For the past month, young ladies interested in representing Delta County at rodeos and parades across the Western Slope have been attending clinics, practicing their horsemanship and meeting with judges for private interviews and impromptu questions.
An exciting year awaits the winning contestants, as 2013 queen Samantha Heinze, princess Selbi Shenold and junior princess Kaitlyn Sharpe discovered.
Samantha served as junior princess and princess before being selected queen for 2013. She has attended rodeos, parades, conventions and clinics in Colorado and Nevada.
"The highlight of my year," she reports, "would have to be carrying the American flag at the National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., and performing trick riding with my horse 'Honey' as a specialty act during the finals. I plan to represent Delta County at the Miss Rodeo Colorado competition in 2014."
Heinze is a junior in high school and said she plans to graduate early so she can pursue a career in nursing.
Selbi Shenold said it's been an exciting year traveling and meeting new people. Kaitlyn, the junior princess, has these words of advice for this year's contestants: "Good luck to you royalty contestants, and remember if you dream, you can accomplish anything."
All three young ladies expressed their appreciation to Delta County, the Delta County Fair Board, and to royalty coordinator Teresa Burns.
This week, the contestants took a written test on horsemanship as part of the Junior Horse Show. They'll take part in the parade Saturday morning, and will be involved in the grand entry at Friday and Saturday night's rodeo performances The crowning of the 2013-14 royalty takes place right after the grand entry.
All contestants will receive prizes; winning royalty will be awarded scholarships, belt buckles, trophies and tiaras.blog comments powered by Disqus