2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Queen
Hi everyone! My name is Olivia Ary and I am honored and blessed to be your 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Queen. I am 17, and a senior at Regis Jesuit High School. Next fall, I plan to attend Oklahoma State University, where I will study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and then apply to veterinary school. I live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with my parents, Brian and Terri, and younger brother Jack. All of the opportunities and experiences I have wouldn’t have been possible without their love and support. Our family also includes my horses, Fancy, a 5-year-old sorrel mare and Romeo, a 5-year-old bay paint gelding.
Riding horses for as long as I can remember, I credit my grandmother for sparking my passion for the sport. She worked with the paint horse shows in New Mexico, along with having many friends with horses surrounding her. I got to ride whenever I went down to see her, starting around two years old. If you’ve ever been around little girls and horses, you know it really doesn’t take more than about 30 seconds for the fascination to start, and for me it never stopped. Currently, my equine focus is on reining horses. I ride with Warren Performance Horses in Franktown, and compete within the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association. I also show english and western pleasure classes in the Douglas County 4-H horse project. Outside of horses, I am my 4-H club’s president, a member of the 4-H youth council here in Douglas County, and am passionate about fitness and church.
Western heritage is a lifestyle with a past, present, and future. One of my passions is to educate the public about rodeo traditions, respect for animals, and all the principles that are deeply rooted in the agricultural lifestyle. Growing up around rodeo, horse shows, and in the 4-H program has shaped me into who I am today. I have learned the value of hard work, dedication, loyalty and respect. All those qualities stem from the western culture. As the 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Queen, I look forward to serving as an ambassador for both Douglas County and western heritage as a whole. I strive to work hard to inspire future generations to continue in the traditions of the west, while promoting and being a positive representative of the Douglas County community.
I hope to see all of you this year at the 100th Celebration of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo! Enjoy walking though the exhibitor halls, the junior livestock barns, riding carnival rides, watching the PRCA rodeos, and so much more that our Fair & Rodeo has to offer. Make it a tradition for your family and create your own life long memories. Join me, my family, and the community this July 28th – August 5th at the 100th Celebration of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo!
2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Queen Attendant
Hello everyone! My name is Bailey Weland, and I am honored to be your 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Queen Attendant. It’s exciting to be part of such an amazing program representing a county and sport I love! I am 19 years old, and currently attend Colorado Mesa University where I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology. I hope to join CMU’s College Rodeo Team this next season running barrels, and possibly breakaway roping. After college, my goal is to start my career at the Children’s Hospital.
As an Allstar Cheerleader for 11 years, I won a National Championship and competed on the Worlds Team for four years. I was also a Varsity Athlete all four years at both Chaparral and Ponderosa High Schools and was chosen to cheer in London for the New Year’s Parade, awarded All-State Athlete, and chosen as the All-American Athlete. I am now blessed to keep in touch with one of my passions by being the Varsity Coach at Ponderosa High School.
In my free time, and when I’m not at the barn, I love four wheeling, camping, fishing, boating, and hunting. I have been riding horses since I was 5 years old beginning with my first horse, Jitterbug. Miles is my 10-year-old black and white paint that I will be riding for all my Fair & Rodeo events! He is the sweetest, and best teammate I could ask for! I have also been involved showing market lambs the past four years here at our own Douglas County Fair & Rodeo and at the National Western Stock Show, winning the Grand Champion Sheep Carcass buckle in 2016. 4-H has impacted me in so many ways, and I encourage every kid to join 4-H, as it teaches so many valuable life skills.
I wouldn’t be able to be a part of this life changing program without the support of my amazing parents, Keli and Erich, and my brother Dustin. I want to thank the incredible sponsors, and my friends and family for all their support throughout the years and the countless opportunities God has given me. I hope to inspire and teach young cowboys and cowgirls about the Western way of life. Miles and I cannot wait to see you at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo 4-H Shows July 28th-August 4th, and our ProRodeo Events, Carnival, Concerts and much more August 2nd-5th where we’ll be celebrating 100 years of fair fun!
2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Princess
Hi everyone! My name is Georgia Strimenos and I am so honored to be serving as the 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Princess! I am 16 years old and I have been a resident of Douglas County, Colorado my whole life. I live in Larkspur with my parents, Jenny and George Strimenos, my older brother Austin, 2 horses, 3 alpacas, 2 chickens, and my dog.
As a member of Douglas County 4-H for the past five years, my projects have included horse, alpaca, poultry, and horseless horse. I have also taken my projects to the Colorado State Fair and won Reserve Grand Champion in Horseless Horse. My favorite part of 4-H has been the opportunity to serve as President of both my 4-H club and 4-H Youth Council. Outside of 4-H, I am a junior at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, where I am very involved in the music program. Mirinesse, Versailles, and Women’s Jazz are the three audition choirs I am a part of. In addition, I am proud to have lettered in academics.
When my family and I have free time, we love camping, four wheeling, finding adventures in the mountains, and riding our two horses, Slim and Magic. Slim and I will compete in 4-H shows together over the summer and at the fair. You will see me and Magic riding in parades and local rodeos!
I would like to thank my family for doing just about everything under the sun for me to help me pursue my passion in horses and rodeo. I could never thank them enough for all they’ve done for me from taking my horses places, to helping me get ready for events and rodeos. Their support is endless!
The Douglas County Fair & Rodeo has a big year ahead! Magic, Slim, and I are beyond excited to see you all at the 100th Celebration, July 28th – August 5th!
2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Princess Attendant
Hello! My name is Kylie Scherck, and I am honored to be serving as the 2018 Douglas
County Fair & Rodeo Princess Attendant. I am 14 years old and currently attend Lutheran High School as a freshman. I am a Colorado native and live with my mom, Kim, older sister, Taylor, younger brother, Alec, my dog Snickers, and four chickens. I am very thankful and excited for the opportunity to be part of this amazing program!
My love for horses began with I was seven. It is hard to imagine that my first pony camp years ago would be the starting path to where I am today. I enjoy learning, whether it be in a classroom, riding a horse, or learning about the great sport of rodeo. I have a passion for volunteering for therapeutic riding programs and delight in the joy that horses bring to others, just like they have done for me. My dream is to become a future Miss Rodeo Colorado and hopefully Miss Rodeo America. For now, I look forward to working with my horses, riding in parades and local rodeos, competing in the 4-H Buckle series, local gymkhanas, and Western and English shows.
I am so thankful for my family, trainers, support of friends, and all the amazing people that I have met through the horse community. I would not be where I am today without these generous people!
I look forward to an exciting year representing Douglas County and I hope to see all of you at the 100th Celebration of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo July 28th-August 4th for all the exciting 4-H Exhibits and Shows and our ProRodeos, Carnival and Marketplace August 2nd-5th. My horse and I cannot wait to meet you and your families!