ABOUT THE 2012 MR. & MISS
Nicky Douglas (read his speech)
I joined Rangers in Troop B in August of 2006 at age eleven. I had no real prior experience in dealing with equines of any variety and was quite shaky in the saddle. In fact, during my equitation class at my very first show, I don't think I ever let go of the horn of the saddle. But, at every troop night, I think I got a little bit more confident until eventually, my riding had advanced to be mediocre. Then, in the fall of 2008, I tried out for the Eagle troop of the California Rangers and, thankfully, got in.
The Eagle troop was an awesome contingent to be in, we were a very close-knit group who worked hard in order to perfect our drill which we would then demonstrate at shows as far way as Reno, Nevada. The Eagle troop provided a second family for all of it's members and many of us would agree that joining Eagles is one of the better decisions we made in our lives. I ended up riding with the Eagles for five of my seven years in Rangers.
Throughout 2011, I competed in the Mr./Miss California Ranger competition and eventually became the 2012 Mr. California Ranger. By far, the thing that I liked the most about being Mr. California Ranger was getting to go out and meet all of the Cadets of the Regiment.
Joining Rangers was an awesome stroke of luck for me, and I would trade all for the experiences, memories, and friendships from Rangers for nothing.
Jamie Lemus (read her speech)
My name is Jamie Lemus and I am Miss California Ranger 2012. California Rangers is an organization that instilled in me a passion for leadership while combining a love for horseback riding and an opportunity for personal development. Through troop nights, Eagle practices, and the numerous competitions I have learned what dedication, respect, loyalty, humble competition and commitment are and how to put these abstract values into practice. It is these values that helped me get into a well respected university within the equine industry. What I have learned from California Rangers will continue with me for the rest of my life and help make me a better student, employee, and person