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Cowgirls vie for Miss Rodeo America 2013 title

For 58 years, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant has hosted hundreds of beautiful and talented cowgirls from across the country. Hopefuls converge annually for a weeklong 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 31 cowgirls, ages 19-25, to Las Vegas, NV, to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo America 2013. Each year a new Miss Rodeo America serves as the official spokesperson for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The 2013 Miss Rodeo America Pageant will be held Dec. 6-12, 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 2013 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The horsemanship competition, Monday, Dec. 10, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the FanFest Arena. A complete pageant schedule of events and pageant ticket information can be found online at http://www.missrodeoamerica.com

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 of rodeo and general equine science, current event awareness, photogenic qualities, visual poise and overall professionalism.

Miss Rodeo America 2012, Mackenzie Carr of Vernonia, OR, will crown her successor during a formal coronation ceremony on Dec. 12, in the MGM Grand Hollywood Theatre.

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Contestants vying for the 2013 Miss Rodeo America title include Jayme Smith of Fountain Hills, AZ, Jessica Chitwood of Alma, AK, Mackenzie Cayford of Valley Center, CA, Cassidy Cabot of Bayfield, CO, Amanda Spence of St. Cloud, FL, Macey Loando of Kailua-Kona, HI, Caitlin Thornton of Meridian, ID, Jeannette Hull of Mansfield, IL, Rachel Burton of Irwin, IA, Heather Temple of El Dorado, KS, Allison Bell of Leesville, LA, Michelle Morris of Litchfield MD, Jaclyn Trapp of Marstons Mills, MA, Sabrina Behr of Northfield, MN, Samantha Golden of Starkville, MS, Ashleigh Woolmaker of Center, MO, Mariah Rys-Sikora of Missoula, MT, Sierra Peterson of Ashland, NE, Kayla Roundy of Reno, NV, Danika Jackson of Mesilla Park, NM, Paige Jerrett of Parish, NY, Sadie Wardner of Coleharbor, ND, Kallie Baker of Oklahoma City, OK, Shelby Ross of Sisters, OR, Courtney Peterson of Sisseton, SD, Rosanna Pace of Wharton, TX, Chenae Shiner of Roosevelt, UT, Lindsey Harper of Boydton, VA, Kylie Kooistra of Quincy, WA, Laura Taysom of Arcadia, WI, and Kimberly Kuhn of Cheyenne, WY.

As Miss Rodeo America, the new queen will travel extensively representing rodeo via 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.

Each contestant is eligible to win a portion of $53,000 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, Dallas Market Center, 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., Wallace, Neumann & Verville LLP, Reata Ranch Gear, Court's Saddlery and Bonefrog Creative.

Miss Rodeo America, Inc. – An organization developed in 1955 striving to provide a quality Miss Rodeo America competition, enrich the lives of contestants and each year select a qualified young lady as Miss Rodeo America to serve as a goodwill ambassador promoting the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Western traditions. For more information visit http://www.missrodeoamerica.com. F

-Miss Rodeo America