Chamber mixer introduces this year’s Cattle Call Queen contestants

Anne Locher, Danielle Standiford, Kristin Sharp
Danielle Standiford, center, stands with this year’s queen contestants, Anne Locher (L) and Kristin Sharp (R)

(August 24, 2012, BRAWLEY) Sparkling eyes and dazzling attire adorned six young ladies vying for Brawley Cattle Call royalty. Their official introduction to the community was Thursday night at the Brawley Chamber mixer held at the Stockman’s Club.

The two that have thrown their hat in the ring for Cattle Call Queen are Kristen Sharp, 22, from Holtville and Anne Locher, 17, of El Centro. Both ladies grew up on the back of horses and have looked from afar at the glamour and responsibilities of past reigning queens and fixed their hearts to someday be there.

They have arrived. With only two contestants both are assured of a place on the court that represents the Rodeo and Brawley’s festivities surrounding this professional sport that comes once a year.

“When I was 8, I dressed up as Cattle Call Queen for Halloween,” Kristen Sharp revealed.  Now the tall blonde barrel races at various jackpots in Arizona and California.

Anne Locher, 16, is no stranger to the Brawley competition since she ran for teen queen in the past. “Last year, having to give my speech to over 350 people at the contest last year, and being the 4-H president to a big and rowdy club has cured me of any public speaking jitters,” the pretty brunette said in response to the question about being in the public’s eye.

The Teen Queen contestants are Mishaila Sampson, 14, and Mikalla McFadden, 14, both from El Centro. Only the winner will participate in the rodeo activities as there are no princesses in this category. Both competed for this position against the present teen queen Chelsey Roper, so it should be a great competition to watch.

For the first time, the Little Misses will show the judges they can handle a horse. Before, the five chosen to be Little Misses were the first five to apply. The queen committee felt that they were being groomed to someday hold the Queen title and that meant they should be out there on their horse. However, they will show the basics of control such as stopping and turning at the walk and trot. As with the other two divisions, only two signed up, both past little misses, Ruby Robbins, 6, and Cidney Roper, 7, both from Brawley.

Tabatha Sampson of El Centro has been tagged to run the contest after chairman Kim Rice transferred out of town. Sampson is no stranger to the event as her daughter, Kaylyan, was queen two years before.

“I enjoy this side of the contest and I’m happy to step in. We have many clinics for these girls from meeting with a veterinarian and farrier to etiquette classes that include dining, speaking, and courtesy.”

The horse competition and queen coronation will be held on October 19th and 20th respectively  to give the winners time to prepare for the whirlwind of events surrounding Brawley’s celebration of the cattle industry and all the cowboys and rough stock that make rodeo exciting.

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