Adelle Perpetua- Adelle Perpetua is 9 years old and a lifelong resident of Valley Center. Her family has called Valley Center home since 1975. Adelle started riding horses when she was 5 years old and in 2017 she was blessed with a horse of her own, Buttercup. Adelle is in the 3rd grade at Valley Center Elementary School, where she is in the bilingual program. 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 fourth year showing poultry at the San Diego County Fair. With the Valley Center Vaqueros, she gets to spend more time with her horses and is a member of the Young Riders Drill Team. In 2017 and 2018, with the Vaqueros she rode in the Escondido Jaycee’s Christmas Parade. Adelle enjoys competing in rail shows, ranch horse and trail challenges. At 4 years old, Adelle made her debut in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo as a Mutton Buster. She held on for dear life riding sheep in the rodeo for three consecutive years and graduated to junior barrel racing in 2017. At the 2018 PRCA sanctioned rodeos: Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and the Poway Rodeo, the dynamic duo of “Adelle and Buttercup” kicked the dirt up and raced around the barrels completing the cloverleaf pattern while having the time of their lives. They also participated in the 2018 Rincon Ranch Rodeo in junior barrels. Adelle is an inquisitive, sweet, and fun-loving Valley Center country girl who loves spending as much time as possible with her horses. She loves calling Valley Center home and hopes to one day become a large animal Veterinarian. 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.
Chloe Sullivan- Chloe Sullivan is an 8 year old 3rd grader at Valley Center Elementary with a kind heart and a passion for horses. At the age of 4, Chloe sat on a horse for the first time and was instantly hooked; her love for horses has only grown over the years. Chloe and her family have moved quite a lot over the years due to her father being a marine but decided that valley center is home and where they wanted to stay. Chloe started taking horse lessons as something to look forward to while her father was away serving our beautiful country however this turned into a passion and she continued even after he returned home eventually leading to lessons with local trainer Julie Picot. Chloe has always dreamed of having as horse of her own and in July 2018 she received a rescued miniature horse named Winnifred after showing how responsible she was for Winnifred and how hard she was trying in school it was time to get something a little bigger for her. On September 1st our family went to adopt Casper. Casper and Chloe have an undeniable connection. From the moment they met Casper has taken care of Chloe and she him. They are teaching each other new things every day and together they make a great team. Casper and Chloe recently joined the Vaqueros and young riders drill team. They are looking forward to competing in Jr barrels at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. Chloe hopes that by hard work and studying she gets the chance to represent the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo with the title of Little Miss and continue to learn about and promote the sport rodeo.
Nicole Bell- Nicole Bell is a fifteen year old 10th grader from Temecula Ca. She attends Great Oak High School and is apart of the equestrian team at her school. She takes pride in maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Outside of school Nicole enjoys being apart of plays, dancing, and riding horses. Nicole was the Yucaipa Rodeos Junior Miss for their first ever rodeo. A hobby Nicole has taken up in the past couple years is the 4-h horse knowledge competitions. Nicole qualified her first year to go to Denver, Co for nationals in horse knowledge. After high school Nicole hopes to go on to a university and become a orthodontist. She wants to further her knowledge of horses through the horse project in her 4-h club. She one day wants to have a ranch of her own with a breeding program that specializes in horses for rodeo events
Lindsey LaCasse Lindsey LaCasse is 14 years old, a freshman at Valley Center High School. Her devotion to horses began when she was only 5 years old. From her first ride and watching her first rodeo here in Valley Center at the 2013 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, Lindsey was hooked on anything horse! Since then, she has volunteered each year for rodeo events, including the VIP tent. In 2018, Lindsey did her first run in the rodeo, chasing barrels in the Junior Barrels event. Lindsey participates in softball, gymnastics, dance, and performs regularly with the High School Choir. But her first and foremost love is her horse Mickey, a 20+ year old retired polo horse. Since their partnership began in 2014, together they have participated in several Gymkhana events, Rail Show and SCAQHA and Valley Center Stampede Rodeo barrel events. Lindsey was awarded 2018 Valley Center Rodeo Queen’s “Most Improved” contestant last year. This year, Lindsey is truly excited about participating in such an important and iconic portion of the rodeo. Not only is fun, but an honor. Lindsey is currently working with her newest addition to the family, Daisy, a 4 year old AQHA and she is looking forward to a future full of rodeo events with her. Once Lindsey graduates from high school, she plans to study to be an Equine Veterinarian.
Emily ChaviraEmily Chavira is a 13 year old 8th grader at Stanford Middle School. She is the second youngest in a family of five. Emily’s life begins and ends in Valley Center. Here she spends her time with her best friend, a palomino mare named Missy. When here she fully fills her life long passion for horses. Emily got saddled up and got on a horse for the first time when she was 5 years old, since then there’s seldom a weekend you won’t find her back in the saddle. When she turned 9 she insisted on riding “that crazy horse”, Missy, and the two of them bonded instantly. Missy waited until Emily was ready and in no time at all Emily had that stubborn mare chasing cans. These days Emily can be found doing gymkhanas and barrel racing at local Rodeos.
Emily’s plan for her future include pro barrel racing and a trip to Vegas someday. She also hopes to pursue a career in Rodeo Queening to spread her passion and knowledge of rodeo. Someday, Emily would love to have the chance to run for Miss Rodeo California and ultimately Miss Rodeo America.
Janae Wallace-Janae Wallace is 17 years old and has been a Valley Center resident her whole life. She is a Senior at Valley Center High School and will be attending Palomar College in San Marcos to receive her General Education then transfer to a University to study Equine Veterinary Medicine in hopes to repay a breed that has helped her grow her entire life. Janae has been a cowgirl her whole life and specializes in Western Pleasure, taking official lessons starting at the age of eight. Horses have been her lifelong passion as well as Track and Field, singing, writing, going to the desert with her dad and going antique shopping with her mom. She participates in the Valley Center High School Advanced Choir and loves to give back to the community that has supported her through her whole life. She also enjoys volunteering some of her time to the Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy, an organization designed to help those affected by cancer on their road to recovery. Janae will be competing for the Queen title in partnership of her horse Rockband, a Red Roan Paint that she had received for Christmas 6 years ago. Both her and Rockband are honored to be considered to represent the 2019 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo.
Little Miss Contestants
Young Miss Contestants
Junior Queen Contestants
Sanniah Arredondo- Sanniah Arredondo is a 12 year old student at Valley Center Middle School and has lived with her parents in Valley Center her whole life. As crazy as it sounds, she only discovered her love for riding horses about 2 short years ago. She instantly knew horses were something she wanted to pursue, and nearly a month later, Biscuit came along. Biscuit is a 12 year old palomino grade quarter horse and has already taken Sanniah places she’d only ever dreamed of. After only 6 months, they were already preparing to compete for their very first rodeo queen pageant. Over the last year, you would’ve been able to find Sanniah participating in the Valley Center Vaquero Young Riders, rail shows, practicing her roping, and even running barrels at the 2018 Valley Center Stampede PRCA Rodeo. Sanniah aspires to represent the Valley Center Stampede PRCA Rodeo as their Young Miss Rodeo Queen, while sharing her knowledge on the sport of rodeo in her own, and surrounding communities. Sanniah would like to thank her sponsors, friends and family for getting her to where she is today. And as Sanniah says, “Life is great, but horses make it better”.
Sophia Flores- Sophia is 11 years old and a 6th grade at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway. She has been riding since 2016 and Cecilia her black and white paint came into her life in the spring of 2018. One day Cecilia was in the round pen at our barn, she had gone months with no one wanting her. This precious horse picked Sophia, Cecilia followed her everywhere and watched what she was doing and going. Her parents couldn't believe it or deny that these two belonged together. The two of them have learned and struggled, but through the loving help of her trainer and nurturing barn family, her goal is to be a great barrel racer. Sophia loves participating in Gymkhanas and won her 1st belt buckle last year. After school she rides her bike to the barn as often as she possibly can. When she is not with her horse, her other favorite activities are crafting, sewing, singing and reading, She is also a Girl Scout and has been with her troop 2070 for 6 years. She also loves to volunteer at the Food Bank. When she grows up, she wants to be an Ethologist and travel the world. Sophia would be honored to represent Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Young Miss and be an ambassador for this beautiful horse community.
Krista Ghosh Krista Ghosh is a 10 year old at Lilac elementary school in Valley Center which she has attended since kindergarten. Krista is the youngest (but not shortest!) of six kids, in a family that has made Valley Center it's home for almost 50 years! Krista grew up around horses and was so eager to ride, she started climbing on the back of her mini horses and riding them around when she was just a few years old. She has participated in different Rodeo events for years, but enjoys Jr. barrels the most! She is also a member of the Valley Center Vaqueros, where she is a member of the drill team and participates in Gymkhana's and rail shows. In addition to riding, this country girl loves creating things, traveling to India, and practicing the flute! This year Krista will be riding Blondie, the family horse, that has taught us all a thing or two about persistence, perseverance and Love!
Cate Murphy- Cate Murphy is a ten-year-old fourth grader at Valley Center Elementary School in the dual language program. Her relationship with horses began as a baby as she watched her mom ride and take care of them, slowly involving Cate more and more as she grew. Her first horse, Angel, with whom she competed in Junior Barrel Racing in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo two times, was a great "starter" horse. Though Cate still enjoys a relationship with Angel, she "graduated" to her current horse, Savannah, a 16-year-old Morgan Cross, who happens to be the great granddaughter of the famous race horse, Secretariat. She has been riding Savannah for less than a year.
Cate participates in the Valley Center Vaqueros Young Riders and has ridden horses in several parades, including Valley Center Western Days, Coronado, and Escondido. When she's not involved in 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 when she gets older and dreams of interning with some local vets in the area.
Though horses take up a lot of her life, Cate has also participated in Girl Scouts, gymnastics, and music, and loves playing on soccer and basketball teams. She also enjoys baking, drawing, painting, creating arts and crafts, and climbing around outside.
Cate had so much fun participating last year in the pageant, and is very excited to have the opportunity this year to be a contestant for the second time in the Valley Center Rodeo Queen Young Miss category.
Jayden Soliz Jayden Soliz is 10 years old and lives in Valley Center. She is in the Fourth Grade at Calvin Christian School. 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 6 ½ years and loves to participate in Fun Shows and Obstacle Courses. When Jayden was 4 years old she started Mutton Bustin at the Rodeo and is now working on barrel racing with her new Palomino horse, Ace. Jayden has held the titles of 2016 Valley Center Rodeo Little Miss and 2018 Poway Rodeo Little Princess. In addition to her love of rodeo and horses, Jayden also loves soccer, playing the piano and has recently held her first role in Seussical Jr. Jayden is excited for the opportunity to share her love of rodeo with her home town!