2018 Contestants

Junior Queen Contestants

Queen Contestants

Young Miss Contestants

Little Miss Contestants


Kaylee Tate-  Kaylee Tate is 15 years old and a Freshman at Scripps Ranch High School.  Her passion for horses started when she was a little girl. A trip to the ranch, the thrill of watching her first rodeo, topped with a signed photo of a Rodeo Queen..she was hooked. Her love for horses, riding, and rodeo has continued ever since. She has participated in softball, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics, but eventually she developed a devotion to barrel racing and rodeo. She is so happy to have her own horse, “Tubby,” who has had a huge influence in her life. She has competed around Southern California in Barrel Races, Gymkhanas, and Rodeos. She was honored to be the 2015 Valley Center Young Miss and has had the awesome opportunity to run sponsor flags at the Valley Center Rodeo.  Outside of school or being in the saddle, she enjoys playing volleyball, surfing, snowboarding, painting, or spending time with her family and friends. She is currently a member of Girl Scout Troop 8714, going on her 9th year. She is happy to say that she has completed her Bronze and Silver awards, both of which have helped local horse rescues. She will be working on achieving the Gold Award next. After graduation, she is hoping to attend a University that has a Rodeo Team and ultimately would like to become an Equine Veterinarian.

Lindsey LaCasse Lindsey Marie LaCasse,  born in 2004 in Long Beach, CA.  Moved with her  family to Valley Center, CA. in 2013.  She attended Lilac Elementary School and is currently an 8th grader at Valley Center Middle School.  Lindsey began her love of horses and riding horses while living in Long Beach where she took her first riding lesson in 2012 at an established boarding/training facility located in nearby Lakewood.  Once moved to  Valley Center,  she continued her riding lessons at The White Horse Polo Ranch, with Susan Harris.  There she was a quick and natural learner in English saddle.  Lindsey spent two afternoons a week at the ranch learning all aspects of horse ownership and spent a day each weekend on trail rides.  Then in August 2014, her Grandmother bought her a horse of her own, Mickey.  Mickey was a newly retired polo horse and took to Lindsey from the day they met.   Lindsey and Mickey spent many days together trail riding and participated in two Western Days Parade.  Lindsey started Mickey in Western saddle and began barrel racing about two years ago.  She has taken lessons from a local friend and has participated in local Vaqueros Gymkhana events as well as competed in  AQHA/SCAQEA events in Del Mar.  Lindsey prefers to spend time with her horses yet loves to mingle with her friends/  She also enjoys surfing and camping with her family.  She volunteers for local fundraising events as well as for the Stampede Rodeo VIP tent. 



Sadie Helton-  Sadie Helton is 8 years old and lives in Menifee with her mom and dad, two brothers, 12 horses, and 5 dogs.   She spends alot of her time in Valley Center which is where her grandparents have lived for 38 years and where her mom was raised.  She is in 2nd grade at River Springs Charter School.  Sadie has been raised in and on the side of the rodeo arena.  She competes in California Junior Rodeo Association in Barrels, Poles, Dummy Roping, and Goat Tying in the Pee Wee Division.  Her Dad and brothers are teaching her how to team rope as well.  She has been in 4H since she was 4 years old.  She is a member of an organization called Love Bugs which is a group of kids who volunteer their time and take food, clothing, and supplies to families in need in our community.  When she's not riding her horse Wheelie or at a rodeo you will find her singing, dancing, or creating something artistic. When Sadie grows up she would like to follow in her Uncle's footsteps and be a veterinarian. She loves all animals  It has been her dream since she was a very little girl to be a rodeo queen.  She would absolutely love to represent the  Valley Center Stampede Rodeo  this year as the 2018 Little Miss Rodeo Queen.   

Olive Arvidson-   Olive is an 8 year old second grader at Valley Center Primary School who has been enjoying a country life here in Valley Center since she could walk. Olive has always had a love for horses and began riding with local Trainer Julie Picot in the summer of 2015. That same year she got her first taste participating in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo as a 5-year-old Mutton-Buster, and loved it so much she hasn’t missed one since, making her a 3-year Rodeo veteran by the age of 7. This past year (2017), after much hard work and practice under the tutelage of Ms. Picot, Olive was proud to compete in the Jr. Barrel racing event for the first time. Soon after, Olive’s dedication to horses was rewarded when her longtime dream came true - a horse of her very own!

Olive and Bella, a 16 year old American Paint Horse, have been a pair since June of 2017. Olive still needs a couple of inches to throw a saddle up onto Bella, but that's okay because she can do just about everything else on her own! What Olive loves most is to just put a bridle on Bella and cruise around the pasture on her bareback. They have competed in our local rail shows, done drill team with the Young Riders and have even taken a trail ride down into Hellhole Canyon. Bella and Olive are a great team and share an amazing connection.

Olive is a curious and silly kid and always up for a good time! When she is not hanging with Bella she enjoys soccer, basketball, and her friends. She is a member of Valley Center 4-H’s poultry group and shows her bantam rooster Macho. She loves her family, loves to snuggle, loves to joke and even loves to pretend she is a horse herself. Olive hopes to learn as many different riding disciplines as she can in her life and says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Olive is incredibly grateful for all of the love and support she has received on this road to Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Queen Little Miss and knows that no matter the outcome, the most important thing is to try your best and have a GREAT time!


Adelle Perpetua  Adelle Perpetua is 8 years old and a lifelong resident of Valley Center.  Her family has called Valley Center home since 1975.  Adelle is in the 2nd grade at Valley Center Primary School, where she is in the bilingual program and a member of the Guitar Club.  She enjoys playing soccer and is an active member in Valley Center 4-H and the Valley Center Vaqueros.  With Valley Center 4-H, this will be her third year showing her Silver Phoenix rooster, Hazelnut, at the San Diego County Fair.  With the Valley Center Vaqueros, she gets to spend more time with her horse Buttercup and is a member of the Young Riders Drill Team.  Adelle enjoys competing in rail shows and in 2017, rode the Escondido Jaycee’s Christmas Parade and performed for the fund raising event at the Rawhide Ranch.  At four years old, she made her debut in the in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo as a Mutton Buster.  She rode sheep in the rodeo for three consecutive years and graduated to junior barrel racing in 2017.  Adelle and Buttercup look forward to participating in many more rodeo events in the future.  As a hometown girl, she hopes to represent Valley Center at local events and promoting the sport of rodeo as the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Little Miss.      

Chelsea Estes-Chelsea Estes is a small town girl from Norco California, also commonly known as Horsetown USA. She is 22 years old, and currently attends Pasadena City College as a Criminal Justice Major. She plans to take her education and become a Juvenile Justice Attorney as a voice for the children. Chelsea’s Passion in life started at the age of three years old when her father put her on a horse for the first time. That is all it took, it lit a fire in her heart that can never be put out. When the beautiful California sun is shinning you will be sure to find her in the saddle. Whether it is trail riding through the streets of Norco, running in local Gymkhana events, or even working on her moves in the arena. Chelsea is excited and honored to be competing for the title of Valley Center Rodeo Queen and have the opportunity to represent the beautiful community of Valley Center.

Madison Wagner-  Madison Wagner is 18 years old and is a lifelong resident of Valley Center. She attends Palomar College in San Marcos and is a Chemistry major. She has been volunteering at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo for over 6 years and has earned a rodeo scholarship. She held the Valley Center Rodeo Young Miss title in 2012. She grew up around horses and enjoys baking, quilting, archery on horseback, and colt starting. She is a TIP trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation and recently gentled and trained a 7-year-old mustang named Maverick, who was slotted for long-term holding. Maverick was placed in a loving family and has become an exceptional trail horse due to Madison's training,  In 2010, she and her horse Buckalina were the Junior division region 1 champions in the American Competitive Trail Horse Competition. Madison received Buckalina as a yearling and they have been trusted companions for over 9 years. Madison and Buckalina enjoy team sorting, cowboy challenges, camping, trail riding, parades, and rodeos. They have carried flags together every year in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and occasionally compete in the shows of their local horse club, the Valley Center Vaqueros. Madison and Buckalina would be honored to represent the 2018 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo.

Emily Chavira-  Emily Chavira is an 12 year old  student at Stanford Middle School,  from Long Beach, CA.  Emily spends her weekends and vacations in Valley Center.  Valley Center is where her best friend Missy the Palomino lives and where she feels her life begins and ends.  Emily is the second youngest child in the house of a an older brother and four sisters, ages 10,12, and 13. When Friday comes around she puts on her blue jeans and her cowboy boots and heads for her dream life of country living.  Emily can always be found in the barn, cleaning, grooming or just telling secrets to her horse.  
Emily plays softball in the fall, and is a great pitcher as well as the many other positions.  Spring time is for horsing around so you won’t catch her on any dream teams.  Emily began riding her horse Missy two years ago, and the two have quickly bonded. In no time at all they were racing around barrels.  The two of them will be found at local Gymkhana shows and local rodeos.  She would someday like to professional barrel race.  This year Justin a Missouri Fox Trotter joined our family.  Emily is going to be riding him in the pageant.  She has been working hard at teaching him to roll back and do the turn he needs.  He’s learning to pick up his pace and leads.   Teaching Justin has opened up a different set of goals for horsemanship. 
Emily has been actively planning her wardrobe, and jewelry for queening this year.  She has personally selected everything she is wearing and helped in the designing of all her attire.  She makes some of her own jewelry and will be wearing a belt buckle she made with her dress.  Emily has dreamed of being queen since she was five.  She’d like to someday represent Valley Center, as Miss Rodeo California as well as Miss Rodeo America. 

Samantha Picot-   Samantha Picot is 10 years old and in 5th grade at the Valley Center Elementary  School. She is in the Technology Club, is a School Ambassador and plays the Saxophone at her school.  She is a member of Valley Center 4-H and is an active member of the Valley Center Vaqueros and rides in their Young Riders Drill Team. Samantha has been riding horses most of her life and has been showing since the age of one. Samantha enjoys riding her pony Shiloh, her dad's horse Prince and her mom's mule Francis.  She competes in English and Western shows, and even showed Francis at Bishop Mule Days in 2016. Samantha and Shiloh are often seen at horse shows, trail rides, and in 2018 she and Shiloh were accepted into Rose Parade. Samantha has competed Junior Barrels for several years and in 2015 was the Valley Center Rodeo Little Miss. She hopes to be able to represent the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo as their Young Miss

Sanniah Arredondo  Sanniah is an 11 year old lifelong Valley Center resident and a 5th grader at lilac elementary school.  Sanniah has one horse named Biscuit. Biscuit is an 11 year old quarter horse.  She enjoys doing barrels, poles and rail Shows with him. She can hardly wait to learn how to jump with Biscuit. She loves to go on long trails rides with her cousin Lisa.  Sanniah has only been riding since June of 2017, but once she started there was no stopping her. Biscuit came along in July of 2017 and they make a great pair.  Sanniah loves attending rodeos and learning the skills needed to be a top notch cowgirl.  Other than spending time with her horse she loves sleepovers with her best friends Madison and Alyssa.  Sanniah likes to do art and photography and she wants to go to college and get her degree and become a professional photographer.  Sanniah is sponsored by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians .

Jayden Soliz-  Jayden Soliz is 8 years old and lives in Valley Center.  She is in the Third Grade at Calvin Christian School and really enjoys school and learning.  Jayden has been riding horses since she was 3 years old.  She has been a member of the Valley Center Vaqueros and Young Riders for the last 5 1/2 years and loves to participate in Cowboy Challenges and Fun Shows.  Jayden enjoys riding in local parades with her trusted Mustang, Scout.   When Jayden was 4 years old she started Mutton Bustin at the Rodeo.  For the last 2 years she has been competing in Barrel Racing.  Jayden was crowned 2016 Valley Center Rodeo Little Miss where she enjoyed representing the Rodeo and attending local Community and Chamber events.  Although she loves all animals, horses are her favorite. Jayden wants to be a Horse Trainer or a Veterinarian when she grows up.  In additional to riding her horse, Jayden enjoys dance, soccer and music, especially the piano and clarinet!  

Cate Murphy Cate Murphy is nine years old and a third grader at Valley Center Elementary School in their dual language program. She has been around horses since she was one week old and has been slowly training with her horse, Angel –†a 20-year-old Breeding Stock Paint, with whom she competed in the Junior Barrel Racing in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo 2017.
     Cate participates in the Valley Center Vaqueros Young Riders and recently enjoyed her first parade on horseback (as opposed to float)! When she's not doing horse activities, Cate enjoys spending time with her dog, Ellie and being involved with anything to do with animals. She aspires to be a veterinarian. Though horses take up a lot of her life, Cate has also been in Girl Scouts, gymnastics, and music, and loves playing soccer and basketball, baking, drawing, and creating arts and crafts. She is very excited to have the opportunity this year to be a contestant for Valley Center Rodeo Young Miss.