A college freshman from Sheridan is Chadron State's new rodeo queen. 18-year-old Bailey McLean was crowned Friday night during festivities at the college in Nebraska.
According to information released by the college, McLean was last year's senior princess for the Sheridan Rodeo and the all-around showman the year before. She is a pre-medicine major focusing in radiology.
She said she's been riding horses for as long as she can remember and trained for her first barrel horse race at the age of 12. She shows in American Quarter Horse Association shows and said she “truly loves” the sport of rodeo and horses.
Being crowned the CSC Rodeo Queen, she said, is an “amazing” way to represent the college in a way she loves. She went on to say she was very interested in joining the rodeo team because she had to sell her horse.
To participate in the horsemanship portion of the competition, she rode a borrowed horse from southwest of campus to the Dawes County Fairgounds north of Chadron, a distance of about two miles because she did not have access to a trailer. Several people associated with the rodeo said her actions demonstrated her “can do” mentality.