The Miss Rodeo California Pageant is held annually to select a young woman who has the desire and enthusiasm to serve as a goodwill ambassador in the State of California for the sport of professional rodeo. Miss Rodeo California is awarded the prestigious opportunity to represent California in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is held in December each year in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally held in Turlock, the Miss Rodeo California Pageant moved to Sacramento in 1982 and then to Brawley in 1988. In 1989, the pageant moved to Poway to be held in conjunction with the Poway Rodeo. After 5 successful years in Poway, the 1995 pageant was held in Fresno in conjunction with the World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity.
An enthusiastic group of interested people in San Dimas then made a bid for the pageant to move to that city located on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County. Since that time, the pageant has been held in San Dimas with the help of a wonderfully supportive business community and a solid core of volunteers. The pageant then found itself located in Paso Robles, California and following that Lancaster, California. The pageant has been held in Lancaster since the 2015 pageant in October of 2014. It is held in conjunction with the California Circuit Finals Rodeo each year and the current title holder reigns over California’s championship rodeo.
The Miss Rodeo California Pageant Board of Directors has pledged to make the pageant memorable for each entrant. The Board is confident that the Miss Rodeo California who is chosen will represent her state with grace, enthusiasm and professionalism, while promoting the sport of professional rodeo.
The many prizes, scholarships and awards, presented to the Contestants, and the statewide recognition they receive, have all combined to entice many of the young ladies interested in horses, and in particular the world of rodeo, to become entrants in this event. Scholarships have been an important part of the Pageant and these are intended to assist the winners in extending their education and knowledge. At the 2019 pageant held in October of 2018, each of the eight contestants received a scholarship for the first time in a long time, if not ever. (Past contestants must contact the board to receive these scholarships).
It is with the help of many sponsors and volunteers that many women have had and will have the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Miss Rodeo California pageant and some go on to hold the title of Miss Rodeo California.