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Rodeo Royalty

Jordan Anderson, left, Junior Court, Crystal Killian, Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo queen, and Malinda Pascoe, Senior Court, pose recently at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

Courier/Nathaniel Kastela

Jordan Anderson, left, Junior Court, Crystal Killian, Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo queen, and Malinda Pascoe, Senior Court, pose recently at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Courier/Nathaniel Kastela

PRESCOTT – Each comes from a past of ranching, steering, raising animals and riding horses, and the Queen and Courts of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo agree that representing the world's oldest rodeo as royalty is a dream come true.

"This has always been a dream of mine," said Malinda Pascoe, Senior Court. "When I was 6, I remember seeing a little princess in a rodeo in Colorado. I never thought I would do this."

Junior Court Jordan Anderson added that "my whole life, I've wanted to be a rodeo queen."

Pascoe, Anderson and this year's queen, Crystal Killian, have worked hard this year to represent the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo by traveling to rodeos, parades and VA hospitals all over the state.

As the rodeo queen, Killian said, "It's nice to continue being a part of Prescott. I keep coming back because of the fans. Everyone is so gung-ho about the rodeo when they are here."

Killian, who is a 2001 graduate of Prescott High School, said she comes from "a fifth generation ranching family," and participated in 4H, FFA and sports when she was in high school.

She now attends the University of Arizona and will graduate in December with a degree in health education.

Killian said that becoming queen "is as far as I can go with Prescott Frontier Days and its royalty," but she is considering running for Miss Rodeo Arizona next year.

Pascoe, a junior at Prescott High School, grew up in Prescott and said, "I have worked and lived on ranches all my life."

She has also been involved with 4H, and said she has always enjoyed raising horses.

"I fell in love with horses even more when I got my paint horse," she said. "That's when I got more into barrel racing."

Anderson, a freshman at Prescott High School, said she grew up in Prescott and has been involved with 4H, FAA (raising pigs and steers) and sports for many years.

She said she especially loves horses because "they're just so much fun to be around and they each have their own personality. My sister and I saddle up and just ride and see where we end up."

She said she will take one year off when she is no longer Junior Court, and will then run for the title of Senior Court. Pascoe said she plans to wait until she is 20 to run for queen, because by then she will have earned more titles.

The girls agree that their experiences this year have been very satisfying, and one of the most enjoyable parts of their jobs is seeing smiles on people's faces at rodeos and other events.

"I love seeing the kids at parades," Pascoe said and, Killian added, "I love to see reactions on people's faces, knowing you probably just changed their day."

Contact the reporter at rbump@prescottaz.com

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