Jessica Harston was crowned Miss Rodeo Georgia 2014 as a special part of the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant on June 26 in San Antonio, Texas. The Winder native will spend the year promoting the rodeo throughout the state and across the country as Miss Rodeo Georgia.
Harston will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in December during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The pageant will consist of horsemanship, numerous interviews, modeling, a written exam and giving a speech about Georgia.
Georgians can follow Harston during her year by liking the Miss Rodeo Georgia Facebook page.
Harston has been riding and competing in horse shows since childhood. She is a member of the Rhinestone Rodeo Chics Drill Team, a team of women who perform a choreographed pattern at full speed as a rodeo specialty act. She has been trained in several disciplines of horsemanship and enjoys break-away roping.
Harston is a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia, earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science with emphasis in equine management. She graduated from Winder-Barrow High School in 2008.
Harston and her family own American Paint and Quarter horses and reside on a farm in northern Barrow County where they raise commercial beef cattle. She is employed by Merial, an animal pharmaceutical company in Duluth.