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For the week of July 10 - 16, 2002


Old West royalty is revealed

At Saturday’s rodeo

The ten candidates for the 2002 Miss Days of the Old West royalty served notably during last weekend’s Hailey Independence Day rodeo sponsored by the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club.

And the winners were revealed at the July 6 performance.

One of the biggest winners was Melinda Markin, 16, a junior at Wood River High School in Hailey.

Melinda was crowned Hailey Teen Queen and teen horsemanship winner. In addition the Hailey resident was the overall high-point winner of the entire competition.

She received a Tex Tan saddle from the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club, complete with a matching breast collar from Wood River Equine Hospital.

Each winner in the Senior Queen, Teen Queen and Junior Queen contests were awarded engraved silver belt buckles donated by Sawtooth Auto Sales and US Bank.

Senior Queen winner was Bekki Fayle of Salmon. Bekki also won Senior Queen horsemanship, Miss Photogenics, personality and appearance, and speech.

Junior Queen winner was Kassie Willie, 13, of Pocatello. Kassie also won Junior Queen speech and horsemanship and was voted by the contestants as the winner of freestyle horsemanship.

"Miss Congeniality," also voted by the contestants, was Tricia Lynn Crump, 14, of Pocatello.


Other awards:

·  Teen Queen runners-up: First, Cassi Ann Rushton; second, Jaclyn Bruhn; third, Caitlin McGuire; fourth, Tricia Crump; and fifth, Stephanie Jorgensen.

Bellevue’s Cassi Rushton also won teen personality and appearance, and speech. Sharing the honor for Miss Photogenics were Caitlin McGuire and Jaclyn Bruhn.


·  Junior Queen runners-up: First, Jentry Perkins; second, Felicity McGraw.

Jentry, 13, of Hailey, also won junior Miss Photogenics and personality and appearance.

Contest coordinator for the ninth consecutive year was Michelle Bobbitt of Bellevue. The judges were Kindi Hess, Miss Rodeo Idaho 2000; Gabrielle James, Miss Rodeo Idaho 2002; Lorraine Wilcox of Lucky 13 Ranch; and Stephanie Lusk.

Check next week’s Local Life for a complete list of royalty prizes.


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