Cave Creek Rodeo Days seeks contestants in rodeo queen contests

2018 Teen Queen Lilly Alsever (left) and 2018 Rodeo Queen Megan Alsever with the 2017 Rodeo Queen Samantha Erdmann (middle). (Submitted photo)

Cave Creek Rodeo Days organizers are seeking contestants for its Feb. 16 Queen Contest, including Rodeo Queen and Teen Queen.

Applications to participate in the royalty contest must be submitted no later than Fri., Feb. 8, according to a press release. The royalty program is also expanding to include young princesses who will be prepared to compete for Queen and Teen Queen titles.

“My favorite part of being Rodeo Queen is being in the arena and feeling the electricity of the crowd,” 2018 Cave Creek Rodeo Days Queen Megan Alsever said in a prepared statement “It’s a life-changing experience and an absolute blast.”

Contestants are judged on their horsemanship, personality and appearance. In addition, contestants must communicate a strong understanding of the sport of rodeo.

Young women ages 18-23 are invited to compete for Rodeo Queen, with teens ages 13-17 competing for the Teen Queen title.

Cave Creek sisters Megan and Lilly Alsever won the titles of Rodeo Queen and Teen Queen at the 2018 Cave Creek Rodeo Days, a release states.

“It’s amazing to be queen with my sister,” Megan said. “Besides making it easier to plan traveling and events, we always have a support system with us.”

Megan, a Cactus Shadows High School senior, rides a 23-year-old AQHA gelding named Buckeye to compete in rodeo events. She works part time as a hostess at Harold’s Corral and plans to double major in business and environmental engineering in college.

Her younger sister Lilly is a Cactus Shadows freshman. She enjoys competing in barrel racing, jumping and sorting event and has won championships at the regional level on her Arabian Country horse.

In addition to her passion for horses, Lilly says she enjoys working with special needs children both in and out of school. She aspires to one day become Miss Rodeo America.

The winner of the 2019 Rodeo Queen competition will receive an Educational Scholarship Award, Cave Creek Rodeo Days belt buckle and other prizes. The Teen Queen winner will receive a Cave Creek Rodeo Days belt buckle and other prizes.

Winners of both the Queen and the Teen Queen titles will travel the Turquoise Circuit representing Cave Creek Rodeo Days at events throughout the southwest in 2019.

Girls ages 6-12 can participate in the Princess Program. Princesses learn how to be good role models, spokeswomen and friends while promoting the sport of rodeo and the western way of life, a release states.

The next entry deadline to apply for the Princess Program is March 1, but princesses are accepted into the program year-round. Cave Creek Rodeo Days is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22, 23 and 24 in Cave Creek.

Now in its 42nd year, the event will be at Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants.

This year’s event kicks-off at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16 with the Cave Creek Rodeo Days parade through town. On Monday, March 18, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Golf Tournament will take place at Tatum Ranch in Cave Creek.

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