Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2016
Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2022
“Everything happens for a reason; I’m determined to find God’s reason for me.” This is the motto that Elise Burwell lives by where rodeo, ranching, and farming are the foundations in her life. Elise, 25 years old, calls Killdeer, ND home and is a Mayville State University graduate.
Being a rodeo contestant and advocate for the agricultural industry has been a fundamental part in Elise’s life from a young age. Growing up, Elise could be found turning her horse around anything that resembled a barrel, and practicing her rodeo queen wave. Today, you can find her competing at numerous amateur and professional rodeos across North Dakota in barrel racing and breakaway roping. Outside of wearing the coveted North Dakota crown and competing at rodeos, Elise enjoys archery, welding, and ice fishing.
During her reign as Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Elise has visions to promote and improve rodeo as a whole. “Behind The Crown” is the official name to her new podcast where she plans to highlight and showcase important members in the rodeo she attends - stock contractors, contestants, rodeo queens, and much more. Additionally, she plans to expand this into a vlogging series, providing educational tidbits about how rodeo committees have specific rules in place to keep our livestock, contestants, and personnel safe.
Furthermore, Elise recognizes the opportunity she has to leave a positive impression on our youth. Her platform, “I will”, has been fundamental in her personal success, therefore it is her mission to travel to as many schools in North Dakota as possible, sharing her story about how horses and rodeo impacted her success, and reminding youth that they have the ability to chase their dreams too.
Burwell will travel the region during 2022 promoting the sport of rodeo and the western heritage and will compete for Miss Rodeo America in December 2022. By winning the title, Burwell will be awarded a Chevy vehicle to drive during her year by Heartland Chevy & Wilhelm Chevrolet of Jamestown, along with cash prizes, trophy saddle, buckle, and more!