Anna Woolsey was recently crowned as the 2023 Miss Rodeo USA during the International Finals Rodeo.
“The Miss Rodeo USA Association is proud to have represented the International Professional Rodeo Association for over five decades,” says the Miss Rodeo USA website. The Miss Rodeo USA competition takes place during the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in January of each year.
The International Professional Rodeo Association began in 1957. It is headquartered in Oklahoma. “From big cities to small towns, from major league stadiums to portable arenas, the IPRA has become the sports second largest professional rodeo association sanctioning nearly 300 rodeos,” writes the IPRA website. It began the Miss Rodeo USA pageant in 1965.
Anna Woolsey is bringing the “perpetual crown back home after 20 years.”
Anna was previously the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma. She has been competing in pageants since she was 13 years old. “This is such a unique opportunity for young women to grow,” writes Anna in a Facebook post on her accomplishments.
She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where she showed in reining and ranch riding in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
The pageant is judged on different categories. Anna won Photogenic, Horsemanship, Personality, and Appearance. The first runner-up was Braden Hughston, the 2022 Hughston Cow Camp Rodeo Queen and author of the children’s book, “Cowboy Coy.”
Last year, Jessie Lynn Nichols, “America’s Singing Cowgirl” was the 2022 Miss Rodeo USA.