BRAWLEY â€“ Decked in beautifully tailored Western riding gear adorned with Swarovski rhinestones, both contestant and horse were ready for a night of impressive riding and answering complex rodeo questions.
It was the annual Cattle Call Queen Horsemanship Contest. Each title had only one contestant this year. Since neither Cailee Roper, Teen queen, nor Carli Rose, Cattle Call Queen contestant, ever wanted to be accused of taking the win for granted, they each spent hours perfecting the spin and sliding stop as if they had tough competition. Their rodeo rule books had tattered edges as regulations had been duly memorized as well as health and veterinarian information.
Carrie Roper, mother of Teen contestant Cailee and past Teen Queen, Chelsey, said, â€œWho ever said that this would be less stressful of not having completion was wrong!â€
Friday night was also the swan song for reigning royalty, current Cattle Call Queen Kristen Sharp and Teen Queen Mikalla McFadden. They each rode the reining pattern their successor would be judged by, and at nightâ€™s end, they mounted and galloped past the stands, firing off sharp salutes to their friends and family that had supported them this past year.
Tonight at the Barbara Worth Country Club, the coronation of this yearâ€™s Queens will happen after giving their dramatic speeches and modeling their formal Western wear.[nggallery id=70]