BRIDGER VALLEY — The celebration of the Bridger Valley Pioneer Days started Monday, July 19, with the crowning of the Jr. Rodeo Queens.
The five-member royalty was on hand for the Junior Rodeo Wednesday night and will be back in the saddle for the parade tomorrow and the ranch finals rodeo tomorrow night.
DeEtte Powell, queen, is the 17-year-old daughter of Gareth and Staci Powell, riding an AQHA horse named Naughty. At the age of 15-months-old, Powell was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She was in three different body casts and learned to walk in each of them. At a young age, she leaned to never give up. She loves the sport of rodeo and competes in six different events. Outside of rodeo, she enjoys camping and four wheeling with family and friends. She says it’s a great honor to also hold a 3.9 GPA.
Sierra Sinnett, 1st attendant, is 16-year-old daughter of Robin Sinnett, riding a quarter horse named Striker. She loves rodeoing, riding her dirt bike and swimming. She enjoys riding on the ranch, working with her project horse and helping others when she can. Traveling over the US is something she enjoys and meeting new people. She has worked for what she has got and continues to give back what she can.
The Jr. queen title went to McKinlee Covolo, 14-year-old daughter of Cari Sue and Joseph Covolo, riding a quarter horse named Triple D Allstuff Bradley. She likes to do sports, volleyball, basketball and rodeo. This past year she participated in Idaho Jr. High Rodeo in barrels, poles, team roping and breakaway roping. This fall, she will do High School Rodeo, along with volleyball and basketball. She shows pigs at the Uinta county Far and is involved with 4-H. She loves to ride Moonshine and her mom’s horse, Dude.
The Rodeo Princess crowning went to Iva Lamb, seven-year-old daughter of Jack and Hailey Lamb, riding a quarter horse named Streak. She loves horses and riding. Also, she loves baking and reading.
1st Attendant to the Princess went to Kennedy Kleinlein, eight-year-old daughter of Genesis and Josh Parker and Nick Kleinlein, riding a quarter pony named Fancy. She was born and raised in Rock Springs. She enjoys riding her horse, especially barrel racing and ranch sorting. She is currently in gymnastics and enjoys the balance beam. She also enjoys camping and fishing with her family. Kennedy Kleinlein, KK for short, helps her mom take care of their baby goats, the first batch this year. When she grows up she wants to be a vet because she would get to work with horses everyday.
The girls spent hours cleaning their horses, practicing the reining pattern and studying questions that could be asked on their horse, saddle and tack. They compete on their horse in a reining pattern with a walk trot, stop, back, lope fast and slow figure 8’s with lead changes, a dismount and questions asked from three judges on horsemanship knowledge.
These girls learn to speak in public with a microphone, keeping eye contact, poise and a smile, learning to say thank you and appreciate the opportunity to compete and meet new people. They conquer their fears head on with confidence and grace, never realizing how this will build their personalities and abilities in the future, said Deanne Harris, contest organizer.