Aug 11, 2013 9:10 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
A local teen is the reigning 2013 Miss California High School Rodeo Queen, and she is proving that being a cowboy isn't just for boys.
16-year old Kara Kester, who will be a junior this fall at Paso Robles High School, said she's been riding horses since she could walk. She's a 6th generation rancher from Parkfield, a small town just northeast of Paso Robles.
"it's really a way of life, and I think if you're in rodeo or you're involved in rodeo, you really see that," said Kester.
Kester decided to take her love for the rodeo and try her chance at the 2013 Miss California High School Rodeo Queen competition in June in Bishop. She won, beating out 8 other district queens. Kester said the competition consisted of a horsemanship pattern, a Q&A session, a speech, written test, and modeling. It has always been Kester's dream to win the title.
She said, "They're glamorous, they're poised, they're smart."
But for Kester, it's not just about the glitz or the glamour.
"Hardest part of rodeo queen is probably having to have the hair and makeup, it's definitely a challenge sometimes," Kester said.
On top of her title of 2013 Miss California High School Rodeo Queen, Kester placed 12th out of 42 young women in the National High School Rodeo Finals. It was an international competition last month in Wyoming, and Kester said it was a life-changing event that opened up her eyes to opportunities to being a mentor to other young ladies.
She said, "If girls look up to me as a role model, which I hope they will, just to really tell them to shoot for the stars."
During her reign, Kester will showcase sponsors, travel, and make appearances representing her favorite sport- rodeo.
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