The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Board of Directors and countless volunteers spend innumerable hours throughout the year planning and working on the annual event, but ask any Board member and they will tell you who really works hardest at promoting the extravaganza. The Girls of the West are the official ambassadors for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, making over 160 promotional appearances from the end of April through July. They truly are the face of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
The 2013 Girl of the West, Amanda Summers and her aide, Kate Watson, are young women who represent the West through their horsemanship ability. They symbolize the youth of our region who wish to further promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, and in so doing, promote the western way of life and the ideal western-type American girl. They represent a long tradition of young women who have represented the rodeo since 1922.”The Girl of the West program has had many beautiful women hold the crown and title for many years and getting to follow in their footsteps is a dream come true” Said Girl of the West Amanda Summers. “Actually holding the title, I now realize how blessed I am to be a part of a rodeo family that continues to give to military families every year.”
The title of “Girl of the West” was chosen because the girls are considered “Ambassadors” for the rodeo and not “Rodeo Queens.” The first Girl of the West, Dawn Norris, was chosen in 1922. The first competitions were decided by popular vote. The candidate with the most pennies in the jar, or the most applause at the rodeo would be named “Girl of the West” for the rodeo. Her duties involved simply being at the rodeo and participating in the grand entry. The competition has evolved to include speech, interview, horsemanship, personality, and appearance.
Corliss Palmer is a member of the Board of Director and also the Director of the Girls of the West program. As such, she has a unique occupation, escorting and scheduling over 160 appearances each summer for the Girls of the West. The trio mostly travels around the Front Range of Colorado promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. They visit all five military installations in the Colorado Springs area, speak at many service clubs, ride in parades and rodeo grand entries, and many other opportunities, including TV and radio interviews.
The competition for the 2014 Aide to Girl of the West is fast approaching; this year’s event is July 12, 2013, at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Applicants must be between the ages 18 and 22 by May 1, 2014, and never married. Competition will consist of horsemanship, interview, public speaking and appearance. Applications are available online at www.pikespeakorbust.org. Application deadline is June 28, 2013. For more information, call Corliss Palmer at 719-351-1953.
The 73rd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo returns to the Norris-Penrose Event Center once again as one of the nation’s premier Rodeo Competitions sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). During July 10-13, Colorado Springs is the focal point for World Champions and rising stars in their quest for the World Championship title. Since 1946, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days has donated proceeds to charitable programs and services benefiting local military personnel and their families. For more information, please visit www.pikespeakorbust.org, or call (719) 635-1101.