Taylor Watson of Bluegrove was crowned the 2014 Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen Friday night during a ceremony following the grand entry and introductions, while Bailey Goodin of Petrolia earned Clay County’s Junior Queen sash. Watson is the 18-year-old daughter of Bo and Trina Watson. She is a senior homeschool and dual credit student at Midwestern State University. Dry Fork Vet Clinic of Henrietta, where she has worked for two years, sponsors her. Watson also earned the title of Miss Congeniality. Bailey is the 9-year-old daughter of J.C. and Courtney Goodin of Thornberry and a fourth grader at Petrolia Elementary School. The UNT Quail Project sponsors her. For winning the title of rodeo queen, Watson received a Wyatt two-horse slant trailer from the Burns Ranch and Scaling and Company Ranch, a Gist belt buckle from Graham Wilson and Dr. T. David Greer of Henrietta, a hat tiara from Mr. and Mrs. Theo Allen and associate of Henrietta, a saddle blanket with tooling by Billie Jackson of Wichita Falls from the Nine Man Board, a breast collar from Clint and Tracy Lyde of Jolly, a gift from Huskey Hat Company of Wichita Falls, a floral drape from Henrietta Floral and Gift, a queen’s sash from Jason and Heather Baber of Byers, a gift subscription from the Clay County Leader, a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta, Custom Sewing by Aunt Pam’s Closet of Henrietta, a Hat Box from Kasey Taylor of Henrietta and a gift certificate from Mosley Trading Company of Henrietta. For Miss Congeniality, Watson earned a buckle from the Wynn family in memory of Billy Dan Wynn, a gift from the Nine Man Board, a necklace from Cowboy Memories (ClayTex Trophies) of Henrietta, a gift from Gary and Linda Cunningham of Bowie, a gift certificate from Animal Health International of Wichita Falls and a gift certificate from Henrietta Pharmacy. First runner-up in the senior queen competition is Bobbie Loran of Scotland, the 16-year-old daughter of John and Gina Loran. Heritage Real Estate of Henrietta sponsors her. Bobbi received a buckled from Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dunn of Petrolia, gifts from the Nine Man Board, a gift from The Pecan Shed, a gift certificate from Bowie Equine Hydro-Therapy, a gift certificate from Belle Rose Boutique of Bowie, hair products from Jamie and Krishanda Houck of Petrolia, and a gift certificate from Farmers Insurance agent Rod Waldrop of Henrietta. As the newly crowned junior rodeo queen, Bailey received a buckle from Mr. and Mrs. Don Davis and Mr. and Mrs. George Davis of Henrietta, a hat tiara from 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 by Billie Jackson of Wichita Falls, a sash from Heather Baber of Byers, a gift subscription to the Clay County Leader, Custom Sewing by Aunt Pam’s Closet from Penny Riordan of Strategic Realtors, Henrietta, and a hat box from Duck Creek Cattle Company of Henrietta. Kamryn Wyatt was name Miss Congeniality and first runner-up in the junior queen competition. She is the 9-year-old daughter of Kyle and Courtney Wyatt of Deer Creek, and sponsored by Wyatt Engineering and Fabrication of Deer Creek. As first runner-up, Kamryn received a grooming bag from the Nine Man Board, a gift from Coyote Creek of Henrietta and hair products from Jamie and Krishanda Houck of Petrolia. As Miss Congeniality, she received 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 a necklace from Rayford and Carla Sue Pullen of Bellevue. Layten Graham, the 10-year-old daughter of Scott and Lisa Graham of Bluegrove, also competed for junior queen. RW Training and Canine Retreat of Henrietta sponsor Layten.
Matt Kelton began working for community newspapers at 19 and has since won numerous awards. He founded The Pioneer Sentinel in 2011 with the belief that a locally owned news source best represents a community. Matt is a fifth generation resident of Clay County.