When Jessi Muha was 6 years old she had the best job a kid could have. Every Friday and Saturday night, dressed in her Wranglers, red sponsor shirt and hat, she manned the electronic eye for the barrel racers at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. She was also sent out into the arena to pick up items dropped by riders and help pack up at the end of the rodeo each night. Thus began not only her life-long love of rodeo, but also her desire to help out behind the scenes.
At twelve years old, Jessi ran in her first pageant for the Navajo County Fair and Rodeo and became their Junior Teen Queen. She proudly represented the Navajo County Fair and Rodeo as royalty for four years and the Show Low Deuces Wild Rodeo as queen in 2016.
As a true Arizona cowgirl, Jessi has spent time all over the state. She has lived in Snowflake and Show Low in Navajo County, Chino Valley and Scottsdale. She was very active in FFA and was a state officer for FCCLA. Her participation in these groups has made her an advocate for student run organizations and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s). Jessi is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education and hopes to eventually become an agricultural teacher like those who inspired her.
In January of 2017 Jessi attended her first event as Miss Rodeo Arizona. The day after her coronation she travelled (12 hours by car in snowy weather!) back to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to compete in the Cowboy Downhill and attend the National Western Stock Show in Denver. She’s come all long way from a little girl collecting autographs at the Cowboy Downhill to beautiful young lady competing and signing autographs there this year!
Jessi hopes to attend as many rodeos as possible this year, both in Arizona and across the country. Leading by being a strong example she hopes to able to be a hand to the stock contractors and rodeo committees that have given her this opportunity. If you happen to see her at an event or rodeo, walk up and say hello! She never met a stranger and is always happy to make a new friend.