Owensboro Girl Wins 2023 Junior Miss Kentucky Rodeo Pageant

“Violent!” This is how Jaclyn Graves Cecil described the first day of the 2023 Miss Kentucky Rodeo competition in Louisville. Jaclyn, a former air personality at WBKR-FM in Owensboro, is no stranger to the pageant circuit. She grew up in it. Her mother, Janet, was a pageant coach (she coached a Miss America, by the way) and had Jaclyn involved in pageants and youth talent shows for much of her childhood. There’s no doubt that circuitry runs in Jaclyn’s blood. Now it’s the same with her daughter Carsyn.

Jaclyn Graves

Jaclyn Graves

Last week, the mother-daughter duo headed an hour and a half northeast to Louisville for the Junior Miss Rodeo Pageant. Carsyn, whose father is Brian Farmer in west Daviess County, loves horses and started competing in junior rodeos a few years ago.

Jaclyn Graves

Jaclyn Graves

This was her first time entering a junior rodeo competition. Her first time was the proverbial charm. She won!

Carsyn is now officially your lady-in-waiting. She’s Junior Miss Rodeo Kentucky 2023! Next year, Carsyn will have the opportunity and privilege to wear the crown and represent at local and national rodeos and agricultural events.

Jaclyn Graves

Jaclyn Graves

The 2023 pageant took place in Louisville on November 10-12. Portions of the pageant took place on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition. Jaclyn says Carsyn had to be “dressed and ready for the rodeo queen” by 8 a.m. every day, and those days were long. Jaclyn says each day ended around 11pm.

The Junior Miss Rodeo Pageant will be judged on horsemanship, knowledge & presentation and appearance. While the pageant was actual, Carsyn certainly wasn’t pretending this was her “first rodeo.” She has made a career. The eighth grader from Owensboro won the overall title of Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic and the Rising Star Award. She was also named the program’s Ad Sales Winner!

Carsyn appeared on the WBKR morning show to talk about her big weekend and the experience of being crowned Junior Miss Rodeo Kentucky 2023.

We also want to say hello to Morgan Askins of Rockfield, Kentucky. This is Morgan on the cover of Carsyn’s Miss Rodeo Kentucky souvenir program.

Chad Benefield

Chad Benefield

Morgan is the current Miss Rodeo Kentucky and will be traveling to Las Vegas in a few weeks to compete at Miss Rodeo America.

Who knows? Perhaps one day our lady-in-waiting will do the same.

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