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Former CV Territorial queen wins new title

Prescott Frontier Days won the coveted "Best Rodeo Committee" award and Prescott Frontier Days employee Katie Hill was crowned "Miss Turquoise Circuit Queen."

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Former Chino Valley Territorial Rodeo Queen Katie Hill poses in her new outfit at the 2004 Turquoise Circuit Queen.

There are 750 rodeos in the United States, and they are divided into 12 circuits. Prescott Frontier Days is part of the Turquoise Circuit, which encompasses 15 rodeos in Arizona and 7 rodeos in New Mexico. What makes this award so important is that the cowboys in the circuit vote on who THEY think is the best rodeo committee in terms of a number of criteria, including the arena, quality of the stock, performance size and overall success.

Katie Hill, a senior at Prescott High School, said, "It's a difficult title to win because you are judged on so many different components."

She had a half hour interview, delivered a speech, took a written test on rodeo history and had to demonstrate her horsemanship in reining patterns. This is Hill's fourth title. She won a saddle and a horse trailer last year when she was crowned "Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona" and served as Junior Court for the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo the year before.

In 2000, she served as Chino Valley Territorial Rodeo Junior Queen. When asked what's next, Hill said, "I'd like to run for "Miss Prescott Frontier Days" in 2005!"

Mills can't say enough about Katie Hill. "Katie has extensive knowledge

of the rodeo and has been a wonderful ambassador for us. She's an honor roll student who is always positive and very mature. We're looking forward to her continuing promotion of the sport of rodeo as Miss Turquoise Circuit . . . and of course, the Prescott Rodeo!"

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