Miss Rodeo Florida 2017
Baily Simpson Kelly Harper
Miss Teen Rodeo Florida Miss Rodeo Florida Princess
Keri Elizabeth Sheffield, hails from Summerfield, Florida, where she grew up on Lake Weir with a life full of faith, family, friends, and animals. She served as President of her local 4-H club and loved showing lambs and hogs as a proud showman at the Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala, FL. She spent her spare time growing up at arenas watching her cousins practice for rodeos until she was finally eligible herself, at which time she convinced her parents, who knew little of the sport, to let her follow her heart and live her life as a cowgirl. She participated in goat-tying, pole bending, breakaway roping, and barrel racing throughout her years in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and Florida High School Rodeo Association and also served as first the SJRA and then the FHSRA Queen. Representing her fellow athletes, her home state of Florida, and the great sport of rodeo as the FHSRA Queen allowed her to release her inner desire to serve others, promote the sport she loves, and act as a role model to others from a position of leadership. She was a part of history at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, as she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as part of the inaugural nursing class of the college. She works as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit and served on two mission trips to Costa Rica, where she visited orphanages and administered medical care while rotating through several pediatric units in a hospital in San José. She plans on continuing her education to become a nurse anesthetist and pursuing her dream of serving as a medical missionary, helping those in need while spreading the love of Christ. Keri’s values and priorities are firmly aligned with the western way of life, and she is beyond honored to merge her servant’s heart and love of all things western as she serves as Miss Rodeo Florida; she sees it as such a privilege that offers her a platform from which to promote both the state and sport she holds so dear to her heart. She hopes to inspire others, particularly young minds, to seek out opportunities in rodeo and to show them the type of fulfillment that comes from hard work, caring for nature and animals, and honoring the type of simplicity many now consider old-fashioned. She can’t wait to represent Florida as she travels the country and will work hard to uphold the values for which her title stands.