Park City local wins at rodeo pageant
Bright blue eyes sparkling from under a black cowboy hat, Emily Jaques is at ease among her family’s horses. Her Summit County Little Buckaroo belt buckle glitters in the midday sun as she works.
Earlier this month, Jaques, 10, was named the 2014 Little Buckaroo Rodeo 2nd Attendant of the Summit County Fair. It’s an unusual position for a girl who has lived her whole life in Park City, one that she has spent weeks preparing for and years dreaming about.
"I’ve been wanting to do it for a couple years now because I really want to be in Miss Rodeo America. I thought this would be a good start so this year I finally told my mom that I was going to do it," Jaques cheerfully explained.
In order to win a spot in the local rodeo pageant Jaques modeled, gave a speech, performed on horseback, answered an impromptu question, and participated in an interview. Her favorite part of auditioning was choosing a crayon color to represent herself.
"My answer was blue because the skies are always blue and happy and I’m always happy."
A former English-style equestrian, Jaques delved into Western life when she began participating in the Summit County 4H program at age eight. She now raises pigs and horses. At the annual county livestock auction she shows and sells her pigs, tucking the profits safely away in her college fund.
Although selling the pigs she has raised is sad, Jaques said she is satisfied knowing "some other family gets to enjoy (her) hard work."
During the school year Jaques is on her horse three hours a week. Over the summer she rides all day, six days a week, stopping only to give her friend and horse, Bella, a break. This summer Jaques plans to begin training Dodge, a yearling.
"I’m the smallest in my family so I think I’m going to hire someone to help me out so that she can kind of guide me along but I can do the work," explained Jaques energetically.
The confidence she has gained from working with animals that tower over her is clear. In addition to her Western pursuits, Emily plays hockey where she enjoys "showing the boys who’s boss."
As rodeo royalty, Jaques will participate in the Summit County Fair and the local rodeos in August. She will also be a part of the Oakley 4th of July Parade.
"I felt really proud of myself because I’ve been working hard for this," reflected Jaques. She admitted that she was uncertain about how she would place competing against last year’s winners.
Jaques said she hopes to promote the rodeo lifestyle and wants to see more involvement in rodeos from Park City youth. She also hopes to get more kids enjoying family fun and cotton candy at this year’s Summit County Fair.
The 2014 Summit County Fair will be held August 1-9 at the county fairgrounds in Coalville.
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