Meet Your Mentors
We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring some of the Rodeo World’s best mentors, judges, and leaders. Join us and over 20 mentors and coaches to enhance your Queen experience.
2021-22 National High School Rodeo Queen
SKylee Whiting is the 17-year-old daughter of Butch and Nikki Whiting of Star, Idaho. She was crowned Miss Idaho High School Rodeo in June of 2021. In July, she went on to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln, Nebraska where she competed against 42 other ladies from the United States, Mexico, and Canada. She was crowned the National High School Rodeo Queen, where she won the categories of: Horsemanship, Speech, Appearance, Personality and Modeling.
Bradie Jill Jones
Current Miss Rodeo Utah
Bradie Jill Jones hails from Henefer, Utah, where she is the 8th generation of her family to call the mountain valley home. She grew up active in 4H and FFA, which taught her to use her voice to advocate for the agriculture and equine industries. She graduated from the University of Utah with bachelors degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She went on to work as a reporter nationwide for the Cowboy Channel & RFDTV. In 2022, you’ll see her in rodeo arenas across the State and Country as she rides as Miss Rodeo Utah
Miss Rodeo America 2017
A native of Spokane, Washington, Katherine Merck served as Miss Rodeo America 2016. Katherine held the titles of Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo 2014 and Miss Rodeo Washington 2015 before becoming the first Washingtonian to wear the Miss Rodeo America crown.
Katherine is actively involved in the sport of rodeo and founded the first comprehensive rodeo consulting business, Rodeo Advantage, following her extensive travels as Miss Rodeo America 2016. She continues to travel to rodeos around the country as a PRCA timer and as part of her marketing position with Kimes Ranch Jeans. When time allows, she enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, and competing in the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association.
A graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law and a former rugby player for the University of Notre Dame, Katherine now lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming and practices agricultural and environmental law with Budd-Falen Law Offices. Her practice focuses on legal issues involving property rights, tax and estate planning, local and federal government involvement, and other areas of law affecting ranchers, farmers, and landowners. Katherine believes it is her duty to actively serve in order to give back to the community and sits on the Miss Rodeo America National Advisory Council, Miss Rodeo Idaho Board, Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee, and Gem State Stampede Rodeo Committee. Katherine has been recognized as the “Cowgirl CEO of the Year” by RockN W Report, as one of Cowgirl Magazine’s “30 Under 30 Class of 2021,” and by both the Washington State House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives for her work.
Mary Shaw Drake
Miss Rodeo America 1997
Mary is originally from Utah and has held various rodeo queen titles including; Utah High School Rodeo Queen, Miss Rodeo Ogden, Miss Rodeo Utah, and Miss Rodeo America. It has always been her pleasure to serve others while being a rodeo queen, and she feels that service is one of the best ways to find joy in life! After her reign as Miss Rodeo America, she earned her Associates degree in Fashion Merchandising, Bachelor’s degree in Technical Sales, and Master’s degree in Health Promotion. She has been a personal trainer and enjoys helping people reach their personal goals. She has also been a make-up artist for MAC cosmetics and does consult on the side. Mary has two daughters and together they enjoy all Utah has to offer, including skiing, hiking, and of course rodeo!
Vicki Vest Woodard
Miss Rodeo America 1985
Vicki competed in high school and college rodeo. She held the queen titles of West Jordan Western Stampede, Diabetes Round up Queen and continued to her goal to be Miss Rodeo Ogden and Utah
She represented Utah at the first National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Nevada in 1985 and was crowned
Miss Rodeo America 1986 along with the appearance award.
Vicki continues to compete with the Rocky Mtn Riders in the Utah Western Riding Club Association. She
was the 2nd woman voted in as the organization’s state president in 62 years.
Vicki continues to travel, camp, and volunteer each year as a Miss Rodeo America Pageant chaperone.
Connie Della Lucia Robinson
Miss Rodeo America 1975
My involvement in horse related activities began in Weber County Jr. Posse and progressed to High School Rodeo then on to Professional Rodeo. I’ve always had a love for not only horses but all things western. Six months after graduating from high school I found myself traveling the country as a spokesperson for Professional Rodeo, promoting America’s Western Heritage, and representing numerous western clothing, boot and hat companies as Miss Rodeo America.I continued my passion for the western way of life by working in a local Western Clothing and Tack shop in Ogden for 29 years. During that time I also barrel raced professionally and qualified for the Wilderness Circuit finals every year that I competed. Over the years I have had the opportunity to help many young women realize their dreams of becoming state and national rodeo queens. I currently work for Northrop Grumman on the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program. I love to be outdoors and enjoy hiking, biking, and of course, I still ride horses.
Jaime Casper Slagowski
Miss Rodeo Utah and Miss Rodeo America Horsemanship Winner
Jaime Slagowski had been involved with the rodeo queen world in some aspect for over 20 years. She grew up on the back of a horse and was raised in a rodeo family. She competed in High School Rodeo and the National Cutting Horse Association for many years. In 2001, Jaime achieved her childhood dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Utah. She was proud to represent the state of Utah at the Miss Rodeo America pagenant, where she was honored with the Horsemanship award and finished in the top 10.Jaime married Ira Slagowski, a former NFR saddle bronc rider. Jaime and Ira are partners in Slagowski Ranches Inc., a family ranching operation located outside of Elko Nevada.Jaime enjoys working on the ranch with her family. She volunteers as a 4-H leader and homeschools her daughters, Ellie and Abbie. She enjoys helping her daughters with their 4- H projects, traveling to Jr. High School Rodeos, club cuttings, and other activities they are invovled in.
Miss Rodeo Idaho 2015 and 2nd Runner-up Miss Rodeo America 2016
My name is Dusti Hyder and I am so excited to be here with everyone!
I live in Kuna, Idaho with my husband, Butch, my 2-year-old son, Hesston, and my 6-month-old Daughter,
Meadow. We enjoy hunting, fishing, and rodeoing, and lots of barrel racing in our free time! My husband and I are Christians and Love the Lord with all of our hearts! He has been so good to us! We attend Treasure Valley Baptist Church in Meridian.
I grew up loving the western industry and the agricultural world. I also rodeoed growing up when
time permitted and grew a deep love for Rodeo Queening along the way. My first title was the Ten Mile Riding Club Queen, then Caldwell Night Rodeo Queen, then Miss Rodeo Idaho in 2015 and I was 2nd Runner up at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant out of 33 Women in 2016.
I was honored to receive the photogenic award, the chap award with a scholarship from Women’s
Professional Rodeo Association, the Sherry Smith Memorial Scholarship award, the Appearance Award ,
award, a few scholarship awards and to walk away with knowledge for a life time to educate others on!
Rodeo Queen Coach and mother to Miss McKardy Kelly
Misty Kelly loves what rodeo queening can do for young women, she loves to help young women and girls prepare and participate in contests. Over the years she has help many girls prepare for their first contests as well as help prepare for state and national titles. One of her happiest moments was watching her own daughter McKardy prepare for, and win the National High School Rodeo Queen title. She believes it’s all about “the journey” it’s about learning who you are and what you have to contribute to the sport of rodeo.
She says “it is so rewarding to watch these girls set personal goals and strive to achieve them, it’s not all about winning the title, it’s about making your strengths even stronger and your weaknesses your strengths!
Kassadee Jo Jones
Top 10 finalist at the Miss Rodeo America 2021
Kassadee Jo Jones, a triplet from Lehi, Utah, is the 66th young woman to have the distinct honor of wearing the crown of Miss Rodeo Utah. She will represent Utah at all Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events statewide and several abroad, as well as compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2021. A 2017 graduate of Mountainland Applied Technology College, Kassadee earned her beauty license degree as a licensed Nail Technician. She loves to learn about each of her clients as she makes them feel beautiful. Being both a rodeo enthusiast and competitor, Kassadee was an active athlete throughout high school rodeo. She has dawned multiple titles since 2015, each one
teaching her valuable lessons about rodeo, western heritage, and the importance of community. Kassadee also had the prestigious opportunity to carry sponsor flags for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a flag girl in 2017, 2018, and 2019. When Miss Rodeo Utah is not promoting the sport of professional rodeo or the agriculture industry, she enjoys riding horses, running, country swing dancing, and baking. Kassadee strives to encourage others to spread kindness wherever they go. She has promoted this platform when speaking at elementary schools, high schools, and throughout her community.
Kassadee believes that even the smallest acts of kindness can make our communities better.
Kendal Rae Jensen
Independent Beauty Consultant
Kendal is a former UHSRA and NHSRA Queen who currently works in publishing and advertising. She is the Weber County Connection Magazine Director at Connection Publishing and the former project director and creater of the Western Wasatch Magazine. Kendal serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Northern Utah. In her spare time she enjoys helping her kids pursue their rodeo dreams and riding and roping with her husband Zach. She has studied advanced color and application techniques for 15
years and is an advanced color consultant and graduate of the Robert Jones Academy of Makeup. She specializes in advanced bridal and pageant color consultations.
Rodeo Queen Clothing Designer
Linda lives in South Weber and has been married to the same man for 57 years. Together they raised five children. They have 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Linda and husband Wayne were Junior Posse and 4-H leaders for 17 years and enjoyed every minute of it. Linda was on the Weber County Junior posse Central committee for 10 years and made many lifelong friends while serving in that position.
Her children all went through Jr. Posse, 4H, and high school rodeo. Her oldest Wendy was UHSRA state secretary for ten years. Her son Brad is a great mechanic and big machine operator. Daughter Kristi runs barrels, breakaway, and team ropes. She has twins that live in Colorado. Cody trains reining
horses and his twin sister, Jody won many queen titles and is still active in the WPRA. Jody and her husband produce many team roping, barrel races, and breakaway completions.
Linda loves to travel and Rodeo has allowed her to travel from San Antonio Texas to the Calgary stampede. One of the highlights of her Rodeo life was being able to attend the 2011 NFR in Las Vegas and watch our daughter Jody compete in the
barrel racing and achieve a lifelong goal.
Linda is retired and plans to travel more and spoil her grandkids even more. In her spare time she custom designs and sews Rodeo Queen clothes and takes pride in the many titles the girls have won wearing her custom designs. Every piece she makes is a one of a kind original.
Suzie Boyington Kendel
Miss Rodeo Utah Committee
Suzie grew up in the Ogden area where she still lives in the small valley of Uintah at the mouth of Weber Canyon on the original Kendell Farm. She graduated from Bonneville High School and received her nursing degree from Weber State University. She worked as a registered nurse at McKay Dee Hospital for 15 years, specializing in ICU, Maternity and Labor & Delivery Nursing. She went from the bedside to the classroom after taking a break to be a stay at home mom. Suzie has taught the Certified Nursing Assistant Program for 3 years in the Weber School District and is in her 12th year in the Davis District at Viewmont High School. She is also a member of the Utah Nursing Assistant registry testing review Board. Suzie’s family includes her husband Rick, and 4 children, Ashley, Colby, Skylar and Austin, who have all chosen amazing spouses who she loves like her own!! And her favorite humans are her 7 grandkids! Grandma Suzie’s motto is that the word “no” is never an option when it comes to her grandchildren!! Her hobbies are almost always centered around family, so her time is spent at rodeos, jackpots, reining shows, ball games and planning the next fun thing to do!! She does love to play the piano and read a book which hasn’t happened in a very long time!! Suzie’s daughter Ashley competed in 4-H, Jr Posse and rodeo from a very young age, and held many rodeo queen titles, eventually becoming Miss Rodeo Utah. Now Suzie serves as the Assistant Director for the Miss Rodeo Utah Organization and assists with the Ogden Pioneer Days Committee as well. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Miss Rodeo America Organization.
Savanna Steed Condie
1st Runner – up Miss Rodeo Utah, Wilderness Circuit Queen and Utah State High School Rodeo Queen
I am Savanna Steed Condie. I am married to by Prince Charming, Riley Condie and we are expecting our first baby in August. I have held multiple queen titles including, Utah High School Rodeo Queen, 1st Runner up to the National High School Rodeo Queen, Miss Wilderness Circuit, Miss Rodeo Ogden, and 1st Runner up to Miss Rodeo Utah. Now I enjoy spending my time as a Speech Language Pathologist in a preschool, traveling with my husband, coaching aspiring rodeo queens, and doing anything outdoors.Could you update the mentor list to include Kassadee and Mckaylie.
D bar D Professional Photography
Hi ladies! My name is Dianna Drollette. I am the Animal Health and Feed Ingredient Buyer for IFA and in
my spare time I am a Leather Worker and Professional Photographer. I am no stranger to the Rodeo
Queen World. I competed for many years at local contests in Utah and Idaho. I was honored to be a
part of many different royalties including: Pocatello Frontier Rodeo Association Sr. Queen 2011 and the
War Bonnet Round Up Queen 2013. I have been the photographer and the second photographer for
many Utah High School Rodeo’s as well as SSIR. I am excited to be able to capture these girls so they
can have memories from this training as well as be able to use these for future competititions.
Miss Rodeo Utah in 2019
McKaylie Richins is 24 years old and grew up in Coalville Utah. She began her journey in the western industry at the young age of 8. She went on to hold many titles including the first ever Utah Junior High School Rodeo Queen, Miss Rodeo Ogden and held the title of Miss Rodeo Utah in 2019. She then placed in the top 5 at the Miss Rodeo America Competition in Las Vegas Nevada.Mckaylie was an NFR flag girl this past December. She is currently living in Morgan Utah and is currently working at America First credit union in their. charitable Foundation. She has always had a strong love for western fashion and plans on owning her own boutique in the future
Taylor Grace Hymas
Miss Rodeo Idaho 2022
Taylor Grace Hymas is the 21-year-old daughter of Tyler and Tacy Hymas from
Liberty, Idaho. Most recently the Bear Lake County Fair Rodeo Queen, Taylor went
on to win the title of Miss Rodeo Idaho 2022 during the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant
in July 2021.
Taylor began competing in the American Paint Horse Association when she
was four years old. In the sixth grade she shifted her focus and decided to be a
rodeo queen. She pursued her love of rodeo through the Junior High and High
School Rodeo programs.
With a dynamic, fun-loving personality, Taylor enjoys spending any free time
she has working as server at Cooper’s restaurant at Bear Lake West. When she
isn’t visiting with all of the interesting people at her tables, you can find her doing
something artistic like painting with watercolors or refinishing furniture. She also
spends a lot of time with her cowboy corgi, Stella and her American Quarter
Taylor is a student at Boise State University where she majors in
Communications and hopes to use the money she has accumulated through the
Miss Rodeo Idaho Scholarship Program to pursue a master’s degree in Speech
Pathology. She hopes to use this degree to help patients suffering from traumatic
Earning the coveted Miss Rodeo Idaho crown is a long-time goal that Taylor is
excited to put into action. She looks forward to the opportunity to promote the
sport of rodeo and the western lifestyle. But more than that, she says this title will
keep her connected to her western roots planted by pioneer and ranching
ancestors that helped settle Idaho in the 1800s. It will also allow her to promote
strong family values, tell stories of strength and determination that define Idaho
cowboys and will further define her own strength of character.
Taylor is excited to spend 2022 representing Miss Rodeo Idaho, Inc., the Snake
River Stampede, Stampede for the Cure and all of the sponsors who help make
these events possible. Taylor will represent Idaho in the Miss Rodeo America 2023
Pageant held in November 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.