Rodeo Royalty Ready To Ride

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Royalty will be riding in to town for the 2002 Payson Pro Rodeo.

Leading the way is the hometown beauty, Payson Pro Rodeo Princess Anna Noe. She will be joined by Miss Rodeo Arizona Jessica Listiak and Miss Turquoise Circuit 2002 Christina Davis.

Brandyce Engler

For two consecutive years Engler, 20, wore the Pro Rodeo queen's crown and lived one of her childhood dreams.

Growing up in Payson she saw Lani Parker and Becky Smith and others serving as the Payson Pro Rodeo Queens and she wanted to do it too.

"I have had horses all my life so it was my dream," she said.

The first year of her reign was all she expected and more.

"People have been so gracious. All their kindnesses have been a gift. It amazed me how generous people are," Engler said.

She admits the role of Payson Pro Rodeo Queen is a lot of work, but she has enjoyed it.

Her mother helped with many of her outfits and the rest of her family was there helping as well.

"That made it something we have had a good time doing together," she said.

During her 2001 reign, Engler said she probably went to 15 rodeos all over the state.

"There is something special about all of them. You get to see the different cultures in the different towns and something special happens at all of them. But, of course Payson's is the best," she said.

One of the most rewarding things she has discovered through the job is helping the Community Kids group. She said every time she visited with them she felt like she was making a difference.

Another special reward she found was getting to talk to so many different people, from young children to old rodeo cowboys to tourists from all over the world.

"When I had a chance to visit with some German tourists it just hit me, 'Who would have guessed a little ol' girl from Payson could do this?'" she said.

Engler said she cannot express how grateful she is to everyone in the community who has supported her and the Payson Pro Rodeo.

This year Engler said she and the Rodeo Committee are going to focus on recruiting more young women to compete for the title of Payson Pro Rodeo Queen.

Anna Noe

With Anna Noe serving as the Payson Pro Rodeo Princess for 2002 they have one spectacular young candidate already in the wings.

She will be formally introduced during Rodeo Week, Aug. 12-18.

Noe is only 16, but is a sophomore in college. She attends Scottsdale Community College where she is studying equine science and equine reproduction.

She was home-schooled and obtained her high school diploma at 14, starting college at 15.

The Payson native has already served as the 2000 Pine Country Pro Rodeo Teen Queen and for the past two years has competed in professional barrel racing with the Women's Pro Rodeo Association.

Noe said her professional barrel racing has won her two jackets and about $1,000.

She started barrel racing when she was six and essentially grew up with both her barrel horse, Bad City Boy, and her queening horse, Frosty's Last Jet. The two horses joined the Noe family when Anna was only 8.

She has also been active in 4-H.

Once she begins her reign as the Payson Pro Rodeo Princess, Noe said she will be attending all the professional rodeos in the state, serving as an ambassador of Payson's event, and will also be competing in their barrel racing competitions. She also hopes to introduce and teach young people about rodeo.

She said much of her success in both the royalty and barrel racing circuits has been due to the support of her father, retired Air Force Capt. David Noe, whose business, Dave Noe Firewood is one of her sponsors, along with Corral West of Payson and Chuck Jackman's Signature Service.

Jessica Listiak

Miss Rodeo Arizona for 2002, Jessica Listiak will be participating in Rodeo Week events starting Wednesday, Aug. 14, when she attends the Rodeo Mixer. She will also be visiting area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and day care centers.

Listiak will be a featured speaker at the Thursday morning Rotary Club meeting. She will meet the fans and sign autographs at the main gates of the Payson Event Center after every rodeo performance and will also be at Corral West to greet the fans Friday, Aug. 16. She will also be helping with the mutton bustin' contests.

Listiak comes from Globe and won her title May 19 in Payson, the home of the Miss Rodeo Arizona contest for the past five years.

In addition to winning the title, she also won the appearance and personality categories and the speech award.

She is a senior at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and part of the Rodeo Association. Her dual majors are in education and psychology. She plans to earn both a masters and doctoral degree in educational psychology.

Her previous rodeo titles have included: Miss Copper Dust Rodeo Queen 2000 in Globe and Miss Turquoise Circuit 2001.

She will compete with 30 other young women for the title of Miss Rodeo America in December in Las Vegas.

Christina Davis

Representing the states of Arizona and New Mexico with the title of Miss Turquoise Circuit 2002, Christina Davis will also be part of the 2002 Payson Pro Rodeo festivities.

A resident of Arizona since the age of 4, Davis was born in Las Vegas, Nev. Her family moved to Sasabe, Ariz. on the Mexican border.

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in animal science.

Davis now lives on 200 acres south of Tucson and is using her degree to help other people while helping manage Stockman's Feed and Livestock Supply, also known as Animal Health Express, in Tucson.

While at the university, Davis was a member of the livestock judging team, which allowed her to visit some of the largest stock shows in the United States and judge some of the country's best livestock as well.

Davis was crowned in January 2002 at the Turquoise Circuit Finals in Laughlin, Nev.

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