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Rodeo queen pageant leads off Andy Devine Days festivities

Top row (l to r): Haley Olsen, Jessica Smith, Jonnie Blake<BR>
Bottom row (l to r): Lisa Boody, Maria Davis, Sarah Moulder

Top row (l to r): Haley Olsen, Jessica Smith, Jonnie Blake<BR> Bottom row (l to r): Lisa Boody, Maria Davis, Sarah Moulder

KINGMAN - The competition is stiff, with six girls ages 12 to 23 vying for the coveted titles of Andy Devine Days Rodeo 2015 queen and teen queen this year.

The newly chosen queens will be crowned at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 during the 30th Annual Dandy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. The queen contestants are Lisa Boody, Haley Olsen and Jonnie Blake. The teen queen contestants are Sarah Moulder, Maria Davis and Jessica Smith.

"Running for rodeo queen and teen queen title is a great experience," said Tiffany Leo, teen coordinator and a former queen herself. "The girls make new friends, improve their skills and most of all, they have fun. Holding a rodeo queen title is a lot of work, but it's a great honor and will be a memory they have for a lifetime."

The queen winner will be crowned by Mira Singer, the reigning queen for 2014. Breanna Weber, the reigning teen queen for 2014, will crown the teen queen winner. They have spent the past year promoting Kingman's rodeo at events across the state and will pass those duties on to the winners.

Competition starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, when they will be judged on their horsemanship at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. A pageant gathering and luncheon will take place at 1 p.m. at Beale Celebrations, 201 N. Fourth St. Both events are open to the public, and tickets for the luncheon are $10.

The contestants will be judged on appearance, modeling, public speaking, questions and an interview. And all will ride in the Andy Devine Days parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.

Boody, 17, lives in Lake Havasu City and has been home-schooled. She enjoys horseback riding, barrel racing and pole bending. Her hobby is designing custom horse halters, and her ambition is to train horses for people with special needs and provide therapeutic horseback riding.

Olsen, 16, attends Mohave High School and lives in Bullhead City. She is a volunteer at North Valley Animal Clinic and has spent eight years in 4-H. She enjoys dance and cheerleading, and her hobbies are crafting and sewing. She plans to become a veterinarian specializing in horse dentistry after graduation.

Blake, 23, attended Kingman Academy of Learning and Mohave Community College, and her scholastic ambition is to be a surgical technologist. The Kingman resident enjoys ultimate Frisbee, racquetball and team roping, as well as singing and performing with a guitar and ukulele. She is an aspiring song writer.

"I would like to be Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen so I can inspire young kids and represent Mohave County," said Blake. "Most of all, I want to make my father proud."

Moulder, 14, lives in Kingman and attends Kingman Academy High School. Blake, who received special training through Carnegie Hall Institute for Music and Teri Thurman Art Instruction, wants a career in the entertainment industry. She enjoys volleyball, golf, four-wheelers and horses.

Davis, who attends Kingman Academy High School and resides in Kingman, has volunteered at the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic for four years. The 15-year-old enjoys playing softball, riding horses and power lifting. She plans to attend the University of Arizona and become a veterinarian, treating large and small animals.

"I want to be Andy Devine Days Rodeo royalty because I love the sport of rodeo," said Davis. "And being able to represent and share what I love about the sport is a great opportunity."

Smith, 13, is a Kingman resident and attends Kingman Academy of Learning. She has been "rodeoing" since she was 18 months old and enjoys barrel racing and roping. Her ambition is to go to college and plans to become a veterinarian. She wants to be teen queen so she can promote the sport of rodeo and teach other children about it.

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