competition was fierce this past weekend as seven outstanding young women gathered at the Crook County Fairgrounds to compete for the Crooked River Roundup Queen title.
The women, representing Prineville, Redmond, The Dalles, Pendleton and Bend, demonstrated their individual skills in horsemanship, speech and interview before teams of judges.
When the dust finally settled and after much deliberation the reigning queen was chosen as Stephanie West of Bend.
A long-time rodeo enthusiast, 2001 Sister's Rodeo Queen and 2000 Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo princess, West has her work cut out for her now as Crooked River Roundup Queen.
As 2002 Queen she will officiate over the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo, June 28-30 and Race Meet, July 10-13. Representing the Crooked River Roundup she will also travel to rodeos around the state including the Pendleton Roundup, Clackamas County Rodeo, Sisters Rodeo and will act as hostess for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Competition as well as make guest appearances and speeches at functions and gatherings during the next year.
West currently attends college in Bend. Her interest in the rodeo circuit runs deep as she has long been involved as a member of the Oregon Barrel Racing Association and the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association and is currently a member of the Rim Rock Riders and Central Oregon Barrel Racing Association.
"I think Stephanie will make a good representative for our rodeo," said queen coordinator Tammie Ryan. "She has the experience and maturity that it will take. All of the girls that competed did a great job and I hope the ones that did not make it will return next year to try out again."