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Ruling the Rodeo

OSU junior makes royalty dreams come true as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2018

By Beth Theis

Taylor Spears is Miss Rodeo Oklahoma.

Growing up, every little girl dreams of being a queen. Taylor Spears was no different, with her dreams of ruling over the rodeo. This past summer, Spears’ royal aspirations became a reality when she earned the state’s highest crown in rodeo, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2018.

The contestants competed in horsemanship, appearance, speech, written test, photogenic and personality. They also answered impromptu questions about their rodeo knowledge. The Oklahoma State University junior spent a year preparing for the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma pageant.

“I’m still in shock,” she says. “I don’t think I’ve actually taken the time to think of what it is all going to be about, but it’s going to be exciting.”

From a young age, Spears admired her older sister and wanted to do everything she did, from cheerleading to rodeo queen pageants. At the age of 7, the Cleveland, Oklahoma, native got her first taste of pageantry when she won Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweetheart.

“I started out big because when you’re Sweetheart, everyone wins,” Spears says. “I just thought I was everything.”

Spears fell in love with rodeo queen pageants with the Sweetheart experience. It takes hard work and dedication, Spears says — adding there is more to a rodeo queen pageant than showing up and looking pretty.

“When it comes to pageants, the most important thing is to be real and to be yourself,” she says.

During her year as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, which begins January 1, she will make appearances at Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Professional Rodeos across the state and represent Oklahoma at out-of-state rodeos. Spears is also visiting various schools to talk to students about rodeo and her platform, Shine Your Light, to encourage students to be the best version of themselves they can be.

Spears is the first to hold all four titles within the Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, including 2010 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess and 2013 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen.

She is studying agricultural communications at OSU, where she is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the OSU Spirit Rider team.

She will compete for Miss Rodeo America at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next December. 

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Published in STATE Magazine, Volume 13, Number 2, Winter 2017 by STATE Editor Elizabeth Keys
Uploaded December 1, 2017 to website: statemagazine.okstate.edu