At the stock show, a lady walked up and asked my sister and me if we would like to be rodeo queens. I wasn't sure what a rodeo queen was, but I was thinking "
At the stock show, a lady walked up and asked my sister and me if we would like to be rodeo queens. I wasn't sure what a rodeo queen was, but I was thinking "a queen – how cool!" My sister and I both said yes, so she walked us to her booth. There, we met Ayla Newman, 2014 Brush Rodeo queen and Madison Warffeli, her lady in waiting. They looked sharp, dressed in sparkly cowboy outfits with tiaras on their hats, decorated leather sashes across their shoulders, and colorful vests. They looked like they had just come back from a parade. Alya and Madison were at the stock show explaining and demonstrating what being a rodeo queen is about.
Most rodeos hold a rodeo queen competition. In order to compete, you must be a single female under a certain age. At the Brush Rodeo in Brush, Colorado, girls compete to become a lady in waiting. They then follow the queen for a year in order to learn her job, and are crowned queen the following year. Ayla became lady in waiting at age 18 and queen at 19.
The competition considers horsemanship, appearance, and personality. Horsemanship is having respect for your horse, having knowledge about horses, and being an excellent rider. Appearance judges confidence, modeling, and how the contestants look in their western clothing. You are judged on your personality by answering a series of questions. The judges look for contestants who answer with knowledge and poise. The competition gives points for these things and if you have the most points, you become the rodeo queen.
Ayla explained that as rodeo queen, you are basically an ambassador for your rodeo. That means that you promote your rodeo by riding in parades and visiting other towns and rodeos. They often volunteer at schools and public events. They sign lots of autographs and answer questions about the rodeo. One of the fun things they get to do is greet their fans at the beginning of a rodeo.
You can meet Alya and Madison at the stock show or see them in action at the next Brush Rodeo from July 2-4, 2014. They will be the ones smiling and waving at you from atop their horses.