By Linda Titel
MaKayla Kleiber is a 21 year old Shiocton graduate from Black Creek and now she has a new title; Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2020.
Kleiber isn’t a stranger to rodeo titles, in 2015-16 she won the Midwestern Rodeo Queen after competing in Manawa, Wisconsin. She also is a NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) youth/open world qualifier.
The Miss Rodeo Wisconsin competition started Friday, June 14 through Saturday, June 15 at the fairgrounds and rodeo arena in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.
Kleiber said on Friday night she had to compete in horsemanship where the judges picked a pattern for them to run with their horse. There were three different patterns that the contestants practiced and the judges picked a random one for each competitor. After that she said they were judged on riding around the arena with their horse while waving to the fans and then while carrying an American flag. The competition wrapped up for the night with the girls changing horses where the judges awarded points for the handling of a unknown horse, where they did rail work which included walking, running, trotting and cantering.
On Saturday, competition included a speech and a fashion show.
Kleiber said the speech had to be 3 1/2 minutes long and the subject was “My Home Town,” which had to be memorized.
In the fashion show she wore a long formal western dress and answered impromptu questions, also the contestants were judged wearing a casual fun outfit that they would wear at a social event.
During the coronation, before the rodeo began the judges announced the new Teen Rodeo Wisconsin winner along with each category winner and then they did the same for Miss Rodeo Wisconsin.
Kleiber said, “I won the horsemanship category where I won some jewelery, spur straps, horse halter, a horse breast collar, belt buckle and a $500 scholarship.”
Kleiber will start her reign in January of 2020 She said, “My responsibilities will include traveling throughout Wisconsin and other states as well, promoting the western way of life and all the rodeo has to offer. I will speak and make public appearances at libraries, schools, rodeos, parades and various events.”
Kleiber said her mom grew up on a farm that had horses but she didn’t start taking horse lessons until second grade. She said, “My mom signed me up for 4-H in fourth grade and my aunt had a horse that I started riding and it all sort of started from there.”
Kleiber said she has had tremendous support from her family and friends. She said, “My mom and sister came with me on Thursday to Glenwood City, and my dad, brother, grandparents and friends came up on Friday, it was pretty nice to have them all supporting me. I was really excited winning and it made all of my training worth it.”
Kleiber said in December of 2020 she will be competing at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with the other state queens.
Kleiber works as a licensed practical nurse at Aurora Healthcare Clinic.
She is currently in school at Fox Valley Technical College and plans to become a registered nurse.