The Duncan Banner
For most, rodeo means bucking bulls, a dusty arena and cowboy hats but those who attended the 24th annual Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo this weekend got a special treat.
In attendance among all the cowboys and cowgirls was Chenae Shiner, 2013 Miss Rodeo America. With her bright smile and easy-going attitude, Shiner endeared herself to those who flocked to the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center Friday and Saturday for all the rodeo action.
A Roosevelt, Utah native, Shiner was crowned Dec. 12, 2012 at the conclusion of the of a week-long pageant that was held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. She began her Stampede experience with a fashion show alongside a few local and visiting rodeo queens Friday at the Harvest Gate restaurant.
“I am excited to be a part of this rodeo and for Duncan, Oklahoma, to be one of the spots I get to visit,” Shiner said.
Shiner’s attendance was sponsored by Duncan resident Peggy Davenport.
“I thought it would be great for the community to have someone of her stature here,” Davenport said.
Miss Rodeo America has taken a break from her studies at Weber State University, where she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in radiologic sciences in order to reign as the “First Lady of Professional Rodeo.” At the end of this year, Shiner will have traveled more than 100,000 miles during her reign.
No stranger to the back of a horse nor the atmosphere of an arena, Shiner is a WPRA card holder and said rodeo is her favorite sport.
She enjoys branding and herding cattle on her family’s ranch.
“Duncan has such a hometown feel and I love these rodeos where the whole community chips in,” said Shiner.
“It’s pure country and nothing can beat these kinds of rodeos.”
Other than the fashion show, Shiner signed autographs Friday and Saturday, as well as attended the rodeo events.