Valley Center Stampede Rodeo 

Young Miss

Cate Murphy

Cate Murphy is a 12 year old sixth grader at Classical Academy and a lifelong resident of Valley Center.  Her relationship with horses began as a baby before she could even crawl.  Before she knew it, she was grooming, cleaning, riding, and loving anything to do with horses and caring for animals!  Cate shares her horse time between Savannah, a pinto and great granddaughter of Secretariat, and Maverick, a gelding who is thought to be a mountain pleasure horse.
A member of the Valley Center Vaqueros and their Young Riders, Cate has ridden her horses in several parades, including Valley Center Western Days, Coronado, and Escondido.  She enjoys trail riding, arena work, obstacle challenges, rail shows, drill team and liberty work.  Though she has been attending rodeos since she can remember, she started barrel racing at age nine. While Cate has her eye on team roping in the future, she is also interested in training a wild mustang someday! 

When she's not involved in horse activities and school, Cate enjoys spending time with the family dog, Ellie, and training her "pandemic" puppy, Archie. She truly adores anything to do with animals :)!  She also likes to bake, draw and paint, and do pretty much any DIY. 

Cate is super excited and honored to hold the title of Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Young Miss and really looks forward to more opportunities to represent her hometown and the sport of rodeo when the time comes!

meet the current queen court

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Junior Queen

Kayslee Ramelli

Hi! I’m Kayslee Ramelli. You’re Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Junior Queen, I am 15 years old and a freshman in high school. In my free time, I love spending time in the saddle on my sassy yet sweet little mare Mindy, playing my guitar and raising/training my 4H pigs for the County Fair. I'm so blessed to be raised in this small town community of Valley Center, with a life full of crazy horse stories to tell from personal experiences, tons of amazing friends and family to be surrounded by, and so much laughter I sometimes forget to breathe!  When I grow up, I hope to become an Equine Veterinarian, but in the mean time, I would love to become a memorable ambassador for the sport of rodeo and inspire others to put on some boots and go kick up some dust in the arena! I’m so excited to hold this title and be able to support my favorite sport of all time, rodeo!


Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Queen

Makenna Hyland

Makenna Hyland is an 18 year old resident of Escondido California. She is a member in the California Junior Rodeo Association, where she competes in breakaway roping, team roping, and barrel racing. Her goal is to rope at the Breakaway National Finals  that was just recently added along side the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Makenna hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting, interviewing cowboys and cowgirls for wrangler network or PBR. She is thankful that she has the opportunity to represent the Valley Center Stampede and share her knowledge of the sport she loves, rodeo.


Valley Center Stampede Rodeo 

Little Miss

Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones is a nine-year-old, fourth grader at Mariners Christian School.  Catherine is a proud member of the Valley Center Vaqueros Young Riders club where she has won several awards with her new horse Buckalina.  Most notably, she was enormously proud to be the 2020 Cowboy Challenge Champion in the 13 and under category. Catherine loves horses and the sport of rodeo.  She started taking lessons at the age of seven with Julie Picot and competes in both English and Western events. When Catherine is not involved in horse activities, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Gunner, and rescuing animals in need. 

Catherine adores spending time with horses, she also enjoys dance and theater. Catherine has been cast as lead role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior as well as roles in the Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and other productions.  Catherine plays tennis, loves gymnastics, and soccer. She also enjoys baking, drawing, painting, creating arts and crafts, and being outside climbing trees.

Catherine is honored to have the opportunity this year to represent the town of Valley Center and promoting the sport of rodeo as your  Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Little Miss!