Nebraska Rodeo Queen shines on National stage

Walrath takes Third Runner-Up at national pageant
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Joeli Walrath, Third Runner Up Miss Rodeo America
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Joeli Walrath, Third Runner Up Miss Rodeo America(Melanie Standiford)
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 12:54 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2021 at 12:55 AM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - She has reined as Miss Rodeo Nebraska for two years, becoming a familiar face all across the state, synonymous with the sport of rodeo and the Cowgirl and agricultural way of life. Miss Joeli Walrath adds a title Sunday, after being named Third Runner Up in the 2022 Miss Rodeo America Pageant.

News 2 is very proud of Miss Walrath and all she stands for, and all she has accomplished.

From Press Release Monday- Joeli Walrath of Ashton finished as third runner-up at the 2022 Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. She served as Miss Rodeo Nebraska for 2020-2021 and competed in the eight day contest at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Contestants are judged in three main categories – horsemanship, personality, and appearance.

When asked her favorite part of the pageant, Walrath stated, “All the early mornings and late nights are so extremely worth it. Just to be standing on this stage is a dream come true for every single one of us. We have all talked about our journeys getting here, dreaming of the Miss Rodeo America crown and state crowns, so just being here and being able to represent the great state of Nebraska and having my support system here the entire time. Thank you all for getting me here, and I appreciate all of you.”

Walrath received a $6,000 education scholarship from the Miss Rodeo America Foundation, a Top Five Buckle from Montana Silversmiths and other prizes.

Hailey Frederiksen of Colorado received the honor of being crowned Miss Rodeo America 2022.


The following is Joeli Walrath’s bio, taken from the NEBRASKAland Days and Miss Rodeo Nebraska website.

Joeli grew up in the rural community of Ashton, Nebraska. She is the daughter of Jamie and Jaci Walrath. Joeli’s small-town roots and involvement on the family farm instilled her love for agriculture and the western industry. She began her rodeo career young competing in junior rodeos in barrels and poles and even a little steer riding. She was raised in the 4-H program, participated in FFA, and was a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association.

Joeli is a 2016 graduate of Loup City High School. She followed her passion for agriculture and horses as she went on to study equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There she was not only a Dean’s List Student and recognized for high scholastic achievement, but was also extremely active in clubs and activities. She was a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Equestrian Team and the Horse Judging Team as well as an executive board member of the University of Nebraska Rodeo Club. Joeli graduated from UNL in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Joeli hopes to utilize her education and knowledge in the future when building her own operation in the Nebraska Sandhills where she hopes to raise her own herd of bucking stock and breed performance horses.

When not traveling and attending rodeos, Joeli enjoys spending time at home with her family, friends, and of course, her horses. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, cooking and baking, leatherworking, and nearly any outdoor activity (Nebraska weather permitting). Joeli’s slogan for the year is “Be True. Be You.” She believes that being absolutely genuine and embracing your uniqueness is the key to what is most important – happiness. Joeli hopes not only to live by her motto every day but also to inspire others to always be true to themselves.


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