Look for reigning Miss UPRA Queen Collen Crumpton and reigning Miss Teen UPRA Reanna Klodowski at the rodeo this weekend! Besides both girls’ “farewell lap” around the arena, you will see them helping with cattle during the roping events as well. Colleen, age 20, is from DeKalb, Texas and is studying at Northeast Texas Community College towards a medical career. Colleen began in UPRA contests 9 years ago, and her “partner”, a gelding named Rio, has helped her win 14 rodeo titles thus far. Reannan, age 17 from Pilot Point, Texas, is active in FFA and plans for a career in veterinary medicine. Her mount, a palomino named Sunshine, is a seasoned ranch horse who “can do it all”, according to Reannan. This summer, she and her mom trailered him on a 10-hour road trip to a Carslbad, New Mexico rodeo. Both young ladies admit they’ve have had a full and exciting year representing the United Professional Rodeo Association as Rodeo Royalty! And all the contestants agree that the UPRA organization actually becomes ‘family’, and that friendships forged there transcend the rodeo arena.
All five girls were interviewed during the KSST Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on Friday morning. In addition to poise, personality and meeting the public well, horsemanship is a big part of part of the Queen’s competition. The two young ladies vying for the Queen’s crown are Sarah Dalton, age 17 from Winnsboro who represents the New Boston Roundup Club and Hailey Mitchell, also age 17 who represents the Sheriffs Posse of Franklin County. Sarah depends on her white horse ‘Frost’ when competing at rodeos she enters across North Texas. Hailey’s horse ‘Spirit’ is actually her brother’s roping horse, but is her choice in goat-tying events as well as the horsemanship trials of the UPRA Queen’s contest. The lone contestant this year for Miss Teen UPRA Miss Jentri Haivala, is a 15-year-old from Kirbyville, Texas representing the Bergeron Cattle Company. Jentri first earned a title in Little Britches competitions, now competes at rodeos in several associations and is a State winner in FFA speaking contests. Watch for Jentri and ‘Kid Rock’, her showy black and white paint horse, in the arena on Saturday night, November 23, 2019. Rodeo performances begin at 7pm in the Hopkins County Civic Center arena in Sulphur Springs, Texas.