. The scholarship can be used for higher education or professional training and certifications.
Ostheimer will continue to hold the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2019 throughout the year and will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2020 in Las Vegas, December 1-8, 2019 during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. She will compete against approximately 30 other state titleholders.
Meanwhile, Derner will plan a coronation event this Fall, attend the Miss Rodeo America 2020 pageant as lady-in-waiting, and will officially begin her reign as Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2020 on January 1. Once Derner begins her reign, she will travel to rodeos and events across the United States representing the state of Wyoming and the professional sport of rodeo.
“I am honored to be Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2020. I look forward to sharing my love of rodeo, agriculture and all things western while traveling to the country’s best rodeos,” says Derner.