Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Reign Over the Reins.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Rodeo royalty displays riding talent, concern for community and desire to achieve

Both of them remember feeling star-struck at the sight of their first rodeo queen.

Emily Alexis, 19, remembers watching the Rodeo de Santa Fe Queen's Run in wonder at the age of 3.

The run -- an adrenaline rush of woman, horse, flapping flags and bright costumes while the crowd clamors -- is a tradition at each night's event.

"They were going really fast, and it was kinda scary," but thrilling, Alexis recalled.

Alexis, born and raised in Santa Fe, is this year's Rodeo de Santa Fe queen.

This year's rodeo princess, Miranda Jaramillo, 16, said she was struck by the sight more than 10 years ago of pretty, and fearless, cowgirls and horses making a sudden stop after the perilous dash in the middle of the dusty arena.

"I wanted to be the one in the center, with the crown," Jaramillo said.

Alexis and Jaramillo -- both Santa Fe born and raised -- will reign during the four-day Rodeo de Santa Fe, beginning June 18. Queen Alternate Jamie Borrego-Sowell, a 20-year-old University of New Mexico student and Public Service Company of New Mexico employee, is the daughter of a previous Rodeo de Santa Fe queen, Linda Borrego, and Wayne Sowell. …

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