Rater named rodeo queen; Burkes earns junior title

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Kyla Rater (top) is crowned the 2011 Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen Friday night by outgoing queen Katie Jo Blanscet. Junior Queen Kalico Burkes (bottom) is crowned by Mikayla Graham, who represented Clay County the past year.

Hard work and poise paid off for two young ladies from Clay County prior to Friday night’s Pioneer Reunion Rodeo performance as Kyla Rater and Kalico Burkes were named rodeo queen and junior queen, respectively.

Contestants are judged on public speaking, how they handle themselves in public and, most of all, horsemanship.

Rodeo Queen

Rater, representing Buffalo Springs, came out atop a field of five candidates to earn the crown. A graduate of Midway High School, she is a sophomore at Vernon College and the daughter of Kyle Rater and Darla Vieth. She is sponsored by Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls.

Rater is a member of the United States Team Roping Championships, the National Ranch Sorting Association and the Stock Horse of Texas Association.

She was crowned by outgoing queen Katie Jo Blanscet.

With the title, Rater won a two-horse slant trailer sponsored by Burns Ranch, 2R Ranch, Glen Gonzenbach, the Wendell Mayo Estate and Parker Ranch; a Gist buckle from Graham Wilson and Dr. T. David Greer of Henrietta; a hat tiara provided by Mr. and Mrs. Theo Allen and Associates of Henrietta; a saddle blanket from the Nine Man Board, tooling from Bollie Adams of Wichita Falls; a breast collar from Mr. and Mrs. Clint Lyde of Jolly; a gift from Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls; a floral drape from Henrietta Floral and Gifts; a color portrait setting from Toby McClain Photography of Henrietta; a queen’s sash from Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Key of Wichita Falls; a gift subscription from The Clay County Leader; jewelry from Doris and Billy Slaughter of Henrietta; custom sewing from Aunt Pam’s Closet of Henrietta; a gift certificate from D&L Lube of Henrietta; and a hat box from Kasey Taylor, Archer County rodeo queen.

Josey Cleveland, who served as Clay County junior rodeo queen two years ago, was named first runner-up. Cleveland, of Joy, is a Freshman at Henrietta High School and sponsored by Heritage Real Estate of Henrietta. She is the daughter of Scott and Sherry Cleveland.

As first runner-up, Cleveland receives a buckle from Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dunn of Petrolia; a monogrammed garnet bag from the Nine Man Board; a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta; a gift certificate from Belle Rose Boutique of Bowie; and a gift certificate from Lextron Animal Health Products of Wichita Falls.

Caitlin Fudge was name Miss Congeniality and also earned second runner-up. Also representing the Joy Community, Fudge is the daughter of Brad and Becky of Jacksboro, where she is a junior at Jacksboro High School.

As Miss Congeniality, Fudge receives a buckle from Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dan Wynn of Henrietta; a monogrammed garment bag from the Nine Man Board; a necklace from Cowboy Memories and ClayTex Trophies of Henrietta; a gift from Farmers Insurance Agent Rod Waldrop of Henrietta; and a gift from Gary and Linda Cunningham of Bowie.

For second runner-up, Fudge also receives a buckle from Boley-Featherston Insurance of Henrietta; a monogrammed garment bag from the Nine Man Board; a gift certificate from Mosley Trading Company of Henrietta; hair products from Jamie and Krishanda Houck of Petrolia; and a gift certificate from Henrietta Pharmacy.

Junior Queen

Burkes was named junior queen from a field of three candidates. Representing Hurnville, she is the daughter of Chris and Dee Ann Littlefield and sponsored by Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls.

Burkes is a fifth grader at Henrietta Elementary. She plays short stop for the Lady Cats softball team and serves as an officer in the Clay County 4-H Horse Club.

She was crowned by outgoing junior queen Mikayla Graham.

As junior rodeo queen, Burkes receives a buckle from Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Parkey of Henrietta; a hat tiara from Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls; a monogrammed travel bag from the Nine Man Board; a saddle blanket from Mr. and Mrs. Corky Wade; a breast collar from Tracy and John Hampton of Wichita Falls; a portrait setting from Toby McClain Photography of Henrietta; a floral drape from Henrietta Floral and Gifts of Henrietta; a sash from Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Key of Wichita Falls; custom sewing from Aunt Pam’s Closet of Henrietta; a gift subscription to The Clay County Leader; a gift certificate from D&L Lube of Henrietta; a gift from Penny Riordan of Strategic Realtors of Henrietta; and a hat box from Mr. and Mrs. Steve Taylor of Henrietta.

For earning Miss Congeniality, Burkes was awarded a savings bond and plaque in memory of J.T. and Helen Lyles from the Lyles family; a monogrammed travel bag from the Nine Man Board; a necklace from Carla and Rayford Pullen of Bellevue; and hair products from Jamie and Krashanda Houck of Petrolia.

Kolbi Martin of Joy earned first runner-up in the junior queen’s division. She is the daughter of Billy and Elaine Martin, and a, eighth grader at Windthorst Junior High.

As first runner-up, Martin receives a buckle from Scot and Stafanie Clayton of Henrietta; a monogrammed travel bag from the Nine Man Board; and a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta.

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