Graham named 2013 rodeo queen; Kat Hand passes junior title to sister Rexa

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Mikayla Graham, who represented Clay County as junior queen in 2010, has been crowned the 2013 Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen, while last year’s junior queen Kat Hand had the honor of passing the title to sister Rexa Hand.

The new Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen were awarded during Friday night’s performance of the 82nd annual rodeo.

Rodeo Queen

Graham, representing the community of Bluegrove, was selected from a field of five cadidates. She is the 15-year-old daughter of Scott and Lisa Graham, and a sophomore at Midway High School were she is active in basketball, UIL academics, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FFA. She is president of the Clay County 4-H Council and vice president of the Clay County 4-H Horse Club. Graham competes in cutting, working cow horse, team penning and reining. Graham is sponsored by Hat Creek Outfitters.

With the title, Graham wins a two-horse slant trailer sponsored by the Burns Ranch and Scaling Ranch; a Gist buckle from Graham Wilson and Dr. T. David Greer of Henrietta; a hat tiara from Mr. and Mrs. Theo Allen and Associates of Henrietta; a saddle blanket from the Nine Man Board with tooling from Billie Jackson of Wichita Falls; a breast collar from Mr. and Mrs. Clint Lyde of Jolly; a gift from Huskey Hats Company of Wichita Falls; a color portrait sitting from Lori Riggins Photography of Henrietta; a floral drape from Henrietta Floral; a queen’s sash from Melanie Key and Gerry Key of Wichita Falls; a gift subscription to the Clay County Leader; a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta; Custom Sewing by Aunt Pam’s Closet of Henrietta; and a hat box from Duck Creek Cattle Company of Henrietta.

Bobbi Loran of Scotland earned first runner-up, as well as miss congeniality. She is the 15-year-old daughter of John and Gina Loran and a sophomore at Archer City High School. She is sponsored by Lazy S Cattle Company.

As first runner-up, Loran receives a buckle from Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dunn of Petrolia; a gift from the Nine Man Board; a gift from The Pecan Shed of Henrietta; and giflt certificates from Bowie Equine Hydrotherapy in Bowie, Belle Rose Boutique in Bowie and Animal Health International in Wichita Falls.

For miss congeniality, Loran receives a buckle from the Wynn family in memory of Billy Dan Wynn; a gift from the Nine Man Board, a necklace from Cowboy Memories and ClayTex Trophies of Henrietta; a gift from Gary and Linda Cunningham of Bowie; and a gift certificate from Henrietta Pharmacy.

Marlee Rater of Buffalo Springs was named second runner-up. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Tandy and Gidget Rater, and a sophomore at North Central Texas College, pursuing a degree in radiology. Rater is sponsored by Huskey Hat Company.

Rater receives a buckle from Chuck Dunn Insurance of Henrietta; a gift from the Nine Man Board, hair products from Jaime and Krishanda Houck of Petrolia; and gift certificates from Farmers Insurance, Rod Waldrop, of Henrietta and Mosley Trading Company of Henrietta.

Junior Queen

Rexa Hand of Deer Creek faced one other contestant in her effort to earn the title of Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Junior Queen. She also was named miss congeniality.

Rexa is the 10-year-old daughter of Rex and Regina Hand, a sixth generation resident of Clay County and a fourth grader at Windthorst Elementary School. Rexa Hand is active in softball, youth rodeo and the Clay County 4-H Horse Club. She is sponsored by Hand Farrier Service.

As junior queen, Rexa Hand receives a buckle from Dr. and Mrs. Robert Parkey of Henrietta; a hat tiara provided by Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls; a trailer bag from the Nine Man Board; a saddle blanket from Mr. and Mrs. Corky Wade of Byers; a breast collar from Tracy and John Hampton of Wichita Falls, with tooling from Billie Jackson of Wichita Falls; a color portrait setting by Lori Riggins Photography of Wichita Falls; a floral drape from Henrietta Floral; a sash provided by Heather Baber of Byers; a gift subscription to the Clay County Leader; Custom Sewing from Aunt Pam’s Closet courtesy Penny Riordan of Strategic Realtors in Henrietta; and a hat box from Duck Creek Cattle Company of Henrietta.

As Miss Congeniality, Rexa Hand receives a savings bond and plaque from the Lyles family in memory of Helen and J.T. Lyles; a grooming bag from the Nine Man Board; and hair products from Jamie and Krishanda Houck of Petrolia.

Ragen Overton of Jacksboro was named first runner-up in the junior queen competition. She is the 12-year-old daughter of Gary and Mechelle Overton, and a seventh grader at Jacksboro Middle School. Overton is involved in Junior FFA, 4-H, student council and the Duke University TIP Program. Her sponsor is 3R Cattle Company of Jacksboro.

Overton receives a buckle from Mr. and Mrs. Scot Clayton of Henrietta; a grooming bag from the Nine Man Board; and a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta.

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