Cave Creek Rodeo Days crowns new Queens

New River resident named Teen Queen

CAVE CREEK – On February 15, Cave Creek Rodeo Days organizers crowned the Queen and Teen Queen for the 2020-2021 rodeo season. Kiersten Pettus of Gilbert won the title of Cave Creek Rodeo Days Queen, and New River resident Peyton Sourant was crowned Teen Queen. Contestants were judged on their horsemanship, personality, appearance and understanding of the sport of rodeo. The pair will travel the Turquoise Circuit, representing Cave Creek Rodeo Days at events throughout the Southwest during the remainder of 2020 and into early 2021.

New River resident Peyton Sourant, who was crowned the 2020/2021 Teen Queen, is a sophomore at Boulder Creek High School in Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Rodeo Days

“I love showing the thrills of the rodeo world and the western way of life to those with little knowledge of rodeo,” Pettus said. “I’m looking forward to the many community events I will attend and the relationships I will be able to form as the 2020 Cave Creek Rodeo Days Queen.”

Pettus graduated from Higley High School in Gilbert in 2018 and is currently studying business at Central Arizona College. She plans to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting after graduating. Her favorite hobbies include barrel racing, riding with the Copper State Renegades Equestrian Drill Team and taking photographs as a freelance photographer.

Sourant, a sophomore at Boulder Creek High School in north Phoenix, started riding horses at five-year-old. She enjoys competing in team and breakaway roping and is passionate about preserving western heritage and the cowgirl way of life.

“When I was young, the only thing I wanted to do was go fast on my horse,” Peyton Sourant said. “Being Cave Creek Rodeo Days Teen Queen is a dream come true.”

Now in its 43rd year, Cave Creek Rodeo Days kicks off on Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m. with the traditional Cave Creek Rodeo Days parade through town. On Tuesday, March 24, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Golf Tournament will take place at Rancho Mañana Golf Club in Cave Creek.

Rodeo weekend is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27, 28 and 29 at Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) performances featuring top-ranking PRCA and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, March 27 and March 28. PRCA performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at Noon on Sunday, March 29 with the PRCA performance starting at 2 p.m.

Rodeo ticket prices range from $27 to $200, with discounts available online through March 20.

While parking at the rodeo arena is free, taking the free shuttle bus from town is another option. Attendees can save $5 when purchasing tickets on the bus. Check the website for specific locations and departure times. 

For more details, visit, call (480) 304-5634 or email