Rodeo Royalty Comes To Rim Country

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Two rodeo queens will be in town for the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo: Miss Rodeo Arizona and the Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Queen.

Tamara Clause, Miss Rodeo Arizona, will be in Payson for the week of August Doin's, visiting different businesses and schools, riding in the parade and appearing at each rodeo performance.

Clause was crowned in Payson in May, and will compete for Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas in November.

"In order to really compete, you have to be a good horsewoman, have very good horseman knowledge, current event knowledge, be well-groomed and be able to speak," said Nancy Landino, vice president of the board of directors for Miss Rodeo Arizona, Inc.

Clause attends the University of Arizona, studying communication. She has been riding since she was 5 years old. Since then, she has won several horse show championships and held the title of queen for the Sonoita Rodeo and the Pat Hughes Sierra Stampede.

Miss Turquoise Circuit Katie Hill also will be in town during the week of the rodeo.

Hill was crowned Jan. 16 in Lake Havasu City. She goes to different rodeos as an ambassador for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, representing Arizona and New Mexico.

Hill just graduated from Prescott High School and has spent the summer attending several rodeos.

In a letter to her fans, Hill said ranching is in her blood and she can often be found on a horse somewhere.

"Keep a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a good horse in your barn," she wrote in the Turquoise Circuit website.

Landino said the Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Pageant is a good stepping stone for girls who are interested in competing for Miss Rodeo Arizona.

Shasta Perkins, president of Miss Rodeo Arizona, Inc., said girls who are interested should start working on riding and speaking skills.

"We look for a girl that wants to promote the Western way of life and the rodeo, and who is interested in furthering her education," Perkins said.

The Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant deadline is in March 2005.

For more information, visit www.missrodeoarizona.info or www.turqrodeo.com.

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