Ariel Weinman, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2015, is Illinois’ first lady of professional rodeo. Her reign as the 37th Miss Rodeo Illinois started on January 1, 2015. During the next year Ariel will travel the country attending rodeos, parades, special events as an ambassador for the sport of rodeo and promoting the western way of life. Ariel will also take on the role of representative for her home state of Illinois and will be working to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.
Ariel is the 23 year old daughter of Wes and Debbie Weinman of Brighton, Ill. In May 2014 she graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s degree in speech communications - public relations with a minor in advertising. Ariel is also a graduate of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. Ariel became involved with horses at a young age. Into her adult hood, the equine industry remains her passion. She is currently working as a handler for the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. She is an avid barrel racer and team roper but has also shown hunter-jumpers, and western pleasure. Ariel is an alumni of the Illinois High School Rodeo Association and was also an active member of 4H. In 2011 she qualified for the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World and in 2012 she was a National Barrel Horse Association Open World qualifier. As a leader of the local 4-H horse club at the Beverly Farm Equestrian Center, The Lucky Horse Shoes, Ariel is encouraging the next generations of equestrians.
This year will be a new adventure as Ariel travels around the county as Miss Rodeo Illinois. None of this would be possible without her friends, family, and generous sponsors.