Katie Hill was crowned Miss Turquoise Circuit Jan. 16 at the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo in Lake Havasu City.
"This is a dream come true, and I could have never achieved it without some very special people," she said.
Hill is 18 and currently a senior at Prescott High School. She graduates in June in the top 25 percent of her senior class, and as a member of the National Honor Society. Hill plans to pursue a degree in agri-business and public relations.
"I am currently employed by Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., where I work as an executive assistant," Hill said.
The work gives her the opportunity to learn the business aspects of rodeo, which she plans to pursue as a career.
Additionally, Hill is also employed by Horse Breakers Unlimited, where she rides, shows, and previews sale horses for fall, winter, spring and summer horse sales.
During her spring break from school, Hill played real cowgirl on her father's ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. where there were about 1,200 calves to brand.
"Being Miss Turquoise Circuit is a great honor for me as I have the opportunity to represent both the Land of Enchantment and the Grand Canyon State, at the 22 Turquoise Circuit rodeos throughout Arizona and New Mexico," Hill said.
"I believe in the sport of rodeo because it represents our Western heritage, family values, animal welfare, sportsmanship, and a way of life that I am proud to be apart of.
"I am honored to join you as we celebrate our Western culture in Payson," she said.