Meet the 2019, 74th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court
Rylee is a fifth generation Wallowa Countian with a strong family history here. Her mother Jill Wilcox is from Joseph Oregon. Her father and stepmother are Tim and Tonja Wilcox of Lewiston, Idaho. Paternal grandparents are Chuck and Pam (Preece) Wilcox, Hermiston, Oregon. Maternal grandparents are Judy and the late Henry Kinsley, Joseph, Oregon. Great grandparents are Bob and Cherryl Zacharias, Joseph, Oregon. Her brother Brad Wilcox is also from Joseph, Oregon while Stepbrothers Conner and Jared Granger are from Lewiston, Idaho.
Rylee’s hobbies include horse back riding, barrel racing, grooming, showing horses and just about anything else that has to do with horses. She enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, hunting, fishing, camping along with many other outdoor activities. Rylee is also involved in 4-H and FFA along with being a member of the National Honor Society. Following High school Rylee has plans to become a Vet Tech and study Agriculture in College.
Rylee has served as a member of the 2016-17 Wallowa County 4-H Court, Wallowa County Horse Bowl Team, and has earned the honor of attending the Oregon State Fair for two years competing in 4-H horse classes. She served as the FFA Greenhand Vice-President and plays on the Joseph Eagles basketball and volleyball teams that competed in the playoffs for two years.
Rylee says that she wanted to be on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court because just as she was “that little cowgirl who dreamed of riding a rodeo horse with a crown on her hat” she wants to give other young girls a goal to fulfill their dreams to enjoy “their ride of a lifetime.” “I was allowed to sit on the Chief Joseph Days Royalty horses every year when I was little. Now I want to represent Chief Joseph Days, fulfill my goals and offer dreams come true to other little cowgirls.”
Bethany is the daughter of Zane and Jessica Anderson. She has two sisters, Ella, 17, and Eva, 13. Beth was born and raised on a small farm 18 miles outside of Enterprise in Wallowa County, Oregon. She feels fortunate to have her maternal and paternal grandparents close to her home. Beth’s grandparents are Charles and Lucinda Olsen, Enterprise, and Roy Anderson of Joseph. She lost her Grandma Sue in Mar of 2017 to bone and breast cancer.
Beth’s family participates in everything together from raising and showing hogs at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and at the Wallowa County Fair to helping her grandpa in the garden, canning, cutting wood, or volunteering for many causes throughout the county. Her mom was crowned Chief Joseph Days Queen in 1992.
Beth’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending as much as as possible in the outdoors. She enjoys horse back riding as much as she can with her sister Eva and neighbors Lily, Addie and James. Beth spends a lot of time with her family and friends. For the last couple of years, she has found an interest in making handmade rustic decor and wooden signs.
Beth is a part of the National Honors Society and has been on the honor roll four times throughout High school with a grade point average of 3.87. Since her freshmen year she has been awarded scholar athlete. Her plan is to graduate from High school with a 3.8 GPA and attend Oliver Finley Beautician School in Boise, Idaho in the fall of 2020. She plans to get her massage therapy license right after graduating High school.
Other accomplishments include lettering in Varsity softball and participating in the softball state playoffs in her sophomore year. She has been a part of the FFA officer selection committee, and served as Greenhand Treasurer. Beth also qualified for the State Horse Bowl Presentation. She received her FFA Chapter Degree, has has traveled to Indianapolis for the FFA National Convention. She was the team captain of her Junior Varsity basketball team, a Junior Leader for the Golden Arrow Livestock Club, as well as a past president and Vice President of the Golden Arrow Livestock Club.
“I want to have the chance to give back to the community I was raised in by representing our amazing medium size rodeo Chief Joseph Days to spread the word about the sport of rodeo and to encourage people to come and see our Wonderfull community and Wallowa County.”
By the time she was walking, she was riding. Katelynn is the daughter of TL and Pamela Diggins, Lostine, Oregon.
Horses have been a big part of Katelynn’s life learning about different breeds with her father TL Diggins who was transporting horses across the United States and her mother Pam Diggins helping her saddle up even if the stirrups were too short.
The horse Katelynn has chosen to be her partner during the 2019 Chief Joseph Days Court appearances will be her trusted equine partner Bob, an 11 year old quarter horse gelding. Bob and Katelynn have been working for the Pack Station at Wallowa Lake taking folks of all levels of experience into the Wallowa Mountains.
4-H and FFA have also been a big part of her life. She has been a FFA officer for three years, has been to FFA state conventions for five years, and has earned her FFA State degree. She hopes to earn her American Degree in the future.
Katelynn owns a small herd of registered Black Angus. In the future she wants to own a ranch of her own so she can increase her herd numbers. She also enjoys hunting, fishing and loves to be in the outdoors living “The Dream” as much as she can.
Katelynn says she is ready to represent Chief Joseph Days during the 2019 rodeo season along with two wonderful girls at her side.