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2001/11/13


2002 Miss Western Image And Miss Rodeo Tennessee Crowned Queen contests gathered in Millington, Tennessee October 19 and 20 to vie for the title of Miss Rodeo Tennessee and Miss Western Image. Contestants were judged on horsemanship, personality and appearance and winners announced Saturday evening following a dinner at Shooter's Bar and Grill, in Memphis, Tennessee. Miss Rodeo Tennessee Crown -Nashville's Taiga Davis has been named 2002 Miss Rodeo Tennessee, following the pageant held October 19 and 20, 2001 in Millington, Tenn. She will assume her duties in January 2002 upon receiving her crown at an official coronation ceremony. As Miss Rodeo Tennessee, Davis will promote professional rodeo for a year, and then represent Tennessee at the Miss Rodeo America pageant, held as a weeklong prelude to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. Davis is a 23 year old research analyst employed by Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin in December 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medical biology. Davis was an avid competitor in the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association from 1992-1995. She qualified for and competed in the 1994 National High School Finals Rodeo in Pole Bending. In 1995, she represented Tennessee as its High School Rodeo Queen at the NHSFR in Gillette, WY. "I've been very focused on my education for the last four years, and now that I'm finished with undergraduate school and working in my field, I'm excited about the opportunity to be actively involved in my favorite sport again," said Davis. Davis is the daughter of Nelson and Holly Davis, both employed by Vanderbilt Sports Medicine of Martin, Tenn. She has two younger brothers, Jordan and Dusty Davis. "Taiga is a very intelligent , conscientious and beautiful young woman who comes from a terrific rodeo family," said Sue Lynn Perry, pageant director. "Her experience as a former Tennessee High School Rodeo Queen will serve her well in this new role as she promotes Professional Rodeo in Tennessee." Davis will travel the state and beyond making appearances at rodeos, schools, civic functions and special events speaking about the professional rodeo industry and promoting specific rodeo and western related events. For more information, contact pageant director Sue Lynn Perry at 901-873-1334 or email rodeotenn@aol.com. Miss Western Image Pageant - Memphis' April Trusty has been named 2002 Miss Western Image, following the pageant held October 19 & 20, 2001 in Millington, Tenn. She will assume her duties in January 2002 upon receiving her crown at an official coronation ceremony. As Miss Western Image, Trusty will promote Professional Rodeo for a year, and then represent Tennessee at the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant, held in conjunction with the International Professional Rodeo finals in Oklahoma City, OK. Trusty is a 19 year old freshman at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS. She is majoring in pre-nursing and plans to become a pediatric nurse. Trusty has been riding horses her entire life. She comes form a family of equestrians, including her parents Harold and June Trusty and heer younger sister Amanda Trusty. Some of her previous titles include National Barrel Horse Association Youth and Open Qualifier 1993-200, 1993 SASCA Princess, NBHA Mississippi Youth and Open District Champion 1998-2000 and 2000 Mid-South Fair Rodeo Queen. Currently, Trusty is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, The National Barrel Horse Association, The International Professional Rodeo Association, The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and The Professional Cowboys Association. "When I was little, I showed my pony in every class with the word pony' in the description," said Trusty. "Horses are a center part of my family's life, and I'm honored to be in a position to promote a sport I love." Trusty was sponsored by Horseman's Western World of Memphis. "April has proven herself to be an effective queen from her recent year as Mid-South Fair Rodeo Queen," said Sue Lynn Perry, pageant director. "Serving as Miss Western Image is a logical next step for April to take in her professional rodeo queen campaign." Trusty will travel the state and beyond making appearances at rodeos, schools, civic functions and special events speaking about the Professional Rodeo Industry and promoting specific rodeo and western related events.

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