Rachael Ostrem ~ Miss Rodeo Iowa 2019
Radcliffe, Iowa native, Rachael Ostrem, has been chosen to serve as Miss Rodeo Iowa 2019. Rachael grew up on a small family farm with horses, a cow-calf operation, and around 350 acres of row crops and organizations like 4-H and FFA were staples of her childhood. It was because of her agricultural upbringing that she decided to become a veterinarian. After graduating from South Hamilton High School she attended William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Equestrian Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science. While at William Woods University she was involved in a variety of organizations including serving as the senior class president of the student council, a member of the basketball team which qualified for the NAIA National Championship all four years of her college career, and a variety of leadership roles in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She maintained a perfect GPA throughout her busy undergraduate career because her sites were set on veterinary school. Rachael is currently a third year veterinary student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and will graduate with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020.“I am very excited to represent Iowa’s agricultural industry at Miss Rodeo Iowa. I will be both a veterinary student and rodeo ambassador which will allow me to travel around the country promoting professional rodeo, Iowa’s agriculture, and animal welfare. I hope to combine my passions for veterinary medicine and rodeo in order find my niche in the industry. I decided to become a veterinarian when I was 8 years old and my lifelong dream is to give back to the agricultural community that gave me so much. Being Miss Rodeo Iowa will help me do just that.”
When finished with her degree Rachael hopes to work at a rural mixed animal practice somewhere in the Midwest and eventually become a PRCA veterinarian.
As Miss Rodeo Iowa, Rachael will travel approximately 30,000 miles both in and out of the state. Through her travels she will focus on promoting Iowa agricultural, rodeo & educational opportunities for young women. During her reign she will attend rodeos, fairs and parades, as well as visit schools, hospitals and the elderly. Rachael will conduct radio, television and newspaper interviews across the nation. In December of 2019, she will represent Iowa at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. During this pageant, Rachael will have the opportunity to vie for the coveted Miss Rodeo America title along with over $100,000 in educational scholarships and other awards.