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2016 Miss California Rodeo Salinas Contest Opens February 16th

Eligible Young Ladies Must Enter by May 9th

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Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2015 Taylor Howell. Photo by Richard Wilson/Wilson Photography

February 16, 2016 – Each year ladies from all over the state of California travel to Salinas to compete for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas. The winner will represent the largest rodeo in California over the next year, traveling to parades, rodeos and other events as an ambassador. Miss California Rodeo Salinas educates people about the traditions and events held in Salinas as well as the rodeo industry as a whole.

The California Rodeo Salinas will begin accepting entries on Tuesday February 16, 2016. The deadline for entering the contest is Monday May 9, 2016. Full contest details and a digital application can be found at www.carodeo.com.

The contest consists of horsemanship, personality, appearance and scholarship categories. The 2016 contest will begin on Wednesday July 20th and Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2015 Taylor Howell will pass the title on to the winner during the opening performance of the California Rodeo Salinas Thursday July 21st. 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, 2016 without having turned 22 by July 31, 2016. In order to be eligible, contestants must represent either a recognized horsemen’s organization or another recognized community organization (not commercial). Miss California Rodeo 2016 will have numerous and rewarding opportunities and experiences during her reign. If any contestant entering the 2016 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 2016 contest is sponsored by the Laurel Inn Motel & Conference Center.

2015 Contestants. Photos by Richard Wilson/Wilson Photography

2015 Contestants. Photo by Richard Wilson/Wilson Photography

The 106th California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 21st-24th, 2016. The California Rodeo Association is a non-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 $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.