Profiles of the candidates for Calvalcade Queen
Kelli Jean Jett
Skiatook Roundup Club
Kelli Jean Jett of Skiatook is the 19-year-old daughter of Terry Jett, granddaughter of Linda Shepherd.
The best thing I like about my club: We might disagree, but we always see each other as family.
The thing I look forward to most about the 2017 Cavalcade: Being able to meet new people and try new things.
My message to the crowd and contestants at the 71st Cavalcade: Follow your dreams and don’t get down on yourself because there is always tomorrow!
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: Happened the first year I ever attended Cavalcade. My dad took me to one of the dances and taught me how to two-step.
Jade Wilstead of Collinsville is the 20-year-old daughter of Teresa and Troy Wilstead.
The best thing about being a rodeo queen: The ability to represent the amazing sport of Rodeo, and best of all, teaching others about the history.
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Ms. Susie McConaghie. She has graciously taken me under her wing, and taught me so much about barrel racing, and all around respect for horses.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: When it rained a lot one year, we made a big slip-n-slide out of the ditches. Clubs from all over were taking part in the fun!
The thing I look forward to the most about the 2017 Cavalcade: Getting together with old friends and meeting new ones, and making new memories.
Owasso Roundup Club
Nell Kreder is the 18-year-old daughter of Shan Kreder of Ramona.
The best thing I like about my club: Being around the people who have the same morals and love of family as I do. I enjoy competing in our club activities throughout the year.
The best thing about the sport of rodeo: Whether it is a family trip with the whole crew, or just me loading up with my horse, I will be making sweet memories to keep with me forever.
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: My mother. She is a knowledgeable horse woman and has encouraged me to be who I am today.
The thing I look forward to the most about the 2017 Cavalcade: Being a part of the largest amateur rodeo in the world and meeting new rodeo fans and rodeo family.
Sisco Kids Roundup Club
Sierra Sidlo of Ponca City is the 17-year-old daughter of Ms. Kristy Buck.
The best thing about my horse: No matter the day, or how I feel, my horse is always there for me. It makes me feel better.
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Difficult to choose because there are so many of them, but the one that really inspires me is Amberley Snyder. She really shows you should never give up.
The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen: I feel like Cavalcade is about family and traditions. Twenty years ago, my mom was honored to wear the crown, I am ready for that same honor.
My message to the crowd and contestants at the 71st Cavalcade: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.
4-Bar Roundup Club
Taige LaForest of Sand Springs is the 24-year-old daughter of Kim LaForest.
The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen: I have attended Cavalcade for many years and it’s like coming to a big, fun, family reunion. It would be an incredible honor to represent a rodeo that is dear to my heart and is the very definition of the western way of life.
The best thing I like about my horse: Is his incredible athleticism and willing nature and who doesn’t love a pretty bay horse!?
My message to the crowd and contestants: I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the sport of rodeo alive! Good luck to all the contestants and I pray God watches over each and every cowboy and cowgirl here.
The best thing about being a rodeo queen: helping young girls realize that beauty comes from within and that being a cowgirl is a beautiful thing. The sport of rodeo holds a very special place in my heart and I have a passion to keep it alive. Perhaps the biggest honor I have ever had is to carry Old Glory during the national anthem.
Beggs Roundup Club
Elora Wymore is the 19-year-old daughter of Randy and JoAnn Wymore of Mounds.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: Coming to Pawhuska that first time. I didn’t ride; I just came to watch. All of the clubs coming together for the love of rodeo was amazing. Being surrounded by so many people of all ages with a common passion is a great feeling. Even though it’s a competition, all of the riders are friendly and truly help one another become better. There aren’t many other sports where everyone can come together like this and be so supportive and encouraging of their competitors. I feel honored to be a part of it.
The best thing I like about my horse: I’ve had my horse, Henry, for eight years now. We’ve been through a lot together, and I wouldn’t sell him for the world. I could talk about him all day, but my favorite thing about him is his personality. He has such a loud personality that matches mine perfectly. He is silly, frisky, smart, and loves to compete just as much as I do.
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Mabel Strickland Woodward. Although she came before my time, I have always thought she was incredible. She competed in saddle broncs and relay racing; as well as, trick riding. She competed against many cowboys which was a rarity at that time. She inspires me to not limit myself by the expectations of others and to be my own person.
The best thing I like about my club: I’ve made many friends and couldn’t be happier. I am a member of Beggs Round-Up Club, and this will be my third year riding with them. My favorite thing about Beggs is how welcoming they were to me when I was a new member. They made me feel at home, encouraged me and continue to assist me in becoming the best rider I can be.
Pawhuska Rough Riders
Emma Alexander is the 19-year-old daughter of Mike and Debbie Alexander of Collinsville.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: We all know it rains at least one day every year at Cavalcade, and one of the years that I happened to make it back to finals it had poured the night before. My horse and I had an amazing run and it was even more fun coming out covered in mud!
The best thing about the sport of rodeo: It involves my three favorite things: competition, horses, and family. Also, no matter age or ability if you compete in this sport you are part of the greater rodeo family.
My message to the crowd and contestants: As contestants, you carry on the rodeo tradition, and for the crowd, you make the rodeo what it is. Also, remember how blessed you are to live in the greatest country in the world that gives us the freedom to compete at the greatest sport in the world.
The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen: I have been attending and competing at Cavalcade since I was 10 years old. I love everything about this rodeo and would love to able to represent the rodeo that holds so many cherishable memories for me.
Collinsville Little Riders
Rose Phipps is the 15-year-old daughter of George and Tammy Phipps of Ringold.
The best thing I like about my horse: His respect for me and willingness to do anything I ask, sometimes with some persuasion, but to try.
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Karen Vold, wife of Harry Vold. She was a trick rider, has dedicated her life to the sport of rodeo and the Lord.
My plans for the year if I were crowned Cavalcade queen: To represent well! I am a trick rider, and I would love to use that to promote Cavalcade and the queen pageant as anexperience and a title worth having.
The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen: I wanted to meet new people that were involved in the sport of rodeo and learn more about the great state I was born and raised in.
Cowpokes Roundup Club
Delaney Cottingim of Oologah is the 16-year-old daughter of Jimbob and Brandy Cottingim.
The best thing I like about my horse: How she puts her whole heart into every task we do from sliding stops to sorting cattle.
Thing I look forward to the most about the 2017 Cavalcade: Getting to meet all the other queens, engaging with our crowd, and taking pictures with the little cowboys and cowgirls.
The cowboy or cowgirl that inspires me the most: My amazing dad, who inspires me everyday. He embodies the true meaning of challenging work and dedication to family.
My message to the crowd and contestants at the 71st Cavalcade: Thank you for the opportunity to compete for the prestigious title of Cavalcade queen, and good luck to all my lovely competitors this week!
Turley Roundup Club
Brooklyn Pruitt is the 13-year-old daughter of Becky Pruitt of Sperry.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: Watching the queen contestants as a kid, and always saying that I was gonna do that one day, and look at me now.
The cowboy who inspires me the most: Would have to be my dad. He always said, “No matter what happens in life, always keep a positive attitude.”
My message to the crowd and contestants at the 71st Cavalcade: Always keep a big smile and a positive attitude even if things don’t go your way!
The best things I like about my horse: I can put anybody on her back and not have to worry about them. I can trust her.
Owasso Trail Riders
Aiyana Jackson of Barnsdall is the 16-year-old daughter of Ms. Noni Jackson.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: Happened last year at the Tuesday night Street Dance. I didn’t know I could dance until then!
The best thing I like about my club: Everyone is super friendly and amazingly kind!
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Fallon Taylor. I love her style!
The best thing about my horse: She is super funny! She loves to be in a crowd; she is different from other horses. But I would say the best thing about her is she listens to me when I talk to her.
Talala Rebels Riding Club
Joanna Sovo of Ada is the 15-year-old daughter of Ms. Brandy Sovo.
My message to the crowd and contestants at the 71st Cavalcade is: “Never give up or believe that you can’t do something. If you can dream it, you can do it.”
The cowgirl who inspires me the most: Harmony Latham, the 2016 Miss Rodeo USA. I got to hang out with her during her reign, and she is definitely a role model to me.
The best thing about being a rodeo queen: Knowing that I could be a role model to someone else!
The best thing about my horse: He is reliable. I can try anything on him, knowing he won’t flip out. After a bad day, a ride in the pasture on him is perfection.
Oolagah Mustang Roundup Club
Summer Collins is the 18-year-old daughter of Steven and Autumne Collins of Talala.
My favorite memory about Cavalcade: Racing people on the track!
The reason I wanted to come to Cavalcade and run for queen: Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be Cavalcade queen.
The best thing I like about my club: We always have a good time.
The best thing I like about my horse: He is always willing to work!