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Carlascio competing for Miss Rodeo America title

Krystal Carlascio

Riding horses and answering quiz questions aren’t part of the usual beauty queen repertoire, but Krystal Carlascio of Jamestown and 27 other Miss Rodeo America 2014 competitors will do just that at the national contest Dec. 2-9 in Las Vegas.

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“I’m as prepared as I can be. I’ve ridden as many horses as I could … I think it’s going to be a very good competition,” Carlascio said.

She’s been studying about 40 hours a week for the contest, using the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rule book and media guide, as well as keeping up on current events worldwide and in the region.

She’s also been practicing for the horsemanship competition, in which she will have to ride two different horses she’s never worked with before.

“It can be difficult, just because when you have your own horses, you know what they’re good at. Horses have different athletic abilities just like people,” Carlascio explained. “When you just draw a horse, you don’t necessarily know all those little, fine details.”

The contest also includes a runway fashion show, so Carlascio has been practicing her modeling skills along with the rest of it, and gathering a wardrobe of 11 different outfits with matching accessories.

And she has to give four different speeches as well, all the while representing her state as Miss Rodeo North Dakota.

The winner of Miss Rodeo America will promote the PRCA, travel extensively representing rodeo and make public appearances.

Carlascio, a registered nurse with Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, will fly to Las Vegas Nov. 30, leaving her a few days to get used to the time zone change and prepare for the competition.

“While we’re there, they take away all electronic devices. You don’t have the Internet, you don’t have the cellphone to communicate with people,” she said, adding there are also chaperones and roommates.

She said she has a few things to do yet before she’s ready to go — ensuring the wardrobe is starched and pressed, changing some of the jewelry, riding a few more horses and studying.

“A lot of it is a mental game. A lot of is mentality when you’re going into it … once you get there you can’t control anything anymore, so I’m just looking forward to having fun and taking things as they come,” Carlascio said.

She said she had an excellent year serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota, and thanked the state and her sponsors for their assistance.

Carlascio will have a sendoff party starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gladstone Inn & Suites. During the event, which is open to the public, she will showcase her wardrobe, give her speeches, answer questions and play trivia games. There will also be a small silent auction to raise funds to help cover her travel expenses.

“I have no regrets. I have done everything I wanted to do with the title (of Miss Rodeo North Dakota) and I have learned a lot and grown a lot this year as well,” Carlascio said.

For more information about the contest, visit www.missrodeoamerica. com.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at