Northern New Mexico brought home titles during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant June 5-7.
The contest was in Clovis for a weekend event that had girls vying to be Miss Rodeo and their chance to become Miss Rodeo America.
The current Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Ashlee Rose Mills, of Eagle Nest, was on hand to offer advice to the girls in the court and find out who she can pass her crown to in 2014. Alexandra Tapia, of Santa Fe, will take over for Mills in January.
The court was rounded out by MRNM Teen, Larissa Padilla, of Santa Fe; MRNM Princess Deanne Guthrie, of Clovis and Little Miss Rodeo, Mireya Martinez, of Santa Cruz.
“I am always available to encourage the younger girls to compete and think of this as an adventure,” Mills said.
“Rodeo related pageants represent the community and the sport, Tapia said. “These develop skills that can help them grow in real life.”
The girls competed in category such as horsemanship, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo knowledge and public speaking and are judged by a panel of rodeo experts.
Mills has spent eight years competing in Miss Rodeo pageants. Her younger sister also competes. She said she has guidance from her family and coach as she has trained for each pageant.