19 vie for this year’s Cavalcade Queen title

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

SAMANTHA LEE

Owasso Wranglers

Representing Owasso Wranglers is Samantha Lee of Stillwater, the 17-year-old daughter of Valerie Lee-Hatch and Paul Hatch.

“The best thing about the sport of rodeo is watching all of the determined competitors chase their dreams to make it big and the support from everyone,” said Samantha.

She thinks being a contestant will “help me gain confidence in myself and my ability to ride,” while building bonds with the other queen contestants.”

EMILY LONG

Sisco Kids Stampede

Proudly wearing the title of Sisco Kids Stampede Queen is Emily Long of Jenks, the 15-year-old daughter of Terri and Mark Long.

“The best thing I like about my club is the people,” Emily said. “Everyone in the S.K. Stampede Club has become very close friends of mine, and we are like family.”

She added: “There is a positive attitude atmosphere at rodeos, and everyone cheers each other on. “

BEKAY WILLIAMSON

Future Stars

Riding in for the Future Stars is Bekah Williamson of Sperry, the 15-year-old daughter of Melissa and James Williamson.

She said this is her first queen competition.

“I’m new to the world of a rodeo queen,” Bekay said, “but I can tell you I am thoroughly enjoying it.”

She added: “My plans for the year if I were crowned queen are to share information about Cavalcade, represent my love of rodeo and to share my knowledge of the sport.”

MISSA KAY TAYLOR

3J’s Riding Club

Representing 3J’s Riding Club is Missa Kay Taylor of Morrison, the 20-year-old daughter of Karolee and Tracy Taylor.

“The thing I look forward to most about the 2016 Cavalcade is putting all my hard work to the test, enjoying the time on my favorite horse, meeting new people and representing the amazing sport of rodeo,” Missa Kay said.

She called Adrian Allen Hester the cowboy who inspired her most “and helped raise me into the horsewoman I am today,” while adding: “He always told me: “Life doesn’t get easier, you just get tougher.”

DELANEY COTTINGIM

Cowpokes Roundup Club

Riding in for the Cowpokes Roundup Club is Delaney Cottingim of Oologah, the 15-year-old daughter of Brandy and Jimbob Cottingim.

“The cowboy who inspires me the most is my dad because he embodies the meaning of hard work and dedication to family,” Delaney said, adding:”The best thing about being a rodeo queen is that I get to represent Cowpokes Roundup Club, and make my family and my hometown proud.”

AMANDA DAVIS

Rockin’ H Bar Arena

Proudly wearing the title of Rockin’ H Bar Arena Queen is Amanda Davis of Sapulpa, the 18-year-old daughter of Karen and Mike Davis.

According to Amanda, “the sport of rodeo is America.”

“Throughout the world when people in another country think about the United States, one of their first thoughts or comments is about cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo,” she said. “To represent a small part of this would be a privilege.”

AIYANA JACKSON

Owasso Trail Riders

Representing Owasso Trail Riders is Aiyana Jackson of Barnsdall, the 15-year-old daughter of Noni Jackson.

“The thing I look forward to most about the 2016 Cavalcade is meeting new people and working hard to meet the challenges of a rodeo queen,” Aiyana said. “The best thing about the sport of rodeo is it is tougher and more challenging than any other sport.”

Her message to Cavalcade’s crowd and other contestants “is to just have fun, and do your best.”

MIA RAMSEY

Owasso Roundup Club

Proudly wearing the title of Owasso Roundup Club Queen is Mia Ramsey of Claremore, the 14-year-old daughter of Vance Ramsey.

Mia said she has many great Cavalcade memories, “but my favorite is when I remember my horse, Cowgirl, and me running barrels.” Her message to the crowd and other contestants “is that I am proud to be an American cowgirl in this great country.”

LAYNA GRUE

Copan Roping & Riding Club

Riding in for the Copan Roping & Riding Club is Layna Grue of Welch, the 19-year-old daughter of Sandra Grue.

“The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen is to experience all the roundup clubs coming together to participate in a time honored tradition of rodeo and friendship,” Sandra said.

“The best thing I like about my horse is how she trusts me,” she said. “Because I have trained her myself, she trusts me even when I ask her to do something neither of us have experienced before.”

MARISSA DULANEY

Bartlesville RUC

Wearing the title of Bartlesville Roundup Club Queen is Marissa Dulaney, a 25-year-old cowgirl from Barnsdall.

“The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen is because it is an opportunity of a lifetime that I have always wanted to pursue but have always been too scared to take that first step,” she said.

Marissa thinks being crowned Cavalcade Queen would show her two daughters, and everyone else, “that no matter how old you are, you can always live your dreams through faith, hard work and courage to take the leap into the unknown.”

CAMBRY HICKS

Kellyville RUC

Riding in for the Kellyville Roundup Club is Cambry Hicks of Bristow, the 15-year-old daughter of Jeramy Hicks, and April and Josh Hollan.

Cambry said she was inspired to run in the contest by her 10th-grade English teacher, Amanda Martin, who was the 1994-95 Cavalcade Queen.

“The best thing about the sport of rodeo is how it has taught me discipline, patience and to always follow through no matter what the outcome is,” she added.

KODI SMALYGO

Skiatook RUC

Representing the Skiatook Roundup Club is Kodi Smalygo of Skiatook, the 18-year-old daughter of Charles and Lee Ann Dickinson.

“My favorite memory about Cavalcade is from the first time I went to Cavalcade,” Kodi said. “I remember watching all the queens from the grand stands — they were all dressed up and I was amazed by them.”

Her message to the crowd and contestants: “Struggles are required in order to survive in life because in order to stand up, you’ve got to know what falling down is like.”

TAYLOR THOMPSON

Hellroaring Creek RUC

Proudly wearing the title of Hellroaring Creek Roundup Club Queen is Taylor Thompson, the 17-year-old daughter of Troy and Traci Thompson of Cleveland, and Leslie and Kent Kaddatz of Millsap, Texas.

“My favorite memory about Cavalcade is the whole experience of running for queen last year,” Taylor said. “I acquired many friends and made memories that will last a lifetime.”

“The best thing about being a rodeo queen is getting to be a role model and a positive influence to children, teenagers and even adults,” she added.

CHARITY PULLIAM

Sisco Kids Roundup Club

Representing the Sisco Kids Roundup Club is Charity Rose Pulliam, the 16-year-old daughter of Yvonne Kelly-Tarr and Kevan Pulliam of Marland.

Charity said the queen contest will be a new experience for her, adding: “This is my very first Cavalcade and I am looking forward to it.”

Her message to the crowd and her fellow contestants is from Mandy Hale, who said: ‘You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.’

KENZIE MACAULEY

RX Arena

Representing RX Arena is Kenzie Macauley of Osage, the 21-year-old daughter of Ken and Judy Macauley.

Kenzie, who attended Cavalcade as a spectator last year, said: “Watching all the queen contestants compete inspired me to run for the title myself this year.”

Her message to the Cavalcade crowd and other contestants: “Go out there and have fun. Put God first, and everything else will fall into place.”

TRISTEN TAYLOR

Drumright Roundup Club

Proudly wearing the title of Drumright Roundup Club Queen is Tristen Taylor of Stillwater, the 20-year-old daughter of Cheyenne and Kelly Taylor.

Speaking of her horse’s high spirits, Tristen said: “He pushes my skills every time I get in the saddle. He keeps me learning.”

She is certain her favorite Cavalcade memory will be from 2016: “This will be my first Cavalcade and I look forward to making many memories.”

OAKLIE HOWARD

Boots and Spurs Roping & Riding

Riding in for the Boots and Spurs Roping & Riding Club is Oaklie Howard of Stillwater, the 17-year-old daughter of Shyla Chapman.

Oaklie said rodeo as more than just a sport, because it represents a world-wide family.

“Rodeo people connect over their common passion,” she said. “Rodeo is a way of life.”

“Katie is the first horse I’ve trained from ground work to saddle,” Oaklie said her horse. “She holds a huge piece of my heart and words cannot describe how much she means to me.”

LAUREN HADLEY-MEADOR

4-Bar RUC

Representing 4 Bar Roundup Club is Lauren Hadley-Meador of Ponca City, the 27-year-old wife of Brad Meador, and the daughter of Paul and Terri Hadley.

“I started rodeo queening as a practical joke after high school,” Lauren said. “Some friends thought it would be hilarious if I ran for queen…and won.”

She added: “It turns out that I love queening and getting to represent rodeo, which has become my sport of choice.”

REBECCA BOX

Cleveland RUC

Proudly riding in for the Cleveland Roundup Club is Rebecca Box of Pawnee, the 17-year-old daughter of Cory Box.

Rebecca said things she was looking forward to at Cavalcade included “meeting new people, making new friends and coming out of my comfort zone.” As Queen, she would look forward to “the opportunity to be a role model to younger kids.”

Her advice to other Cavalcade contestants is: “Keep God close, and keep your feet in the stirrups.”