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2024 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest

2023 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Winner
Photo by Ronnie Esparza 

Scroll down to read biographies for each contestant.

2024 Contest Schedule*

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Photo by Ronnie Esparza 

Saturday, July 6th

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

Sunday, July 7th



*Events and times are subject to change.

2024 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contestants

Kyndal Castle - Miss Folsom Pro Rodeo
Kyndal Castle - Miss Folsom Pro Rodeo
Summer Fanning - Miss Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo
Summer Fanning - Miss Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo
Vianette Garcia - Miss Norco Rodeo Horseweek
Vianette Garcia - Miss Norco Rodeo Horseweek
Lillian Kier - Miss Clovis Rodeo
Lillian Kier - Miss Clovis Rodeo
Kate Richardson - Miss Bulls Only Rodeo
Kate Richardson - Miss Bulls Only Rodeo
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Miss California Rodeo Salinas Sponsor

Thank you to our generous contributors:


California Rodeo Association - Lifetime Pass to Miss California Rodeo 2023

Ronnie & Kathleen Esparza - Framed Portrait of Miss California Rodeo 2023

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

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

Grace Erickson, Miss CA Rodeo 2013 & Family – Headstall

ES Custom Hat Shapes by Eladio Hernandez - $250 toward new hat and free hat services by end of year

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 2024 text

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

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

Rose Escobar, Miss California Rodeo 2023 - Spur Straps & Framed CA Rodeo Poster

In Memory of Norma Wallace: DeeDee Garcia White, Debbie Kiersey, Lynn Lincoln, Laurie Lavelle & Martha Wallace - Garcia Silver Spurs & Book Legacy of Silver & Saddles

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 - $50 to each contestant and $100 to 2024 MCR

Star Market - Gift Basket

Dr. Brittany Davis, Miss CA Rodeo 2010 - $200 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 & Family - 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 - Trophy Bracelet

Miss California Rodeo 2024 Contestant Biographies

Kyndal Castle – Miss Folsom Pro Rodeo

As far back as she can remember life for Kyndal Castle of Valley Springs has revolved around horses. Currently enrolled in the Equine Studies program at Modesto Junior College she plans to pursue a degree in Equine Husbandry and Ranch Management. Kyndal is working towards becoming an Equine Chiropractor.

At a young age she joined 4-H and participated in her local fair. In high school she joined FFA and raised swine, goats and poultry. As an FFA member her achievements included Outstanding Chapter Member, Chapter Degree and State Degree. She is currently pursuing her FFA American Degree. Kyndal also learned to ride horses and compete at a young age. After receiving State Fair Reserve Champion in gymkhana, she transitioned to rodeo events to compete in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. She shares her love for rodeo and the western way of life by entering in rodeo queen competitions! With success came traveling a lot of miles to many events, including participating in the Tournament of Roses Equestfest and riding in the epic Rose Parade in 2023.

Competing for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas is an opportunity for Kyndal to share her passion for this amazing way of life with so many others.

Summer Fanning – Miss Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo

Growing up in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley on a thoroughbred farm was a great learning experience for Summer Fanning. She will put her lessons learned to the test while attending Cuesta College this fall to pursue a degree in Medical Assisting in addition to obtaining a Phlebotomy Certification.

In addition to raising and showing animals as a 4-H member, Summer always volunteered to speak in front of her club for presentations to educate others. As an FFA member she competed on the public speaking and vet science teams. At the same time she played varsity softball, ran cross-country and performed in choir. All of these activities taught her to work with others to accomplish a goal, and how your attitude, good or bad, can affect everyone around you. The two sports that taught her the most about mental stamina and the importance of perseverance are trap shooting and rodeo. She has been very blessed with many achievements by using the power of determination to her advantage

Summer would like to educate the public about the great sport of rodeo. She believes your voice can be one of the most powerful tools in life by giving you a vehicle to spread knowledge and to stand up for what you believe in.

Vianette Garcia – Miss Norco Rodeo Horseweek

Diverse passions and pursuits define Vianette Garcia of Temecula. Currently studying at Mt. San Jacinto College, she plans to transfer to Cal State San Marcos for a degree in Business Marketing and Management with a minor in Finance. She is also pursuing her real estate license, combining her passions for entrepreneurship and ranching.

Whether she finds joy and fulfillment in shredding down the slopes, diving into a good book, soaking up the sun on the beach, or hitting the pavement for a run, no day is complete without spending quality time with friends and family. Vianette says she is deeply connected to ranch life and proud to work alongside her dad in the cattle business. While he focuses on Brahman cattle, she is passionate about raising Angus cattle. This is not just a responsibility to Vianette, but it's a way of life that instills values of hard work, resilience, and land stewardship.

Vianette is currently pursuing her passion for roping. While team roping is a fun pastime, breakaway roping is where she shines competitively. She has also been honored to hold various rodeo queen titles that serve as a testament to her commitment to promoting and to preserving the rich traditions of rodeo.

Lillian Kier – Miss Clovis Rodeo

This past year has been an honor and an exceptional opportunity for Lilly Kier of Madera to represent the Clovis Rodeo. She just graduated from Cal State Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with an offer to work for a local ranch and farm credit firm.

Growing up, Lilly loved being involved in her community and participated in 4-H and FFA. As a 4-H member she showed and raised various animals and competed on a national level in horse judging. In FFA she showed steers, was involved in leadership, and won high individual at the State Light Horse Judging competition in 2020. In addition, she was a part of her high school’s equestrian team. At Fresno State, she was honored to be a part of the Jordan College of Agriculture Honors Cohort where she worked on a research project to test the feasibility of growing Guyalue (a natural rubber shrub) in the western part of the San Joaquin Valley.

Lilly’s hobbies, education, and career indicate that she is passionate about staying involved in the agriculture and rodeo industries. Her love for community service and for the western way of life has led her to run for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas.

Kate Richardson – Miss Bulls Only Rodeo

Famously known for its cattle and farming industry, the desert sun of the Imperial Valley is where Kate Richardson was born and raised. In late June, she looks forward to attending The Learning Institute of Southern California Barber and Cosmetology School. She has found her passion for hair and make-up while being a rodeo queen.

Growing up, she was involved in swimming, cheer, dance, and 4-H showing a variety of livestock animals and entering a range of projects at the county fair. Kate eventually joined Future Farmers of America and has been a part of the Imperial agriculture program ever since. This year will mark her 5th year in FFA and she has been rewarded for her many achievements. In addition, she competes in jackpots and rodeos. Her most favorite events are ranch sorting, barrel racing, and team penning. To help fund her interests she rides horses for clients, helping them achieve their horse related goals.

Being a representative of rodeo has shown her the beauty of the sport of rodeo. Her biggest passion in life is to be able to use her knowledge, as well as her horsemanship skills, to share the love for the western lifestyle in the world of rodeo for generations to come.

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