Kyla Myers has served as the Pioneer Days Princess for the year. The lifelong Clovis native will relinquish the duty to a new girl later this week when Pioneer Days competition is complete.
Myers, who turns 17 later this month, is the daughter of Kevin and Lexi Myers of Clovis. She is not running for any royalty this year, and plans to spend her senior year at Texico High School improving her grades and horsemanship to help land an equestrian scholarship.
How did you get your start in the … let's call it pageantry?
When I was little, we went to the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I would always see the queens go by. Kind of like any other little girl, I would go, 'Mom, I want to be a queen.' So when I was 8 years old, I finally decided I was going to compete. I won my first title, which was Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo Queen.
What is the process?
It's really vigorous, but it's a whole lot of fun. You have to say a speech — memorize it and say it to a panel. You go through multiple interview processes in the state pageant, but in a local pageant you go through a personality interview. From there, you set a horsemanship pattern. It's basically an all-around person they want representing rodeo and our Western lifestyle.
You won the princess during last year's Pioneer Days. What are the duties?
Representing rodeo and being at the Pioneer Days Rodeo, and representing our county. We also have to pass out ribbons at all of the (county fair) shows. Throughout the year, if anybody needs us at any time. I'm not necessarily sure anything has been too unusual, because it's all related to the area. We went to the Chuckwagon cookout, and in years past we've been to the Flying J Wranglers concert.
What's your favorite element outside of the pageant?
Definitely the rodeo — the exhilaration of the grand entry and watching all of those cowboys compete demonstrating the Western lifestyle and our way of life. That has got to be the icing on the cake.
Tell us about your favorite horse.
I've got five horses. They're like kids; you can't pick one of them. I have a quarterhorse reiner and he's too cool. I get to show NHRA with him, and he's made me a much better rider. He's challenged me.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson