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Keri Sheffield was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2018 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Las Vegas. 
  The 24-year-old from Summerfield represented her home state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant as the 2017 Miss Rodeo Florida, becoming the first from her state to hold the coveted national title. 
  Sheffield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Berry College and currently works as an ICU nurse. She plans on continuing her education to become a nurse anesthetist and carrying out her vision of serving as a medical missionary. 
  The Landstrom’s Black Hills Gold crown is accompanied by more than $20,000 in educational scholarships and prizes including a wardrobe of Wrangler jeans and shirts, an assortment of Montana Silversmiths jewelry, and a selection of Justin Boots. 
   In addition to the title, Sheffield earned the Appearance and Personality Awards. 
  This year, 31 contestants represented their states in the week-long national pageant consisting of a horsemanship competition, a written test on equine science and rodeo knowledge, extensive interviews, extemporaneous speaking, and a fashion show. The top five contestants – from Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Texas – each answered a question about the innovative ways in which they would promote rodeo, agriculture, and the Western way of life if selected as Miss Rodeo America 2018. 
   During her reign as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Sheffield will travel more than 120,000 miles and appear at more than 120 rodeo performances, as well as making appearances at schools, civic groups and other special events in order to educate the public and create awareness about the sport of rodeo, its sponsors, and its opportunities. 
   Sheffield will also serve as a spokesperson at a variety of promotional events and model in commercial advertisements for Western clothiers, publications, sponsors and other service providers to the Western industry. 

“There is an abundance of privilege and responsibility bound to the crown of Miss Rodeo America. It would afford any one of us the unique and honorable opportunity to promote the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life. It is also a deeply personal choice. I have prayed for an avenue by which I can be a living demonstration that a life is best lived when it is given selflessly to others. I have prayed for a path that can make my dreams of continuing my education a reality, which will ultimately lead me to help administer medical services as a missionary in third world countries. I have prayed for a way to lead others towards a sense of belonging and community. I have prayed for a position of leadership from which I can teach humility and simple kindness. Miss Rodeo America is, quite frankly, an answer to my prayers.” 
2018 Pageant Results

Top 5 finalists: (in random order)
 Utah 
 Texas
 Oregon
 Florida
 Idaho
Miss Rodeo America 2018: Miss Rodeo Florida - Keri Sheffield
First Runner-up: Miss Rodeo Texas, Tianti Carter
Second Runner-up: Miss Rodeo Idaho, Hunter Rackham
Third Runner-upMiss Rodeo Utah, McKenna Hales
Fourth Runner-upMiss Rodeo Oregon, Kayla Vincent
Horsemanship Award: Texas
Personality Award: Florida
Appearance Award: Florida
Speech Award: Texas
Photogenic Award: Louisiana
Miss Congeniality: Wisconsin
Sherry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Idaho
Dea Family Foundation Field of Science Scholarship: Florida
Written Test: Texas
Achievement Award: Texas
Winner of the Wear the West Your Way award: Hawaii
Videos
The buckle
Getting ready for the year
First speach
First photo shoot with the sponsors
First photo shoot
First photo shoot
Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Auction at Cowboy Christmas
Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Auction at Cowboy Christmas
Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Auction at Cowboy Christmas
12/12/2017
Keri had some fun at the Thomas and Mack yesterday during her photo shoot and will be introduced during tonight’s performance of the Official NFR!
This is the first official photo of Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo America 2018! Thank you to Las Vegas Image Studio for capturing the perfect shot!
Behind the scenes before Keri made her first ride as Miss Rodeo America aboard Eagle of Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. during the Official NFR!
Keri’s first ride as Miss Rodeo America 2018! Thank you to Molly Morrow Photography for capturing this moment!
Lisa and Keri were accompanied by Miss Rodeo Canada Brittney and Miss Rodeo Australia Emma yesterday on a visit to the Children's Hospital of Nevada. Our national titleholders enjoyed spending time with the children and brightening their day. It was a special event for newly crowned Keri, who works as a nurse and was able to bring autograph sheets with her new title on them for the first time!
Lisa and Keri were accompanied by Miss Rodeo Canada Brittney and Miss Rodeo Australia Emma yesterday on a visit to the Children's Hospital of Nevada. Our national titleholders enjoyed spending time with the children and brightening their day. It was a special event for newly crowned Keri, who works as a nurse and was able to bring autograph sheets with her new title on them for the first time!
Lisa and Keri were accompanied by Miss Rodeo Canada Brittney and Miss Rodeo Australia Emma yesterday on a visit to the Children's Hospital of Nevada. Our national titleholders enjoyed spending time with the children and brightening their day. It was a special event for newly crowned Keri, who works as a nurse and was able to bring autograph sheets with her new title on them for the first time!
Keri showing off her new Official NFR contestant jacket
Interviews in the media room
Laughing with these funny guys in the media room!
Thank you to Las Vegas Events for all that you do for the Super Bowl of Rodeo!
Fluffy the Alligator and the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo team...from Keri’s Home state of Florida!
Sweet Hayleigh Lansford
Seeing double at the Ram Rodeo booth!
Lisa and Keri proudly wore their Bridle to Bridal Designs crown-themed vests today while signing autographs at the ProRodeo.com booth at the South Point! They looked great dressed head to toe in Miss Rodeo America Sponsors - Greeley Hat Works, Wrangler shirts and jeans, Montana Silversmiths jewelry and buckles, Kippys Couture belts and of course their beautiful Landstrom's Black Hills Gold crowns!
Lisa and Keri proudly wore their Bridle to Bridal Designs crown-themed vests today while signing autographs at the ProRodeo.com booth at the South Point! They looked great dressed head to toe in Miss Rodeo America Sponsors - Greeley Hat Works, Wrangler shirts and jeans, Montana Silversmiths jewelry and buckles, Kippys Couture belts and of course their beautiful Landstrom's Black Hills Gold crowns!
Each Miss Rodeo America begins and ends her reign at the Official NFR Experience. Keri and Lisa had the opportunity to visit with Shawn Davis, General Manager of the NFR, tonight and thank him for his support of our organization!
Keri grew up competing in the SJRA - Southern Junior Rodeo Association with Kaleb Driggers and had the chance to congratulate him on tying the Official NFR arena record tonight with his team roping partner Junior Nogueira! #rodeofamily
ProRodeo.com Commissioner Karl Stressman joined Keri and Lisa before tonight's rodeo performance to visit with some iconic members of the Las Vegas community: past president of Las Vegas Events Berlyn Miller, owner of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Michael Gaughan, and current president of Las Vegas Events Pat Christenson.
Welcome home Keri
Welcome home
Welcome home
Welcome home
welcome home
welcome home
welcome home
Thank You everyone who attended the gala last night we had some great food, great music and great fellowship! We are so proud of Keri Sheffield and all of her accomplishments. We look forward to watching her travel as Miss Rodeo America 2018. — with Tiffany Brown Dymmek, Hilary Holley, Heather Hall Yarborough and Heather Michelle Gantz.
What a special surprise for Keri! MRA 1970 Christine (Vincent) Williams, who served as one of the judges during the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December, drove 1600 miles to surprise Keri at her welcome home reception! The two MRA’s are pictured with MRA Pageant Chaperone and proud Florida native, Debora Whaley. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a fantastic way to kick off Keri’s year and celebrate Florida’s first Miss Rodeo America!
Alex (Miss Rodeo Colorado) and I are excited to get the morning started with a little Rodeo 101 here at the Denver Coliseum!
Rodeo 101 was a huge success! I loved getting to see one of my favorite Cervi horses, Lazy.
To say that I am having a blast at the National Western Stock Show would be an understatement! I grew up showing pigs at the Southeastern Youth Fair, so I was giddy with excitement when I saw a whole pen of piglets! I guess you could say I was in “hog heaven."
Last night I was able to see Denver from a different point of view! Thank you Denver Police Department and Deb Dilley (who served 26 years with the Denver Police Department) for making this flight possible. I flew over the Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver Zoo,Denver Broncos stadium, and lastly the Denver Coliseum where the National Western Stock Show is being held! It was a once in a lifetime experience and a flight I will never forget!
Last night I was able to see Denver from a different point of view! Thank you Denver Police Department and Deb Dilley (who served 26 years with the Denver Police Department) for making this flight possible. I flew over the Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver Zoo,Denver Broncos stadium, and lastly the Denver Coliseum where the National Western Stock Show is being held! It was a once in a lifetime experience and a flight I will never forget!
What a privilege it was to sit down with Pro Rodeo Originals, Chaps and Leather in Larkspur, Colorado and design my very own Miss Rodeo America Chaps! Dale and Kristi could not have been more wonderful. How lucky is MRA to have such a gracious and talented sponsor?! I can’t wait to watch my “challenging chaps," as Dale calls them, come to life!
This is a Florida girl's dream come true (especially in Denver). Thank you Colorado Trappers and Predator Hunters Association for this silver fox coat that is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I've never been warmer or more in love in my life. Thank you for blessing Miss Rodeo America with this gift; it is one I will cherish forever. I hope it's acceptable to wear it year round!
Now that suitcases have (slowly) been unpacked and everyone has made their way home, I would like to take a moment and reflect on my favorite moment from the pageant. After taking my first walk as Miss Rodeo America, I was quickly surrounded by 30 wonderful, intelligent, strong  women.
What an honor to stand beside and shake hands with these incredible Vietnam war veterans.
Welcome home to the 169th Fire Brigade!
Miss Rodeo America Reunion! 1982: Donna Keffler from South Dakota, 2018: Keri Sheffield from Florida, 2016: Katherine Merck from Washington, and 2007: Ashley Andrews-Alderson from North Dakota.
Keri received her official personalized buckle from Montana Silversmiths this morning! She will treasure this for a lifetime!
Thank you to Greg Westfall for this fantastic photo of Keri presenting the American flag during the National Western Stock Show aboard Dietz of Cervi Championship Rodeo Company!
Ridin' in style
Watch out cowboys and cowgirls... There's a new woman behind the phone at PROCOM!
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