Eight will ride for title

archive_import

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Eight Calaveras County cowgirls will ride into the arena at 1 p.m. tomorrow, hoping to ride away with the title of Calaveras Saddle Queen.

"What we're looking for in a queen is someone who is a good horsewoman and is also very pleasant to speak to and has lots of common sense," said Michele Kronkhyte, the contest coordinator.

The competition, in its fifth year, is different from the traditional Miss Calaveras pageant because it focuses almost solely on horseback riding.

Women are judged by a private interview and by their skills in the arena.

In four segments of arena riding, the women must demonstrate the proper control of a horse, riding style, proper posture and how to hold the reins. The women must show they can use their reins to make their horses do certain things such as walk in circles or move backward and must also demonstrate barrel-racing skills.

Finally, the women must give a judged "queen's salute" with their horses running around the edge of the arena, the women must smile, make eye contact with and wave toward the crowd.

"Our major talent is being able to ride horses very well," Kronkhyte said.

The winner will be crowned by 2:30 p.m. and will receive a $200 college scholarship, a silver hat crown and a silver belt buckle.

11503992
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Sunday February 19, 2017

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Lode gets ‘Vaxxed’

02/14/2017

A black tour bus promoting the 2016 documentary “Vaxxed: from Cover-up to ... more

Tuolumne County residents plan McClintock protest

02/16/2017

People on both sides of the polarized political spectrum in Tuolumne County ... more

Jury acquits Barrett on two charges

02/17/2017

A Calaveras County Superior Court jury found Jeremiah Barrett not guilty Friday ... more

Authorities ID driver in fatal J59 wreck

02/17/2017

A Sonora doctor has been identified by the California Highway Patrol as ... more

Dam concerns reverberate in the Mother Lode

02/13/2017

The state Department of Water Resources lists 35 dams in Calaveras County ... more