By Chris Furguson
The evening of October 17 saw the crowning of Kaylynn Sampson as the 53rd Brawley Cattle Call Queen at a ceremony held at Cattle Call Arena Park in Brawley.
“I feel great… awesome. I’m very happy. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.” said Sampson after the win.
Sampson, a 17-year old junior at Southwest High in El Centro, beat out her opponent and fellow junior at Southwest, Reilly McFadden, in all four categories that the girls were judged on.
McFadden, who beat out Sampson two years ago for the title of 2007 Brawley Cattle Call Teen Queen, was crowned the 2009 1st Princess.
“I feel good. To me, it was a 50/50 chance and I’m happy for Kaylynn. I’m totally excited about the experience.”
The ceremonies began with an introduction of the 2008 1st Princess, Amanda Leckband, who took over for 2008 Cattle Call Queen Stacia Miller, currently finishing up her Army basic training in South Carolina. A speech from Miller was read by Leckband.
This was followed by an introduction of both McFadden and Sampson, who were then asked questions about the Heartland ProRodeo Series and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Between the questions, both contestants were allowed time for a speech or presentation. McFadden chose to do a poem while Sampson performed a skit as a pair of horses headed to a rodeo. Both had the theme of “Down the Road to Cowboy Town.”
After the speeches and presentation of the Cattle Call Queen Committee, the 2008 Cattle Call Teen Queen, Victoria Baran, gave her farewell speech in the form of a poem. Then the Teen and Junior Queens were presented their titles.
Chelsea Webster, a 14-year old freshman at Central Union High School, was crowned as the 2009 Teen Queen while Anna Archer, a 12-year old student at Barbara Worth Jr. High School, was awarded the title of 2009 Jr. Queen.
All contestants, even those without competition, had to perform in the Horsemanship portion of the competition the day before. Control of the animal is crucial during parades and rodeo events and this skill must be demonstrated.
While the auditors from Hutchinson & Bloodgood tabulated the overall scores, a skit involving the fathers of the four contestants took place. The fathers, dressed in wigs and outfits similar to their daughters, performed a routine to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
This was followed by a bit from two of the judges, Dana Iverson and Bliss Bates, who answered questions until the auditors were finished tabulating the results.
Sampson won all four categories judged at the event, including Ticket Sales, Personality, Appearance and Horsemanship.
“This has been my goal for years,” said Sampson to the assembled crowd. Sampson thanked the sponsors who came to her this year.
Prior to the ceremonies, a steak dinner was provided by National Beef and catered by Hacienda Catering, both of Brawley