By Robert BarronStaff Writer
Twenty-two girls are competing for Miss Oklahoma Rodeo, Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, Princess and Sweetheart titles in Enid competitions starting Thursday.
There are four divisions in the pageant: Miss Oklahoma Rodeo, featuring girls ages 18-23; Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, ages 13-17; Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Prin-cess, ages 8-12; and Miss Oklaho-ma Sweetheart of the Rodeo, ages 4-7, said Doug Wade, executive director of the competition.
The winner of Miss Oklahoma Rodeo will represent the state in the 51st annual Miss Rodeo America pageant in December in Las Vegas.
Fourteen regional universities in Oklahoma offer scholarships to respective schools as part of the prize in the pageant.
Events start at 10 a.m. Thursday with an orientation session at Best Western Motel. At 12:30 p.m, contestants answer impromptu questions at Simpson's Mercantile. Moving to Garfield County Fair-grounds, horsemanship contests begin at 6:15 p.m. for sweethearts, 7 for princess, 7:45 for teen and 9 for Miss Oklahoma Rodeo.
Thursday events are free to the public.
A fashion show, with impromptu questions, will be noon Friday at Oakwood Mall. At 7 p.m. Friday, a fashion show and speeches will be at Gaslight Theatre. Admission is $20. Coronation will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Gaslight Theatre. Admission is $20.
Contest winners will travel across the state representing Oklahoma rodeo, Wade said.
Candidates in Miss Oklahoma Rodeo contest are:
Anderson attends Carl Albert State College, where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is on the dean's honor roll. She is passionate about helping handicapped children through therapeutic riding programs and plans to attend North-eastern State University to ob-tain a speech language pathology degree, with a minor in education or horse therapy. As Miss Okla-homa Rodeo, she said she would like to educate spectators on the importance of the sport of rodeo and the impact it has on youths and their communities.
Filkins is involved in 4-H and FFA livestock showing as well as western pleasure and hunt seat equitation showing, in which she garnered 4-H Trailblazers western pleasure all-around high point honors. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo, she said she would like to tell Oklahomans how much she loves her state and the sport of rodeo. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in pre-veterinarian animal science.
Hensy attends Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she is a member of the rodeo team. She enjoys public speaking and is a member of the St Mary's Catholic Church. As Miss Oklahoma Ro-deo, she said she would like to present herself as a positive role model for youth while encouraging increased youth involvement in the sport of rodeo.
Peverley is a graduate of North-eastern Oklaho-ma A--M Col-lege, where she was a member of the equine judging team and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As Miss Okla-homa Rodeo, she said she would like to serve as an ambassador for the sport of rodeo while promoting the rich history and opportunities Oklahoma has to offer.
She plans to attend Oklahoma State University to continue her judging career and obtain a bachelor's degree in ag communications.
Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen contestants are:
Baker is a senior at Mustang High School. In her free time she enjoys team sorting with her sister and father and riding with Freedom Riders 4-H drill team. She is a member of Western Okla-homa Honor Choir and Wo-men's All-State Chorus. As Miss Oklahoma Ro-deo Teen, she said she would like to be an influential role model and share with future generations the knowledge about rodeo and the western way of life she has learned from previous rodeo queens. Her future educational goals include attending Southern Nazarene University and becoming a full-time music minister.
Biadasz is the current Miss Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo Teen. She also is recipient of Academic Letter Award, Oklahoma Outstanding Academic Per-formance Award and Presidential Education Aca-demic Award. As Miss Okla-homa Rodeo Teen, she said she would like to dedicate her time and energy to promote PRCA, Miss Oklahoma Rodeo pageant and the sport of rodeo. Upon graduating from Union High School, she would like to attend Oklahoma State University to obtain a degree in veterinarian medicine.
Crabtree is 15 years old and is involved in FFA, serving as chapter sentinel. She enjoys softball, basketball, livestock showing and performing in rodeo queen pageants. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, she said she would like to bring a new look to rodeo and take it to new heights. After graduating high school, she aspires to become a pharmacist.
Heaton is involved in a variety of organizations and activities, including First United Methodist Youth Group, cheerleading, basketball, track and barrel and pole bending competitions. She was a 2004 HPYRA finalist in barrels and pole bending, as well as CRC reserve all-around champion 2001-03. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Stateline Riding Center, a therapeutic equine program. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, she said she would like to combine her enthusiasm for volunteering to help with children and seniors with her love for rodeo to regain the interest of Oklahomans of all ages. Upon graduation from high school, she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to obtain a degree in psychology.
Helm is 16 years old and enjoys riding her horse and spending time with friends and family. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, she said she wants to be a dedicated representative for the sport of rodeo and Oklahoma. She said she hopes to one day become a photographer or a veterinarian assistant.
Ludolph participates in 4-H livestock showing, FFA and barrel racing. She holds the title of Texoma barrel racing champ 2002 and 2003 Western Heritage Days Queen. As Miss Oklahoma Ro-deo Teen, she said she would like to share her knowledge of rodeo. Her future goals include at-tending Okla-homa State Un-iversity to obtain a degree in pre-veterinary medicine, specializing in equine. She wants to become a competitor at National Finals Rodeo in barrel racing.
Spears represents Newkirk Range Rider Rodeo as its 2005 queen. She enjoys barrel racing, 4-H swine showing, cheerleading, basketball, track, gymnastics, swimming and riding her four-wheeler. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, she said she would like to encourage the interests of young children in the sport of rodeo while promoting rodeo to all walks of life.
She plans to attend Oklahoma State University to become a dental hygienist and continue her involvement with 4-H as a summer camp leader.
Staton is active in the her high school marching auxiliary, Choctaw County 4-H, FFA and 4-H Horse Club. She has been a member of the Sweet Hearts of the Rodeo Pivot Team for four years and the Hugo FFA Pivot Team for two years. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Teen, she would like to present herself as a quality role model while promoting the sport of rodeo to Oklahomans.
Future goals include maintaining a 4.0 GPA, becoming valedictorian of her class and attending Oklahoma State University to obtain a degree in teaching or psychology.
Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Princess contestants are:
Heflin is an honor student at Locust Grove Middle School who enjoys band, chorus and track. She is president of her local 4-H Club and is 2005 Locust Grove Round Up Club Queen. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Princess, she said she would share her love for rodeo with other people in the state.
Her goals in-clude participating in high school rodeo in barrels and poles and attending college to become an equine veterinarian.
Ramey is involved in a variety of activities, including Muldrow Bulldog-gies, barrel racing and pag-eants. She is Miss Sallisaw Rodeo Princess and enjoys pag-eant competitions.
As Miss Ok-lahoma Rodeo Princess, she said she would like to combine her love for rodeo and her love for meeting new people to promote the sport of rodeo.
She hopes to be a world champion barrel racer and an equine veterinarian.
Warren, 10, enjoys soccer, basketball and track. She is Will Rog-ers Stampede Rodeo Princess first runner-up and is an honor roll student. As Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Princess, she said she would like to share her love for the sport of rodeo across Oklahoma. She aspires to become a surgeon or a delivery nurse someday.
Zimmerman is an honor student at Lone Grove Elementary School. She participates in 4-H Horse Club and shows goats. She enjoys attending playdays. She also hold the title of Miss A Lazy C Ranch Prin-cess. She said she would like to be Miss Okla-homa Rodeo Princess because she enjoys traveling, meeting new people and representing the sport of rodeo. Her goals include remaining on the honor roll at school and becoming a world champion barrel racer.
Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Sweetheart candidates are:
Henderson, 7, likes to watch lightning bugs fly, going to the zoo to watch penguins and watching gymnastics competitions. She said she wants to be Miss Oklahoma Ro-deo Sweetheart because it's fun to ride a horse and travel.
Pulliam, 6, enjoys T-ball and swimming. She holds the title of Miss Tiny Tot 2003 for the Cherokee Strip Celebration in Perry.
She said she wants to be Miss Oklaho-ma Rodeo Sweetheart because she loves horses, outdoors, people and dressing up.
Smith, 7, enjoys swimming and riding her horse, Charlie.
She said she wants to be Miss Oklahoma Ro-deo Sweetheart because she wants to go to her hometown rodeos next year and promote Oklahoma and rodeo.
Schnack, 7, enjoys art, reading, gymnastics and water sports. She is a Brownie Girl Scout and likes camping and attending par-ades. She said she wants to be Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Sweet-heart because she loves spending time with her family and her horse, Rusty, while meeting new people who like rodeo as much as she does.
Spears, 7, likes to participate in swine showing and has won several showmanship awards. She said she wants to be Miss Okla-homa Rodeo Sweetheart because she is not shy and loves to visit and tell people about rodeo.
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Wade, 7, attends Em-manuel Christian School. She enjoys dancing, gymnastics and riding her horse. She said she hopes to be Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Sweet-heart.
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