When most 11 year old girls could be found still sleeping in bed at 6am on Saturday morning, Ingrid Cuffe could be found saddling her horse to go ride at a barrel race. Ingrid's passion for horses and the western way of life has continued to grow over the past 9 years. Last year she earned the title of the 2014 Miss Grand National Rodeo Queen. This competitive title requires each girl to present themselves before an audience and give a speech, answer impromptu questions, complete interviews with multiple judges which cover topics covering politics, local and professional rodeo, and a large variety of horse-related facts. Additionally, they must complete a riding pattern on horseback.

Ingrid loves sharing with people all over the state of California why cowboys are true American heroes. "Rodeo is like no other sport. It is special because it was developed from an actual lifestyle. Rodeo was founded by the great American West and continues on today as a sport that is very rich in tradition."

Over this past year, Ingrid has had the opportunity to represent the Grand National Rodeo throughout the state of California. Her first appearance as Miss Grand National was in Sacramento at Agriculture Day. Each year there is a large gathering of farmers, cowboys and ranchers gathered on the steps of the capitol building to gain exposure for legislation to help the important agriculture industry. Her other appearances at rodeos and parades around California included the Red Bluff Round Up, the Clovis Rodeo, Redding Rodeo, Salinas Rodeo, Gold Country Pro Rodeo, the Marysville Stampede, the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, and Livermore Rodeo.

Ingrid is a Pleasanton native and a graduate of Foothill High School.

The historic Grand National Rodeo has been held at the Cow Palace in Daly City for over 70 years. This year 600 plus professional cowboys and cowgirls are competing in the 7 rodeo events for championship points. For more information go to: http://grandnationalrodeo.com/