Fourteen young women and girls will be testing their horsemanship, speech and knowledge as they vie for Ramona Rodeo royalty titles at the Ramona Rodeo Queen Pageant on Saturday, April 18.
The Horsemanship portion of the competition will start at 8 a.m. in the Fred Grand Arena in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center off Aqua Lane. Admission to Horsemanship is free.
The Speech and Knowledge portion of the contest will start at 5 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center in Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
The evening pageant will conclude with the coronation of the 2009 Ramona Rodeo Senior Queen, Junior Queen, Young Miss and Little Miss.
The pageant has four divisions, based on age:
• Senior Queen for contestants 17 to 23 years old,
• Junior Queen for 14- to 16-year-old contestants,
• Young Miss for 11- to 13-year-olds, and
• Little Miss for 8- to 10-year-olds.
Pageant director is Jeanne Payeatt of Ramona. She may be contacted at 789-7022.
Pyeatt encourages the community to attend the pageant. “Come support the group of talented ladies competing for the titles of Miss Ramona Rodeo, Junior Miss Ramona Rodeo, Young Miss and Little Miss Ramona Rodeo.”
Following are brief autobiographies written by each contestant.
is a 17-year-old junior at San Diego Charter School. She is very excited to be participating in the Ramona Rodeo Queens Pageant this year.
Rachel’s main passion is horses. She spends most of her time working, training and showing them. Rachel is striving to become a veterinary surgeon so she can help horses in need. She also loves singing and making music.
Lacey Colleen Ryan
is 19 years old and attends Grossmont Community College, where she is currently working on completing her GE. Lacey would like to transfer to Cal State San Marcos and major in Communications.
A true Ramona native, Lacey has lived in Ramona her entire life. Lacey started riding at the age of 7 and by the time she was 9 she was competing in gymkhana events with Sun Valley Riders. She currently rides with Ramona Santana Riders and is also the line judge for the monthly Gymkhana show. After her love of horses and rodeo, Lacey also enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.
Lacey would like to thank her sponsors: Mom and Dad, Cindy and Mackenzie Cayford , Christine and Craig Synder , Jimmy Robinson, and the Keye’s Family.
is 21 years old. She is an East County native growing up in Alpine and currently living in Lakeside. Lauryn loves wakeboarding, going to the desert with friends and riding horses.
Lauryn is beginning classes this fall to become an equine vet. This will fulfill her longtime dream and further help her to continue to care for and love horses.
is a 16-year-old junior at El Capitan High School. She lives in Lakeside. Kayla has been riding since she was 5 years old and competing in rodeo since she was 8. When she is not out with the horses or at a rodeo, she is taking pictures at her little brother’s BMX events.