BRAWLEY — Sixty years ago, young Kathy Rush (Solomon) became the first Brawley Cattle Call Queen, launching an enduring legacy for many western ladies who followed in her booted footsteps. The 2016 queen contest has since evolved in glamour, skill, and personality since those first heady days. Rhinestones and sliding stops are now de rigeur.
This year’s rodeo theme is “Rope and Ride with Valley Pride, 60 years of Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo.” Interweaving the theme into their queenly runs will be Ami Hovely, 17, Brawley, for Cattle Call Queen, Kamrin Dickerson, 13, Brawley, competing for Teen Queen, Junior Miss being sought by Gianna Cox, El Centro, 11, and Genesis Whitt, Brawley, 7 as a candidate for Little Miss.
The current crop of contestants has no competition for their anticipated crowns, but they will spend endless hours studying rodeo rules, tracking top rodeo finalists, and ingesting Cattle Call history while boning up on every equine disease and anatomical detail of horses.
The motivation? They will, dressed in beautiful custom western gowns, answer tough questions in front of a room filled to capacity at their October coronation. They will dutifully ride and take lessons to perfect their horsemanship, knowing every horse critic treks to the Cattle Call arena to judge their mettle as they show their equestrian skills.
Co-chairmen of the Cattle Call Queen committee, Alexis Brown and Kaylynn Sampson, both former queens, have put a program together for the contestants that promises to be exacting and supportive. It is their desire, along with fellow committee members, Carli Rose, Tracy Cox, Kati Luna and Gracie Romero, to put on a superb contest that challenges the young ladies as well as grooms them for their upcoming duties.
Brown pointed out to the contestants from that moment forward, the four would be in the public spotlight, saying, “It’s not what you said, it’s how were you heard!” Brown warned of today’s social media, informing them that five minutes after a faux pas, the committee’s phones would be ringing.
Horsemanship judging will be September 30 at the Cattle Call Arena and the Pageant and Coronation is scheduled for the following evening, October 1 at a location still to be decided.[envira-gallery id=”79592″]