2022 Miss Rodeo Alaska
Mykaela "Mykie" McMullen
Mykaela lives in the Matanuska Valley in Southcentral Alaska, the heart of agriculture, farming, and the horse community in the State of Alaska. Originally from the Central Valley of California, Miss Rodeo Alaska Mykaela (Mykie) McMullen was born in Roseville, CA, to Doug and Kym McMullen, a young military couple. She is the second of three children - her eldest brother, Nathan, is a Corpsman in the United States Navy, and her younger brother, Gavin, works as a duck hunting guide in Western Alaska. When Mykaela was two, her family moved from the agricultural center of California to be stationed at Malmstrom Airforce Base in Great Falls, Montana. In 2009, after six years in Montana wheat country, the military moved the McMullen’s to the Last Frontier - the State of Alaska continues to be the McMullen’s home where they reside in Wasilla with three horses, seven pigs, two dogs, and two cats.
From Montana to Alaska, Mykaela has been raised in the great outdoors where her father shares his love of fishing and hunting. Prior to Mykaela entering high school, her family would spend 8-10 days subsistence hunting as a family (inclusive of the family dogs) in rural interior Alaska for moose and caribou. To this day, Mykaela’s mother, Kym, continues to instill her with a deep love for all animals, but most significantly a passion for horses, horsemanship, and riding. The McMullen’s have owned horses ever since Mykaela can remember; she grew up around them, has ridden since before she was born (her mother jokes), and has learned all of her foundational skills from her mom.
Mykaela has lived in the State of Alaska since she was eight years old. She began playing competitive soccer in 2010 and continued through high school as the captain of her team during her Junior and Senior years. Upon graduation from Mat-Su Career and Technical High School in Wasilla, AK, Mykaela earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification. After graduation she served as an intern at Pool Performance Horses in Weatherford, TX until she moved back to Alaska in December 2019 where she worked as a Chiropractic Assistant until she became a glacier guide on the Matanuska Glacier in October 2021. Her aspirations are to become a commercial pilot, a dream which is fully supported by her entire family; last summer the McMullen’s purchased a Cessna 172. This airplane is a family affair (as most everything is with the McMullen’s) as they all intend to earn their Private Pilot Licenses in the Summer of 2022. After earning her Private Pilot License, Mykaela will continue on toward earning her commercial certification.
Mykaela is passionate about the State of Alaska and serving as Miss Rodeo Alaska where she strives to be a positive role model and influence as she travels the far reaches of the Last Frontier and beyond as an ambassador of western life, our farming heritage, the agricultural industry, and Rodeo Alaska.
Mykaela “Mykie” McMullen, from Wasilla, Alaska, is proud to represent the Last Frontier as Miss Rodeo Alaska 2022!