Kennedy Tarlton is very honored to be representing her home town of Valley Center as this years Little Miss Rodeo Queen! Kennedy is 7 years old and in second grade at Lilac Elementary School and is in the bilingual program. She enjoys learning a second language and enjoys writing stories and is a very talented young artist. She has a great imagination and loves to create things. She has been training on her large white Draft horse and enjoys being in the saddle on the horse. She is eager to learn and is becoming a confident rider hoping to improve even more this year. She helps each day taking care of the horses her family owns and knows it is a big responsibility and is learning the value of working hard. She is a brownie girl scout and enjoys being with and around friends and family. She has been playing the violin since she was 5 years old and has a great musical ear. She is active in her church activities and learning to serve others. She is a member of the Valley Center Vaqueros and is excited to be on this new path supporting and advocating the sport of rodeo. She is always up for new challenges and loves life. She is grateful for this new “ride” and she can’t wait to see you at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo!
Grace Lynn Robbins is 11 years old and is a 5th grader at Herk Bouris Elementary School in Menifee, CA. Grace has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. She primarily competes in barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying in the California Junior Rodeo Association. You can see her in parades, carrying flags at rodeos, and goat tying on her horse, Jack. Jack is an American Quarter Horse, who was rescued by her family five years ago. Grace Lynn also rides her paint horse, Bubblicious in many local barrel racing competitions and junior rodeos all across California. Bubblicious was born completely deaf, but that hasn’t stopped her from creating a bond with Grace Lynn that allows them to fly around those barrels. Grace hopes that sharing Bubble's story and success will show others that with hard work and determination, you can succeed even through adversity. When Grace isn't in the saddle, she is involved in swim, ballet, and is an accomplished goat trainer. She has been working hard at perfecting her own magic show, and is also an avid lizard catcher. Among Grace's many aspirations, she would like to be either a hair stylist or Las Vegas magician when she grows up. She is working hard towards a successful rodeo queen career, and her biggest dream come true would be to someday carry the American flag at the WNFR.
Hi there! My name is Mia DiGiovanni and I am honored to be your 2017 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Jr. Queen! I am a 13 year old rhinestone lovin' cowgirl, and a life long resident of Valley Center. I grew up around horses and had a love for them ever since the first encounter. I started taking english riding lessons at the Burkhard Ranch, and competed in my first show at the age of 5. Since then, I have been persuing the passion that my parents were hoping was just a phase. Throughout high school, it is my biggest goal to maintain a 4.0 GPA and attend Texas A&M, where I hope to major in equine science and earn my veterinary degree. In 2014, I adopted a wild mustang on May 31 and had 90 days to train the gelding from "wild-to-mild". I competed with him in the 2014 Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Edition in Fort Worth, Texas. Upon returning from the in-hand competition, I began to saddle break Waymores' Blues- more commonly known as Waylon. I currently have 2 horses, Doc & Waylon. Waylon, the mustang, is now just about 5-years-old and some of his talents are western & english riding, jumping, cuddling and eating. Doc is my "wonder horse". He's a 9-year-old 17 hh registered AQHA and is by the Zippo Line. He also is very talented in almost any discipline, even some jumping! I, myself, am an active member in the Valley Center Vaqueros Young Riders group, competing in rail shows, gymkahnas, cowboy challenges, and I also am a rider in the youth drill team and the Valley Center Vaqueros Rose Parade Group. Since my first rodeo queen competition in 2014 at only the age of 10, my social and horsemanship skills have improved immensely, and I can't wait to put those skills to work while I promote Valley Center and the sport we love, rodeo, as your 2017 Valley Center Stampede Jr. Rodeo Queen!
Hannah Dickerson is a junior at Valley Center High School and has been a resident of Valley Center for over 14 years. She has been fortunate to have held the Poway Rodeo Junior Queen title in 2014, and 2015, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Jr. Queen title in 2016 and now, the the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Queen title in 2017. Her passion for horses started when she was just four years old, with trail rides and gymkhana, but soon after she discovered a new love for English riding and rodeo. Between her two horses, Galaxy and Prayer, she competes in different disciplines ranging from jumping, rail shows, cowboy challenges, team penning, barrel racing just recently and even spent a summer playing polo. When she is not in the ring competing, she enjoys taking her horses on trail rides, riding in parades and of course, running flags and riding in the rodeos all over Southern California. She is a member of the local Valley Center Vaqueros Horse Club, and credits her club with allowing her to experience so many riding disciplines and encouraging her to better her riding skills. Her competitive nature doesn’t stop with horses though; she is also on the varsity field hockey and soccer team at Valley Center High School. She also loves learning and challenges herself with difficult classes in school, and strives to keep a high GPA. In her spare time, she enjoys her hobbies of art and writing. After high school, she plans to double major in Global Studies and Spanish at the University of California Santa Barbra, and then to pursue a career in law as a human rights attorney. She strongly believes that success comes from ambition and a great deal of hard work, and she would like to thank her rescue horse Prayer for teaching her that adaptability is a skill necessary for success. Hannah strongly feels that being a rodeo queen has given her opportunities, confidence, and taught her valuable skills that she will use for the rest of her life, whether it is knowing how to give an interview to the media, or the confidence to speak on a stage in front of people, to be able to intermingle with the public, or to handle an 1100-pound horse quickly and safely in a loud rodeo arena. Being a rodeo queen has given her a new-found love for public relations and she is very excited to bring these new skills and qualities to her community of Valley Center.