Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

2016 CWWR Royalty
July 11, 2016

2017 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Royalty Tryouts — Sept. 24, 2016


ROYALTY GUIDE 2017 (pdf printable link at bottom of page)
Contestant Tryouts on September 24, 2016 (Be ready to start promptly at 10:00 a.m. Tryouts are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. )

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Official Contest Rules

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and its representatives reserve the right to hold a contest to judge and select any participants at its discretion in accordance with royalty rules. It has the ultimate authority over the royalty contest, contestants, crowned royalty and others involved.
Please type or print legibly all parts of the royalty application

Contest Eligibility and Requirements

1. To apply for position of Queen, you must be 16 and no older than 21 years old as of June 1, 2017
To apply for position of Queen attendant, you must be at least 12 years old and no older than 16 years old as of June 1, 2017
To apply for position of Princess, you must be at least 10 years old and no older than 13 years old as of June 1, 2017

2. Return all paperwork and application by August 6th: Maxine Harris
e-mail [email protected]

3. Parents and participants must comply with Carbondale Wild West Rodeo series rules and regulations for the full year of rein

4. Applicants must be single and never married/pregnant

5. Contestants cannot hold titles of other rodeos at the time of tryouts. Current CWWR queen, queen attendant and princesses may try out consecutively

Contest Rules and Proceedings
1. Deadline for Application is September 24, 2016
2. Tryouts will be held September 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Gus Darien Riding Arena in Carbondale, CO. The location is subject to change due to weather/circumstances
3. The year of rein will begin on April 1, 2017 and will continue for one year
4. Contestants will be judged and scored in the categories of application & personal interview 25%, horsemanship and riding ability 50% and appearance/presence 25%
5. Contestants must be able to ride and have access to a suitable horse for contest, rodeos and all other events such as parades, public appearances, etc. Suitability will be determined at the contest and is left to the discretion of the coordinator and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Assoc. Board.

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6. All contestants, parents, queen, queen attendant and princesses must be friendly, courteous and respectful at all times to guests, other contestants, judges, Carbondale Wild West rodeo employees and animals
7. Contestants and parents must submit all questions/or concerns in writing to the royalty coordinator No Exceptions. If questions and/or concerns are not answered satisfactorily, then contestants and parents may submit the same (in writing) to the Rodeo Board. They are expected to treat all CWWRA volunteers with the utmost respect at all times
8. Contestants must know the basic rules of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo events and rodeo sponsors and be able to explain these topics for rodeo guests and spectators

9. A parent or guardian must be available to assist in any part of the contest, and are asked to otherwise only be spectators during the contest. If a contestant needs help, she can ask permission from the judges for parental help
10. If there is evidence that royalty, contestants or their parents do not follow the rules above, only one verbal or written warning will be issued. If there is any other infraction, titles and scholarships may be revoked by the CWWRA at any time. If this occurs, all Carbondale Wild West Rodeo items issued must be returned and the former title holder is not eligible to be a future contestant for the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Royalty

Applicant Signature Date

Parent/Guardian Signature Date

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Royalty 2017

2017 Carbondale Wild West Royalty

Duties and Expectations

These duties are general and not limited to the following:

Royalty members act as a Carbondale Wild West Rodeo spokeswoman and represent the sport of rodeo. Because they provide a lot of publicity, they are easily recognizable. Therefore, royalty and parents must always be respectful, organized, helpful and friendly. As changes in places and events change, each person is expected to handle situations in a courteous manner.

– To oversee the queen attendant and princess at each rodeo/event.
– Flag carrying and grand entry routine at the start of each rodeo
– To work with coordinator in organizing other appearances, ideas, etc. Communicate with the rest of the royalty and parents
– To help with the Mutton Bustin/Calf Scramble at each rodeo with attendant and princesses
– When the royalty is at other events, she must follow the instructions of the event organizers and coordinators and assist attendant and princesses
– Help prepare horses for the younger royalty
– Will be available at 6:15 pm every rodeo waiting at the secretaries desk for directions, dressed and ready to assist volunteers, help with rodeo coordination and do public relations with arriving guests and spectators

Queen Attendant:
– To assist the queen in her duties
– Flag carrying and grand entry routine at the start of each rodeo
– To fill in for queen when necessary
– Follow directions of queen and coordinator
– Assist with rodeo events as noted in Queen’s duties
– Will be available at 6:15 pm every rodeo waiting at the secretaries desk for directions


– To assist the queen and queen attendant
– Flag carrying and grand entry routine at the start of each rodeo
– Helping with rodeo events as noted above
– Will be available at 6:15 pm every rodeo waiting at the secretaries desk for directions

Rules and Regulations 2017 Rodeo Royalty

Only parents are allowed to assist royalty in preparation at rodeo/and or event. Parents must ensure royalty is on time and properly equipped to perform royalty duties

Each participant must always be ready to assist with events in the rodeo and at other appearances. Carrying the flag is REQUIRED for each royalty member at each Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. If a horse is being borrowed, the participant must make her own arrangements.
Royalty parents are required to volunteer a MINIMUM of 10 hrs over the 12 week rodeo season. Coordination of volunteer hours will be handled with volunteer coordinator, Melanie Cardiff.
Each royalty member can only miss two appearances (unless special arrangements are made) to receive the year-end scholarship.
The Queen, Attendant, and Princesses must be willing to represent the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series in special events as decided by the coordinator and group

Royalty members and horses must be spotless and well-groomed for each appearance.

Each girl must always have her crown, official royalty shirt, sash, provided saddle pad and belt buckle for each appearance. She must have hair styled and makeup done appropriate for her age. She must always be friendly and approachable to the public until the event is over. The rodeo will provide shirt, sash, crown and belt buckle.
Pants ARE NOT to be tucked in boots!
– Royalty is expected to be dressed and a the rodeo grounds at 6:30 pm prior to rodeo
– Rodeo attire, shirts, crown and/or sash are NOT to be worn at any other events unless royalty is representing the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

It is best that royalty members are independent of parents and friends when making appearances to make her more approachable for autographs and photos, however, parents do need to be available if needed.
No visible body piercings or tattoos other than earrings allowed at any time

Behavior: Each member MUST ALWAYS be on her best behavior while holding this title. People recognize royalty wherever they are.

No alcohol, drugs or public affection toward a boyfriend at any time during an appearance!!

The royalty must be willing to be photographed and sign autographs throughout their entire reign in all appearance, with and without horses. They must always be properly attired and approachable.
Each royalty member is required to be early, saddled and ready at 6:15 pm prior to the start of the event.
Knowledge of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo series, participants, rules, regulations, contractor, secretary and current events the rodeo is required. Each person needs to be able to explain and communicate about the town and current events
Each royalty member must be able to ride a suitable mount for every appearance including rodeos and parades. If there is any doubt, the royalty coordinator and/or queen has the authority to dismiss the horse
If a horse is deemed unsuitable, it will be dismissed permanently!
In every appearance, the horse and tack must be spotless and in good repair. The horse must be clipped, have proper farrier attention, current vaccines, deworming, coggins and brand inspection
Each royalty member must have at least one parent at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and for any other appearances. He/She must be available to assist the royalty member at each event and help

ensure each appearance runs smoothly. If a parent cannot attend, please give a week’s notice so others can fill in.
!!!!!!DO NOT FORGET!!!!!
1. You must have your full rodeo outfits on for the grand entry nothing can be missing by 6:15 every week. (Shirts, blankets, earrings,etc.) If you feel like you can’t keep track of your stuff give it to royalty coordinator to keep.
2. Your horses must be washed and faces clipped for every rodeo.
3. Shirts must be washed and starched for every rodeo. (It’s not your mothers job to do it). You need to make sure your chaps and hats are cleaned as well every rodeo.
4. NO SASS! Whether it is to your royalty members, family members, or anyone on the rodeo grounds. We will not tolerate any rude behavior.
To receive your scholarship at the end of the summer you must return your royalty shirt, saddle pad, and any hats/tack that was lent out for the rodeo season
Each royalty member and parent must follow the rules outlined in the Rules and Expectations. Failure to do so can result in revocation of the title and forfeiture of all awards

Applicant Date

Parent/Guardian Date

Carbondale Wild West Series 2017 Royalty Application Please return required forms by September 24, 2016 to:

Maxine Harris [email protected] Rodeo Royalty Coordinator 970.309.6576
Competing For: Queen Queen Attendant Princess

Contestant Name:

Date of Birth: Age as of June 1, 2017

Mailing Address:

Telephone Number:

Parent or Guardian:

Email Address:

School Attending: Grade


Experience with rodeo, horses, showing, etc:

Royalty Experience with dates and positions held:

On a separate page, answer the following questions (a maximum of 100 words each) for the following questions:

1. Why should little girls lookup to you when learning how to become a better rider?
2. Why is western heritage and the sport of rodeo important in shaping the way the youth is growing up in today’s world?

I have read and understand all requirements, duties and rules that must be followed in order not to forfeit the scholarship or title.

Applicant Signature Date

Parent/Guardian Signature (required) Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Royalty 2017 Tryouts
Contestant Schedule Subject to Change


Held at the Gus Darien Rodeo Arena, Carbondale, CO 1 Mile East of Carbondale on County Road 100

September 24, 2016

10:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m. (Be ready to go early.)
Tryouts start right at 10:00 a.m. prompt, starting with horsemanship, then hot lap, then wave lap. Contestants will then dismount and be questioned on horse knowledge followed by interview questions.
All times are approximate.
**Contestants will be judged starting at 10:00 a.m. At this time, parents and other adults and spectators need to ask judge if they need parental assistance.

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The Carbondale Rodeo Committee is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive by offering a fun family-oriented event for residents and visitors alike. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine.

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The 2024 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 6th, and continue through Thursday, August 22nd. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks. 

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  • Slack is at 5:45 pm
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To volunteer, email Mike Kennedy at:
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