Cattle Call Arena lights up with Queenly Horsemanship skills and pageantry

Alex Baran, 18 of Brawley, will be the 2014 Cattle Call Queen
Alex Baran, 18 of Brawley, will be the 2014 Cattle Call Queen

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Cattle Call Queen contestants gave spectators a glimpse into their riding and horse handling abilities as the two queen candidates rode, spun, slid to a stop, and executed rollbacks in front of local judges, Wednesday night.

Although each girl is uncontested for the Cattle Call Queen and Teen Queen slots, it was obvious neither took their role for granted as they appeared coiffed, bedazzled, and collected riding into the arena bearing sponsor flags and later performing intricate reining patterns before the crowd in the stands.

First to perform was Teen Queen candidate, Sarah Grizzle. She is the daughter of Kevin and Kim Grizzle. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed, eighth grader is an honor student at Holtville Middle School. Sarah is highly involved in Verde 4-H, competes on her cheer team, Flipz, and in swimming, and volleyball.

She also rides her horse barrel racing, in trail, jumping, horse showing, reining and vaulting. Sarah also enjoys competing in the local gymkhana at KD Danch Arena.

Next up, was Alexandra Baran, the eighteen-year-old, Australian born, BUHS senior. The 5’7” blue-eyed brunette is also an honor student, president of the Rodeo Club, competes in Varsity Volleyball, and is a member of the Link Crew.

As a youth she won awards and titles from showing English and Western, but later moved up to the faster pace of barrel racing. Perhaps, what Alexandra will be best remembered for, is being the 1st to win the Triple Crown for Cattle Call Queens. Miss Baran competed in the first year of the expanded Junior Cattle Call Queen contest in 2006, later she won the Teen Queen competition. Now, Alexandra Baran is prepared to be crowned Cattle Call Queen.

Rounding out the evening, the present Teen Queen, Cailee Roper, and Cattle Call Queen, Carli Rose, took their final, no-holds-barred, ride, and queen salute, in the arena.

Friday night, both Alexandra Baran and Sarah Grizzle will be crowned with their respective titles at the Stockmen’s Club at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available from the Brawley Chamber of Commerce and the girls themselves.

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Alex Baran, 18 of Brawley, will be the 2014 Cattle Call Queen
Alex Baran, 18 of Brawley, will be the 2014 Cattle Call Queen

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