To be a princess or a queen at the Kids Rodeo, you have to look good, talk well and most of all be an exemplary rider of horses for your age group. All of the girls in the contest were well qualified to be royalty in this year's Kids Rodeo.
On Thursday morning at the Valley Cowboy Church, Queen Emily Waggoner (Arkansas Valley Fair Queen) served as Mistress of Ceremonies, presenting the candidates for Kids Rodeo Queen, Junior Princess and Tiny Tots Princess. Competing for queen were Hope Roweth, 14, La Junta, Miss Broken Spear Design; Marisa Wookey, 16, Manzanola, Miss Wookey Trucking; and Ashtyn Groves, 15, La Junta, Miss Groves Ranch & Farm.
Kamrynn Patterson, 10, Kim, Miss EZ Ration Hay Processor, and Madison Pryor, 13, La Junta, Miss P Cross 4 Ranch, were competing for Junior Princess. Jerni Hall, 6, La Junta, Miss Flying T; Jordan Bates, 6, Manzanola, Miss Bates Horse and Cattle Company; Ashton Elliott, 9, La Junta, Miss Elliott Quarter Horses; Dray Hall, 8, La Junta, Miss H&H Cattle; Reese Dutton, 6, La Junta, Miss Lazy 3 J Land & Horses, were competing for Tiny Tots Princess.
All the candidates had to answer a question pertaining to ranch life or horsemanship. One was unlucky enough to get an acronym with which she was not familiar, but she looked stunning, and the riding contest was yet to come.
After the riding contest, the judges took a long time to announce their decision. The results were given, Tiny Tots first, and the Arkansas Valley Fair Queens attached the appropriate ribbons and gave out the very nice prizes, flowers, ribbons and tiaras. The queen, Hope Roweth, 14, of La Junta, received a saddle as her prize, donated by Chester Bay truck drivers.
In the Tiny Tots Contest, second runner-up was Reese Dutton, 6, of La Junta, first runner-up was Ashton Elliott, 9, of La Junta, and the Tiny Tots princess was Dray Hall, 8, of La Junta. In the Junior Princess category, Madison Pryor, 13, of La Junta was runner-up and Kamrynn Patterson, 10, of Kim was Junior Princess. In the queen contest, Marisa Wookey, 16, Manzanola, was second runner-up and Ashtyn Groves, 15, of La Junta was first runner-up. The girls will participate in the Kids Rodeo Grand Entry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.