Miss Rodeo California pageant winner lives by the Cowboy Code
Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2008
After three days of intense competition, Ashley Hoffman
of Salinas was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2009 on
October 9, 2008.
Hoffman was one of 10 contestants that took part in the
37th annual Miss Rodeo California Pageant, which was
held in Paso Robles for the first time. Hoffman, who came
in as Miss Rodeo Clovis, said she was proud to earn the
“Going through the whole process was an absolute blast,”
she said. “I can honestly say I’ve made some lifelong
From Ashley’s bio: Ashley graduated early from Stanford University (B.A. in Philosophy, minor in
Political Science). After law school, she plans to establish her own practice in land-use law.
Ashley enjoys packing with her family in the Sierras, gathering and branding cattle, reining,
team penning, and promoting “Riding for Reading”. She also plays tennis and enjoys downhill
skiing. Ashley volunteered for her hometown Salinas rodeo and the Monterey Horse Park. She
was Captain of the Stanford Western Equestrian Team and placed third at the National
Hoffman’s long list of prizes for winning the title include a $1,000 scholarship; a saddle, chaps
and spurs all made by Paso Robles artisans.
The runners up are:
First Runner Up - Brittany Slaton, Miss Rodeo Bakersfield.
Second Runner Up - Mackenzie Cayford, Miss Rodeo Norco.
Third Runner Up - Lindsay Dreyer, Miss Rodeo Jurupa, Miss Photogenic Award.
Fourth Runner Up - Kim Silva, Miss Rodeo Oakdale, Miss Congeniality Award.
Fifth Runner Up - Megan Jones, Miss Rodeo Creston, Miss Spirit Award.
The pageant began on Tuesday with the horsemanship competition, as the contestants ran a
prearranged pattern in the first go, followed by a freestyle pattern in the second go.
Wednesday’s schedule included personal interviews in the morning and the speech and
modeling competition in the evening, where the contestants were asked to prepare and recite
a speech about the state of California. Impromptu questions in the competition included “If you
were a presidential candidate, what would your platform be and how would it differ from the
current Presidential candidates’ platforms?” (continued)
Hoffman was handed awards for Miss Horsemanship, Miss Speech, Miss Personality and Miss
Hoffman said she’s excited about the opportunity to spend the next year promoting rodeo and
the cowboy lifestyle.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me to be able to travel statewide and nationwide to represent an
organization that has done so much for me,” she said. “It’s great to be able to give back and
promote the professional sport of rodeo. Rodeo has always been a defining experience for me.
It’s taught me core values, hard work, integrity, honesty and most importantly generosity. You
always give more than you take and you always think of others first, that’s the cowboy code.”
For more information about Miss Rodeo California, the pageant or the board of directors, visit
the Web site at www.missrodeocalifornia.com.
Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press