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Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2021 is Emily Cullins of Perris, CA. Emily has a passion for agriculture, strong horsemanship, public speaking skills and a love of the western lifestyle. She will represent the California Rodeo Salinas well as she travels to rodeos and other community events throughout the upcoming year.

The Miss California Rodeo Salinas contest was faced with adversity in 2021. The contest, which is typically held in July and in conjunction with the Rodeo, was moved to September and to two weeks prior to the Rodeo. Two contestants originally committed to compete, but Bridget Bowe, Miss Livermore FFA, was unable to participate. The Miss California Rodeo Salinas Committee worked quickly to develop a plan for modifying the contest and Emily agreed to proceed as the sole entrant. She traveled to Salinas with her horse and did outstanding this weekend, excelling in the horsemanship, personality & appearance, and scholarship evaluations.

Emily received a $2,500 educational scholarship, 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. Her full biography is below.

The Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2021 contest was sponsored by Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Emily Cullins – Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2021

Emily Cullins resides in the southern California town of Perris. The daughter of Chris and Sarah Cullins has a lifelong love of agriculture and has wanted to be a teacher since she was 5.She is currently in pursuit of an Agricultural Science degree with plans to obtain a teaching credential to become a high school agriculture teacher.

Outside of school and work she enjoys competing in reining, ranch riding, western pleasure, trail and hunter under saddle classes. Before school went online, Emily was the Western Horse Show Team Captain for Cal Poly Pomona and represented Cal Poly in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Open Horsemanship and Reining. She entered the contest as Miss Rodeo Norco.

Growing up she was a member of 4-H and FFA; receiving a 4-H All Star Award and a FFA State Degree. Today she is giving back by being a 4-H leader and helping coach a FFA livestock show team.

One of Emily’s most notable awards is her collegiate MVP Horse Show team award, voted on by her peers. Emily works daily at a playschool for 3 to 6 years olds where she helps students with their school work, plays fun games and gives out warm hugs. Although she admits she is not good at it, Emily loves to crochet.

Photo by Ronnie Esparza.

About California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place September 23rd-26th, 2021. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $500,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.


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