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Incoming rodeo queen and princess hit the ground running

KINGMAN ­ The Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen and Princess pageant crowned new royalty in late September with Emma Morga as queen and Cristyn Peacock as princess.

Morga, 20, is studying to be a dental hygienist at Mohave Community College. She is finishing up her prerequisites to be accepted into the dental hygienist program.

Morga became involved in the Andy Devine Days pageant after seeing a flier for the event around town. While this is her first year in an Andy Devine Days pageant, it is not her first trip across the stage. In 1999, Morga was crowned Bullhead Rodeo Queen. Morga has also been crowned Mohave Valley Riding Club Queen.

Peacock, 14, was crowned the Andy Devine Days Rodeo Princess. Peacock is a freshman at Kingman High School and this was the first pageant she has won. She competed in the pageant last year and had so much fun, her mother said, that she decided to go for it again this year. Peacock has been involved with rodeos for the last three years. She is a member of the National Barrel Racing Association and the Arizona Western Barrel Racing Association. She competed for the first time this year in the Arizona Western Barrel Racing Association competition and won her first silver buckle. Prior to that, she had competed a little in 4-H competitions.

Rodeo became part of Morga's life when she was just about 8. She competed in barrel racing and pole bending for 4-H and was named the grand champion in each at one point. She has also competed for the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association, placing in the top 10 and won the all-around belt buckle at the Red Lodge Montana Rodeo. Morga has also won a cash prize in barrel racing at the Cody Wyo., Night Rodeo.

According to Peacock's mother, Carla Peacock, the girls want to be very visible to the public by going to schools and rodeos all over the state and meeting many people. Their goals are to travel throughout Arizona and spread the word about the Western lifestyle and rodeos.

"I want to travel around Arizona this year and promote the Andy Devine Days Rodeo as well as the sport of rodeo in general," Morga said.

They have already ridden in the Golden Valley Days Parade and will be riding in the Veteran's Parade in Kingman on Oct. 29. They will also be carrying the American flag for the Ropers when they come to Laughlin.

In addition, the girls will be attending at least five rodeos in the area and are already signed up to attend the Miss Rodeo America pageant.

Both girls have ambitions to be contestants in the Miss Rodeo Arizona in May.