Makenzie Conner is the 16 year old daughter of Jennifer and Jimmy Conner. She is from Groveland, Florida where she attends South Lake High School as a junior. Although her love for horses and cattle may be strong, she hopes one day to obtain her degree in becoming a pediatric dental hygienist. Makenzie was lucky enough to grow up riding horses and raising cattle for the local county fair. Being apart of 4H and FFA for over 6 years has helped her to manage her time, money, and goals. One thing about her is that she is not your average girl. From riding bulls at rodeos, to gracefully showing her western pleasure horse all over the southern United States, she truly has done it all. She started out at the age of just three, going to dance classes and eventually dancing competitively by the age of six. All throughout her dance career, she also competed in pageants. When she was nine, she decided she wanted to become an all star cheerleader and participated in that for four years. At the age of 12, her love for everything else came to a quick end when she took her very first horseback riding lesson. Immediately after that, nothing could replace her passion for horses. A huge impact that has been made on Makenzie’s life would be Florida’s agriculture. Raising steers for our meat production can be hard but it definitely teaches everyone many life lessons. Today, Makenzie enjoys riding horses, raising cattle, hunting with her dad, shopping, competing in pageants, and representing the sport of rodeo. When Makenzie decided to compete in the Miss Rodeo Florida pageant, she quickly began to prepare and practice for this event. Throughout the pageant, she received the congeniality, appearance, personality, and horsemanship award. As well as the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Florida 2018. With that being said, she is looking forward to a year full of traveling and spreading her love for rodeo and the western way of life throughout the state of Florida.