Miss Rodeo South Dakota Jordan Tierney, who is from Hot Springs, was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2020 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 8.
Reigning State Rodeo Queens vie for title the national title during the annual pageant and compete in areas of appearance, horsemanship, and a written test. Tierney was one of 27 contestants in the pageant.
She is a 2017 graduate of Chadron State College and holds a degree in business administration.
She is the fifth cowgirl from South Dakota to be crowned Miss Rodeo America. Along with her title, she was awarded a $20,000 scholarship and will serve as an ambassador for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association during her one-year reign.
In a press conference, an excited Tierney said she is looking forward to attended a Sutton Rodeo event in South Dakota.
Earlier this year, Tierney, who is a barrel racer, made an appearance at the Catfish Stampede Rodeo in Onida and said, “Rodeo is an opportunity for people who normally wouldn’t get a glimpse into the western lifestyle.”
After the coronation ceremony, an emotional Tierney stated, “Growing up, I was always held to the same standards as my brothers- you get out there, you work. Also when you come in, you work just as hard. I am a hard worker.”