OGDEN -- When you look at Chenae Shiner, the new Miss Rodeo America 2013, it's easy to recognize exactly how long it's been since Utah had a national rodeo queen.
That's because Shiner, 22, was only 8 last time a Utah woman was the winner of the contest held during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev.
And Shiner remembers exactly when she decided to set her heart upon that star.
It was the moment she met Mary Shaw, Miss Rodeo America 1998.
"I worked harder at everything -- school, cheerleading, rodeo," she said. "You have to give 100 percent in everything."
And not only did Shiner follow Shaw's dream this month, Shaw -- now Drake -- helped Shiner get there.
"Mary Shaw Drake helped me get ready," Shiner said. "She was there at coronation."
Shaw's father, Jerry Shaw, who is the Ogden Pioneer Days chairman, said he thought Shiner would win the pageant throughout the eight-day competition.
"It was a carryover from Miss Rodeo Utah. She was the best I'd ever seen her," Shaw said. "She was accepting of the part that win or lose, she was doing her best."
Shiner and Shaw were interviewed this week at an open house attended by hundreds of rodeo fans and supporters in the Top of Utah at the Ogden Marriott Hotel hosted by Ogden Pioneer Days.
Shaw said there were some heart-pounding moments at the culmination of the Miss Rodeo America pageant when Miss Rodeo South Dakota won two major categories in the contest -- the horsemanship and personality categories.
"I always felt (Shiner) was the one but when they announced the other girl for those two categories, I was nervous," Jerry Shaw said.
He asked Shiner what she was saying to Miss Rodeo South Dakota when the announcement of the winners had gotten down to just those two women.
"I was telling her congratulations," Shiner said, admitting that she believed the other woman had won.
Shiner was the winner of the appearance and photogenic awards, which don't as often predict the winner of a contest as the combination of awards the other woman had won.
Shaw said Shiner's jaw dropped dramatically when she was announced as the winner.
Shiner said the crowning moment was just one of a host of exciting adventures throughout her road to success that week in the Miss Rodeo America contest.
"I wanted to not feel stressed or pressured and enjoy the moment for what it was," she said of the contest, noting that such a strategy could work well for other situations too.
"In every aspect of your life, if you can find the good in everything, it matters," she said. "Whether it is school or work or rodeo queening, life is what you make of it."
And Shiner is looking forward to more exciting events throughout the coming year.
She'll have the holidays to rest up and then she'll be gone almost continuously throughout the next year.
In January, she heads to Denver, Colo., and she'll spend much of February in Florida.
"People keep asking me which rodeo I'm most excited to attend," she said.
"I tell them Ogden Pioneer Days. I consider this my home-town rodeo."
The Roosevelt woman is a former Miss Rodeo Ogden and she said she set her sights on the yearly Ogden event where the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant is held from the time she was 8.
And she said the support she received from Ogden Pioneer Days and Top of Utah residents has been phenomenal.
"I want them to know how grateful I am to the people of Ogden," she said.
She said the Ogden rodeo and all it offers has helped her set goals throughout her life.
Shiner is a professional barrel racer with the Women's Professional Rodeo Association.
Participating in this sport, she said, has helped her become a better rodeo queen and that rodeo queening has helped her become a better barrel racer.
"I like the outlook I get in each," she said.
Having been a contestant, she said she understands what contestants need from the queens.
"They don't have to worry so much about getting the fans into the stands," she said, pointing to her new role of attracting fans.
And she wants to share her enthusiasm with all she sees.
"I just want everyone to enjoy it as much as I am," she said of her title.
"Being a rodeo queen is a service job."