Brett named Miss Rodeo Trinity Valley Exposition

Ellie Brett waves to rodeo fans after being announced as Miss Rodeo Trinity Valley Exposition on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Magana Media)

There is a new queen in Liberty County. Ellie Brett, of Hardin, was crowned Miss Rodeo Trinity Valley Exposition on Saturday during rodeo events in Liberty.

To be selected as queen, Brett bested the competition in horsemanship, speech, modeling, impromptu questions, personal interview and ticket sales. Contestants also competed in a social media contest to determine which candidate is most photogenic. The first runner-up in the contest is Mary Dowdell.

A Miss Teen Rodeo Trinity Valley Exposition was also announced on Saturday. This contest is for girls ages 10-14. Blakelee Siros was picked as Miss Teen Rodeo TVE.

Both Brett and Siros will hold their titles until next October when new rodeo queens will be crowned. For winning the contest, each girl received a custom saddle, buckle, crown, sash and other prizes.

Blakelee Siros reacts to being named Miss Teen Rodeo TVE. (Photo courtesy of Magana Media)
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. “The eighteen-year-old rodeo queen and her princess told me that rodeo people, including themselves, ‘hated Democrats, environmentalists, and gays.’ I was astonished that their political and social outlook could be reduced to such simple platitudes of hate. And why?” (–from “Rodeo Queens and the American Dream,” by Joan Burbick, Public Affairs, NYC, 2002)

    Relatedly, see prize-winning documentary, “BUCKING TRADITION” – (also available on YouTube).

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