One is more fish than flash; one more equine than divine, but both Callie Kaltz and Jenna Smeenk are crown-wearing queens of the rodeo.
Miss Destin 2012 Callie Kaltz presides over a kingdom of the sea as the 64th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo sweetheart; Miss Florida Rodeo 2013 Jenna Smeenk's kingdom overlooks a different arena, complete with barrel racing, calf roping, and horse maneuvering.
Both rodeo figureheads seem to have been groomed for the crown since birth, with lifelong Destin resident Kaltz attending the Fishing Rodeo for as long as she can remember; and Smeenk attending rodeos and riding horses her whole life. Both are legacies, in a sense, with Kaltz following her two older sisters' leads, and Smeenk following her sister, Miss Rodeo USA, in a similar route to being rodeo royalty.
Contestants for Miss Destin are judged on personality, school and community involvement, communication skills and grade point average, excellence in all of which likely cast Kaltz as a natural choice for the crown.
Contestants for Miss Rodeo Florida are past school age with careers in various fields. Hurlburt Field-stationed Smeenk is perhaps the only reigning state Miss Rodeo that is also an Air Force airman. The women are judged on personal interview, modeling, speech, impromptu questions, horsemanship, and scrapbook.
Kaltz was crowned in April 2012 at The Destin Community Center and Smeenk was selected in September and crowned in January 2013 at Gulfside Stables in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Log reached out to both to find out exactly what it took to hook ó or lasso ó the crown.
Callie Kaltz, Miss Destin 2012
Hobbies: hanging out with friends, traveling, and boating in the summer
Talents: I've taken dance classes since I was 4 years old.
Hometown: Lifelong Destin resident.
What does it take to become Miss Destin? To compete in the Miss Destin pageant, you must be a Destin resident, a high-school girl between the ages of 16 and 19, who has never been married. There are three events leading up to the pageant, a dolphin cruise, a soda party at the Destin Fishing Museum, and a judges' tea, that take place over the course of a few weeks. There were seven of us competing in the pageant this year. I have grown up going to the Fishing Rodeo every year, and both of my older sisters were previous Miss Destins (Meredith in 2004 and Emily in 2007).
What are your primary duties as Miss Destin? I represent my city at various functions such as parades, fundraisers, and local events. My primary role is at the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo where I spent each day of October serving as a liaison to visitors, anglers, and locals during daily weigh-ins. I also posed with each angler and their catch as their fish was weighed.
When you're not representing the city as Miss Destin, how do you spend your time? I am a senior at Fort Walton Beach High School. A lot of my time is spent involved with clubs at my school, attending school functions, and doing my homework.
How many fish have you caught yourself? Over the years, I've caught too many fish to count! But during this year's Rodeo I went fishing with Capt. Jim Green on the American Spirit and caught a red grouper that I weighed into the Rodeo.
Have you ever ridden a horse? I grew up riding horses every summer at a camp in Alabama.
WHO WILL WIN THE CROWN?WHO WILL WIN THE CROWN?
The Destin Fishing Rodeo is now taking applications for girls wishing to be the next Miss Destin.
All contestants must be high school students between the ages of 16 and 19 on the day of the contest, must have a 32541, 32540 or 32550 zip code, be single and never married, and must live within the boundaries of Destin bridge, south shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, eastern boundaries of Sandestin and the Gulf of Mexico.
Application deadline is April 1 and are available at the Destin Fishing Rodeo Office and community center. For more information, call 837-6734 or email email@example.com.
Jenna Smeenk, Miss Rodeo Florida 2013
Hobbies: Riding horses, playing guitar, dancing, snowboarding.
Hometown: Belle Fourche, South Dakota
What does it take to become Miss Florida Rodeo? The contest is a week long, and contestants are judged on horsemanship, where you ride two patterns on horses that you've never ridden. The judges also score contestants based on a prepared speech and impromptu questions. Contestants are asked about rodeo rules and history, current events, and also do a written test. When I was about 5 years old, I saw my first rodeo queen. I ran to her, and she took pictures with me. I basically said to my mom, "I want to be that girl one day." My sister's also in the Air National Guard and is Miss Rodeo USA.
What do you do as the crown-wearer? I will travel throughout the state to rodeos and go to parades and community events, advocating my platform of supporting troops. In schools, I'm going to share the importance of supporting troops and have the students write letters to troops and send morale packages.
When you aren't doing your duties of the crown, what are you doing? My No. 1 responsibility is my mission here at Hurlburt. Both things are very important to me, and my squadron has been very supportive.
How long do you hold the title? The next Miss Rodeo Florida contest is in September. The end of my year will close with Miss Rodeo America contest in Las Vegas where I will compete against about 26 other state rodeo queens.
Have you ever caught a fish? Growing up on a ranch, my brother and father were always fishing. Since living along the Emerald Coast, I went on one of those charters and we caught red snapper
What kind of rodeo activities do you do? I've been around rodeos since I was a little girl. I have spent the majority of my childhood and free-time horseback riding. I grew up barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying at rodeos. I have also tried calf roping at home.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EMERALD COAST ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL RODEO
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is proud to announce their 1st Annual Rodeo
The rodeo will be held on April 5 and 6 at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay in Freeport. This will be an exciting weekend filled with riding, roping, and racing from cowboys and cowgirls from all parts of the country. This is a sanctioned event produced by Mr. Bo Campbell, Executive Director of the Professional Cowboy Association.
Rodeo events will include bareback, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, breakaway, team roping, and bull riding. The Rodeo Expo will also include food vendors Nickís Seafood and 4 Cís BBQ, face painting, rodeo games, clowns, and much more.
This exclusive event will help the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast raise needed funds to provide targeted programming that focuses on youth development in the areas of academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.
Gates will open 5:30 pm and show starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets will be available for purchase online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult Tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6. If you would like more info about this event please contact Yvonne Freeman, Rodeo Event Coordinator, 850-217-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.