In front of a sold-out crowd during the final performance of Ogden’s Pioneer Days Rodeo, the exclusive rodeo sponsor of the Miss Rodeo Utah pageat, McKenna Hales was crowned Miss Rodeo Utah 2017. McKenna, the 20-year old daughter of Ron and Becky Hales, was also awarded the horsemanship, appearance, speech, personality, and photogenic awards as part of a weeklong competition. McKenna, known for being secretly speedy, is also an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying many adventures for which Utah is famous. This includes hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. From a very young age, McKenna’s kind and compassionate nature kindled her love for animals, which later developed into a passion for all things equine. As a member of the 2015 UHSRA National Team, Hales was an integral part of Utah’s National Championship, along with finishing as the Silver State International Pole Bending Champion the same year.
McKenna is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo. She plans to apply to the nursing program following her reign as Miss Rodeo Utah. Working in partnership with the American Cancer Society, McKenna’s year will be spent helping to improve Utah’s poor cancer screening rates, educate about prevention, and help promote the cancer society’s programs and events. Follow her year using #MRU17kickcancer as she spends time spreading a message of hope and support that reaches beyond the rodeo arena to families and fans across the state.