Uhlenkott named 2007 Border Days Queen
The duo was crowned at the Border Days arena in Grangeville July 15.
Uhlenkott is the 17-year-old daughter of Pat and Connie Uhlenkott and a senior at Prairie High School. She is sponsored by Denis Rowland and the Cottonwood Livestock Auction. She tried out riding her horse, Willy and said she has been riding "since I was old enough to hang on - around 1-1/2 years old."
"I have lived in Idaho County my whole life. Ever since I can remember I have been going to the Border Days rodeo and watched the royalty do the traditional buzz around the arena that ends with the big boom from the cannon," Uhlenkott said. "I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be involved with the Border Days royalty. It will be a great opportunity for me to represent the rodeo at all the surrounding parades and rodeos. I am excited and am looking forward to a great year."
Uhlenkott belongs to the Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H Club and enjoys horseback riding, four-wheeling, fishing, reading, and hanging out with friends. She is involved in Business Professionals of America, Natinal Honor Society, track, dance, and horse shows. She was recently an Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Assocation Youth Rally Delegate.
Whether or not she was going to be able to make it to the tryouts was a problem in Uhlenkott's mind. However, her parents made a sacrifice of time to allow her the opportunity.
"The week before I had been down at the ICUA youth rally which was not to get over until Saturday and I would not be home until about 1 that afternoon," she explained. "Well, tryouts were at 10 a.m. so you can see my dilemma. My mom and dad actually came down to Caldwell and brought her home at about 12:30 a.m. that morning to allow me to participate in the tryouts."
Powell is the 14-year-old daughter of Mike and Wendy Powell. She is a freshman at Orofino High School.
"I am very excited and proud to be able to represent Grangeville Border Days," Powell said. "I have wanted to be a part of royalty rodeo since I was a little girl. I am looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead. I feel Kayla and I will make a great team and I am hopeful that we fill form a strong friendship."
Powell is sponsored by Horse Crazy Tack in Orofino and rode her her horse Antiquity "Tiki." She also has a new horse, Bullet. She has also been riding since the age of 1 or 2 and began lessons and showing at the age of 6. She is a member of the Horse Crazy 4-H Club in Orofino.
Powell is involved in barrel racing, volleyball, basketball, and rodeo Bible camp. She previously served as the Central Idaho Rodeo Association 2006 queen and has also been a teen 4-H leader, a sixth grade forestry tour camp counselor and has worked with an autistic child using' equine therapy.
"I want to thank Rick Fischer and the rest of the Border Days committee for allowing me the opportunity to represent Grangeville Border Days," said Powell enthusiastically. "I will do my nest to make you proud!"