Ramona Rodeo Queen Pageant is Saturday
Fourteen young women and girls will be testing their horsemanship, speech and knowledge as they vie for Ramona Rodeo royalty titles at the Ramona Rodeo Queen Pageant on Saturday, April 18.
The Horsemanship portion of the competition will start at 8 a.m. in the Fred Grand Arena in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center off Aqua Lane. Admission to Horsemanship is free.
The Speech and Knowledge portion of the contest will start at 5 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center in Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
The evening pageant will conclude with the coronation of the 2009 Ramona Rodeo Senior Queen, Junior Queen, Young Miss and Little Miss.
The pageant has four divisions, based on age:
• Senior Queen for contestants 17 to 23 years old,
• Junior Queen for 14- to 16-year-old contestants,
• Young Miss for 11- to 13-year-olds, and
• Little Miss for 8- to 10-year-olds.
Pageant director is Jeanne Payeatt of Ramona. She may be contacted at 789-7022.
Pyeatt encourages the community to attend the pageant. “Come support the group of talented ladies competing for the titles of Miss Ramona Rodeo, Junior Miss Ramona Rodeo, Young Miss and Little Miss Ramona Rodeo.”
Following are brief autobiographies written by each contestant.
Rachel Owens is a 17-year-old junior at San Diego Charter School. She is very excited to be participating in the Ramona Rodeo Queens Pageant this year.
Rachel’s main passion is horses. She spends most of her time working, training and showing them. Rachel is striving to become a veterinary surgeon so she can help horses in need. She also loves singing and making music.
Lacey Colleen Ryan is 19 years old and attends Grossmont Community College, where she is currently working on completing her GE. Lacey would like to transfer to Cal State San Marcos and major in Communications.
A true Ramona native, Lacey has lived in Ramona her entire life. Lacey started riding at the age of 7 and by the time she was 9 she was competing in gymkhana events with Sun Valley Riders. She currently rides with Ramona Santana Riders and is also the line judge for the monthly Gymkhana show. After her love of horses and rodeo, Lacey also enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.
Lacey would like to thank her sponsors: Mom and Dad, Cindy and Mackenzie Cayford , Christine and Craig Synder , Jimmy Robinson, and the Keye’s Family.
Lauryn Seiler is 21 years old. She is an East County native growing up in Alpine and currently living in Lakeside. Lauryn loves wakeboarding, going to the desert with friends and riding horses.
Lauryn is beginning classes this fall to become an equine vet. This will fulfill her longtime dream and further help her to continue to care for and love horses.
Kayla Douglas is a 16-year-old junior at El Capitan High School. She lives in Lakeside. Kayla has been riding since she was 5 years old and competing in rodeo since she was 8. When she is not out with the horses or at a rodeo, she is taking pictures at her little brother’s BMX events.
Kayla has decided to make a great decision this year and run for Miss Ramona Rodeo Junior Queen and take the year off of rodeo. Her sponsors include her Mom, Dr. Victor Mendoza, Robert Brown, JC Feed, Dr. Larry Marshall and staff, Debi and Allen Kent of Barona, the wonderful ladies at Leo’s Lakeside Pharmacy, her Grandmother and Grandfather, and Mary Row.
Harlee McClusky is a junior at Ramona High School. Her hobbies are clothes, horses and dancing. Harlee owns a boutique that is called Harlee’s Secret that keeps her very busy.
Harlee would like to thank her sponsors Aero Steel, Cooper Meadow Ranch, Kenrix Sushi & Co., Gladman Construction, Joyce Battaglia and Robin Huffles, who wrote the song to be used for her horsemanship.
Brittney Phillips also is a Junior contestant.
Young Miss Contestants
Jessica Phillips is a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Olive Peirce Middle School. In her free time she is out and about riding her horse with family and friends. Other interests are tumbling and ridding her motorcycle.
Her favorite animals are a giraffe and a horse, and her favorite colors are green and purple. Sponsors: Wild Bills, Cowgirlz, John Phillips Sr. (grandfather, Betty Tinwick and Karen Nash (grandmothers), Southwest Trailers and Christine Harries.
Carlie Harries is 13 years old and a seventh-grader at Olive Pierce Middle School. Carlie has lived in Ramona all her life. She likes to go trail riding, fishing, camping and loves to spend time with her mom and the Rainbow Riders Drill Team. She really enjoys spending a lot of time with her family. When she is not riding her horse, she is cheering her brother on with his motorcycle riding. Carlie has not decided what she would like to do when she grows up, but she does know she wants to go to college and she really enjoys working with animals.
Carlie would like to say thank you to all of her sponsors and biggest supporters: LM Waterproofing Inc.—Larry and Kitty Monterastelli, Dottie Pierce, Marilynn Arnaiz, BeachFront Only Vacation Rentals—David and Adele Fischbach, Nancy Sumerel, Cindy Helms, Roughstock Photography—Reed and Marie Settle, Jerry and Sherry Carr, Studio One Interior Design Inc—Marlene Holmquist, Rainbow Riders Drill Team, Giddy Up Veterinary Services, and her whole family.
Claire Hagan is 12 years old, attends Olive Peirce Middle School and has lived in Ramona her whole life. She enjoys many activities including volleyball, dancing at Ramona Julian Academy of Dance, and especially riding her horse, Pegasus. The pair performs with a drill team called The Rhythm Riders. As the 2008 Ramona Santana Riders 12 & Under Division Champion, they showed in Showmanship, English and Western.
Claire has been attending the Ramona Rodeo every year since she was a baby and loves watching the queen’s race around the arena. She is very excited about this year’s Ramona Rodeo Queen Pageant and looks forward to seeing everyone out there.
A special thank you goes out to her sponsors: parents Bob and Angie Hagan and Dr. Larry Martin of Large Animal Veterinary Associates.
Laurel Kerner is 13 years old and an eighth-grader at Olive Peirce Middle School. She enjoys riding her quarter horse Harley in a charity drill team called the Rhythm Riders, showing him in a variety of events such as dressage and eventing, and taking him on relaxing rides on the trails of Ramona.
Aside from her equestrian activities, Laurel is also an avid volunteer in her community through her work at Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding School, as well as being an enthusiastic member on her 2009 Ramona Relay For Life team. She has always loved the sport of rodeo and aspired to be one of the young ladies to proudly represent her hometown rodeo.
Laurel hopes to continue her studies after high school and achieve a nursing degree from San Diego State University. She would like to thank her sponsors: Don’s Market in Santa Ysabel, Elston Hay & Grain in Ramona, Tanguay’s Ramona Truck & Auto, and Dr. Susan Homesley of Ramona.
Lauren Teets is a confident outgoing 13-year-old currently in the seventh grade at Olive Pierce Middle School. Lauren enjoys school and puts her best foot forward to maintain her good grades. One of Lauren’s greatest achievements came at her sixth-grade graduation from Hanson Elementary when she was presented with one of the Presidential Academic Achievement awards.
Lauren loves to ride her horses any time that she can. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, playing softball and rock-wall climbing.
Lauren would like to thank her sponsors: Borneman Plastering, La Mesa Tune & Lube, Lucas Oil, NAI San Diego Commercial Real Estate, Preston’s Tire & Wheel, Jerry & Karen Lorenz, Luralea Louis, Mark and Lynn Silverman, Nancy and Ashley Taylor and Warren Bacon, Heather Teets, and her mom and dad, Steve and Barbara Teets.
My name is Alexis Awrey. I am 13 years old and in the eighth grade at Olive Pierce Middle School. I have been riding horses since I was 5 years old and the horse I will be riding this year in the pageant is Cookie, a beautiful Paint.
Some of my goals include maintaining my scholarship honors GPA, and to break 18 seconds in barrel racing this year. I am also very active in 4-H and raise sheep and am an officer of the Ramona Wranglers club. I am also a member of IBRA Barrel Racing, Ramona Santana Riders Gymkhana, and Web (a networking club at school), and for just plain fun I love to dance.
I would like to thank my sponsors, who include my grandma Edwards, Seidl’s Party Supply and Rentals, my Aunt and Uncle Satchell, and Mr. and Mrs. Gurley.
Nancy Prchal also is a Young Miss contestant.
Little Miss Contestant
Emily Payne is 10 years old and in fifth grade at Hanson Elementary School. In school she participates in ASB, Choir and Student Council. She belongs to the Wrangler 4 H club and her projects include rabbits, veal, dairy and cooking. Emily also enjoys dancing and does ballet, tap and hip hop.
Her sponsors are Larry and Barbara Bauman, Zee Middleton, John Scott Roofing, Zeigler & Sons, Lester Pyeatt Construction, Carl Macsh Trucking and Hay Sales, Quitman Miles and RAE Automotive.
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