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The 2019/2020 Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo Princess is nine year old Emma McWhirter from Buena Vista.  Emma attended conferences in Colorado Springs and Denver this past year in order to maintain her title for the upcoming year. She will be crowned again for 2020 during the Chaffee County Fair.

2019 and 2020 Collegiate Peaks Stampede Princess, Emma McWhirter.  McWhirter is nine-years-old. (Photo by Sandy Hobbs.)

In conjunction with maintaining her title, she learned about public speaking and making presentations in public settings.

In her princess role, McWhirter said she helped at the 2019 Denver National Western Stock Show, guiding people to their seating in the grandstand and made other presentations in order to learn self-confidence skills.

Emma has her own horse and is a member of 4-H. She will be doing cake decorating, archery, and .22 rifle this week at the fair. Look for Emma this coming week wearing her ribbon.

Flying M Ranch manager Warren Collins. (Photos by Sandy Hobbs.)

The annual Chaffee County Ranch Rodeo took place Friday evening July 26 with spectators spread throughout the new covered grandstand.

Flying M Ranch loading the steer into the trailer. (Photo by Sandy Hobbs.)

Sorting cattle, roping, and trailer loading events took place during the evening.

Several ranches participated in the ranch rodeo events with the Flying M Ranch taking home the prize for trailer loading.

Warren Collins, manager of the Flying M Ranch from Saguache, said he was proud of his team of four men and one woman. From the teams competing, the Flying M Ranch Team was the only team to get a steer into the trailer in the time allowed.

The Flying M Ranch Team managed to outmaneuver all the other ranch teams to win the trailer-loading competition.(Photo by Sandy Hobbs.)