2011 Rodeo Queen Contest

Jessica Reeske named Miss Rodeo Palm Springs 2011

A La Quinta woman who has been fond of horses since she was a baby will serve Palm Springs as its ambassador at rodeos around California for the rest of the year.  Jessica Reeske, 19, was crowned queen of the Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Palm Springs at a second-annual pageant Saturday at the Los Compadres Equestrian Club.  Reeske grew up on a quarter horse ranch in La Quinta, winning numerous circuit championships and qualified for the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World show four years in a row. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2012. 

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Jessica Reeske, 19, of La Quinta, won the 2011 Palm Springs Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo Queen contest January 29 at Los Compadres Equestrian Center in Palm Springs.  

As queen, Reeske will represent Palm Springs at about a dozen rodeos around California and qualifies for the 2011 Miss Rodeo California pageant in Paso Robles in October. 

“I'm really grateful I get to be the next queen,” Reeske said moments after she was announced the winner. She was one of seven girls divided into three competitions based on their ages: Rodeo Queen, Jr. Queen and Young Miss. They came from around Riverside County, even though the competition was to crown someone to represent Palm Springs throughout the state.   And competing from within a 36,000-square-foot arena at Los Compadres, the girls showcased skills and knowledge developed from years of horse riding. Judges were also looking for someone to serve as a goodwill ambassador with great sportsmanship, high moral and an ethical character who could also do more than ride a horse.

“You have to know the sport of rodeo like the back of your hand,” said Temecula resident Jessica Tourino, 20, who last year was crowned the first Miss Rodeo Palm Springs. “Half of it is your communication with your horse.”  But even though the stakes were high, the camaraderie between competitors was strong.  “It's been amazing; all the girls are so nice and so helpful,” Reeske said hours before she was named queen. “All those qualities, I think every young girl should have.”  Still, parts of the competition proved tough for the girls, even though they each had years of experience with horses and in various competitions.  Reeske was baffled during a question and answer segment when she was asked to identify a Blevins buckle, she said.

Meanwhile Rancho Mirage resident Shannen Cullinan, 16, found herself competing for Jr. Queen in front of a crowd of about 50 people she had not anticipated.  “I expected it to be a lot calmer; I didn't expect the people to cheer for (me),” she said. “I never did it in front of this many people.”  Even her horse, Rodeo, was “really frisky,” Shannen said.  “I think my nerves traveled through him,” she said.

Cheyenne Clark was a little nervous about her interview segments, but the 13-year-old did her best to treat the event like any other day with her horse, Suetonka.  The Winchester girl remained confident and enjoyed the event, which had her competing in the Young Miss category.  “It gave me a bigger opportunity to be an All-American cowgirl more than anything else,” she said. It was fun and more than I ever could have wished for.”

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Cheyenne Clark, (inset photo) was the winner in Young Miss category; Sydney Lane Holt, 10, of La Quinta was named Little Miss; Amanda Hop, 15, of Riverside; and Jessica Reeske, 19, of La Quinta, all won their age divisions in the recent judging for the 2011 Palm Springs Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo Queen contest January 29th at Los Compadres Equestrian Center in Palm Springs. 

Rodeos are popular throughout Southern California and the local pageant received national recognition last year, organizers said.  Not only does the pageant bring recognition to Palm Springs and Bogert, the local festivities help “keep western roots alive,” Tourino said. 

Source: MyDesert.com 


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Photos of Amanda Hop, our 2011 Jr Queen at the Norco Rodeo


2010 Rodeo Queen Winner

Temecula Student Rides High at Palm Springs Rodeo

A 19-year-old from Temecula was crowned queen Saturday of an upcoming Palm Springs rodeo.

A 19-year-old from Temecula was crowned queen Saturday of an upcoming Palm Springs rodeo. Jessica Tourino became rodeo queen of the 2010 Frank Bogert Memorial Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event during a ceremony at Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs. Tourino is a student at Mount San Jacinto College and a former Miss Temecula runner-up.

She and her mother own a clothing boutique, The Dirty Cowgirl. She's also a spokeswoman for Petrol Jeans and Angel Eyewear. She is working with Angel Eyewear on a campaign to fight breast cancer called "Ride for the Fight."

The five contestants were asked about horse care, horse anatomy and about who Frank Bogert was.

“He brought a lot to the table for Palm Springs because he was one of Palm Springs' true cowboys and a phenomenal mayor,” Tourino said. Earlier in the rainy day, the young women were judged on a riding pattern, how well they controlled their horse — including making the horse do slide stops — and how well they showcased the horse.

Amanda Leckband, 19, of Brawley, Danielle Williams, 21, of Yucaipa, and locals Nicole Abruscato, 19, of Palm Desert and Katie Brown, 23, of Palm Springs, also were hopefuls. Brown, who rode her quarterhorse, Patrick, said the experience was exciting. “I worked with him on doing lead changes and learning how to halt. He's very good,” Brown said.

The rodeo queen's role is to promote Palm Springs and the Palm Springs rodeo, said J. Alex Gomez, rodeo spokesman.   Source: The Desert Sun

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Jessica Tourino, 2010 Palm Springs Rodeo Queen, leads the Grand Entry past the VIP Pavilion.