Rodeo 2009: Outgoing rodeo queen treasures royal memories
On July 5, reigning Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Queen Jordan Anderson leaves behind years of rodeo royalty, and a whole lot of memories.
Anderson, 19, learned the ropes of rodeo royalty starting in 2005, when she served as the rodeo's junior court queen and senior court queen in 2007, before earning the crown for 2009.
"Knowing that I'm done with Prescott Frontier Days royalty, it's really sad. I'm going to miss it a lot because it was such a great experience, but I'm excited to give it over to Chantel (Miles, incoming 2010 queen) because I know she'll do a great job and help make our rodeo even better," she said.
In the past year, Anderson attended almost every rodeo in Arizona, promoting the Prescott Rodeo with her royalty counterparts, and participated in local promotional activities, she said, mentioning the highlight as going to Turquoise Circuit National Rodeo Finals in New Mexico.
Her sister Alex, 16, traveled with her as reigning senior court queen, as did junior court queen Bailey Gonzales, 15.
"I really loved doing that. We got to know each other really well. We became best friends. Even my sister - we just have become really good friends that way," she said.
With four sisters and a brother who all ride, Anderson's family relishes the Western lifestyle, participating in events like roundups in Skull Valley.
"We never really had horses until I was 10, and that's when I started the junior rodeo thing, and I just love it. I never stopped," she said.
Anderson currently is working toward an associate's degree in math and science on a volleyball scholarship at Yavapai College, and plans to complete a bachelor's at Dixie State College in Utah.
She said she eventually plans to work as an ultrasound technician.
"I'm kind of young right now, but eventually I might run for Miss Rodeo Arizona," she said.
Contestants for rodeo royalty must be between the ages of 14 and 21, be Yavapai County residents, have a horse and trailer for travel to parades and out-of-town events, a good scholastic record, and a reasonable knowledge of rodeo and current cowboy history on who holds records in specific events.
Three judges score royalty contestants on the areas of horsemanship, speech, modeling, and congeniality in awarding titles for junior and senior court, and queen.