Soliz, Smith new J. C. fair-rodeo court
Queen Lindsay Soliz and Princess Maddie Smith have been selected as the new Jefferson County Fair Court.
Tryouts were held Oct. 13, at the fairgrounds, where the contestants had to demonstrate their riding ability, knowledge of Jefferson County, rodeo, horse sciences and current events.
They were required to give a memorized speech on what fair or rodeo means to them, and were interviewed by a panel of judges.
"Both of these girls did an amazing job and will represent Jefferson County in 2013 very well," said Tanya Cloutier, fair court advisor.
A coronation ceremony for Soliz and Smith will be held Feb. 9, at the fairgrounds in the Maccie Conroy building.
"We would like to encourage everyone to come enjoy dinner and dancing, entertainment as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets will go on sale soon," Cloutier said.
For more information, contact Cloutier at 541-977-2100.
Queen Lindsay Soliz
Lindsay Soliz is a 17-year-old from Sisters, where she has lived her whole life.
She will be a 2013 graduate from Redmond High School, with hopes to be on the livestock or meats judging team at Chico State University, where she plans to major in ranch management.
Lindsay has always had a passion for animals. She began showing horses in 4-H with her rescue horse "Dodger."
With performing events from showmanship to drill team, she has gained a greater understanding of how to train, handle, and care for her animals.
The 4-H and FFA programs have given Soliz many opportunities. Last year, she traveled with the Redmond FFA Meats Judging Team across Oregon and California, where she toured meat-packing plants and competed in judging competitions.
Soliz spent last year representing Jefferson County as its Fair/Rodeo Princess. She traveled to 12 rodeos and numerous parades across the state.
"Being in the show ring handing out awards was great. I love seeing the enthusiasm and joy in the 4-Her's eyes," she said.
Princess Maddie Smith
Maddie Smith, 17, is a senior at Summit High School. She was born and raised in Bend by her supportive parents, Kim and Clay Smith.
She has been a part of the Deschutes County 4-H horse program for seven years, four of which she has been the club's president.
Smith has two horses, her Arabian mare, "Ruby," which she uses for performance, and a quarter horse mare, "Tessa," that she has for gaming and cow working.
She has been a member of the Summit High School Equestrian Team for three years and will serve as team captain this year.
She is also a member of Rim Rock Riders, Central Oregon Barrel Racing Association and plans to compete in high school rodeo.
Smith is currently taking college-level courses to prepare for her freshman year at Oregon State University, which she plans to attend in the fall of 2013 to study earth science, animal science, or communications.