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 Brent Eastman invite you to join the competition of the Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest and the celebration of the 109th 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 2018 Miss California Rodeo Salinas, Valerie Costanza, 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, 2019 without having turned 22 by July 31, 2019. 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 represent either a recognized horsemen’s organization or another recognized community organization (not commercial). Miss California Rodeo 2019 will have numerous and rewarding opportunities and experiences during her reign. If any contestant entering the 2019 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest currently holds a queen title representing another rodeo or horse organization, she will be eligible to compete in our contest with specific conditions outlined in the Contestant Contract. 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.
Once you have made the decision to compete for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2019, you will need to fill out an online application including uploading an essay (between 350 and 500 words, .doc format) and one (1) color 8x10 photo (at least 300 dpi, jpg format) of a head and shoulder shot in western attire with hat and no personal crown or sash. Your photograph and any others taken in connection with the event may be used to publicize the California Rodeo. You will also need to mail in a California Rodeo Salinas Release of Liability and Contestant Contract forms to CA Rodeo Attn: MCRS Contest PO BOX 1648, Salinas, CA 93902 by May 6, 2019.
Official headquarters for the Miss California Rodeo Salinas contestants will be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 195 Kern Street, Salinas, CA (831) 737-1160. Reservations at this motel are MANDATORY for Tuesday, July 16, Wednesday, July 17 & Thursday, July 18 with checkout on Friday, July 19 and MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY BY THE CONTESTANT BY THE ENTRY DEADLINE of Monday, May 6, 2019. 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.
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.