The Tops In Texas Queen’s Contest has begun in anticipation of the main rodeo event, which will take place July 14-17. Queen’s Contest Director Sheryal Berry  said all ladies ages 9 to 22 are invited to participate in either the princess or miss level competition.

“This is a great opportunity for the girls to show their abilities on a horse in front of a crowd,” Berry said.

She added the competition includes horsemanship, modeling, public speaking and interviewing.

“We will also have a raffle to bring in some money,” Berry said.

Queen stars help out with the rodeo by carrying sponsor flags and riding around the arena on horses, Berry added.

According to the rules and regulations, each contestant must be a full-time student or part-time college student who has never married, been pregnant or won a state title. They must be legal residents of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico or Arkansas with proof of residency and must have a $35 entry fee, application, parent release and two 5x7 color or black and white pictures postmarked by June 25. Late entries will be accepted so long as they are postmarked by July 3.

“Each girl is required to sell at least 100 tickets, either raffle or rodeo,” the rules state. “Ten extra points will be given to those girls that sell the required raffle tickets.”

Dress code is western attire with blue denim jeans and a white western blouse for the horsemanship contest.

The point breakdown is 50 percent horsemanship, 25 percent interview, 10 percent attire, poise and modeling, 15 percent word association and speech and 10 percent ticket sales.

Any wanting more information can contact Berry at 903-721-1690 or by e-mailing RUN4BHORSES@aol.com.

Berry said the winners will be ideal, western-type girls who take to heart the job of representing America’s number one sport. Winners will be cowgirls, athletes and communicators who knows their sport and work to educate the public and raise the awareness level of professional rodeo and related industries.

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