POCATELLO — The Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association Championship Finals will be held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bannock County fairgrounds event center, 10588 Fairgrounds Drive in Pocatello, with the rodeo queen competition taking place at 10 a.m. Friday. Winners will be crowned at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Queen contestants in the senior and teen queen, junior queen and pee wee queen categories will participate in horsemanship pattern demonstrations. Horsemanship patterns are different for each category. Contestants must wear an entirely white Western shirt, Western jeans of any color, a hat, boots, belt and accessories. No gloves or chaps are allowed, but scarves or bow ties of any color may be added.
Each contestant will enter arena and then dismount their horse in front of the judges to give a two- to three-minute speech on what is special and unique about the rodeo they represent. They will also answer questions from the judges at this time. After questions from the judges, they will perform the horsemanship pattern.
At 4:30 p.m. Friday, the contestants will participate in a freestyle reining competition. Contestants who take part in this competition will receive 25 bonus points.
After the freestyle reigning competition, mini broncs will be at 6:30 p.m. both nights and the grand entry will be at 6:45 p.m. each night with the rodeo beginning at 7 p.m.
An autograph party will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vickers Western Store, 1460 Yellowstone Ave. in Pocatello. Queen contestants will return to the fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m.
Coronation will begin Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and the rodeo performance will then begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for family tickets and $40 for a family weekend pass. There will also be face painting, autographs and picture opportunities available for all ages. Both Friday and Saturday night, there will be after-parties at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road, at 10 p.m. Winners will be crowned Saturday night.
Young women participating in the rodeo queen events are:
Hadlee Jo Kotter: My year as the ImPRA Pee Wee Queen has been amazing. I made so many friends, got to travel to rodeos, be in a few parades, do sponsor events for this pageant, and I even got to represent IMPRA at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December last year. It has been a great honor to have been the high point winner of the pageant and receive the beautiful saddle. I have been working a lot with my horsemanship and feel very blessed to have it. Just last week I was able to travel to Pocatello and give a very special hug to a very special lady at Vickers. This opportunity is one that will last a lifetime for me. I am 11 years old, but I know that I will remember this forever. I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Michelle Bobbitt. She is a great director of this wonderful contest. To the fantastic contestants this year: Make every second count. Make those friendships and promote the wonderful sport we love. I am honored to get to be here with all of you, watching and cheering you on.
Kylie Freeman is the 18-year-old daughter of Jared Caldwell and Krissy Madsen of Chesterfield, Idaho. Kylie currently attends Idaho State University pursuing a degree in phlebotomy. She enjoys riding horses, expressing her love for helping other people, playing volleyball and basketball, hanging with friends singing, dancing, swimming, being up in the mountains, or training horses. She would like to thank all the people who has helped her to get where she is now. Kylie would like to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity to compete for the 2019-2020 IMPRA finals ambassador and supportive rodeo and our American heritage. She’d like to wish all the contestants good luck and have fun.
Bailee Mackey is the 19-year-old daughter of Payton and Marlene Mackey; a fifth generation rancher residing and attending Utah State University pursuing a degree in Bio-veterinarian science specializing in equine nutrition and chiropractic’s. She enjoys riding horses on her family ranch, working cattle, expressing her love for trucks and demolition derby cars painting and tweaking motors in her spare time along with competing in the Intermountain reining horse association, Utah State University’s Equestrian team and her local FFA program. Bailee is the 2019 Marsh Valley Pioneer Days Queen and has enjoyed her reign teaching others about this great sport and being a positive role model for the youth. Bailee would like to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity to compete for the 2019-2020 ImPRA Finals Queen and would love to serve as an ambassador for the Intermountain region, the sport of rodeo and our great American western heritage being a spokesperson for IMPRA and our Western industry. Bailee has a passion for the western way of life and prides herself on being a knowledgeable and approachable representative to inspire others, and to honor this great lifestyle. As Bailee always says, “Happy trails until we meet again!”
Megan Taber: Hey rodeo fans! I am your 2018-19 Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association (ImPRA) Jr. Queen, Megan Taber. Representing ImPRA this past year has been an incredible opportunity that I will cherish for my entire life. I have thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed this year and the events that I have been fortunate enough to participate in through my reign. I would love to be able to tell you about one single trip that stands out as my favorite part of my reign, but when I try to think of one, I can’t. Not because there aren’t good memories, but for the opposite reason. There are so many amazing memories that I hold from this year that choosing a favorite is impossible. From the Idaho Cowboy’s Association Finals, to the Gooding Pro Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luncheon, and hearing Dusty Tuckness speak, to rodeos, parades, and community events, I have loved every part of this reign. As I close this chapter, I can guarantee that my book of memories from ImPRA is far from finished. I look forward to seeing you again in the future as both a rodeo contestant and queen contestant.
Bailie Bramwell is the 18-year-old daughter of Tera Fortner and Joe Bramwell. Bailie graduated from Rigby High School in May and has been accepted to University Of Calgary where she plans to study Veterinary Medicine, specializing equine genetics. Bailie and her mom live in a vintage farm house in the small community of Grant, Idaho where she spends her time helping on the farm, riding horses, and caring for their many animals and exotic pets. Bailie is the current Whoopee Days Sr. Queen and has had a blast representing her title at many local events.
Megan Telford: Hi, my name is Megan Telford and I am excited to represent Lincoln County fair and rodeo as the 2018-2019 senior queen. My parents are Aaron and Desaree Telford of Paul, Idaho. I am a junior at Dietrich High School where I participate in swimming, cross country, basketball, and high school rodeo. Outside of school, I enjoy riding my bike and horses, doing 4-H and FFA, hiking, camping, and dancing. I’m happy to be here at the IMPRA rodeo.
Katey Gutman: Hello everyone! My name is Katey Gutman, I am a 25-year-old living in Pocatello, Idaho. This year I represented the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association as their senior queen. I am a double bass performance major at Idaho State University where I am wrapping up my senior year. My two loves in life are my music and horses. I will forever be grateful for the friends and family I have made during my rodeo career. I want to first thank my mother, Loryhl Davis and my father, Rick Gutman. I can’t express how much I value what they have taught me. Another family member I have to thank is my baby sister, Kaylaa Gutman, who has always been so supportive of me no matter what I’m trying to do. Also a huge thanks to my dear friends Terry, Amy, Hunter, and Kelly Rackham, you guys are the reason I was able to do this and your friendship means so much to my family and I. Last, I want to thank Michelle, Vivian, and Bill Bobbitt, I will forever carry your example of kindness and warmth with me wherever I go in this life. I can’t express how grateful I am to have served as Miss Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association 2019. Good luck to all of the contestants competing this year! And as the great Groucho Marx says, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Tietsie Fly is the daughter of Mackenzie and Nathaniel Fly of McCammon, Idaho. She is 9 years old. She represented the Bannock County Fair Rodeo as 1st attended. She attends Mountain View Elementary and is the student council reporter. She loves barrel racing. She competes in many local barrel racing clubs. She also is a member of 4-H showing her goats, rabbits, Zebu and pigs. She’s excited to compete and make new friends.
Lexis Olds is the daughter of Mackenzie Fly and Steve Barney of McCammon, Idaho. She is 12 years old. She represented the Bannock County Fair Rodeo as 2nd attendant. She attends school at Marsh Valley Middle School. She is a member of the Jr. High Rodeo, competing in barrels, poles, and breakaway. She is also on the volleyball team and plays basketball. She wants to thank everyone who supports her. She is excited to try out and meet new people.
This years sponsors are Propane, Vicker’s Western Wear, P&M Mackey, B Bar B Saddlery, Micheal Christensen, Little Wood Morgans, Jump In, Farmer’s Market in the Mall, Marsh Valley Farm Kathy & Karen Spiegel, Robinville Sewing & Formalwear, Wood River Bookkeeping, and Lazy H Spear Appaloosas.