Many little girls dream of growing up to be royalty; be it Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts, or a fairy princess, these young ladies revel in the idea of the crown. Bowling Green native Lorryn Bolte had these same fantasies, but with a twist: Her dream included a horse and cowboy hat.
In February Bolte was crowned Miss Rodeo Missouri. Next week she’ll travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) National Finals Rodeo (NFR). There she will compete against queens from all over the country as they each vie for the national honor of Miss Rodeo America.
“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the sport of rodeo in my home state and ultimately on the national level,” the 23-year-old queen said. “…Being a state title holder, not only do I get to do these things, I also represent my state’s ties to our western heritage.”
Having been raised with an agricultural background, Lorryn was a natural fit for the rodeo queen lifestyle. Before graduating from Bowling Green High School in May of 2009, Lorryn was active in both FFA and 4-H.
She graduated from the University of Missouri in May with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science, a double minor in International Agriculture and Agriculture Economics, with emphasis in poultry and equine production.