By CHRISTINA WOOD
Of the Baker City Herald
Three of the busiest young ladies in Baker Valley are mounting up for the big Haines Stampede Rodeo the Fourth of July. They are Queen Rachelle Phillips, 15, and her court, Misty Davis, 17, and Annalea Kauth, 15.
The court was selected October 2000 from a field of 14 entries.
The competition judged their ability to ride horses, handle interviews and personal appearances and make speeches. Riding horses is vital for a rodeo queen and her court, but so is making personal appearances.
The three have been very busy at appreciation dinners, parades and rodeos throughout Oregon and Idaho, said Neta Howland, the official court advisor. So far they have appeared at four parades: the Baker City Christmas Parade in December; the Fruitland, Idaho rodeo parade; the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union; and the Hog Wild Days in Island City.
Their court entry won first place in two of those parades. They have also been featured on horseback during opening ceremonies of the Payette, Idaho rodeo, the Livestock Show in Union and at the Shriners All Kids Rodeo in May.
The latter events, sometimes referred to as run-ins, really showcase the young ladies riding skills. Spooky horses, strange arenas, crowds of people and animals and banners flapping in the breeze can challenge the riding ability of any equestrian.
Howland said the Haines Stampede court was unlike many rodeo queen courts around the country. The selection of the winners is not based on the number of tickets the girls can sell. They do sell admission tickets (buttons), but only to make it easier on the gate people during the rodeo. Pre-selling the admission buttons make the lines move faster.
This year the Stampede is using a button system similar to the one used by the Miners Jubilee and Baker County fairs. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are free. One or two-day buttons can be purchased.
Buttons are available from the court members: Phillips at 523-3321, Davis at 856-3778 or Kauth at 894-2381. Buttons will also be available at various merchants in Baker City and Haines.
Howland and court chaperon Dixie Christensen travel with the girls during their appearances. The Stampede has provided the use of a stock trailer to haul the girls mounts, tack and clothing. The girls have been provided a number of outfits that can be mixed and matched so they can wear something different to all appearances.
Any girl with any background in horse activities can enter the contest if they have access to their own mounts. We provide the clothing, tack accessories and trailer so they dont have to be well-to-do to compete, said Howland.
She said the Stampede organizers were always trying to find new sponsors to help fund the girls activities and appearances. Major sponsors are listed on the trailer which is taken to events all over the Pacific Northwest.
We try to make as many local events and appearances as possible, Howland said. The girls will be attending the Crooked River Round-Up in Prineville and can compete in the Miss Rodeo Oregon competition tryouts, also in Prineville. The girls plan to attend the tryouts to gain the experience.
All three girls have rural backgrounds and are all in 4-H with projects in horses/mules, hogs, and sheep. They have received additional training in their rodeo court duties and are all highly personable young ladies.
All have been riding horses since a very young age. Everyone knows how to use a shovel and pitchfork, Howland said of the girls willingness to pitch in and work hard.
Its a lot of work, but I enjoy every second of it, Davis said.
Phillips has the most experience having been a member of the court before. All of the girls share a comfortable companionship.
The court ladies are very excited about the new seating facilities at the Haines Rodeo grounds, southeast of town. A Leo Adler grant enabled the Haines Stampede supporters to have additional seating constructed by the Baker High School shop class. Howland said the seating capacity of the facility has been doubled.
Queen Rachelle Phillips and her talented court invite everyone to Haines July 3-4 for the 2001 Haines Stampede Rodeo.
Come celebrate an old fashion family Fourth of July, Phillips said.
Events at the Haines Stampede Rodeo include skills classes, roping and rough stock. The competition books open at 7 a.m. June 18 and close June 29.To enter call 541-856-3226. All entry fees are due by June 30 and can be mailed to: Haines Stampede, P.O. Box 202, Haines, Ore., 97833.
Events and fees are:
Bull riding $35
Calf roping $35
Roping (team) $60
Wild cow race
(3 man team) $45
Wild cow milking
(2 man team) $30
roping (senior) $35
andamp; under) $30
Barrel racing (junior-
15 andamp; under) $15
(2 man team) $20
andamp; under) No fee
Bull roulette $30
Stock fee and office fee is included in the entry fees.
Rodeo events at the rodeo grounds beginning at 6 p.m.
Cowboy breakfast at the Elkhorn Grange Hall 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Parade 11 a.m.
Pit barbecue noon to 7 p.m.
Activities in the City Park
Entertainment, arts andamp; crafts booths, and rooster crowing contest during the day.
Fireworks display at the Stampede Arena begins at dusk.