Jan 7, 2011 7:32 PM
Jennifer says, "I'm really excited and I'm really honored." At the young age of 23, Jennifer Marinelli has already accomplished more than most young people in the rodeo world. In 2005 she won the Red Bluff Junior Queen title, in 2007 became the Red Bluff Junior Queen Pageant Coordinator, and in 2010 she became Miss California Rodeo Queen.
"As Miss CCPRA, I've been able to travel throughout California and see places and go places I've never been before," Jennifer says. On Monday, it's off to Oklahoma, where she'll represent California in a competition against 8 other girls for the title of Miss Rodeo USA. The 6 day long competition incorporates judging on appearance, personality, horsemanship, a written exam, and interactions with society. If crowned she says she'll be proud to promote the thing she loves most.
Jennifer says, "I want to encourage more girls to get involved in the rodeo queen industry because it's brought me a long way. It opened me up and brought me out of my shell." The Santa Cruz native began riding horses at the age of 12. And when her parents saw her dedication, they picked up and moved to Red Bluff to help foster her dreams. "I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my family, friends, and all my sponsors in the area," Jennifer says.
And onSunday, she will finally hear the results she's been waiting for her whole life. "If I win, I have to pick up and move to Oklahoma and won't be here for a year. It's just another door opened and you never know what's on the other side until you walk through it."
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