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Acton cowgirl crowned state rodeo queen

Carollann Scott now heading to N.M. for nationals

Posted: July 3, 2008 12:23 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Carollann Scott, of Acton, was crowned California's Rodeo Queen on June 21.

 

As the cloud of dirt clears on this Santa Clarita Valley ranch, the door of the pickup truck swings open and out steps royalty that is unmistakable — the sequins, the tiara, the sash.

It’s the bright blue eyes and wide white smile, however, that suggests to people meeting the Miss California High School Rodeo Queen for the first time that this is no pampered or out-of-touch monarch.

Her castle is her family’s sprawling five-acre ranch home in Acton, under big blue skies.

Out here, it’s slap-the-dirt-off-your-jeans type of living, grounded in a proud ranching tradition of grooming horses, fixing fences and cleaning out stables.

And, if there’s any doubt that Carollann Scott — the state’s reigning rodeo queen — is somehow merely a figurehead, her finger-crunching handshake and eye-to-eye greeting removes all doubt.

Carollann Scott is the real deal, the real royal.

A month ago, she was Miss California High School Rodeo District 8.

Then, on June 21, after a weekend of competing with other cowgirls from eight other districts across the state, the 16-year-old cowgirl, despite the chiding she took from her two older rodeo brothers, was crowned the state’s Rodeo Queen 2008-09.

“I was around horses ever since I could walk. And I got angry when they pulled me off of a horse,” she explains.

When she was four, she practiced roping cows by throwing a lasso over a stationary figure of a cow no bigger than a rocking horse.

“When I was a little girl I wanted to be a Rodeo Queen. So this is a dream come true for me,” she said, adding that growing up with horses meant growing up in the shadow of the Rodeo Queen.

“We always knew who the queen was. It was really fun to know them and I always wanted to be just like them,” she said.

Her chores as reigning monarch are not too unlike the chores expected of most royal figures — an appearance at official openings, ribbon cuttings and representing the state at high school rodeo events.

And, while becoming Rodeo Queen was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, her fairy tale experience isn’t over yet.

Later this month, Scott travels to Farmington, N.M., to compete with rodeo queens from across the country and around the world in a national high school rodeo competition from July 21-27.

Rodeo Queens representing Canada, Australia and most of the United States compete for the national title.

“I want to represent California the best way I can,” she told The Signal this week. “I want to know everything about California.

“I’m proud to be the representative for California. I feel very privileged.”

One of the most meaningful attributes of a Rodeo Queen is being that person Carollann admired growing up — becoming a role model for other little girls.

And for that, Carollann Scott deserves to wear the crown.

A student of the Santa Clarita Christian High School with an outstanding 4.0 grade point average, she’s also an active member of the 4-H Club.

When it comes to competition, Scott competes in all the regular cowboy events.

Iconic scenes of young cowgirls on horseback, spinning a ring of rope over their heads and then flinging it out over the head of a calf — that’s Carollann, at a recent Equine Affair event.

And, not just roping — roping faster than other cowgirls in the state.

How fast?

Eight point seven seconds in the Breakaway Rope event in which riders jump off a horse and tie up a goat.
Horse skills were only part of the Miss California High School Rodeo competition held in Bishop on June 21.
In order for Scott to earn the rodeo crown she had to excel at two tests of horse-managing skills that involved flag-carrying and reining, which tests the riders’ ability to control the horse.

Competitors were also interviewed, asked important questions and expected to give a compelling two-minute speech.

Think of Miss America only on horseback.

It’s that gruelling and on July 21 in New Mexico, on the world stage, Carollann Scott will be ready to get back in that saddle.

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