Girls of the West

Girls of the West

The Girls of the West story is about our young Rodeo Ambassador, and how she helps promote “the western way of life and the western-type American girl” at our Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and other events. Meet the Girl of the West:

Georgia StrimenosGeorgia Strimenos2022 Girl of the West2022 Girl of the West, Georgia Strimenos, is the 20-year-old daughter of George and Jenny Strimenos. Since the age of 10, she has been involved in the equine world, competing in 4H, Western and English pleasure, working ranch horse, and gymkhana. She has also served as an ambassador for other Colorado rodeos. Georgia is a graduate of Arapahoe Community College with a communications degree. She is now continuing her education at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications. When she’s not at school, she spends her time riding her two horses and showing them in all-around competitions. She also works at a small animal vet clinic as a veterinary assistant. The mission of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo holds a special place in her heart as her brother is currently serving as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army. She is honored to be a part of an 81-year Colorado tradition that gives back to local military and their families as Girl of the West. Georgia rides a Paint Horse gelding named Rock.
Brooke SoltwedelBrooke Soltwedel2022 Aide to Girl of the West

2022 Aide to Girl of the West, Brooke Soltwedel, is the 19-year-old daughter of Ray Soltwedel and Rachel Morgan. She grew up doing ranch work and competing in speed and show events under the Western discipline. She has also served as an ambassador for other equine organizations, and has worked with therapy horses.

Brooke is currently working toward a nursing degree at Pikes Peak Community College, after which she plans to work as a scrub nurse while attending medical school to study neurosurgery with a focus on children with special needs. In the meantime, she works and volunteers in the Colorado Springs community.

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and its mission is near and dear to Brooke. Her sister figure, whom her family took in, is currently serving in the United States Air Force. Brooke is eager for the opportunity to give back to the military community and serve those who serve us during her time as Aide to Girl of the West.

Brooke rides a Quarter Horse gelding named Duke.

GOTW images above © 2022 Waldrons Family Studio; Hats by Greeley Hat Works; Buckles by Clint Mortenson Silver and Saddles

More About the Program Past Girls of the West

PPOBR 2023 Aide to Girl of the West Application

PPOBR Girl of the West Handbook

2022 GOTW Clinic Registration Form

Schedule

The Girls of the West will be making appearances in the Pikes Peak region to promote the 81st Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Check back often for the latest updates to the schedule!

June 28 | 11:30 a.m.
Media Roundup at Norris Penrose Event Center

June 28 | 5:15 p.m.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Ramrod Meeting

June 29 | 10:00 a.m.
Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard Retirement of Tank

June 30 | 7:00 a.m.
Radio Interview with Mountain Country 107.3 FM

June 30 | 10:30 a.m.
Northwestern Mutual Monthly Meeting

June 30 | 12:00 p.m.
Pikes Peak Club Meeting at MacKenzie’s Chop House

July 1 | 5:00 p.m.
Freedom Fest at Fort Carson

July 2 | 10:00 a.m.
Promote the PPOB Rodeo at Big R in Falcon

July 2 | 2:00 p.m.
Miss Rodeo Colorado Fashion Show and Coronation

July 3 | 8:00 a.m.
First Responder and Military Appreciation at Denver Polo Club

July 4 | 9:00 a.m.
Fourth of July Parade in Monument

July 4 | 11:00 a.m.
Monument Street Festival

July 4 | 4:00 p.m.
Fourth of July at the Broadmoor with Horses

July 5 | 12:00 p.m.
Garden of the Gods Rotary Meeting

July 6 | 12:00 p.m.
Downtown Kiwanis Club Meeting at Brakeman’s

July 9 | 10:00 a.m.
Grant Library at Fort Carson with Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

July 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Promote the PPOB Rodeo at Constitution Big R

July 10 | 7:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony Rehearsal at NPEC

July 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony Rehearsal at NPEC

July 12 | 2:00 p.m.
Contestant Check-In and Welcome Reception

July 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony Rehearsal at NPEC

July 13 | 4:45 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 13 | 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Room at NPEC

July 13 | 6:45 p.m.
First Performance of PPOBR | NFR Open

July 13 | 9:15 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 14 | 9:55 a.m.
Television Interview for 11 Connects on KKTV Channel 11

July 14 | 4:00 p.m.
Fan Zone

July 14 | 4:45 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 14 | 4:55 p.m.
Television Interview for 11 Connects on KKTV Channel 11

July 14 | 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Room at NPEC

July 14 | 6:45 p.m.
Second Performance of PPOBR | NFR Open

July 14 | 9:15 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 15 | 8:00 a.m.
2023 Aide Competition at NPEC

July 15 | 11:30 a.m.
Past GOTW Luncheon and Aide Speeches at NPEC

July 15 | 4:00 p.m.
Fan Zone

July 15 | 4:45 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 15 | 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Room at NPEC

July 15 | 6:45 p.m.
Third Performance of PPOBR | NFR Open

July 15 | 9:15 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 16 | 10:15 a.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 16 | 11:00 a.m.
Heritage Room at NPEC

July 16 | 12:15 p.m.
Fourth Performance of PPOBR | NFR Open

July 16 | 2:30 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 16 | 4:45 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Room at NPEC

July 16 | 6:45 p.m.
Fifth Performance of PPOBR | NFR Open

July 16 | 9:30 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 16 | 10:15 p.m.
Celebrate in Coors Roadhouse Saloon

July 17 | 12:30 p.m.
El Paso County Fair Royalty Luncheon

July 17 | 6:00 p.m.
El Paso County Fair Barrel Race

August 20 | 4:00 p.m.
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