PENDLETON, ORE. – The Pendleton Round-Up 2018 Queen and Court are introduced.
Pendleton Round-Up Queen Betsy West and four princesses were introduced at a breakfast Saturday morning, hosted at the home of Dr. Doug Corey DVM, outside of Athena, Oregon. They will reign throughout 2018 and over the 108th annual Pendleton Round-Up.
Queen Betsy West is the twenty-one year old daughter of Clay and Mary West of Athena, Oregon. She rides into her reign freshly from court duties last year as a princess on the Pendleton Round-Up Court saying, “I discovered a new sense of pride in my community and who it is. Round-Up is a celebration of where we came from and who we are.” West is currently seeking a health sciences major at the College of Idaho with intent to pursue nursing with double minors in Spanish and Sociology and Human Services. Her research on bacteria at the university was selected for further DNA sequencing at the National Laboratories. The college awarded Betsy the Howard Berger Travel Scholarship to document history at ancient Chinese temples. The West family breeds and trains registered AQHA horses and Betsy cannot remember her first ride, having started on the front of her parent’s saddle. She is an accomplished horse woman with many awards, “After a long weekend away from home, going out to the barn and thanking my horses for a great parade, or getting on my filly was my favorite way to wind down and relax,” recalled West. “I receive so much clarity and joy from being horseback.” Betsy’s family is steeped in Round-Up history. Her sister (2014), mother (1989), and great grandmother (1934 & 1935) each rode as Round-Up princesses, and her father was a competitor.
Princess Josilyn Fullerton of Dayton, Washington is the eighteen year old daughter of Greg and Nikki Fullerton. Josilyn graduated last spring from Dayton High School where she was honored with an All-State Selection in Volleyball, Most Inspirational in Basketball, FFA Chapter President with many top district and state accomplishments, and a member of National Honor Society. She also participated in 4-H, Young Life, and many volunteer community events. Fullerton now attends Walla Walla Community College studying Agriculture Business and Animal Science. “I have been horseback since I was six years old,” said Josilyn. She has carried pennants for the Pendleton Round-up, pushed calves in the arena, and helped with the Children’s Rodeo. In 2016 she was Queen of the Walla Walla Frontier Days Rodeo, a Big 4 Rodeos partner with the Pendleton Round-Up. As an accomplished public speaker, Josilyn states, “I was taught you have to work hard for what you want in life, nothing in life will just be handed to you. Riding on the Round-Up court requires its participants to have true grit and determination along with excellent horsemanship skills.”
Princess Elizabeth Herbes is the nineteen year old daughter of Mike and Janet Herbes of Union, Oregon. She is a storied graduate of Union High School, having achieved OSAA First Team All- State selections for both Cross Country and Track and Field, competing on a relay team at the IAAF National Indoor World Championship Meet. She also took leadership roles in FFA, working towards and earning the American Degree. She was a member of the FBLA, National Honor Society and National Society for High School Scholars. Elizabeth started her Round-Up volunteer service at age six carrying pennants and helping her mother usher, both services she has continued to present. She also participates in the Happy Canyon Pageant and helps at the VFW Cowboy Breakfast. This tireless princess said, “Volunteering for the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon is something I enjoy doing, and plan to do for as long as I can; because without volunteers I know that this wonderful rodeo would not be possible, and the rodeo tradition is one we must keep going.” Herbes attends Eastern Oregon University studying Physical Therapy and is a University Scholar Athlete on the EOU Track and Field Team. Elizabeth’s sister Mary Kate was a 2013 Round-Up princess, and her father Mike is a past Happy Canyon Volunteer of the Year. Elizabeth rides western style, but also English, sidesaddle and bareback, however, she says, “The opportunity to be on the 2018 Pendleton Round-Up Court will be the best riding experience yet.”
Princess Kaelyn Lindsay is the nineteen year old daughter of Barney and Kimberly Lindsay of Lexington, Oregon. She graduated from Heppner High School in 2016 where she was team captain her senior year in volleyball, basketball, and track. She also excelled in 4-H, Drama, FFA, and was recognized as the FBLA State Champion in Banking and Financial Systems. When asked to describe the characteristics she has seen of Pendleton Round Up Court members, Kaelyn responded, “Kind, poise and genuine are three words that come to mind when I think about the Pendleton Round-Up Court. They are role models for many young girls.” Kaelyn grew up on her family’s ranch, gathering and working cows. She was a frequent competitor in various local rodeos. She now attends Blue Mountain Community College pursuing a degree in nursing, where she made this winter’s Dean’s List. In a letter of support, Blake Knowles, three-time Steer Wrestling qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo writes, “Kaelyn’s kindness is a standout characteristic. She has a knack for lifting others up and creating a positive environment. When I think of the Pendleton Round-Up Court, I think of hardworking, talented cowgirls who have a way of bringing the Wild West to modern life with impeccable grace and integrity in all aspects of life. I could not think of a better young lady to represent the Pendleton Round-Up.”
Princess Charla Simons is the nineteen year old daughter of Tim and Janet Simons of Pendleton, Oregon. She is a 2016 graduate of Pendleton High School where she excelled in multiple and varied disciplines. Charla was Rhythmic Mode Dance Team Captain her junior and senior years, and was named to the All-State Team (dance). She also participated in PHS Track and Field, Swing Choir, A capella Choir, Leadership and was presented a PHS Citizenship Cup Award. Simons has danced in the Happy Canyon Pageant for five years, participated in Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaigns, carried Round-Up pennants and warmed-up horses for the 2017 Round-Up court. Charla’s has been riding since age 8 and has been tutored by Toni Minthorn. Her family members are long time volunteers for Happy Canyon, Round-Up and the Cowboy Mounted Band. Charla is a sophomore at Oregon State University working on a major in Human Development and Family Services with Pre-Nursing pre-requisites, where she was on the Fall 2016 Honor Roll and Spring 2017 4.0 Honor Roll. As a freshman, Charla also danced on the OSU Dance and Cheer Team. “I have found there is nothing I love more than my hometown and the week of Round-Up, Charla stated. “To be able to proudly represent it, is something that I am truly passionate for.”
In 1910 the first rodeo queen anywhere was crowned in Pendleton, Oregon at the first Round-Up when Bertha Anger received the title by virtue of being the best ticket seller. The queen and court have always played a key role in promoting the Round-Up throughout the Great Northwest and beyond with well over two hundred annual scheduled appearances. Their distinctive hand crafted leather wardrobe often set them apart from other rodeo courts.
The Pendleton Round-Up is the largest four-day rodeo in America with the PRCA’s fifth richest contestant prize money purse. Its competitive events are contested on a pristine grass arena, with historic wooden bucking chutes and one of a kind run-in system for timed events; all of which are historic presentations which cannot be seen anywhere else in the PRCA. The Pendleton Round-Up is the reigning PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year (2003, 2010, 2015, 2016) and the 2015 PRCA Remuda award winner for having the most consistent pen of bucking stock. One thousand volunteers work together to produce this annual event, which will celebrate its 108th year September 12th – 15th, 2018.
Let ‘er Buck!