Twin sisters will serve together on the 2019 Pendleton Round-Up Court.
Raelin and Robie Davis join Queen Sydney Jones and princesses Addie Kilgore and Mallory Walters as Round-Up royalty. The twins, age 20, attend Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
Queen Sydney Jones, 20, will reign over the 109th Pendleton Round-Up in September. The Pendleton High School graduate participated in Rhythmic Mode Dance Team, symphonic band, Link Crew and National Honor Society. Jones majors in biology at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
The 2017 Round-Up princess is a longtime volunteer, warming up court horses, doing retail sales and riding in nearly every parade for the past 10 years. She is a Happy Canyon Night Show cast member.
“Being a part of the 2017 court was an irreplaceable and memorable experience that transformed me into a better, more articulate and poised woman,” Jones said. “My love for the western lifestyle has only grown since my time as a princess.”
She began riding horses in 2008 with mentor Toni Minthorn, who taught her jumping skills. Jones’ two sorrels, Tilly and Rosie, know the routine and are ready to carry the new queen.
She is the daughter of Harper and Kim Jones.
Raelin and Robie Davis represent a family with deep Round-Up roots, starting with their grandfather Ermie Davis, who supplied roping steers. Four family members rode on the Round-Up Court.
Although raised on the family’s Nevada ranch, they moved to Baker City in high school. Both competed at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City. Both study biochemistry at EOU.
Raelin excelled in FFA, National Honor Society and is a National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier and athletic scholar.
“From the time I could walk, my parents had me on the back of a horse,” said Raelin.
She worked starting colts, training horses and fine-tuning client horses at Eastern Slope Ranch in Baker City.
“Keeping the cowboy lifestyle is extremely important to me and my family,” said Raelin. “Hard work, loving your family, respecting your animals and being kind to others were values that were instilled in my upbringing.”
Robie graduated from Baker High School as class president, member of National Honor Society and an athletic scholar. She developed her horse skills in the North Eastern Nevada Horseman’s Association, Elko Youth Rodeo and the Silver State Stampede. She joined the high school rodeo team where she placed at state and went on to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
“I would love to represent the industry that raised me, the people that have always supported me and the animals that have always impressed me.”
Raelin and Robie are daughters of Sandy Davis, of La Grande.
Kilgore, 19, was valedictorian of her class at Joseph Charter School, where she earned numerous awards while participating in National Honor Society, FFA, three sports, drama and visual arts.
The Oregon State University sophomore is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications. Kilgore started riding horses at 5 years old and worked her way through 4-H. She rode with the Tuckerettes precision riding drill team at the Chief Joseph Days rodeo, where she also was the ninth member of her family to serve as CJD Queen.
Three of Kilgore’s relatives have been inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame — John Spain, Bonnie Tucker-Blankenship and Harley Tucker.
“Being on the Round-Up court would be extremely beneficial to my academic journey,” Kilgore said. “Well, let’s just say there is not a class you can take like this in college.”
Kilgore, who spent two summers fighting wildland fires, is the daughter of Wes and Sherri Kilgore.
Walters, 20, graduated from Pendleton High School with highest honors (4.38 GPA), and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her adventure with horses began at age 8 riding trail and rodeo horses, before advancing to 4-H, Oregon High School Equestrian Team and American Quarter Horse Association competitions.
Walters completed her bachelor of arts degree in English and prelaw in less than two years at the University of Montana, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2018. Walters now lives in Pendleton where she will work for a local law firm throughout her princess reign. She will enter law school next year.
As a volunteer, Walters rode in numerous parades, served on the Pendleton Round-Up Wagon Train Committee, sold programs and cleaned grandstands.
“I am looking forward to forging new relationships with fellow riders, as well as advocating for the sport we all love,” Walters said.
She is the daughter of Cathy Walters.
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