The 46th Miss Rodeo Texas, Alyssa Plackemeier of Friendswood, has worn the crown for just over a week, but she already has her travel schedule booked for a visit to Brownwood later this month.

Plackemeier, 22, a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in animal science specializing in equine production, will attend the Brown County Rodeo July 26-28, pageant officials announced.

She assumed the title during the Miss Rodeo Texas pageant held Friday, June 22, in San Antonio.

She was crowned by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, himself a former team roper and cutting horse competitor.

Plackemeier competed as Miss Rodeo Houston-Harris County.

“Being named the winner of such a prestigious and time-honored event and having the high honor to be crowned by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst left me almost speechless,” Plackemeier said.

As Miss Rodeo Texas 2007, Plackemeier, in addition to the title, earned a $10,000 scholarship, trophy saddle, trophy buckle and additional prizes.

“As a third generation Aggie deeply embedded in tradition, it is with great pride to represent the Lone Star State as Miss Rodeo Texas,” Plackemeier said.

Plackemeier was previously Miss Rodeo Texas Teen 2003, Miss Rodeo Sandhills Teen 2003 and Miss Rodeo Galveston County 2002. She also volunteers with the Sandhills Special Kids Rodeo, Top Hands Rodeo and Rodeo Houston. She participated in the Calf Scramble competition in the San Antonio Rodeo, Rodeo Houston and Galveston County in 2002, catching a calf at all three rodeos, and returned the next year to each rodeo to exhibit her heifer.

She is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Texas A&M Rodeo Team as a barrel racer, Saddles and Sirloin Club Pre-Vet Society, National Barrel Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers and World Barrel Racing Productions.

Accomplished in horse riding and roping events, Plackemeier competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway calf roping, hunter under saddle and hunter jumpers. She was a Region VII qualifier in 2002-2003 at the Texas High School Rodeo Association state finals in pole bending and cutting competitions.

The Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant has produced seven Miss Rodeo Americas since 1963. Miss Rodeo Texas serves as a goodwill ambassador of rodeo, the official sport of Texas, working closely with professional rodeos, rodeo associations and community organizations to preserve western heritage and help keep the western industry alive and flourishing.

Contestants from all over the state participate in the Miss Rodeo Texas program with three age groups vying for three crowns. The Miss Rodeo Texas contestants consist of pageant winners from 19 to 24 years old.

The Miss Rodeo Texas Teen consists of 14- to 18-year-old young women who are pageant winners from other Texas pageants or hold a rodeo queen title. The Miss Rodeo Texas Princess competition consists of 9- to 13-year-old contestants. The selection of each of the rodeo queens is based on horsemanship, appearance, and personality competitions.

Plackemeier will compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (PRCA).

“Serving as an ambassador for the state of Texas and the sport of rodeo, I aspire to share my deep passion about my sport, western heritage and our western way of life,” Plackemeier said. “My dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Texas and the official ambassador for the PRCA rodeos in Texas has come true.”