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2014 Miss California Rodeo Contest Entry Info

About the Contest

Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2015

Contest Information


Each July, several young women converge upon Salinas to participate in the challenge of becoming the next Miss California Rodeo Salinas. Contest Chairman Laurie LaVelle and California Rodeo President Daryl Whitcher invite you to join the competition of the Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest and the celebration of the 105th Anniversary of the California Rodeo Salinas!

The contest winner will receive a $2,500 cash scholarship to be used at the college of her choice, a gold and silver trophy belt buckle, the use of a two-horse trailer for one year, along with many other lovely gifts and the honor of wearing the Miss California Rodeo Salinas gold and silver tiara.

Our 2014 Miss California Rodeo Salinas, Jynel Gularte, will be traveling to rodeos, parades and events throughout the state promoting our contest and our rodeo. We hope you have the opportunity to meet her and hear about her exciting year.


Competition is open to young women 18 – 21 years of age. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2015 without having turned 22 by July 31, 2015. Contestants may enter the contest more than once, but may only win once, and may not have been married or pregnant at any time.

In order to be eligible, contestants must be sponsored by either a recognized horsemen’s organization or another recognized community organization (not commercial). Please note: Miss California Rodeo 2015 will have numerous and rewarding opportunities and experiences during her reign. Therefore, if any contestant entering the 2015 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest currently holds a queen title representing another rodeo or horse organization, her reign must have ended prior to the start of the 2015 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest to be eligible to compete.

There is no entry fee for the privilege of competing.


Contestants are judged on horsemanship (40%), personality (30%), appearance (20%) and scholarship (10%). Horsemanship will include a pattern that demonstrates your horsemanship abilities and a presentation run on your own horse. Each contestant will also participate in a draw for the exchange of contestants’ horses. The same pattern or one similar will be performed by each contestant on the horse selected in the draw. Personality and appearance judging will involve a brief private interview and friendly impromptu questions before an audience. The scholarship section will include a short examination.

Application Process

In addition to your contestant application, essay (between 350 and 500 words) and horse pen fee, you must also submit one (1) color glossy 8x10 photo (at least 300 dpi) of a head and shoulder shot in western attire with hat and no personal crown or sash. This photograph and any others taken in connection with the event may be used to publicize the California Rodeo.

All entries (including essay, horse pen fee, and color photo) must be EMAILED to the address provided on the application form NO LATER THAN Monday, May 4, 2015.  Do not wait until the final day or hour to email your entry.  You will receive a confirmation that your entry has been received within the next business day. 

Official headquarters for the Miss California Rodeo Salinas contestants will be the Laurel Inn, 801 W. Laurel Drive, Salinas, CA, (831) 449-2474. Reservations at this motel are MANDATORY for July 14, 15 & 16 and MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY BY THE CONTESTANT BY THE ENTRY DEADLINE of MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015. The California Rodeo Association will pay the motel expenses (Thursday - Sunday) of the winning contestant only. All contestants must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Upon the acceptance of your application, a detailed information packet will be sent to each contestant. The packet will include guidelines and rules for each category of the contest, a contest itinerary, a list of recommended attire and more. Contestants will be required to sign a release of liability waiver and an agreement declaration.

If you have questions regarding the application or the contest, please do not hesitate to call the Rodeo Office @ (831) 775-3100 and ask for Laurie LaVelle.


Please mail application to:

Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest
Post Office Box 1648
Salinas, California 93902
(831) 775-3100
(800) 771-8807



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