OGDEN -- Eight women from Utah and Nevada will compete Saturday for the title of Miss Wilderness Circuit at a pageant at the Comfort Suites Hotel and the Golden Spike Event Center.
The Wilderness Circuit provides regional rodeo competition in which cowboys from Utah, Nevada and southern Idaho compete to qualify for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April in Pocatello. The Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at Golden Spike Event Center.
Competing this year for the title of Miss Wilderness Circuit are KariAnne Berry, 21, of Garland; Dani Frandsen, 20, of Santaquin; Madison Hughes, 18, of Spring Creek, Nev.; Elisa Lewis, 19, of Mantua; Makenzie Maughan, 18, of Hooper; Chantell Pilcher, 19, of Morgan; Jamie Udell, 21, of Pine Valley; and Cortney Woolsey, 18, of Morgan.
The public is invited to the modeling and speech contest at 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon at noon Saturday at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 2250 S. 1200 West, Ogden.
Cost of the luncheon is $30 at the door or $20 if you RSVP today. To RSVP, call 801-791-2082.
The horsemanship contest will be at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday at Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden.
This contest, which will include a freestyle costumed horsemanship competition as well as the contestants riding their own horses and a fellow contestant's horse, is free to the public.
All contestants are selling rodeo tickets for a $2 discount. Contact one of them or call 801-791-2082 by Friday to receive the discount.
Berry is the daughter of Cort and Tammy Berry. A graduate of Bear River High School, she attends Weber State University. She was an active member in her high school FFA and 4-H clubs, where she won several awards. She is a four-time Utah High School Rodeo Association qualifier in the barrel-racing and pole-bending events.
Frandsen is the daughter of David and Heidi Frandsen. A graduate of Payson High School, Frandsen attends Utah Valley University. She is majoring in communications with plans to graduate with a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Utah. She is pursuing a career in sports broadcast journalism.
Hughes is the daughter of Aaron and Julie Hughes. She will graduate from Spring Creek High School this year. She plans to study welding and would like to be a professional singer. Hughes is an agricultural mechanics national qualifier and an American Quarter Horse Youth Association world show qualifier.
Lewis is the daughter of Kelly Brent and Jeanne Lewis. A high honors graduate of the first graduating class of Salem Hills High School, she attends Utah State University. While in high school, Lewis participated on the varsity tennis team. She would like to pursue a career in personal training and nutrition.
Maughan is the daughter of Rod and Mindy Maughan. An honors graduate of Fremont High School who received the Presidential Award, she attends Weber State University. She will study TV broadcasting and communications and plans a career with the rodeo industry. Her accomplishments include Youth High-Point Reiner in the Oregon Summer Classic.
Pilcher is the daughter of Curt and Carol Pilcher. A graduate of Morgan High School, Pilcher attends Weber State University and plans a dual career in medical assisting and photography. She wants to be a photographer for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and other equine sports. She enjoys working with special needs kids and volunteers her time supporting these organizations.
Udell is the daughter of Jim and Beverly Udell. A graduate of Enterprise High School, she is a senior at Dixie State College and is working on two bachelor's degrees, in communications and biology. Udell is a trained emergency medical technician and a co-partner in the Hope Springs Ranch Charity.
Woolsey is the daughter of Jared and Lisa Woolsey. A graduate of Morgan High School, she attends Utah Valley University. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in science and become a dental hygienist. She also would like to minor in public and community health. Woolsey's hobbies include collecting smashed pennies and attending the horse races with her family.