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Kayla VincentAt the 2013 Northwest Professional Rodeo Association finals held in Prineville Sept. 20 and 21, Madras resident Kayla Vincent was chosen by a panel of judges from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to reign as the 2014 Miss NPRA.

Vincent competed against six other talented cowgirls from around the Northwest to win the title. In addition to winning the title, she swept the awards, winning the categories of speech, horsemanship, knowledge, appearance, and personality.

Vincent hangs up her spurs on her family's hay and livestock farm in Madras, where she lives with her parents Ron and Sue Ellen Vincent and her twin brothers Bryce and Levi.

This fall, she will be returning to begin her junior year at Western Oregon University, working toward her degrees in mathematics and business.

At WOU, she served as a resident assistant last year, and this year will be taking on a new challenge as an ambassador, as well as being a member of the WOU dance team.

Although Vincent has raised and shown sheep and beef, her true love is her horses. Starting out young in the horse show ring gave her the skills to now participate in what she loves, running barrels and roping. The precision and thrill is what excites her and drives her passion for rodeo.

Outside of school and riding, she can always be found giving back to those who helped her, enjoying friends and teaching her barn cat, Moonshine, new tricks.

“Serving the NPRA and its cowboys who participate in the `Greatest Sport on Dirt’ would be a great honor!” Vincent said, adding, “Through service you can enlighten and educate others on what you are passionate about, and for me, that is all things rodeo and preserving our Western heritage.”

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