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Cleveland named rodeo queen, Kat Hand earns junior title


2011 rodeo queen Kyla Rater presents Josey Cleveland with the Clay County Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen’s tiara for 2012.

Josey Cleveland and Kat Hand will represent the Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo for the next 12 months as rodeo queen and junior queen.

Cleveland, representing Joy, was selected as the Clay County Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen from a field of six candidates. Cleveland is a sophomore at Henrietta High School and the daughter of Scott and Sherry Cleveland. She is sponsored by Heritage Real Estate of Henrietta.

She was crowned by outgoing queen Kyla Rater.

Cleveland is active in 4-H, FFA, the American Quarter Horse Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, the Clay County Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, UIL and sports.

Cleveland, served as Clay County Junior Queen in 2009, and was first runner-up last year.

Hand of Deer Creek was selected as the 2012 Clay County Pioneer reunion Rodeo Junior Queen. Hand is the 10-year-old daughter of Rex and Regina Hand, and a fifth-grade homeschool student. She is sponsored by Third Cutting and the horse’s owner, Carl Smith of Jacksboro.

Kat’s interests include fiddle, piano, volunteer work, 4-H, family, rodeo, softball and volleyball. She is a member of Texoma Cowboy Church, and won the ages 9-12 all around buckle, all around saddle championship in the church rodeo, and Jim Bowie Youth Rodeo Association team roping champion.

Outgoing Junior Queen Kalico Burkes crowns Kat Hand as the 2012 Clay County Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Junior Queen.

She is an all around buckle winner in the Jim Bowie Youth Rodeo Association.

Hand was crowned by outgoing Junior Queen Kalico Burkes.

One of the many gifts awarded Hand was a saddle drape from Henrietta Flora in memory of Jessica Rodgers, who died in a car wreck last month. Rodgers won the title of Junior Queen in 2002. The drape was presented by Rodgers’ stepfather Benton Easter.

Marlee Rater of Buffalo Springs is first runner-up. Rater, 19, is a sophomore at North Central Texas College and the daughter of Tandy and Gidget Rater. She works in horse therapy, reconditioning and rehabilitation at Bowie Equine Hydro-Therapy. Rater is the 2001 Jim Bowie Days Rodeo Queen and the 2010 Archer County Rodeo Team. Rater is sponsored by Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls.

Caroline Macha of Wichita Falls was named second runner-up. She is the 14-year-old daughter of Paul and Kathy Macha, and a freshman at Rider High School. She is sponsored by Turtle Creek Stables. Macha’s interests include Tennis, FFA, barrel racing and pole bending. She is a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association.

Earning Miss Congeniality is Lauren Halsell of Henrietta. Halsell, 19, is the daughter of John Halsell and Donna Burch. Three Circle Ranch of Crowell and North Camp Ranch of Bellevue sponsor Halsell. She is a sophomore at Vernon College. She is a member of Texoma Cowboy Church and the AQHA.

Kat Hand also earned Miss Congeniality in the junior queen competition.

Rexa Hand, the 9-year-old sister of Kat Hand, was named runner-up. She is a third-grade homeschool student. Rexa is sponsored by Bob Sanders of Ponder. Rexa’s interests include family, art, volunteer work, horses, rodeo and sports. She is a member of the Mid South Youth Rodeo Association and JBYRA. She was the 8-and-under all around buckle champion and saddle champion at Texoma Cowboy Church. She is an all around buckle winner in the JBYRA.

Editors Note: Awards received by the winners of this years rodeo queen and junior queen competition will be posted once available.


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