Miss Rodeo Texas Princess 2016
Ann Marie Vaughn
Ann Marie Vaughn was crowned as the newest statewide Miss Rodeo Texas Princess on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant coronation in San Antonio, TX. Miss Vaughn, entering as Miss Rodeo Jasper Lions Club Princess, said “this has been the best summer of my 11 year old life.” Ann Marie added, “the moment my name was called out, my heart fell to my feet and my mouth flew open, as I hit cloud nine.”
Miss Vaughn is eleven years old and hails from Yoakum, TX where she is enrolled in Alpha Omega Academy. Her school activities include University Interscholastic League, Jump Rope for Heart, Track and Cancer Drive. She is a member of Gonzales Play-Day Association, Cuero Play-Day Association TNT Barrel Series and Victoria Horseman's Club. She enjoys working cattle, hunting and taking care of her animals.
She competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, chute roping, ranch rodeo and cutting. Some of her accomplishments include Reserve Champion Ranch Rodeo Team Top Horse JL Ranch Rodeo 2013 and Horseman’s Club Speed Series Champion 2011-2012.
When asked what legacy she would like to leave behind, Ann Marie replied that she “wants to make everyone proud that they chose me as the 2016 Princess.” Ann Marie hopes to set a good example to girls her age and to be a good will ambassador for the Miss Rodeo Texas organization, the sport of rodeo, and the great state of Texas.
The Miss Rodeo Texas pageant, held annually to select the Princess rodeo queen to represent the state of Texas, awarded Ann Marie a $1,000 scholarship, a trophy saddle, a trophy belt buckle, jewelry and many other great prizes. Miss Vaughn also won the categories of speech, personality and congeniality.
A Texas tradition for more than five decades with the first Miss Rodeo Texas being crowned in 1959, the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant has produced seven Miss Rodeo Americas. Since the inception of the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant, Miss Rodeo Texas, Miss Rodeo Texas Teen and Miss Rodeo Texas Princess have served as vibrant, colorful goodwill ambassadors of rodeo, the official sport of Texas, working closely with professional rodeos, rodeo associations and community organizations to preserve our western heritage and keep the western industry alive and flourishing in today’s society. Contestants from all over the state participate in the Miss Rodeo Texas program competing for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards and other prizes among three age groups vying for their respective crowns. The Miss Rodeo Texas contest consists of pageant winners from 19 to 24 years old. The Miss Rodeo Texas Teen consists of winners from 14 to 18 year old. The Miss Rodeo Texas Princess competition consists of 9 to 13 year old contestants. The selection of each of the rodeo queens is based on horsemanship, appearance, and personality competitions with the crowning of the winners on coronation night in San Antonio, TX. Please view the Miss Rodeo Texas website, www.missrodeotexas.com for more information. As the reigning Miss Rodeo Texas 2016, Lisa Lageschaar, will be competing in the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (PRCA).