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The Gilroy Rodeo celebrates the tradition of having a dynamic young lady serve as Miss Gilroy Rodeo. Candidates who compete for the coveted title must not only display exceptional horsemanship skills, but speak intelligently and display dignity in all situations. During her reign, Miss Gilroy Rodeo represents the Gilroy Rodeo and our community at events and rodeos throughout California.


Contestants must: 

  • Attend all events outlined in the Miss Gilroy Rodeo contestant guide 

  • Dress in rodeo queen attire during competition and ALL rodeo performances and events you attend. 

  • Be between the ages of 17-26 years of age as of January 1st, 2023

  • Be a resident of the following counties: Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, Alameda or Santa Cruz

  • Be single and never have been married or entered into a marriage contract that was annulled. 

  • Not be, nor have been, pregnant.

  • Conduct themselves in a ladylike behavior in every situation. 

    • Failure to do so, may result in removal from the Miss Gilroy Rodeo Queen competition at the discretion of the queen committee.

Contest Awards Include

  • $1,000 scholarship to winner

  • Miss Gilroy Rodeo official chaps for one year use

  • Miss Gilroy Rodeo commemorative crown to keep following your reign

  • Trophy belt buckle, custom leather purse, and other awards to winner

  • Prizes and rodeo tickets to all contestants 


  • Application Closed: July 15 @ 5:00 PM

  • Contest Orientation: July 15th @ 10:00 AM (You are encouraged to attend the orientation even if you are on the fence about applying) 

  • Contest Dates: July 30th, August 5th

For a detailed contest overview, please download and access the following Contestant Handbook. The Gilroy Rodeo Royalty Committee encourages you to read the manual in its entirety. As it contains an in-depth overview of the competition and scoring. After submitting your application, you'll be contacted to provide a photo for the judges use. No points will be given for the photo. 

No longer accepting applications - Contest deadline has closed!

For any questions, please contact

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