By Kaylin Bade
Gerald, Mo. - Over the weekend, Samantha and Harlee Williams debuted at the Gerald Rodeo as the 2013 Gerald Rodeo Queen and Jr. Queen. The duo was crowned on Thursday at the Rodeo Sponsor Dinner held at the Saddle Club’s Arena. Each year, Rodeo Queens are chosen based on a Horsemanship Class and Rodeo Ticket Sales.
Samantha, crowned the 2013 Gerald Rodeo Queen, is 13 years-old and will attend Owensville High School this fall as a freshman. When asked why she decided to run for Queen, Samantha told Quick News, “It has always been a dream of mine to be a Rodeo Queen”. She enjoys playing with and riding her horses, barrel racing, and swimming. Her favorite rodeo event to watch is bull riding.
As an ambassador for the Gerald Saddle Club, Samantha would like everyone to know that her club contains very kind and helpful people. Born with Spina Bifida, her parents were told that she may never walk, much less ride a horse. She stated, “I've been blessed with being able to accomplish all the things I've wanted to so far in life, and the sky is the limit.”
Her dream is to try trick riding, although her mother says she is not sure she can handle watching Samantha fly around the arena hanging off the side of a horse on purpose. She currently rides the very seasoned and steady Apollo, but is training her new horse Amos.
The 2013 Gerald Junior Rodeo Queen is Samantha’s younger sister Harlee. Harlee is 8 years-old and will be in the third grade this fall at Gerald Elementary. She enjoys playing with her Breyer horses, which she collects, and her pony Spirit. She enjoys watching roping and participates in barrel racing.
As the junior ambassador for the Gerald Saddle Club, Harlee told Quick News that she “absolutely loves horses of all kinds and hopes that other kids can love them too”. Her favorite color is camouflage and she enjoys creating art.
Quick News would like to congratulate both Samantha Williams and Harlee Williams in being crowned 2013 Gerald Saddle Club Royalty.