McKynlie Bowers is the 12-year-old daughter of Jeremy and Falisha Bowers. McKynlie has grown up in the northwestern Oklahoma town of Woodward, on her Centennial Farm where her family raises Black Angus cattle and American Quarter Horses. McKynlie has learned many aspects about agriculture at a young age growing up on her family’s farm including how to ride horses, work cattle, doctor cattle, pull calves and even pregnancy check heifers. She enjoys playing outside, going horseback riding and jumping on the trampoline with her brother, Colton.
She plans to learn to breakaway rope, so she can be more competitive in the sport of rodeo. She participated in the Cherokee (Oklahoma) Rodeo Princess Pageant in 2018 where she achieved the sportsmanship award and won awards for western wear, personality and interview. She also competed in the Central Plains Rodeo Association Princess Pageant in fall 2018 achieving 2nd runner-up. She also was the reserve grand champion at her county 4-H horse show in spring and fall 2019.
McKynlie is a member of many youth rodeo associations including NBHA, OKJHSRA, HOYRA AND NWOJR. She qualified for finals in the Young Guns winter rodeo series in barrels and poles in 2019, the same year she qualified for the finals in barrels in the Northwest Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association. She currently is competing in Junior High School Rodeo and the Heart of Youth Rodeo Associations in barrels, poles and goat tying. For the 2021 season, she was the Reserve Champion barrel racing average winner at the HOYRA Finals and placed 3rd for the year-end awards in barrels and 7th in goat tying and 7th in the average.
Her long-term future endeavors include attending Oklahoma State University on a rodeo or reining scholarship. Her career goal is to become an equine therapist with a focus on chiropractic care.