From left to right: Queen Sarah Kunkle, Princesses Shai Allen and Bailey Dutscher. Photography courtesy Charity Ketscher.
Princess Sarah Kunkle
Hello rodeo fans, my name is Sarah Kunkle and I’m 17 years old. I’m a junior at Enterprise High School. I belong to a family of five, including my mom, Lela, dad, Ken, brother, K.C. and sister, Tricia. We live on 10 acres on Hurricane Creek Road in Enterprise.
During my free time I enjoy archery hunting, art, reading, and riding my horse. I love the outdoors, and animals. During the spring and summer I spend many hours working with my market lamb projects.
As a student at Enterprise High School I am a member of the National Honor Society and FCCLA. I enjoy attending Enterprise High School and look forward to the next two years. The classes that involve learning about animals are especially interesting to me as I hope to work with animals in my career.
I am also active in the 4-H horse and sheep program. I have enjoyed many successes with both projects and the skills that I have learned thru the program are a great asset in whatever project I undertake.
I ride a 14 year old paint gelding that has been in the family since he was six months old. His name is Tipper and he is a very dedicated horse. I ride western, English and trails on him. This is his second time as a Chief Joseph Days Court mount and he definitely loves doing the run ins. We have been a riding team for the last five years and he has taught me many lessons on patience, practice and perseverance.
I consider it an honor to represent this beautiful valley and the wonderful people that live here. I look forward to traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, meeting new friends, and promoting the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo with two wonderful girls, Bailey and Shai!
Princess Shai Allen
Hello Rodeo Fans, my name is Shai Allen. I’m a 16 year old junior at Wallowa High School. I live with my grandparents, Steve and Gena Young, in Lostine. I am involved in volleyball, basketball, softball and FFA where I hold the office of Chapter Historian. I am also a member of the Rotary Club.
In my spare time, I like to hang out with friends, hunt and fish, take pictures and ride my horse. This past year I was honored to be on the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Court and represent Union County. I rode my 12 year old QH gelding, Oscar all last year and we are ready to do it again.
This year I’m looking forward to being on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court with Bailey Dutcher and Sarah Knukle. And traveling to the rodeos around the northwest. Hope to see everyone at the 68th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo!
Princess Bailey Dutscher
Hello rodeo fans, my name is Bailey Dutcher. I am a junior at Enterprise High School and live with my mom, Shawn, on 3.5 acres in Enterprise.
I am involved in FFA, 4-H projects and I enjoy hanging out with family, camping, riding my horse, photography and taking road trips.
My working partner of 6 years is Grumpy, my 1998 Dun mare. Together we tried our hand at roping through the Ranch Horse program.
Photography is my passion and I have taught myself through talking with other photographers; learning their techniques and practicing them. I have earned many honors at our county fair, open show and other local contests. This year I felt honored when I was asked to be the 2012 Hells Canyon Mules Days photographer. Through photography I have been able to share my love of Wallowa County and all the beautiful places to see.
Volunteering is another thing I enjoy and I believe everyone should get involved in their community. While volunteering at Wallowa Lake State Park and here at this rodeo, it has given me the opportunity to help others while meeting many people with different backgrounds.
It is a privilege to serve on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court and getting the opportunity to meet people and talk to them while promoting our great rodeo, our great community and our beautiful Wallowa County.