The whirlwind of a week we call Fourth of July is officially wrapped. With the exception of a few hours on the morning of the 4th, the weather was outstanding for all of the week's events, including Mandan Rodeo Days.

Once again, six local cowgirls competed for rodeo royalty this year for their chance to serve as ambassadors for the 2014 Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration. After a rigorous competition, 19-year-old Danielle Taylor of Mandan and 11-year-old Brianna Horner of Bismarck were crowned Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess, respectively.

Miss Rodeo Mandan Contestants (l to r): Lakyn Bruhn; Mckenzy Dean; Brianna Horner; Danielle Taylor; Megan Haag; and Jessica Pfliger.

Taylor is the 19-year-old daughter of Marc and DeeAnn Taylor of Mandan and a 2011 graduate of Mandan High School. She's currently studying Communications at South Dakota State University. Taylor is heavily involved in a number of activities, including showing livestock, hockey, hunting, and competing in roping and goat tying. She is a current member of the Mandan Horse and Saddle Club, New Salem Saddle Club, SDSU Rodeo Club and SDSU women’s hockey.

Horner is the 11-year-old daughter of Lonnie and Vonda Horner, Bismarck and will be a sixth grader in the fall at Apple Creek Elementary near Bismarck. Her hobbies include barrel racing, roping, pole bending, playing alto saxophone, drawing, working with and training horses that her family raises. She's involved in the N.D. Junior High School Rodeo Association, National Barrel Horse Association and Mandan Horse and Saddle Club.

Both Danielle and Brianna will be asked to participate in speaking engagements on behalf of the Mandan Rodeo Committee, to assist at regional rodeos and to teach youth about the sport of rodeo and activities offered during Mandan Rodeo Days.