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Cattle Call queen, court happy to represent rodeo

October 22, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer
  • Retiring Cattle Call Queen Brett Reeves (right) hands the queen's trophy to newly crowned Lindsay Taylor, the 2001 queen. In the background is first princess Carly Slater. KEVIN MARTY PHOTO
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Months of hard work and long hours for three local young women culminated Saturday in the crowning of the 2001 Cattle Call queen, an Imperial Valley tradition since 1957.

Lindsay Taylor was named the 2001 queen while Carly Slater serves as first princess, and Eleanor Nilson as second princess. All have said they are looking forward to representing Imperial Valley rodeo.

"I think this court — we are all going to work hard to promote rodeo," said Lindsay, 17, who said being crowned queen was the fulfillment of a "childhood dream."

Eleanor, also 17, said: "I'm looking forward to working with Lindsay and Carly in representing the rodeo. I think we make a good team."

Lindsay and Eleanor are students at Brawley Union High School.

Carly, 17, a student at Imperial Valley College, was in class this morning and unavailable for comment.

However, Carly said in an interview before the contest she was looking forward to having a chance to represent rodeo with her fellow queen contestants.

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Before leaving for school this morning, both Lindsay and Eleanor said they enjoyed taking part in the contest, adding while it was hard work, it also was fun.

Each said they have good memories from the competition but look forward to making more memories as they work to represent rodeo.

Eveleine Currier, chairwoman of the Cattle Call queen contest committee, said each young woman deserves credit for the work she put in. Currier added she is proud of each.

On Friday, the girls took part in the horsemanship competition at the Cattle Call Arena and on Saturday the competition continued during a banquet and coronation ceremony at Planter's Hotel in Brawley.

Currier said the queen and her court are continuing a decades-old tradition that has become a part of the Cattle Call rodeo experience.

She added over the next few weeks and beyond the girls will continue to be busy as they go to schools, meet with people and promote rodeo throughout the Imperial Valley.

"Everything is just starting for them," Currier said. "They are going to be going and going and going."

Eleanor said taking part in the queen contest is an experience she will remember for the rest of her life.

She added, "I thought it was a lot of fun throughout the whole time and there is even more fun in the upcoming events."

Lindsay said she is relieved the contest had ended so she and her fellow contestants can focus on representing rodeo and have a good time doing it.

"The whole contest was really special," she said, adding she would like to thank all those people who came up to support them, those that sponsored the event and the committee that organized the contest.

The three major contest sponsors — known as major event sponsors — were Valley Ace Lumber of Brawley, Union Bank of California, and Del Norte Chevrolet and Debbie's Western Wear, both of Brawley.

Currier said there were a number of other sponsors throughout the Imperial Valley that made the contest possible.

The queen and her court will participate in the Cattle Call Parade on Nov. 10 and in rodeo events Nov. 10 and 11.

There will be a week of activities leading to the rodeo. For information about Cattle Call, contact the Brawley Chamber of Commerce at 344-3160.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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