OGDEN -- The public is invited to participate in the Wilderness Circuit Rodeo Queen competition Saturday.
Five women will vie for the title: Morgan Bo Blackhurst, Tiffanie King, Makenzie Maughan, Brandy Mortensen and Ashley Scott.
Public events include the modeling and speech competition at 10:30 a.m. at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 2250 S. 1200 West. A luncheon will follow around noon. For reservations, call contest coordinator Paula Smith at 801-745-3022.
Horsemanship will be at 2 p.m. at the Golden Spike Events Center, 1000 N. 1200 West. Contestants wearing costumes will perform in a freestyle reining competition in addition to the traditional reining patterns.
"This is one of the top contests for rodeo queens in the state," Smith said. "Every year, our contest attracts some of the most-talented women in the sport."
Contestants also are selling tickets to the Wilderness Circuit finals rodeo, featuring the top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competitors from Utah, Nevada and southern Idaho, on Oct. 27-29. Those who sell the most tickets will receive prizes.
Anyone interested in tickets may purchase them from their favorite contestant before the contest.
- Blackhurst, 21, of Hoytsville, is the daughter of Aaron Blackhurst and Kelli McDonald.
She is an honors graduate of Lone Peak High School and attends Utah State University with plans to attend law school and become an agricultural attorney.
Blackhurst showed American quarter horses and qualified for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Show three times. She is the 2011 second runner-up to Miss Rodeo Utah, 2011 second attendant to Miss Rodeo Ogden and the first attendant to Miss Hooper Tomato Days.
- King, 18, of Marriott-Slaterville, is the daughter of Nick and Dana Cazier. She is a high honor roll graduate of Fremont High School, where she was a member of the pro-start cooking team and placed with high honors at the state competition.
She attends Weber State University and plans to one day own a fine foods restaurant. King is the current Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Queen.
- Maughan, 19, of Hooper, is the daughter of Rod and Mindy Maughan. She is a graduate of Fremont High School and attends Weber State University, studying technical sales with plans of becoming a pharmaceutical representative.
Maughan was the 2009 Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Queen, 2010 Hooper Tomato Days Rodeo Queen and the 2011 Miss Rodeo Ogden.
- Mortensen, 21, of Springville, is the daughter of Preston and Collette Mortensen. She is a 4.0 GPA graduate of Springville High School and attends Brigham Young University on an academic scholarship, with plans to become a veterinarian.
She was a member of the BYU Phi Eta Sigma Association of College Honor Societies and is a Utah State certified horse show judge.
- Scott, 18, of Aurora, is the daughter of Roger Scott and Kelly and Jennifer Quarnberg.
She is a graduate of North Sevier High School, where she was ranked third in her class. She attends Utah State University, with plans of becoming a pharmacist. Scott is a former Utah High School Rodeo Association queen.