Springville Rodeo: 5 cowgirls try to rein in crown


SPRINGVILLE – Five cowgirls are vying for the vaunted title of Springville Rodeo Queen.  The Springville Rodeo Queen Pageant is held annually to select a young lady who has the desire and enthusiasm to serve as an ambassador of rodeo and the community of Springville.

Contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 20, have not been married nor have any children. The winner will be judged on horsemanship, a personal interview, impromptu questions, a written test and ticket sales. This year’s contestants are:

Makayla Luchetta
Makayla is 17 years old and lives in Springville. She graduated from Porterville High where she was active in FFA, drama club and concert choir. She attends the College of the Sequoias and wants to become an athletic trainer majoring in sports medicine. Makayla loves participating in gymkhana and has won numerous awards. She was Springville Rodeo Princess in 2015 and represented her community at many Rodeos. Makayla states, “It would take discipline, maturity and time to be an ambassador for the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West. I would work hard to uphold the tradition of Springville Rodeo Queen.”

Marian Williams
Marian Williams will be 15 this month and attends Golden West High School where she is active in chorus, drama and agriculture. She also enjoys swimming. Marian would like to attend college and become a nurse. She enjoys anything that has to do with horses and would like to teach kids how to ride. She participates in gymkhana and is a member of the Springville Rodeo Drill Team. Marian was 1st runner up for Springville Rodeo Princess last year. Marian loves the rodeo and the Springville community. She states, “Although I didn’t win Princess last year, I felt like one, being able to see the little kids and talk to them about rodeo.”

Whitney Iskenderian
Whitney is 15 years old and lives in Visalia. She attends Visalia Technical Early College. She is active in FFA and is ASB freshman president. Whitney trap shoots for the Kingsburg Gun Club. Her goal is to finish school, run for Miss Rodeo California and work towards getting her pro rodeo card for barrel racing. She recently starting participating in gymkhana. Whitney is the current 2017 Springville Rodeo Princess. Whitney states, “I would like to be Springville Rodeo Queen to represent what I love, the sport of rodeo and the community of Springville.”

Rachel Clement
Rachel is 17 years old and lives in Porterville. She attends Monache High School where she is active in golf, soccer and FFA as a beef exhibitor. Rachel plans to attend Fresno State and major in Agricultural business and participate on their rodeo team. She is active in Springville Jr. Rodeo and Gymkhana where she has won awards. Rachel states, “It has been a goal of mine to hold the title of Springville Rodeo queen. I want to promote the sport as more than just something to watch. I would love to show young people that anyone can get involved in the greatest sport held on dirt.”

Molly Ahern
Molly is 20 years old and resides in Palmdale California. She attends College of the Canyons as a science major with the goal of becoming a veterinary technician. In High School Molly was active in 4H ASA and was Junior Senate Vice President. She enjoys camping, shooting and raising livestock. Active in gymkhanas, rodeos and horse shows she has won many awards and enjoys her horse. She was Miss Leona Valley Gymkhana Queen 2016/2017. Molly states, “She would like to represent such a local family oriented rodeo. My favorite thing is to be a role model for young kids.”

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