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2022 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest

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Scroll down to read biographies for each contestant.

2022 Contest Schedule*

Photo by Ronnie Esparza 
Thursday, July 7th
Noon: All contestants' horses must be settled at the Rodeo Grounds no later than noon.
1:00pm Strawberry Meet & Greet Luncheon on the California Rodeo's Mike Storm Director's Patio.
3:00pm California Rodeo Room for rehearsal.

Friday, July 8th
7:45am Vet check
8:30am Horsemanship Judging Salinas Sports Complex Track; open to the public, no admission charges.
11:00am Lunch at the California Rodeo Museum for Contestants and Emily
Noon: Scholarship examination
3:00pm Contestants meet with Emily at California Rodeo Office Conference Room and Individual Interviews with Judges to follow in Museum
4:00pm Patio opens for guests and families
4:45pm Buffet Dinner at California Rodeo Director's Patio
5:30pm Contestants move to staging area
6:00pm Judging on-stage Personality and Appearance at California Rodeo Room. Open to the public and no admission charges

Saturday, July 9th
9:00am Awards Brunch ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2022 MISS CALIFORNIA RODEO and presentation of individual awards at California Rodeo Director's Patio
Noon Contest concludes

*Events and times are subject to change.

2022 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contestants

Chelsea Rogell - Miss California Gymkhana Association District 14
Macee Nunes - Miss West Hills College Rodeo
Mayson Bothwell - Miss La Grange Rodeo Princess
Rose Escobar – Miss Salinas Valley Wine Country Pro Rodeo
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Miss California Rodeo Salinas Sponsor

Thank you to our generous contributors:

California Rodeo Association Color Portrait and Lifetime Pass to Miss California Rodeo 2021

California Rodeo Association California Rodeo Gifts to all contestants

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Motel Accommodations for Miss California Rodeo Salinas

California Rodeo Association Use of California Rodeo Salinas Two-Horse Trailer + $3000 Scholarship

Harden Foundation Gold and Silver Belt Buckle, Gold and Silver Tiara

Forever Royals Leather-tooled Scrapbook

Swenson & Silacci- Bouquet of Red Roses

California Rodeo Association-Awards for Runners-Up, Personality, Appearance, Horsemanship, Scholarship & Congeniality

San Benito County Cattlemen’s Association $100 Award - 1st Runner Up; $50 Award - 2nd Runner Up

Craig Andrus Farms- Wheelbarrow

Shelley Daoro, Miss CA Rodeo 1983 Saddle Blanket

Holly Andrus Harris, Miss CA Rodeo 2002- Horse Blanket

McWherter’s Jewelers- Wrist Watch

Monterey County Cattlewomen- $100 Award

Monterey County Cattlemen’s Association- $200 Award

Leslie & Kearney Martins- Sterling Silver Concho Pin & Earring Set

Scott & Marni Violini & Brad Tarp- Bosal Handmade by Brad Tarp

Grace Erickson, Miss CA Rodeo 2013 & Family- Headstall

Sally Swanson- Limited Edition Print by Jack Swanson

L.A. Hearne Company Feed & Ranch Supply(King City & Prunedale)- $200 Gift Certificate

Tracy Frank, Miss CA Rodeo 2012- Two Director’s Chairs with Rodeo Logo & Miss California Rodeo 2022 text

Dr. Darci Agin, Miss CA Rodeo 2001/Platinum Performance- Platinum Performance Equine Gift

American Ag Credit- Gift Bags

Jocelyn Baty- $200 Gift Certificate for Rod’s True Western

Lucky J. Embroidery, Linda Jacobsen & Amanda Johnson,

Miss CA Rodeo 2007- Garment Bag, Boot Bag, Suitcase & Make Up Bag

Patti Nunes, Hostess 1958 & Laurie LaVelle, Sweetheart 1975- Spur Straps

DeeDee Garcia White, Debbie Kiersey, Pat Sallay & Lynn Lincoln- Garcia Sterling Silver Spurs & Legacy of Silver & Saddles, G.S. Garcia to J.M. Capriola Co. book

The Robertson Family- Horse Halter & Leg Wraps

Across the Prairie- Purse

Garlinger Cattle Company- Special Participation Gifts

Carlos & Sherri Hernandez- $100 to each contestant and 2021 MCR

Star Market- Gift Basket

Dr. Brittany Davis, Miss CA Rodeo 2010- $350 Gift Certificate to MelloWorks - Custom Rodeo Queen and Western Wear

Miss California Rodeo Committee- Rodeo Jacket & California Rodeo History Book

Jynel Gularte, Miss CA Rodeo 2014 & Family- Hat Can

Megan Ford, Miss CA Rodeo 2016 & Family- $200 Award

Lena Coulson, Miss CA Rodeo 2017- Hair on Hide Cosmetic Bag

Valerie Costanza, Miss CA Rodeo 2018- Leather Breast Collar

Kelsee French, Miss CA Rodeo 2019- Gift Certificate for Custom Leather Belt

Emily Cullins, Miss CA Rodeo 2021 & Family- Framed California Rodeo Poster & Trophy Stirrups

Miss California Rodeo 2022 Contestant Biographies

Chelsea Rogell - Miss California Gymkhana Association District 14

Just like her new favorite painting inspiration, Chelsea Rogell of Creston is spreading her wings to fly like a butterfly. She has chosen to further her studies in Agriculture Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in addition to minoring in Art and Design.

Chelsea has found happiness and inclusivity while competing in rodeo events throughout her life. She credits this gained confidence to the many rodeo organizations she was a part of throughout her youth including WCJRA, NBHA, CHSRA and more. She has achieved many awards for competition from these associations as well as academic honors. In high school she joined Future Farmers of America taking on public speaking contests and showing animals. In addition she took on leadership roles, including chapter president and regional officer, where she helped students find confidence within themselves.

Rodeo has shown Chelsea a way to give back to her local communities as an ambassador spreading awareness about the rodeo industry. Annually she partakes in a local agricultural day where she teaches students to rope. Chelsea enters our contest with the hopes of becoming the official ambassador of the California Rodeo as Miss California Rodeo.

Macee Nunes – Miss West Hills College Rodeo

Macee Nunes of Prather is a proud fourth generation Californian continuing a long family history in horses and in ranching traditions. With goals of becoming a large animal veterinarian, Macee is currently a student at West Hills College. Her future academic plans include studying at a four year university for pre-veterinary medicine and then attending veterinary school.

With many animals under her care, Macee is involved in the training, exercise and competition of her family's bucking bulls at PBR events. She also spends lots of time riding and practicing with her horses. Having qualified and competed at many top barrel racing events and championships across the nation, she now competes on the West Hills College Rodeo Team for the NIRA West Coast Region. An all-around animal lover, she fosters dogs for local animal shelters and recently adopted a dog named Charlie.

Macee wants to use her knowledge of rodeo and her western heritage to help promote the sport of rodeo. She recognizes the prestige and tradition that is synonymous to the Salinas Rodeo and is excited for the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss California Rodeo.

Mayson Bothwell – Miss La Grange Rodeo Princess

From a fifth generation California family, Mayson Bothwell hails originally from Livermore but now lives near King City. This current student of Cuesta College is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business with the goal of becoming a Cattle Brand Inspector. Previously a member of the Future Farmers of America, she plans to continue being an advocate for the agricultural industry and to strive for the knowledge and understanding of what it will take to keep the industry strong.

Mayson stays busy preparing her horses for competitions in ranch riding and ranch trail with hopes to compete in reined cowhorse this year. She has competed in High School and Norcal Jr. Rodeo with many successes in the barrel racing event. In her spare time, Mayson enjoys the beautiful beaches of California, home projects, leather making and testing her green thumb in the garden.

Familiar with the responsibilities of a rodeo ambassador, Mayson is dedicated to educating the next generation of young cowboys and cowgirls. Grateful for her previous queen opportunities, she now looks forward to the new memories she will make while competing for the coveted titled of Miss California Rodeo Salinas.

Rose Escobar – Miss Salinas Valley Wine Country Pro Rodeo

Born and raised in the Salinas Valley, Rose Escobar has a passion for helping others in her community. As a Client Associate for a national investment manager, she plans on furthering her career by studying for certification as a Registered Client Associate. She also wants to help equine athletes feel and perform their best by receiving certification as an Acuscope Practitioner.

With a love for the western way of life Rose has competed in barrel races and ranch rodeos for the last 10 years. Being a member of the West Coast Barrel Racing Association she has qualified and competed in the finals several times with many accomplishments. In her free time, Rose volunteers at the Salinas Valley Fair and King City Stampede Board; she is proud to give back to the committees that do so much for the community.

While holding the queen title for the newest rodeo in the PRCA California Circuit, Rose has traveled the state representing the rodeo. Her love for the western way of life and her childhood dreams of holding the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas give her the drive to compete in this contest.

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