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The title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas is well known in the rodeo industry. Each year ladies from all over the state of California travel to Salinas to compete to represent the largest rodeo in California for one full year, visiting other rodeos, participating in parades and more. Miss California Rodeo Salinas is truly an ambassador for the local event as well as the sport of rodeo.

The California Rodeo Salinas will begin taking entries on Tuesday February 14, 2017. Full contest details and a digital application can be found at The contest consists of horsemanship, personality, appearance and scholarship categories. The 2017 contest will begin on Wednesday July 19th and Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2016 Megan Ford will pass the title on to the winner during the opening performance of the California Rodeo Salinas Thursday July 20th. 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 gifts and the privilege of wearing the Miss California Rodeo Salinas gold and silver tiara.

Competition is open to young women 18 – 21 years of age. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2017 without having turned 22 by July 31, 2017. In order to be eligible, contestants must represent either a recognized horsemen’s organization or another recognized community organization (not commercial). Miss California Rodeo 2017 will have numerous and rewarding opportunities and experiences during her reign. If any contestant entering the 2017 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest currently holds a queen title representing another rodeo or horse organization, she will be eligible to compete in the contest with specific conditions outlined in the Contestant Contract.

Contestants are judged on horsemanship (40%), personality (30%), appearance (20%) and scholarship (10%). Horsemanship will include a pattern that demonstrates horsemanship abilities and a presentation run on the contestant’s 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.

Call the Miss California Rodeo Salinas Committee Chairman Laurie LaVelle at 831-775-3100 with any questions. The 2017 contest is sponsored by the new official hotel partner of the California Rodeo Salinas, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Salinas.

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