Brandi Whittle: 'Never stop reaching for your goals'

As a public figure in the community with the achievement of becoming Cattle Call Queen, Brandi Whittle is aware of the impact that she can potentially leave on future young women who look up to her.

“I have the ability to take the bull by the horns in life and take anything that the world throws at me,” Whittle said. “Whether it involves academics, sports or duties as Cattle Call Queen and rodeo culture, I consistently give 110 percent in all that I do.”

The 17-year-old Brawley junior is conscious of wanting to leave a positive impact on future generations of women.

As the 2018 Brawley Cattle Call Queen, she exhibited excellence in the categories of modeling, public speaking and horseback riding, while dedicating herself to upholding the morals of rodeo culture and community outreach.

Whittle learned how to ride and rein horses in less than 83 days for the competition. Contestants were required to attend some 17 meetings over the course of two months. Each girl received a three-ring binder containing virtually anything they will need to know about becoming a Cattle Call Queen — from what clothes to wear to how to style their hair for riding vs. public appearances, as well as what they’d need to know about horses, rodeos, the event’s sponsors and more. Each contestant also was expected to sell rodeo tickets, as well as raise sponsorship money.

It was a lot of work, but Whittle is accustomed to keeping busy. She’s long been active in sports, playing for Brawley Union’s varsity softball team as well as on a travel league team. As a member of FFA, she placed at the state level for public speaking during her freshman year, after advancing past the public speaking regionals.

For as long as she can remember, Whittle has wanted to become a large animal veterinarian. She said she plans to apply her scholarship that she received from the Cattle Call Queen Royalty Association toward pursuing that career at UC Davis. She also hopes to have her own ranch one day, raise animals, and help others make a positive change in the world.

“I want to bring people together through agriculture,” Whittle said. “People aren’t connected as much as they used to be, so if I can convince people to go outside more and engage with the rodeo and agriculture, I can help bring the community together through these interests.”

Whittle received her first horse, Ozzy, from Travis Dove, owner of Flying V Ranch. It was Dove who suggest she run for Cattle Call Queen and helped her hone her horseback riding skills. She owns four horses now, and she relied heavily on one of them, a rescue horse named Cash, to help her win the Cattle Call Queen competition.

In a speech about the importance of Western traditions, Whittle noted that the Cattle Call Rodeo is a key community event that brings Brawley and the rest of the Valley together.

She said she wants to be the best role model that she can be for future Cattle Call Queens, mentoring them and encouraging their ambitions.

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it,” Whittle said. “Even if you’re not the most popular person in school or if you don’t have the most money, it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your goals. Never stop reaching for your goals.”

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