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Miss Rodeo Valley Center queens make first appearance


April 30, 2014
The Miss Rodeo Valley Center queens who were crowned April 12 made their first appearance as royalty April 25 through 27 at the Lakeside Rodeo.

Renee Terbush is now Miss Rodeo Valley Center, Briana Garcia is the Junior Miss Rodeo Valley Center, and Lacy Bainbridge represents Valley Center's rodeo as Young Miss Rodeo Valley Center.

"It was a true honor to be invited to the Lakeside Rodeo," Terbush said.

"This is a dream come true, and it's amazing to be able to represent my hometown, Valley Center, and the sport of rodeo. I can't wait to attend other rodeos," Garcia said.

"Two years ago I was told that I would be a rodeo queen, and I fulfilled my dreams and I'm excited to follow up with the rodeo and tell people about it," Bainbridge said.

The Miss Rodeo Valley Center pageant included a written test April 8 with the rest of the competition taking place April 12 at Hidden Oaks Ranch. The horsemanship and interview portion the morning of the pageant were followed by the pageant itself, which included prepared speeches and impromptu questions for the contestants.

Terbush, a 17-year-old who is a senior at Valley Center High School, won not only the overall Miss Rodeo Valley Center award but also the photogenic, speech, best test, and appearance awards. Her prepared speech was on animal welfare and rodeo. Terbush rode Prince, a ten-year-old Azteca gelding.

Garcia is 16 and a sophomore at Valley Center High School. Her pageant awards also included best test, speech, and appearance. She rides Cansea, a 19-year-old Morgan mare, and prepared a speech on bull riding.

The 9-year-old Bainbridge is in fourth grade at Valley Center Elementary School. She won the horsemanship, photogenic, and best test awards at her level as well as the overall competition. Bainbridge rides a 16-year-old paint mare called Saint.

A major function of the Valley Center rodeo queens is to promote Valley Center's rodeo. The Valley Center Stampede will take place May 23-24.

"The three of us make a good team, so we know we'll put on a good show for everybody," Terbush said.

The promotional activities include not only other rodeos but also school visits and other events in Valley Center. "We all enjoy to be able to talk to all the little kids," Garcia said.

"It's fun to meet new people, and I'm very excited to see new people come to the rodeo," Bainbridge said.

The Ramona Rodeo will take place May 16 through May 18, and the Valley Center queens will be visiting royalty there. That weekend will also include the Professional Bull Riding competition May 17 through May 18 across the parking lot from Pala Casino, and arrangements are being finalized for the Valley Center royalty to appear at Pala.

Although San Diego County's only other pro rodeo is the September 26-27 Poway Rodeo, the Valley Center queens will likely also appear at other Southern California rodeos and the California Junior Rodeo Association schedule includes a September 20 competition in Ramona.

"We can't wait for the many rodeos to attend," Terbush said.

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