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2023 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest

Photo by Ronnie Esparza 

Scroll down to read biographies for each contestant.

2023 Contest Schedule*

Photo by Ronnie Esparza 

Friday, July 7th
8:15am Horsemanship Judging Salinas Sports Complex Track; open to the public, no admission charges

6:00pm Judging on-stage Personality and Appearance at California Rodeo Room. Open to the public and no admission charges

Saturday, July 8th


*Events and times are subject to change.

2023 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contestants

Rose Escobar – Miss Salinas Valley Wine Country Pro Rodeo
Sydney Goldwyn - Miss Cal Poly Rodeo Team
Karina Leyva - Miss Hope, Horses & Kids
Macee Nunes - Miss Monterey County Sheriff's Posse
Karissa Rogers - Miss Rodeo Oakdale
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Miss California Rodeo Salinas Sponsor

Thank you to our generous contributors:


California Rodeo Association - Lifetime Pass to Miss California Rodeo 2022

Ronnie & Kathleen Esparza - Framed Portrait of Miss California Rodeo 2022

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 - Wagon

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 2023 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 - Rodeo Logo Embroidered Travel Bags

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

In Memory of Norma Wallace: Dee Dee 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 by Shellie’s Western Creations

Garlinger Cattle Company - Special Participation Gifts

Carlos & Sherri Hernandez - $100 to each contestant and 2022 MCR

Star Market - Gift Basket

Dr. Brittany Davis, Miss CA Rodeo 2010 - $350 Award

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 - Trophy Stirrups

Mayson Bothwell, Miss CA Rodeo 2022 - Framed CA Rodeo Poster & Trophy Bracelet

Miss California Rodeo 2023 Contestant Biographies

Rose Escobar – Miss Salinas Valley Wine Country Pro Rodeo

A proud resident of the Salinas Valley, Rose Escobar has a love for western heritage and her community. Her passion for helping others led her to a career with a national investment management firm as a Client Associate.While continuing to further herself in this career Rose will soon receive certification to become a Registered Client Associate.

Competing in barrel races and ranch rodeos for the last 11 years, Rose has grown to love the western way of life. As a member of the West Coast Barrel Racing Association she has qualified and competed against many women she grew up idolizing. Rose recognizes the importance of supporting young rodeo athletes who are the future of the sport. Her free time is spent volunteering with CHSRA and the King City Stampede Pro Rodeo serving as chair on several committees. Without hesitation she recently accepted an invitation to coordinate the local CHSRA queen competition.

Honored with the opportunity to compete for Miss California Rodeo Salinas, Rose is also living out a childhood dream. Rose’s grandmother ran for California Rodeo Hostess in 1958 and that has further fueled her passion and drive to compete for this title while representing her local community.

Sidney Goldwyn – Miss Cal Poly Rodeo Team

Sidney Goldwyn of Lafayette learned the value of hard work and responsibilities at an early age while working on her family’s ranch and horse boarding facility. She is currently a student at Cal Poly SLO majoring in Dairy Science and minoring in Ag Business.Working towards owning an insurance company that meets the unique needs of agricultural clients across California and the West Coast is her dream career.

An all-around horsewoman, Sidney first competed in the hunter jumper circuit before entering the rodeo arena where she now competes in team roping and break away roping.As a member of the Cal Poly Rodeo Team, her work ethic and passion for horsemanship have earned her several awards and scholarships. She credits the skills learned while playing sports at a young age, including tennis and swimming, have now translated to the competitiveness and discipline which serve her well in the classroom and rodeo arena.

Growing up immersed in the agricultural industry, Sidney developed a love for it and seeks out opportunities to make a difference in this field. She is eager to compete in the Miss California Rodeo Salinas contest and would be honored to represent the values and tradition of the rodeo and agricultural communities.

Karina Leyva - Miss Hope, Horses & Kids

Karina Leyva of Soledad is determined to inspire others to follow their dreams. As a Special Education teacher at Soledad High School she is passionate about educating youth and setting an example that no matter your background a dream can become reality. While teaching she is also studying at National University towards a single subject teacher credential and Master’s with emphasis in social and emotional learning.

On dry days you might find Karina riding her horse through the Salinas River bed or until dark on her parent’s ranch. In 2022 she and her horse, Joy, led the Soledad High School Homecoming parade which brought a lot of interest in horsemanship from her students and colleagues. Her goals are to make a positive impact on the generations to come and give back to her community. Karina also serves as a worship leader and singer at her church in Salinas for special events and Sunday services.

With fond memories of watching the rodeo queens of the California Rodeo as a young girl, Karina enters the Miss California Rodeo contest to fulfill her childhood dream. She hopes to continue to promote the western way and sport of rodeo in a community that welcomes people of all backgrounds to participate.

Macee Nunes – Miss Monterey County Sheriff’s Posse

As a fifth generation Californian, Macee Nunes is grateful to have grown up immersed in agriculture and the western industry. With goals of becoming a large animal veterinarian focusing on equine athletes, Macee is currently a student at West Hills College. Her future academic plans include transferring to California State University Fresno to study pre-veterinary science and then on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to complete her studies.

While growing up riding horses at her parent’s ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Prather she helped raise her family’s rodeo and PBR bucking bulls. Macee is a long time barrel racing competitor and stays busy preparing her horses. Having competed at barrel races and championships across the nation, this year she hopes to fill her WPRA permit. A true animal lover, in her free time she enjoys fostering dogs for local animal shelters while helping to find them permanent homes.

Macee recognizes the importance of promoting and protecting the sport of rodeo and enters the Miss California Rodeo contest dedicated to preserving rodeo for the next generation. She plans to use her knowledge of animal care to help educate the public on the rules of livestock care governed by the PRCA.

Karissa Rogers - Miss Rodeo Oakdale

Calling Jamestown home, Karissa Rogers hails from the heart of California’s Gold Country. A high school scholar and athlete, she will graduate with a Degree in Communications from the University of Phoenix online this August. Her love of photography has spurred her photography business specialized in sports and action. She is a card holding CCPRA photographer with goals set on becoming an official PRCA photographer and one day to photograph the WNFR.

Horses have been a common thread throughout Karissa’s life competing in 4-H, western pleasure, reining and ranch versatility. From her love for horse shows she learned to scribe and has worked as a judge’s scribe throughout California. She volunteers in her community and currently serves as coordinator of the Mother Lode Round-Up Queen contest. Karissa is a self-proclaimed, avid bookworm who also enjoys spending time with her family road tripping, singing and fishing in her spare time.

Stepping out from behind the camera lens, Karissa enters the Miss California Rodeo contest with several previous queen titles to her name. With a dedicated career in horsemanship Karissa will continue to train and compete in ranch horse versatility shows and hopes to also become a carded AQHA and APHA all-around horse show judge.

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