Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2018
Kiana Elder is the 24 year old daughter of Keith and Lana Elder from Rio Rancho, NM. A student at New Mexico State University, Kiana will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and Extension with a minor in Mass Media Communications. She will use her degree to obtain a career in an agricultural business that allows her to work closely with the public to preserve and grow the cowboy lifestyle.
Kiana’s favorite pastime is riding horses. While in school she has been able to turn her passion for horses into her job, where she has worked and ridden alongside world renowned reiners and top winning team ropers. When Kiana is not horseback, you can find her climbing the local mountains, practicing yoga, or keeping her hands busy doing any DIY project. Kiana is an active volunteer with the New Mexico Special Olympics, working actively with police departments to express awareness about those with special needs and to support the “Back the Blue” program.
With Kiana’s deep and passionate roots in the western culture, as Miss Rodeo New Mexico she will work tirelessly to share her enthusiasm and passion for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, agriculture industry, and the western lifestyle. She will best serve as an ambassador through educating the public about the goals and missions of the rodeo business in order to create awareness, support, and growth of the industry. Kiana intends to use all means available to her such as social media, radio, television, and personal appearances.
Traveling the country as Miss Rodeo New Mexico to serve as a representative for the Land of Enchantment and PRCA has been a lifelong goal for Kiana. She hopes to use her travels to help her prepare for the Miss Rodeo America pageant at the end of her reign in December. If chosen as Miss Rodeo America she will continue to share her passion with the public and serve as a positive role model to young women throughout the country. Serving as an ambassador for the cowboy lifestyle is an integral part of who Kiana is. After the crowns are put away, Kiana will continue to be part of, share, and spread the western culture that she loves.
Rodeo New Mexico
Clara Maxam is the 18 year old daughter of Garth and Barb Maxam of Corrales, NM. She is currently a sophomore at New Mexico State University, studying Animal Science and Equine Management. Her career dreams include a future as a large animal veterinarian with an interest in food animal medicine and reproductive physiology, as well as equine performance medicine. Clara currently works as an undergraduate research assistant in a reproductive physiology lab in the department of Animal Science at NMSU. She is also an involved member of the Pre-Vet club and Collegiate Horseman’s Association.
At the age of 7, Clara joined 4-H and from that day she fell in love with it. The youth development program challenged her to actively participate in community service, work with others, and become a leader. Raising almost every animal in 4-H, she gained hands-on experience with nutrition, exercise and showmanship for multiple species. As an 11 year member of 4-H, Clara enjoyed leading the Corrales Corralitos 4-H Club as past president.
Clara has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, competing in various disciplines from hunter jumper to saddleseat equitation. She is currently on the NMSU Ranch Horse Team working cowhorses and reining. In addition to her obsession with horses, Clara enjoys hiking in the beautiful New Mexico wilderness and playing basketball.
Fairly new to the rodeo world, Clara hopes to inform newcomers much like herself of the many exciting opportunities to be found at any given rodeo, large or small. She hopes to combine her love for horses and livestock with her passion for agriculture, representing Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen with knowledge and grace. As Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen, she considers it her privilege to travel to various communities in an effort to elucidate and support our western way of life, and to weave into this a continuous concern for the four-legged creatures on whom this lifestyle depends.
Rodeo New Mexico 2017-2018
Outdoors is the life for me! I am the 12 year old daughter of Julie Garrison and proud sister of my brother, Jait. I enjoy going on an annual camping trip in the summer with my Grandparents. I also join with my family at Relay for Life, which I am very passionate about. My family is immensely important to me. I stay busy during school keeping myself on the “A” honor roll, having fun with friends, and being my class president. My summers are filled with outdoor activities. I like to take advantage of a nice day by riding my horse, Sailor. I enjoy taking care of my pets and show animals. Before my summers come to an end I get to show my hard work at the Curry County Fair. I do my best to help others in any situation I can. It puts a big smile in my heart going to the local nursing homes to visit residents and loved ones. In the past four years I have had the honor to hold rodeo royalty titles. I have enjoyed bringing in new rodeo fans by talking to other at banquets, schools, fairs, the Western Music Awards, and other exciting places. To represent New Mexico rodeos, for all cowgirls between the ages of twelve and fourteen, is a privilege that I will cherish. With the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Princess title, I will continue to bring in excited fans and support the faithful fans of New Mexico rodeos.
This year there was a tie for Little Miss Rodeo New Mexico, so the title is shared by both girls, one covering the Nort-West portion of the state, and the other the South-East!
Rodeo New Mexico 2017-2018
Hi, my name is Maxine Manzanares. I am 11 years old and come from beautiful northern New Mexico. I am in the 5th grade and go to Pojoaque Valley Schools. I love to barrel race and ride my horse in the mountains. I am an active member of the 4-H and am currently the Treasurer of my club. I love to play basketball and I am also in running club at my school. My goals are to keep the sport of Rodeo alive and well and, above all, to keep God directing my life. It is an honor to hold the title of Miss Rodeo New Mexico Little Miss so I can represent my love of Rodeo and encourage all girls to achieve their dreams.
Rodeo New Mexico 2017-2018
Hi, my name is Heidi Macfarlane and I am proud to be a New Mexican. I am 10 years old and the daughter of Rick and Susan Macfarlane. I attend Melrose Elementary School where I am in the 5th grade. One day I wish to become a jockey, learning from my coach and mentor, Erin Montano. I have a twin sister (Lily) who is 2 minutes older than me. One day I would like to help other girls become Little Miss Rodeo New Mexico because it helps build confidence. I think helping others is very important because I have learned about kindness and being a nicer, better person. I love rodeos and want to promote them and tell people how much fun they are. I am in 4-H and do horse judging, rodeo and show goats. This year we also have a 4-H horse club and I am learning more about horse care. I have been a member of the All Breed Horse Show Association for 3 years and like the barrel racing, pole bending and flag race speed events most of all. This year I joined the Cowgirl Rodeo Association so I can do more barrel racing. I’m also on a baseball team and am having lots of fun playing but my most favorite thing to do is ride my horse.
In 2014 I was the Little Buckaroo Rodeo Queen for the Pioneer Days Rodeo here in Clovis and got to do service work and ride in area parades, which was a whole lot of fun! My horse’s name is LD - short for El Dorado. When LD was young he was a jockey horse, then he helped put my coach through college, winning barrel races with her. I have been riding since I was a baby and got my first horse, Miss Q, when I was 5. I could climb on her back and ride around without a bridle because we had such a good connection. I have had LD for 2 years now and once we got to know each other we developed such a good connection that I can ride him bareback too. When I go to heaven I want to be riding the horses I have loved and ride like the wind! Finally, I would like to thank everyone who is helping me on my journey, molding me into the young lady I strive to be.
Rodeo New Mexico 2017
Thank you, Kyla, for representing New Mexico so well last year!