Alexandra Baran of Brawley, CA was crowned the 2014 Brawley Cattle Rodeo Queen by her predecessor, Carli Rose. Baran exhibited her skills for the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo queen pageant this week—but this isn’t her first time competing in the pageant.
She was the first Junior Brawley Cattle Rodeo Queen in 2006 when she was only ten years old. She later went on to compete to be the Brawley Cattle Teen Queen in 2010, furthering her speaking and riding abilities.
Baran is the first person in Brawley rodeo history to be crowned with three queen titles.
“I think the night went really smoothly. It was ran really well and I hope it encourages girls to run because it is a true honor to be the leading lady for the Cattle Call Rodeo. I am more than excited to represent my community and be the best ambassador I can be for our rodeo. Now it’s time to cowgirl up!” – Alexandra Baran
Australian -born, Alexandra Baran is the eighteen -year -old daughter of Hank and Sue Baran. This skilled horsewoman is a senior at Brawley Union where she is president of the BUHS Rodeo Club, a member of Link Crew and a Varsity Wildcat Volleyball player.
Baran began riding horses at the age of 7 and won her first belt buckle showing horses at the age of 9. Her passion of horses led her to compete in English and Western events all over southern California winning numerous championships and high point awards. She has shown in horsemanship, showmanship, trail, barrel racing, ranch sorting and pole bending.
Baran is also an active 4H member of M&M — which she has garnished numerous accomplishments during her 11- year membership showing animals and being chairman of countless committees.
Sarah Grizzle of Holtville was crowned 2014 Brawley Cattle Call Teen Queen. She was crowned by her predecessor, Cailee Roper of Brawley. Grizzle is the thirteen year old daughter of Kevin and Kim Grizzle. She is an eighth grader at Holtville Middle School, carries a 4.0 GPA and has been awarded Student of the Year three times.
Grizzle is also an active member of 4H, serving 8 years in the Verde 4-H club. She has taken sewing, cooking and project animals to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta, showing feeder calves, dairy replacement heifers and horses. Miss Grizzle is also a phenomenal athlete, winning “Best Tumbler” and a four time recipient of “Best in Attitude”.
For those who aren’t familiar with the rodeo queen lifestyle, it takes a year to prepare for the role—even if the teen is a skilled horsewoman. Knowledge is a key part of the pageant. Hours are spent studying horse anatomy and physiology, rodeo rules, current event topics and knowing who owns championship titles of the rodeo sports of steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing to name a few.
Baran demonstrated her wide depth of knowledge on all things horses and rodeo Friday night at the Stockman’s Club following her three-minute speech.
The coronation allowed the two exhibitors to model their dresses, recite their speeches, and answer various questions.
To see the two young women represent the rodeo, be sure to attend the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo on the 8th and 9th of November.