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Royalty Round-Up; Miss Rodeo Wyoming, Reata Cook

On August 18, 2022, I was blessed to have the coveted jade and gold crown placed on my cowboy hat as I was crowned Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2023. This year, I will be traveling around Wyoming and the United States representing the professional sport of rodeo and the Cowboy State. I will be gaining unforgettable experiences and having amazing opportunities throughout my year.

My rodeo queen journey started when I was only 10 years old, but it had been in the making since before I was born. My mom, Kerri Parr, and aunt, Chanda Richards, were rodeo queens in the 90’s. Looking at old photographs and being around the western industry sparked an interest at a very young age. Although I was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, I grew up on a cattle ranch in Wyola, Montana. Countless hours of ranch work instilled in me a hard work ethic and perseverance early. I learned how to ride a horse because I was either watching my dad, Jay Cook, train horses, or helping gather cattle on the ranch. 

Miss Rodeo Wyoming, Reata Cook

I earned my first rodeo queen title in 2012 as the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Jr. Princess. From that point on Miss Rodeo Wyoming was a goal. I went on to win the titles of 2018 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Sr. Princess and 2022 Miss Sheridan WYO rodeo. In August of 2022, I ran for the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming keeping those who had come before me in mind. I remembered the four Sheridan girls who had won the title of Miss Rodeo Wyoming (Maggie Engles Myers- 2005, Allie Bass Sowerwine- 2009, Kimberly Kuhn Romsa- 2012, and Hannah Osthimer- 2018). All my hard working skills and preparation were finally put to the test and God delivered. 

I am now the 5th girl from Sheridan, Wyoming to come home with the coveted Miss Rodeo Wyoming title. I couldn’t have done this without the help of great family and friends and of course, God, as he has always reminded me of the verse Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” which I will wear on the back of my chaps into every arena I encounter this year. 

Reata Cook

Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2023

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