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April 27, 2014

Earning Stampede queen title begins with good self-esteem

DUNCAN — Every rodeo queen pageant has its own set of rules, but for the Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo, earning the title is more about building a young girl’s self-esteem and raising their confidence.

Rodeo committee president Barbara Davis said young women like Lauren Elise Ortega Wade, 16, of Enid, are a perfect example of why they changed the rules about three years ago. Wade won the Stampede Queen title in 2013 and advanced and earned the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2014 title.

In years past, the queen honor was bestowed based on ticket sales. Not any longer. Now, each contestant goes through nearly an entire day of judging, which involves an interview panel, a fashion show, horsemanship skills and knowledge and this year, a private photo shoot.

“We want the girls to have confidence and to be proud to be involved in rodeo,” Davis said. Overseeing the queen contest is Marla Owens.

Contestants are Brooke Adams, Makenzie Andrews, Chandler Johnson, Breanna Ferguson, Kylee Pierce and Megan Law, all of Duncan; Nicole Hampton of Velma; Madison Smith and Rachel Smith, both of Ponca City; and Sydney Wyatt of Cherokee.

Davis’ records for queen title holders since the rodeo first began in 1989, are incomplete. She would like anyone who was queen and has proof, to call her so she can add their names to the archives.

Her current records include: Elise Wade, 2013; Kaylin Parker, 2012; Jennifer Wall, 2005; Amanda Tevebaugh, 2001; Sommer Jobe, 2002; April Jobe, 2001; Courtney Shipman, 1993?; and in 2008, a Little Mister,  Clayton Kraus. Summer Jobe also went on to earn the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma title in 2003.

The contestants will be introduced during the Friday night show and the winner will be named at the Saturday night show.

 

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