The thematic consistency of a potential Round-Up queen’s name isn’t considered during the selection process, but it certainly doesn’t hurt Betsy West.
West, 21, has the perfect cowgirl name but also has the experience to back it up.
An Athena native, a press release states that West has spent so much time on a horse she can’t remember her first ride on the front of her parents’ saddle.
“After a long weekend away from home, going out to the barn and thanking my horses for a great parade, or getting on my filly was my favorite way to wind down and relax,” she said in a statement. “I receive so much clarity and joy from being horseback.”
As both a horsewoman and Round-Up royalty, West’s roots run deep. Her sister, mother and great grandmother were all Round-Up princesses while her father was a competitor. On top of that, her family breeds and trains quarter horses.
West is a student at the College of Idaho, where she’s studying health sciences. Her accomplishments while in Caldwell includes the Howard Berger Travel Scholarship to document history at ancient Chinese temples.
West and the rest of her four-woman court were announced at Doug Corey’s home in Athena. The ladies will now embark on a promotional tour at events throughout the Northwest and make more than 200 scheduled appearances.
• Josilyn Fullerton, 18, of Dayton, Washington, has been on horseback since she was six and has carried pennants at the Round-Up in addition to her help pushing calves and with the Children’s Round-Up.
She also comes with rodeo court experience, having served as the queen of Walla Walla Frontier Days Rodeo in 2016.
An agriculture business and animal science major at Walla Walla Community College, Fullerton was an all-state selection for volleyball, a member of the National Honors Society and a chapter president for the Future Farmers of America.
• Elizabeth Herbes, 19, of Union, is as skilled on her feet as she is with a horse.
A first-team all-state selection in cross country and track and field at Union High School who now runs track for Eastern Oregon University, Herbes also knows how to ride western style, English, sidesaddle and bareback.
She has carried pennants and ushered at the Round-Up since she was six, in addition to participating in the Happy Canyon Beauty Pageant and helping out with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cowboy Breakfast. Her sister was a princess in 2013 and her father was a Happy Canyon volunteer of the year.
• Kaelyn Lindsay 19, of Lexington, grew up herding cows and translated those skills to local competitions.
A Heppner High School graduate and Blue Mountain Community College nursing student, she earned a letter of support from Blake Knowles, a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier.
“Kaelyn’s kindness is a standout characteristic. She has a knack for lifting others up and creating a positive environment,” he wrote. “When I think of the Pendleton Round-Up Court, I think of hardworking, talented cowgirls who have a way of bringing the Wild West to modern life with impeccable grace and integrity in all aspects of life. I could not think of a better young lady to represent the Pendleton Round-Up.”
• Charla Simons, 19, is the sole Pendletonian on this year’s court and has the Round-Up experience to boot.
On horseback since she was eight-years-old, Simons has carried pennants, participated in Tough Enough to Wear Pink and volunteered for the Cowboy Mounted Band.
Named to the all-state dance team while at Pendleton High School, she continues to participate in the dance and cheer team at Oregon State University, where she studies human development and family services.
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