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Four candidates seek Cattle Call Queen title

August 25, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The buildup toward this year's Cattle Call events began Saturday with the introduction of four local teens seeking the title of Cattle Call Queen 2001.

The queen candidates are Imperial resident Kasey Marshall, 17, a senior at Imperial High School; and Brawley residents Eleanor Nilson, 17, a senior at Brawley Union High School; Carly Slater, 17, a student at Imperial Valley College; and Lindsay Taylor, 17, also a senior at Brawley High.

On Saturday the young women heard words of encouragement from Brett Reeves, Cattle Call Queen 2000.

"It's a big step in your lives, and you'll always have this to come back to," Reeves said. "I think you guys are going to have a great time."

Reeves advised the four to have fun while competing with each other for the crown.

"Be happy, have fun," she said. "Do your best and let God do the rest."

Each girl was asked why they would like to be Cattle Call queen.


Taylor jokingly said one reason is to wear "sparkly outfits."

"Running for Cattle Call Queen has been a lifelong dream of mine," she said. "I'm looking forward to going out and promoting the rodeo. I think it's going to be a great experience for all of us."

Taylor said her strengths are listening to people, remaining calm under stressful situations and making the best of the situations. She said being a good role model to youngsters and keeping one's head held high are likely the most challenging aspects of being queen.

Slater said she has been around cattle all her life and loves riding horses.

"The most important role of Cattle Call Queen is to be a positive role model for the youth of Imperial Valley and give the youth something to look up to," she said, adding her strength is in horsemanship.

Nilson said she would like to be queen as a means to inspire others.

"Especially children, to be involved in livestock events and to promote rodeo," she said.

Nilson said her strengths are that she is a "people person," and her ability to get people involved in charitable events.

Nilson said the biggest challenge for the queen is to live up to the high standards expected of the queen. She said her upbringing will help her to meet those standards.

Marshall said she was encouraged to run as a means of opening the competition to girls throughout the Valley and not just from Brawley.

"Hopefully, it'll become a Valley thing again," she said. "I've grown up around it and I really want to do it. It's part of a tradition down here."

Marshall said the most important role for the queen is to successfully promote the sport of rodeo.

"You have to love it to be able to promote it," she said, adding she loves riding and has the confidence to be queen.

The Cattle Call queen horsemanship competition is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Cattle Call Arena. The banquet is set for 7 p.m. the next day at Planter's Hotel.

The Cattle Call queen committee consists of Eveleine Currier, Joelle Stearns, Sally Leigh, Joy Harder, Dana Houston and Amy Balzer Gaede.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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