Amanda Summers, the 2013 Girl of the West, is the daughter of Brian and Suzanne Summers of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a graduate of The Classical Academy High School and is currently a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she is a pre-veterinary student, majoring in Equine and Animal Sciences and minoring in Business and Biomedical Sciences. Amanda is employed by the College of Agriculture at the University and also Chili’s Bar and Grill in Loveland. She plans to attend veterinary school, specializing in large animals.
Amanda is a Colorado native and discovered her passion for rodeo at her first Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo when she was five years old. Starting at age eight, she followed her love by serving as royalty both for Widefield Riders and Kit Carson Riding Club for a total of eight years. Amanda also was very active in 4-H for 11 years and was chosen to represent the program as the 2011 El Paso County Fair Queen. She is enthusiastic about furthering her involvement with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, as she promoted the Rodeo as a member of the Pikes Peak Rangerettes for four years. Amanda looks forward to working with the local military branches and their charities, sharing her passion for Western heritage, and encouraging others to be a part of the historical Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
Amanda rides a palomino Breeding Stock Paint named Montego.
Kate Watson, the 2013 Aide to Girl of the West, is the daughter of Dwayne Watson of Peyton, Colorado, and Diedre Watson of Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of Peyton High School, was a student at Pikes Peak Community College, and spent a semester interning at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Kate plans to further her education and obtain a degree in Music Production and Sound Design. She is currently employed by Stockmens Bank in downtown Colorado Springs.
As a third generation Colorado native, Kate has always had a passion for horses, rodeo, and the western way of life. From a young age, she participated in local gymkhanas, National Barrel Horse Association races, and Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association shows. As an active member in 4-H, Kate showed goats, sheep, and steers. She served her childhood horse club as the 2012 Black Forest Saddle Club Queen. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Kate became a Pikes Peak Rangerette and served as co-captain and captain. After seven years of promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo as a Rangerette, Kate knew she wanted to continue that cause by becoming the 2013 Aide to Girl of the West. Kate is thrilled to be a part of such a great organization and cannot wait to share the action and excitement the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days have to offer.
Kate rides an American Quarter Horse palomino named Tinkerbell.
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