HOLTVILLE – New royalty for the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo was proclaimed at the Imperial Palms Resort as Alex Baran crowned Chelsey Roper, Brawley, as the new 2015 queen. Although Chelsey ran alone for the top title, she comes with the beauty, smarts, and experience far surpassing her young 17 years. Nor is this her first rodeo royalty title, as she won the 2011 Teen Queen competition.
Chelsey modeled her red, two-piece custom MelloWorks lambskin gown with the neckline embellished by gold lace appliques, the bodice sparkled with hundreds of rhinestones, and the hand-cut fringe gave the gown movement. Her matching red Justin boots and white Resistol hat completed her stunning ensemble. Chelsey also won the Top Wrangler Award competing against the whole field of contestants.
Chelsey thanked everyone who made the night’s win possible, saying, “It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an army to make a rodeo queen!”
Keeley Gene Poloni, 14 of Holtville, became the new Brawley Cattle Call Teen Queen as Sarah Grizzle placed the 2015 crown on her awaiting Risistol hat.
Keeley was pretty in pink, dressed in her fuschia lambskin gown, also custom made by MelloWorks. Her two-piece ensemble included a fitted bodice and a mermaid skirt. The gown was highlighted by hibiscus lace embedded with multitudes of aurora borealis rhinestones, all topped by her white felt Resistol cowboy hat.
Rylee Locker, 11 from Imperial is the rodeo’s new Junior Queen, a title last given in 2008. Rylee secured the crown by winning both appearance and personality. Neither the Junior Queen nor Little Miss competed for Horsemanship.
Chyenne Cox took top honors and the title of Little Miss. The seven-year-old from Imperial won both the personality and appearance categories. All contestants gave dramatic speeches based on the Wild West theme.
The queens will now become ambassadors of the upcoming Brawley rodeo, visiting schools, service clubs, and festivities, encouraging all to “Cowboy Up” and catch one of three rodeo performances Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15.