State's Reigning Rodeo Royalty Serve Rim

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The reigning rodeo royalty of Arizona and the Turquoise Circuit will share the duties that would normally fall to Payson's Rodeo Queen for the 2004 Payson Spring Rodeo Gary Hardt Memorial.

Heather Freeman is the reigning Miss Rodeo Arizona and Katie Hill is the Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Queen for 2004.

Freeman is an Arizona native, the daughter of Albert and Deanna Freeman of Flagstaff.

She was raised in the Western lifestyle, surrounded by horses, rodeo and family. She attended high school in Flagstaff and is a student at the University of Arizona, majoring in political science.

While competing for the Miss Rodeo Arizona crown in 2003, Freeman said she planned to follow her father's footsteps and become an attorney.

Prior to winning the Arizona crown, she had won the titles of Flagstaff Pine Country Rodeo Teen Queen, Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo Queen, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo Princess, and Flagstaff Pine Country Pro Rodeo Queen.

Her interests include ranching, riding horses, traveling and her friends and family.

A cancer survivor, Freeman regularly visits the patients at the Pediatrics Oncology unit at Phoenix Children's Hospital where she received treatment.

In December, she represented Arizona and competed for the coveted title of Miss Rodeo America 2004 in Las Vegas, Nev. This seven-day pageant was held in conjunction with rodeo's "World Series" -- the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The contest boasts the most talented cowgirls from Washington to Florida and California to Virginia.

Freeman won the title of third runner-up, which included a scholarship among its many prizes.

Freeman is now a junior at the University of Arizona.

As reigning Miss Rodeo Arizona, she has had an action-packed year promoting the state, the sport of rodeo and the Western lifestyle. She has traveled the Turquoise Circuit in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as attended numerous other rodeos and related events throughout the country.

"It wouldn't be possible to fully represent the sport of rodeo without the support of my parents, close friends, Miss Rodeo Arizona Board and sponsors like Western States Ticket Service in Phoenix, Interspace Moving and Storage in Tucson, and the John Kieckhefer family K4 Ranch in Prescott," Freeman said.

"Each year the Miss Rodeo Arizona program provides young women the chance to promote the sport they love and to discover their true potential," she said. "Being crowned Miss Rodeo Arizona has given me the awesome opportunity to travel, make new friends across our great country and represent my home state. These are the experiences I will share with my children and grandchildren ... memories I will never forget.

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