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Miss Rodeo California pageant winner lives by the Cowboy Code

Wednesday, October 15,2008 Paso Robles, CA - After three days of intense competition, Ashley Hoffman of Salinas was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2009 on October 9, 2008.

Hoffman was one of 10 contestants that took part in the 37th annual Miss Rodeo California Pageant, which was held in Paso Robles for the first time. Hoffman, who came in as Miss Rodeo Clovis, said she was proud to earn the title.

“Going through the whole process was an absolute blast,” she said. “I can honestly say I’ve made some lifelong friends.”

From Ashley’s bio: Ashley graduated early from Stanford University (B.A. in Philosophy, minor in Political Science). After law school, she plans to establish her own practice in land-use law. Ashley enjoys packing with her family in the Sierras, gathering and branding cattle, reining, team penning, and promoting “Riding for Reading”. She also plays tennis and enjoys downhill skiing. Ashley volunteered for her hometown Salinas rodeo and the Monterey Horse Park. She was Captain of the Stanford Western Equestrian Team and placed third at the Na­tional Intercollegiate finals.

Hoffman’s long list of prizes for winning the title include a $1,000 scholarship; a saddle, chaps and spurs all made by Paso Robles artisans.

The runners up are:

First Runner Up - Brittany Slaton, Miss Rodeo Bakersfield.

Second Runner Up - Mackenzie Cayford, Miss Rodeo Norco.

Third Runner Up - Lindsay Dreyer, Miss Rodeo Jurupa, Miss Photogenic Award.

Fourth Runner Up - Kim Silva, Miss Rodeo Oakdale, Miss Congeniality Award.

Fifth Runner Up - Megan Jones, Miss Rodeo Creston, Miss Spirit Award.

The pageant began on Tuesday with the horsemanship competition, as the contestants ran a prearranged pattern in the first go, followed by a freestyle pattern in the second go. Wednesday’s schedule included personal interviews in the morning and the speech and modeling competition in the evening, where the contestants were asked to prepare and recite a speech about the state of California. Impromptu questions in the competition included “If you were a presidential candidate, what would your platform be and how would it differ from the current Presidential candidates’ platforms?”

Hoffman was handed awards for Miss Horsemanship, Miss Speech, Miss Personality and Miss Appearance.

Hoffman said she’s excited about the opportunity to spend the next year promoting rodeo and the cowboy lifestyle.

“It’s a tremendous honor for me to be able to travel statewide and nationwide to represent an organization that has done so much for me,” she said. “It’s great to be able to give back and promote the professional sport of rodeo. Rodeo has always been a defining experience for me. It’s taught me core values, hard work, integrity, honesty and most importantly generosity. You always give more than you take and you always think of others first, that’s the cowboy code.”

For more information about Miss Rodeo California, the pageant or the board of directors, visit the Web site at http://www.missrodeocalifornia.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Paso Robles Press


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