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Miss Rodeo America 2012 title: 28 cowgirls vie for a shot at the crown

PUEBLO, CO – For 57 years, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant has hosted hundreds of beautiful and talented cowgirls from across the country. Hopefuls converge annually for a week long competition to select one deserving young woman to represent and promote America’s original professional sport – rodeo.

This year, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant welcomes 28 fabulous cowgirls, ages 19-25, to Las Vegas to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo America 2012. Each year a new Miss Rodeo America serves as the official spokesperson for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

The “Whole New Pageant” is Saturday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 10 to coincide with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the PRCA’s year-end championship event also held in Las Vegas.

Pageant activities will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, official sponsor and host hotel of the 2012 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The horsemanship competition, Monday, Dec. 5, will be held at the Excalibur King Arthur Arena. A complete pageant schedule of events and pageant ticket information can be found online at http://www.missrodeoamerica.com

One highlight of the pageant is the midweek Fashion Show, held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Hollywood Theatre of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The contestants model the latest fashions from Wrangler, Justin Boots, Bailey Hats, Reata Ranch Gear, Rod’s Belts and a western elegance dress from their personal collection. This year six designers will showcase two of their favorite outfits that will be modeled by former Miss Rodeo America Pageant contestants.

Contestants are judged in the categories of personality, appearance, horsemanship, knowledge and presentation. Each contestant will demonstrate her skills in public speaking, personal interviewing, horsemanship, knowledge or rodeo and general equine science, current event awareness, photogenic qualities, visual poise and overall professionalism.

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Miss Rodeo America 2011, McKenzie Haley of Winner, SD, will crown her successor during a formal coronation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in the MGM Grand Hollywood Theatre. A media conference with the newly crowned Miss Rodeo America 2012 will follow the ceremony at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Contestants vying for the 2012 Miss Rodeo America title include: Audrey Hall of Yuma, AZ; Shana Carter of Hampton, AR; Brittany Slaton of Hollister, CA; Kellsie Purdy of Estes Park, CO; Sammy Roberts of Kissimmee, FL; Cheyenne Gaspar of Kailua-Kona, HI; Tricia Crump of Kuna, ID; Brooke Owen of Mapleton, IL; Heidi Gansen of Zwingle, IA; Alyssa Morrison of Bonner Springs, KS; Paige Oveson of Columbia Heights, MN; Rachael Dee of Icksburg, MS; Alexis Jennings of Ozark, MO; Lorissa Harris of Shepherd, MT; Becky Grimm of Harrison, NE; Ann Clemmitt of Reno, NV; Kaycee McDaniel of Lovington, NM; Sam Stanke of West Fargo, ND; Jamie Virden of Pauls Valley, OK.; Mackenzie Carr of Vernonia, OR; Vanessa Ternes of Belle Fourche, SD; Ty Fitzgerald of Collierville, TN; Lauren Graham of Kemp, TX; Jamie Udell of Pine Valley, UT; Dakota Monroe of Dublin, VA; Amanda Emerson of Omak, WA; Sara Fuchs of Medford, WI; and Brittany Richards of Laramie, WY.

The primary role of Miss Rodeo America is to promote the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and America’s Western heritage. She is a liaison between the rodeo fans and Pro Rodeo producers, sponsors and contestants.

As Miss Rodeo America, the new queen will travel extensively representing rodeo via many public appearances at rodeo performances, special events, schools and civic groups. She will take on the role of model and spokesperson in a variety of promotional events and commercial advertisements for western clothiers, publications, sponsors and other service providers to the western industry.

Miss Rodeo America Pageant contestants are awarded many gifts from generous sponsors. Each contestant is eligible to win a portion of $50,000 in educational scholarships that the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation disperses to pageant contestants annually.

National corporate sponsors of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant include: Wrangler Jeans and Shirts, Las Vegas Events, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Ram Rodeo, Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment, Montana Silversmiths, Bailey Hats, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, W.F. Young/Absorbine, Red Wilk Construction, Caspian Casuals Corporation, Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations, Rod’s Western Palace, Inc., McNair & Associates Chartered, Reata Ranch Gear, Court’s Saddlery and Bonefrog Creative.

PUEBLO, CO – For 57 years, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant has hosted hundreds of beautiful and talented cowgirls from across the country. Hopefuls converge annually for a week long competition to select one deserving young woman to represent and promote America’s original professional sport – rodeo.

This year, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant welcomes 28 fabulous cowgirls, ages 19-25, to Las Vegas to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo America 2012. Each year a new Miss Rodeo America serves as the official spokesperson for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

The “Whole New Pageant” is Saturday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 10 to coincide with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the PRCA’s year-end championship event also held in Las Vegas.

Pageant activities will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, official sponsor and host hotel of the 2012 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The horsemanship competition, Monday, Dec. 5, will be held at the Excalibur King Arthur Arena. A complete pageant schedule of events and pageant ticket information can be found online at http://www.missrodeoamerica.com

One highlight of the pageant is the midweek Fashion Show, held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Hollywood Theatre of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The contestants model the latest fashions from Wrangler, Justin Boots, Bailey Hats, Reata Ranch Gear, Rod’s Belts and a western elegance dress from their personal collection. This year six designers will showcase two of their favorite outfits that will be modeled by former Miss Rodeo America Pageant contestants.

Contestants are judged in the categories of personality, appearance, horsemanship, knowledge and presentation. Each contestant will demonstrate her skills in public speaking, personal interviewing, horsemanship, knowledge or rodeo and general equine science, current event awareness, photogenic qualities, visual poise and overall professionalism.

Miss Rodeo America 2011, McKenzie Haley of Winner, SD, will crown her successor during a formal coronation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in the MGM Grand Hollywood Theatre. A media conference with the newly crowned Miss Rodeo America 2012 will follow the ceremony at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Contestants vying for the 2012 Miss Rodeo America title include: Audrey Hall of Yuma, AZ; Shana Carter of Hampton, AR; Brittany Slaton of Hollister, CA; Kellsie Purdy of Estes Park, CO; Sammy Roberts of Kissimmee, FL; Cheyenne Gaspar of Kailua-Kona, HI; Tricia Crump of Kuna, ID; Brooke Owen of Mapleton, IL; Heidi Gansen of Zwingle, IA; Alyssa Morrison of Bonner Springs, KS; Paige Oveson of Columbia Heights, MN; Rachael Dee of Icksburg, MS; Alexis Jennings of Ozark, MO; Lorissa Harris of Shepherd, MT; Becky Grimm of Harrison, NE; Ann Clemmitt of Reno, NV; Kaycee McDaniel of Lovington, NM; Sam Stanke of West Fargo, ND; Jamie Virden of Pauls Valley, OK.; Mackenzie Carr of Vernonia, OR; Vanessa Ternes of Belle Fourche, SD; Ty Fitzgerald of Collierville, TN; Lauren Graham of Kemp, TX; Jamie Udell of Pine Valley, UT; Dakota Monroe of Dublin, VA; Amanda Emerson of Omak, WA; Sara Fuchs of Medford, WI; and Brittany Richards of Laramie, WY.

The primary role of Miss Rodeo America is to promote the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and America’s Western heritage. She is a liaison between the rodeo fans and Pro Rodeo producers, sponsors and contestants.

As Miss Rodeo America, the new queen will travel extensively representing rodeo via many public appearances at rodeo performances, special events, schools and civic groups. She will take on the role of model and spokesperson in a variety of promotional events and commercial advertisements for western clothiers, publications, sponsors and other service providers to the western industry.

Miss Rodeo America Pageant contestants are awarded many gifts from generous sponsors. Each contestant is eligible to win a portion of $50,000 in educational scholarships that the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation disperses to pageant contestants annually.

National corporate sponsors of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant include: Wrangler Jeans and Shirts, Las Vegas Events, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Ram Rodeo, Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment, Montana Silversmiths, Bailey Hats, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, W.F. Young/Absorbine, Red Wilk Construction, Caspian Casuals Corporation, Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations, Rod’s Western Palace, Inc., McNair & Associates Chartered, Reata Ranch Gear, Court’s Saddlery and Bonefrog Creative.

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