JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Mississippi State University graduate from Learned was crowed Miss Rodeo America on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
23-year-old Taylor McNair won the national crown after a week-long pageant. She is the third Mississippian to win the crown, according to the Miss Rodeo America organization’s website.
McNair competed against 27 other women representing their respective states. They were judged on a horsemanship competition, a written test on equine science and rodeo knowledge, interviews, public speaking, and a fashion show.
Along with the crown, she wins more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a wardrobe of Wrangler western wear.
McNair graduated from Mississippi State in 2017 with a degree in Agriculture Business with a concentration on policy and law. She plans to go to law school at Ole Miss, but she will be busy over the next year serving as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The Miss Rodeo America website says she will travel about 100,000 miles across the country. She will appear at dozens of rodeos, starting with the National Finals Rodeo tonight in Las Vegas.