Local cowgirl queens crowned
Shelby Heston and Kim Lacey were crowned the 2014 Junior and Senior Cowgirl Queens, respectively, during the Open Horse Show Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds horse arena.
The rescheduled Open Horse Show was held Sunday after it was rained out at the 2014 Greater Jefferson County Fair.
Heston and Lacey will advance to the Iowa State Fair competition Aug. 8.
During the show Sunday, contestants had to ride a pattern provided by the judge, be interviewed by the judge and perform a “Cowgirl Queen Salute.”
The judge for the day was Kim Strong of Delta.
Heston was crowned the 2014 Junior Iowa Cowgirl Queen for Jefferson County. She is the daughter of Charles and Krista Heston of Fairfield. She just completed ninthgrade at Fairfield High School. She is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club and the Jefferson County 4-H Horse Club.
Other contestants included Katlin Clemmons, Josie Lagle and Ashley Westercamp.
Lacey was crowned the 2014 Senior Iowa Cowgirl Queen for Jefferson County. She is the daughter of Everett Lacey and Joni Lacey. She is a Jefferson County 4-H club leader and a former Jefferson County 4-H club member.
The other contestant in the class was Harli Novak.
Quick points about the contest
• Each contestant must be a resident of Jefferson, Wapello, Van Buren, Henry or Keokuk counties.
• No stallions are allowed in the Cowgirl Queen Contest.
• A Junior Cowgirl Queen contestant must be 10-15 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014.
• A Senior Cowgirl Queen contestant must be 16-26 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014.
• Judging is based 50 percent on beauty, attractiveness and appropriateness of Western attire, including tack, and 50 percent on horsemanship; horses do not count.
• Finalists are asked to demonstrate the queen salute and perform a pattern.
• During the riding portion of the pageant, contestants are asked to: ride in a group at a walk, trot and lope; ride individually along the rail at a lope or faster while saluting the crowd; perform a sliding stop at the cone in the queen salute portion of the contest.
• Contestants are judged and scored on: horsemanship; appearance while riding; question by the judge; and queen salute.
• The highest cumulative score in each age group wins the honor of being crowned the Jefferson County Fair Iowa Cowgirl Queen in their respective age divisions.
The junior and senior queens receive a tiara, sash and entry fees paid to the Iowa State Fair Iowa Cowgirl Queen Contest.
At the state fair
Heston, Lacey and other contestants will be dressed in beautiful outfits while they ride their horses in the Cowboy Queen show at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Jacobson Exhibit Center.
As in the Jefferson County contest, judging will be based 50 percent on beauty, attractiveness and appropriateness of Western attire and 50 percent on horsemanship — horses not to count.
The competition has several preliminary rounds in both the junior and senior divisions.
Finalists will be asked to demonstrate the queen salute — a hallmark of the competition — and perform a pattern.
Tickets for the Cowboy Queen show will be sold at the Jacobson Exhibit Center show office from noon until 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; and free for children ages 5 and younger.