Local cowgirl Faith Ann Cassol is the 2017 Silver Buckle Rodeo Queen.
The crowning of the queen will be announced officially at the 4th of July Silver Buckle Rodeo in Taylorsville, hosted by the Indian Valley Riding and Roping club.
“I always admired rodeo queens for their elegance and involvement in the community,” said Cassol. After becoming the queen, she will be expected to represent IVRRC in local parades and in junior rodeo grand entries.
Cassol comes from a rodeo background and she has competed in rodeos through the California High School Rodeo Association for District 1 since she was in the eighth grade.
She competes in five different rodeo events, including barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping.
Cassol, 17, an incoming senior at Indian Valley Academy, is also a member of the local 4-H club and a student athlete.
“I want to inspire youth to be interested in rodeo and follow their dreams,” Cassol said of her goals for her reign as queen. She is very interested in all that goes on behind the scenes of being a rodeo queen.
The responsibilities of representing the club, knowing the history and connecting with other rodeo clubs are all things that happen behind the big hair, sparkles and makeup.