Year has been fun for rodeo queen
Ah, the rodeo. There's nothing quite like watching events such as barrel racing, roping, calf tying, and, of course, bull riding. But don't forget the rodeo's royalty: the Queen and her Court. For the past year, Sabrina Swearingin has been representing the World's Oldest Rodeo as the 2015 Miss Prescott Frontier Days. And while her time as Queen is coming to an end, she's already looking down the road ahead.
Swearingin said the past year has been interesting and a lot of fun, and also noting that it wasn't what she was expecting. She called it an eye-opener and a very different world from what she was used to in rodeo, as this was her first title and she came in as a barrel racer. But, she said, she's made lifelong friends and has really enjoyed herself.
When it's time to pass on the title of Queen, Swearingin said she will be recalling all that's happened the past year and all the great times. She also said t she wants to help her successor appreciate the many experiences coming up.
"I want her to be prepared because there's a lot I wasn't aware of going into it, that I wasn't ready for. Being a barrel racer and not a rodeo queen before, I didn't realize it was going to be as much of a commitment," she said. "But I've had a lot of fun with it. Passing it on, I'm going to remember all my memories. It's going to be tough."
As for the future, Swearingin said she wants to compete for the Turquoise Circuit in October. She's already begun preparing and getting "pageant ready."
Yet, the road to this year's pageant hasn't been completely smooth. Royalty Chairman Deanne Petty said an unforeseen situation came up regarding the Senior Court contestants.
One contestant, Petty said, felt she wasn't ready and decided to wait for another year and be better prepared. The other also backed out and felt it best to wait another year. The lack of remaining contestants prompted Petty to reopen the position for new applications. The process closed Wednesday, June 10.
But, there are still the Junior Court and Queen contestants. The Junior Court contestants are Shai Forman and Brooke Suter. Forman said she decided to throw her hat in the ring because she felt being a part of the court looked like fun every time she went to the Fourth of July rodeo.
As for Suter, she wanted to continue a family legacy.
"My mom and my aunt used to be rodeo queens," she said. "I wanted to follow them on their path."
Suter was also one of the 2015 Miss Prescott Frontier Days Sweethearts, according to Petty.
Suter said if she is crowned for Junior Court, she'll cry, and Forman likened it to receiving an Oscar.
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