No rodeo is complete without a pageant, and the upcoming Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo is no exception.

The Miss Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo Royalty Pageant will include competition in horsemanship and interviews Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 — all culminating with the Coronation at 6 p.m. Saturday.

A total of 10 contestants will compete for the titles of Miss Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo Queen (18 to 23 years), Teen (13 to 17), Princess (8 to 12) and Sweetheart (3 to 7). Winners in each division will go on to compete at the state pageant.

The 2005 Rodeo Queen, Jennifer Peverley of Nowata, is now Miss Oklahoma Rodeo. Outgoing Teen and Sweetheart are Danielle Biadasz of Broken Arrow and Maegan Ann Gardner of Claremore.

This year’s contestants are as follows:

QUEEN

Kristin Leigh Killion, 20 of Chickasha, is the daughter of Jamie and Kelly Killion. She is a 2004 honors graduate of Chickasha High School and is studying Equine Studies at Redlands Community College.

Kristen is a full-time horse trainer/riding instructor at Letham Training Stables in Yukon, Okla. She was a member of the Redlands Equestrian Team in 2005-06, and was a full-time ranch hand on the Linn Farms in Verdan, Okla., training young roping horses and working 3,000 head of cattle in 2004-05.

Kristen also was Northeast Stock Horse Association Senior All-around Champion in 2002 and 2003, and won Performance Horse Group Year-end Awards from 1996 through 2001.

Jessica Anderson of Sperry is the 19-year-old daughter of Kelley and Arleena Anderson. She is a freshman at Rogers State University.

Rodeo has always been a part of Anderson’s family. She has competed in barrels and poles since she was a small girl. She enjoys training horses, riding western pleasure and competing in queen contests.

She is currently learning to team rope and ride cutting horses.

TEEN

Wacey Heflin, is an eighth-grader at Locust Grove Middle School. She is the daughter of Brian and Heather Heflin.

Wacey is a member of the Locust Grove Round-up Club, and Pryor 4-Way. She loves to ride and is learning to rope.

She was 2005 Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo princess, and the 2005 Locust Grove Round-up Club queen.

Morgan Roberts of Collinsville is the daughter of George and Dana Roberts. She is a student at Collinsville Middle School.

Morgan has competed in several rodeos, playdays, ABRAs, NBHAs, and NOBRAs.

She has held titles of Owasso Round Up Club princess (2005-06) and is on the National Junior Honor Society.

Jordan Helm is a senior at Collinsville High School. Her parents are Preston and Joy Helm.

Jordan enjoys team roping, playdays, including barrel racing, pole bending, and flags, and participating in 4-H and FFA Horseshows (showmanship, western pleasure).

She was a member of the 2006 Collinsville Round-up Club Queen Committee.

PRINCESS

Gabrielle Lassiter is a third grade student at Harold Elementary in Collinsville. She is the daughter of Eric and DeLonda Lassiter.

Gabrielle enjoys pasture riding and competing in barrels, poles, flags, breakaway roping and tries her hand at team roping.

She was 2005 SRUC second-runner-up and Miss Congeniality.

Bayleigh Ruth Warren is in fifth grade at Legacy Christian School in Claremore. Her parents are Lane and Lesleigh Warren of Claremore.

She started riding when she was three years old on her horse “Corky.” She then graduated to a larger horse named “Tyler,” becoming better until her mother gave her a mare which she still owns, “Sheeza.”

Bayleigh has competed in several queen pageants, using Sheeza for competition in pageants and playdays.

SWEETHEART

Alaina Orban loves her 25-year-old Arabian mare named Diez. She wants to ride her horse in western style every day and if she can’t ride, petting and grooming is fun too. Alaina is a first-grader at Westside Elementary in Claremore. Her parents are Steve and Cathy Orban.

Ivy Orban like riding her 20-year-old American Quarter Horse, T.C., with her 4-H Horse Cloverbud friends and is interested in Dressage. She is in first grade at Westside Elementary in Claremore and is the daughter of Steve and Cathy Orban.

Terri Elaine Bates of Claremore is the three-year-old daughter of Brady and Johnna Bates of Claremore. This will be her first rodeo pageant. Terri started riding at three months and enjoys riding her grandpa’s horse, Little Bit.



Entries for Little Wrangler (ages 3 to 7) and Cowpokes (ages 8 to 12) competitions will be accepted until the luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26.

For application information or other questions about this year’s Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo Royalty Pageant, call Dr. LesLeigh Cash-Warren, 342-1509 or 698-1509, or Vicki Limas, 342-9067 or 631-2445.