Meet the 67th Chief Joseph Days Court

Congratulations to

Queen Kylie Willis & Princess Emily Ketscher

67th Chief Joseph Days Court, Queen Kylie Willis and Princess Emily Ketcher. Picture ©Shelly Tippett

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo is pleased to announce the selection of two very talented young women as royal representatives for its 67th Annual CJD Rodeo Celebration.

Emily Ketscher and Kylie Willis were selected to serve as on the Royal Court as regal ambassadors for the organization.

Click here to watch moments from the 67th CJD Queen Coronation

Queen Kylie Willis

Hello rodeo fans! Allow me to be the first person to welcome you to the 67th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, also known as one of the best outdoor rodeos in the country.

I am honored to be serving this rodeo and this county as your 2012 Queen.

I was born and raised in Wallowa County and have dreamed of this summer ever since I was a little girl, watching from the stands as the rodeo royalty with their big hair and bright red lips would go riding by!

I am 17 years old now and am going into my senior year of high school at Enterprise High. I’m a member of the FCCLA, the National Honor Society, and am currently serving as the FFA treasurer.  I am on the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams, where we made it to the State Playoffs in two out of the three sports this year.

I have participated in 4-H horse fair for five years and I’ve shown a pig at the Wallowa County Fair for three years.

I live with my parents, Craig and Candi Willis, on a ranch just outside of Enterprise. My family has been a big part of this rodeo starting with my great grandparents, Harley and Bonnie Tucker, who supplied the stock for the first rodeo that took place on the Wallowa Lake Moraine.

My grandparents, Dave and Darlene Turner, have been very active in all aspects of the rodeo for over 50 years.  Ask my grandma any trivia question about this rodeo and I bet she could tell you all about it. My grandma, mom, aunts, and most cousins have all been a part of the CJD’s royalty.

And now I would like to introduce my mount for the summer, Definite Lee on Time, but we call him Sam.  I have been riding him for a couple of years now and wouldn’t trade him for the world. He is a 12 year old bay that stands 17 hands tall, and let me tell you, he’s not the easiest thing to get on when sporting this rodeo queen attire!  We love it, though, silk flowers and all.  He enjoys all the attention and I think we make a great pair!

I would like to give a big thanks to the rodeo committee for giving me the opportunity to represent this rodeo and our beautiful county. Also to our chaperones, Brinda and Del Stanley, thank you so much for spending the summer with Emily and I, it wouldn’t be as fun without you guys, we love you!

Everyone please enjoy your visit here to Wallowa County and be sure to check out all the things Chief Joseph Day’s has to offer.  Thanks for coming to our community, now let’s rodeo!

Picture ©Shelly Tippett

 

Picture ©Shelly Tippett

 

 

Princess Emily Ketscher

“It’s the ropes and the reins, and the joy and the pain, and they call the thing rodeo”      -Garth Brooks

Hey everybody! Welcome to the 67th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! Thanks for coming out and I hope you enjoy the show!

I am Emily Ketscher. I am a 16-year-old girl who is extremely blessed and honored to have been given the opportunity to represent Chief Joseph Days and the beautiful Wallowa County as your 2012 Princess.

My family owns a ranch out on the Zumwalt, which is where I fell in love with horses and riding. I was born and raised here in Wallowa County, and I’ve been riding as long as I can remember.

When I started horse 4-H as a fourth grader, I got the palomino that I am riding this year. Squeeky, my 22-year-old quarter-horse mare and seven year partner, shares my need for speed.

I couldn’t think of a better teammate or best friend to share my Chief Joseph Days court experience with.

In addition to my horseback riding, I am involved in many other activities. I am going to be a junior at Enterprise High School and I love to read, listen to music, and play basketball.

I am a member of the Enterprise Christian Church, and for the past three years, I have led the 180 club, a Christian group, at my school.

I am a member of the National Honor Society and the Future Career and Community Leaders of America. I also joined the Enterprise FFA chapter as a freshman and I’m serving on the officer team as the Reporter this year.

I have a small cow herd and through FFA I am able to show and sell the steers that I raise. I have been my class treasurer for the past two years and have maintained a 4.00 GPA all through my Junior and High school career so far.

This whole community has been a great support and encouragement in all my endeavors through the years, and I would like to thank each and every one of you! To begin, I would like to thank my partner in crime, Queen Kylie Willis, and our chaperone, Brinda Stanley, (and her husband, Del, of course!) for an amazing year so far.

A big thank you to Char Williams, who let me use her arena.  June McElhaney and Cammie Hale have both taught me an incredible amount over the years and I cannot even begin to thank them enough for all they’ve done. Of course, I also need to thank my family.

I know I have the support of my grandparents, Randy and Robin Warner, always, whether in person or through prayer.  My parents, Phillip and Charity, and my younger brother, Kobe, have done more for me than I could ever repay or thank them for.

Their unending support has encouraged me and pushed me, and I would not be the young woman you see today without their influence and direction. I love you! Finally, I thank God. My faith has been, and always will be, there to keep me going through all of the obstacles life throws my way, and is the biggest part of who I am.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived… the 67th Annual Chief Joseph Days is here! Thanks for coming and enjoy your night!

 

 

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