Tianti Carter was crowned as the 2017 Miss Rodeo Texas on Thursday, June 15th at the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant coronation in San Antonio, TX. Tianti is a 21 year old native of Fort Worh, TX and represented as Miss Rodeo Austin during the pageant and won the prestigious category of horsemanship. In addition to earning an incredible prize package, Tianti will receive a scholarship sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Texas Association, Inc.
Miss Carter has earned her Bachelors of Science from Texas A&M University where she graduated with Cum Laude Honors. She is ecstatic about beginning her year and looks forward to representing the state of Texas promoting the sport of professional rodeo. She stated, “I’ve learned so much being a first generation cowgirl! I hope to convey the values of our sport to the next generation.”
Tianti is a member of the Texas CattleWomen, Masters of Beef Advocacy, Texas A&M PreVet Society, Texas A&M Rodeo Team, Saddle & Sirloin Club, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and the American Quarter Horse Association . With her servant heart, she enjoys volunteering with the Autism Speaks Foundation, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and recently went to Thailand to work with veterinarians on rescued elephants. Tianti is an avid breakaway roper and barrel racer and wants to remind young rodeo enthusiasts to “set big goals for yourself and work towards them every day. You will be surprised by how much you can achieve when you just believe in yourself!”
The newest Miss Rodeo Texas’ achievements include 2016 Miss Rodeo Austin, 2015 Miss Rodeo Jacksonville and the 2012 Miss Texas High School Rodeo.
Reflecting on coronation night, Tianti said, “I was overwhelmed with joy when they said my name and Miss Rodeo Texas in the same sentence. I have been working towards this goal for a long time and there were days when it didn’t seem possible. My hard work payed off in a way that was bigger than I could have imagined.” This year, Tianti will travel over 50,000 miles promoting professional rodeo, western heritage and agriculture.
A Texas tradition for more than five decades with the Miss Rodeo Texas inauguration crowning in 1959, the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant has produced eight Miss Rodeo Americas. Since the inception of the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant, Miss Rodeo Texas has served as a vibrant, colorful goodwill ambassador of rodeo, the official sport of Texas, working closely with professional rodeos, rodeo associations and community organizations to preserve our western heritage and keep the western industry alive and flourishing in today’s society.
Contestants from all over the state participate in the Miss Rodeo Texas program competing for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards and other prizes among three age groups vying for their respective crowns. The Miss Rodeo Texas contest consists of pageant winners from 19 to 24 years old. The Miss Rodeo Texas Teen consists of winners from 14 to 18 year old. The Miss Rodeo Texas Princess competition consists of 9 to 13 year old contestants. The selection of each of the rodeo queens is based on horsemanship, appearance, and personality competitions with the crowning of the winners on coronation night in San Antonio, Texas. Please view the Miss Rodeo Texas website, www.missrodeotexas.com for more information. As the reigning Miss Rodeo Texas 2016, Tianti will be competing in the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.