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Miss Rodeo Colorado Takes the Reins

Randilyn Madison, ‘20

Randilyn Madison didn’t waste a moment of her opportunity to get a great education at Colorado Mesa University and left with three degrees. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s in business management, and associate degrees in sustainable agriculture and agriculture science.

“CMU always made me feel like my education came first, and my trifecta of degrees has allowed me to transition into the agriculture industry very well,” she said. “I am currently Miss Rodeo Colorado but will pursue a career in agriculture once my year is complete.”

Becoming Miss Rodeo Colorado is a vigorous process and Madison waited until she finished college to chase the title because she knew it would be a major commitment. The contest consists of horsemanship, interviews, written tests, speaking and modeling. Madison has traveled to seven different states since January and will be at rodeos across Colorado this summer through November.

Madison said that being Miss Rodeo Colorado is an honor and she’s excited to represent the agriculture industry, her community, Colorado and the sport of rodeo. Madison isn’t the only CMU graduate to grace the title — Audra McNicholas was crowned the 54th Miss Rodeo Colorado in 2009.

Racing dirt bikes and volunteering for her platform, Rev Up Hope, are Madison’s great passions. Rev Up Hope works to empower and educate people who are battling cancer and illness. Madison and her mother, along with her twin sister, started the project 10 years ago, delivering blankets to the University of Colorado Children’s Hospital and other cancer centers. Unfortunately, Madison’s mother lost her own battle with cancer in 2014, but Madison is determined to keep her memory alive by continuing her work with Rev Up Hope.

“My goal is to be a good role model for young ladies and to encourage them to follow their dreams and live an adventurous life,” said Madison.


Written by Heather Portenier