Congrats to our 2023 Queen and Court!
Queen Cloe Davis of Adams, Oregon is the 20-year-old daughter of Berk and Cindy Davis. She is currently studying at Blue Mountain Community College and is pursuing a degree in Agriculture. During her time at Blue Mountain, Cloe has represented her school as an athlete on the volleyball team as well as an officer on the Associated Student Government team.
Cloe graduated from Weston McEwen High School in 2020 where she was actively involved
as a three-sport varsity athlete, honors student, and FFA member, where she earned a multitude of awards, such as her FFA State Degree, was her chapter's acting president her senior year, and was awarded the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplish Award.Cloe has always been extremely dedicated to the western lifestyle and preserving the traditions it holds. One of the ways she does this is through her leatherworking skills. Cloe currently works at the 23+ leather shop in Pendleton where she continues to hone her skills in this art.
Cloe comes from a family with a rich history of involvement in Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon, including court royalty, directors, volunteers, and rodeo participants. She was the sixth member of her family to have the honor of representing the Pendleton Round-Up as princess in 2022 and will now be the third family member to hold the title of queen, following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother the 1925 Queen Mildred Rogers Davis and aunt Susan Davis Hayward the 1972 Queen. Cloe attended her first Pendleton Round-Up at just six months old, toted all over the Round-Up royalty circuit as her family supported her sister Haley Davis during her year as princess. That same year she also made her Happy Canyon debut as a trunk baby and has been able to participate in almost every Happy Canyon show since then. Cloe was also a pennant bearer for Round-Up for six years as well as a volunteer in the 1910 room.
Cloe has been horseback since before she could walk and was led through her first Westward Ho! Parade, on her pony Haybale, at just 18 months old. Her love for riding came from growing up in a family of avid horsemen and women. She spent her childhood watching her family compete in rodeo events, barrel racing competitively herself, and helping her family gather and work cattle. She also had the unique privilege of growing up alongside all of her court horses that were bred and raised by both of her grandpas and parents.
Queen Cloe will share her reign with four well qualified Princesses. “She is looking forward to an amazing 2023 as the Queen of the 113th Pendleton Round-Up and representing the community and her family! Let’er Buck!”
Princess Sydney Dodge of Pendleton, Oregon is the 18-year-old daughter of Chad and Jody Dodge. Sydney grew up in Pendleton and was a graduate of the Pendleton High School Class of 2022 earning highest honors. She is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College and will receive her Associate of Science Transfer Degree. She plans to attend Colorado State University to complete her bachelor’s degree with anticipation of attending law school afterwards to pursue a career in Ag Law. In high school, Sydney was inducted into the National Honors Society, was an active FFA member holding 2 district officer positions and earned her state FFA degree, competed on the Oregon High School Equestrian Team and qualified for state in numerous disciplines. She also was a 4-H member holding several champion titles, was an Oregon Reined Cow Horse Association member and competed at a national level showing her registered Angus cattle across the United States. Her involvement in her extracurricular activities, she believes, has developed her leadership abilities and maintained valuable connections.
Growing up Sydney often spent time around her family’s logging, cattle, and farming operations. Since she was very young, she has had a passionate love and experience with horses and livestock. Sydney attended her first Round-Up at 17 months old and spent many years volunteering for the Pendleton Round-Up Association. Most notably, pushing livestock, riding in parades, grounds clean up, and was in Happy Canyon for several years. For many years her family has donated shavings and trucking to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Associations. Most of the time you can find her in the barn preparing my Angus cattle for shows, riding her horse Tank, or helping on her family’s farm. “I am honored to serve on this year's court and represent my hometown of Pendleton, Oregon, and the greatest rodeo on earth. Let’er Buck!”
Princess McKenzie Penninger of Pendleton, Oregon is the 19-year-old daughter of Shawn and Christy Penninger from Pendleton, Oregon. She is a 2022 graduate from Pendleton High School. McKenzie is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College studying Agriculture with a focus on Equine Science. She hopes to follow my love for the sport of rodeo into a career of owning an Equine Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Facility. Throughout High School she was a member of the Oregon High School Rodeo Association and Pendleton FFA Chapter. She enjoys playing volleyball, archery hunting, and giving riding lessons in her free time. She has had the honor to serve my community as an FFA Chapter Officer. Her involvement in High School Rodeo and FFA has allowed her to develop strong work ethic and leadership qualities.
Having been on a horse since before she could walk and started competing at a very young age in junior rodeos and playdays. Throughout her Junior High and High School Rodeo careers, she has competed in various events such as Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, and Team Roping. She comes from a “rodeo family.” Her mother (Christy), holds a degree in Equestrian Science and has Barrel Raced. Her father (Shawn), has Steer Wrestled and Team Roped. Her sister (Payton), has High School and College Rodeoed as well. Aside from Barrel Racing, her favorite part about the Pendleton Round-Up is the historical and traditional western feel. There is truly no other rodeo like this one.
McKenzie states that “I’ve had the opportunity to run the Green Mile at Pendleton, it was an unreal experience to run across the grass and there is no adrenaline rush like it. I am so excited and honored to be representing the best rodeo in the world and I can't wait to jump the rail and yell “Let’er Buck” in September with you all!”
Princess Deidre Schreiber of Enterprise, Oregon is the 21-year-old daughter of Debi and Charlie Warnock. Deidre graduated from Enterprise High School in 2019, where she was active in FFA, 4-H, Varsity Cheer and Dance, as well as the National Honors Society. After graduating high school, Deidre served as the 2019-2020 Oregon FFA State Secretary traveling to over 120 FFA Chapter, clocking over 3,000 hours of facilitation about leadership development and agriculture as well as traveling internationally to learn about agriculture. She is currently a student in the Oregon State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Program at Eastern Oregon University studying Agricultural Science, where she plans to later earn her Master in Business Administration. In college, Deidre is the Student Director of the Agriculture and Natural Resources program, a member of the EOU Board of Trustees, and President of the EOU Ag Club. Deidre’s horse journey began at age 5 when she began taking lessons from local brand inspector Jim Stilson. Deidre got her first horse at age 7 from past Pendleton Round-Up Queen Kylie Willis. The rest was history as Deidre competed in 4-H and ranch riding competitions, serving as a 2017 Elgin Stampede Princess and later as Chief Joseph Days Queen in 2018.
“Deidre is excited to be part of the 2023 Pendleton Round-Up Court to promote, honor, and advocate for the agricultural industry and the western way of life, states Deidre.”
Princess Emily Skramstad of Umapine, Oregon is the 21-year-old daughter of Scott and Kelly Skramstad of Umapine, Oregon and is the youngest sister to Taylor, Cole, and Katie. She is currently attending the University of Idaho, majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and is on the pre-Veterinary track, while receiving Dean's List honors. She plans to apply to Veterinary schools to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and plans to specialize in large animal and equine care. Princess Emily has worked for Doctor Eugenio Mannucci the past few years gaining invaluable veterinary experience. Dr. Mannucci said “Emily's excellent horsemanship skills were greatly appreciated in handling multiple patients in a fast-paced environment.” Princess Emily has been a lifelong rodeo athlete, and has won countless awards at the Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse, and has won two saddles from the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association as the All-Around Senior Girl. In high school she was a member of the WAHSET Equestrian Team qualifying all four years for State and Regionals, and an active member of 4-H and FFA. She is currently competing as a member of the University of Idaho’s rodeo team in barrel racing and plans to break-away rope at the spring college rodeos.
Princess Emily has attended the Pendleton Round-Up with her family her whole life riding in over a dozen Westward Ho! parades. She personally volunteered extensively when her older sister Taylor was a Princess in 2017 by carrying flags in several parades, helping ride and jump horses at jumping practices and attending the children's rodeo. Emily grew up on the Lazy SK Quarter Horse Ranch, which has several horses from their program who have jumped the rail in the Grand Entry over the past fifteen years. Emily's main horse Champ is out of the family’s breeding program, and she has trained Champ from day one. Her back-up horse Foxy has been around the track at four separate Grand Entries for the Pendleton Round-Up.
Princess Emily is excited to join the group of historic women who have served on the Queen and Court and “as a rodeo athlete it is such an honor for me to be able to represent not just the Pendleton Round-Up in 2023, but the countless rodeo contestants, the volunteers that make it happen, and the hardworking board of directors as well as the whole town of Pendleton and Eastern Oregon.”
We couldn't be more excited for you all!