Despite fierce competitiveness, riders at the Brawley Horsemanship Competition feel like family to one another. And adoring fans in the reviewing stand let them know how much Friday’s Cattle Call Arena show meant to them as riders galloped through their patterns.
And for some competitors it is a lifelong dream. Since she has was 5 years old, Chelsey Roper has wanted to participate among the Cattle Call queen contestants. Now 12 years later she is the sole candidate for queen. She looked splendid in her rodeo gear has she put her mount Bell, a 10-year-old American quarter horse through its paces in the practice arena. “I’m honored to represent the community and the sport I love,” she said. “There have been so many women in front of me. It’s family and now I’m part of it.”