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Choctaw Round-up Club plans annual pageant, rodeo

By Ryan Horton
Choctaw Times

Choctaw’s Hope Retreat Ranch is set to host the annual Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Pageant, Friday July 21.

The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with young ladies presenting a speech, answering interview questions, and modeling their fashion forward outfit of their choice.

The Choctaw Round-up Club IPRA Pro Rodeo is set for Aug. 11-12, and royalty will be crowned during the second evening’s festivities.

The first day of the rodeo is Aug 11. The gates open at 5 p.m. with pre-rodeo events for children at 6 p.m. The coronation of our 2023-24 royalty will be Aug. 12.

This year’s pageant will feature Cassidy Braun, Stacie Cross, Morgan Izell, Stella Wagoner, Brooklyn Edwards, Savannah Izell, and Mia Lancaster.

As always, contestants will compete for three titles, Choctaw Roundup Club Rodeo Queen, Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Princess and Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Junior Princess.

Cassidy Braun is vying for Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Queen. She has ridden horses for 13 years. Cassidy has a small hobby farm where she raises goats, cows and chickens. She is a member of FFA, The American Thunder Drill team and sings in the choir at church.

Stacie Cross is vying for Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Princess. Stacie has been riding horses for around eight years. She received her first horse Pebbles four years ago and has since added four more horses. She started out riding English and then went over to western and has really enjoyed western style since. She started out going to playdays. She loved those but was really interested in barrels. So she started just doing barrels. She is now ready to step out of her comfort zone and look for new challenges.

Morgan Izell is vying for Choctaw Round-up Club Rodeo Princess. Morgan is the daughter of Steve and Tracy Izell. When Morgan is not riding horses, she enjoys swimming and taking voice lessons. She is a member of the American Thunder Drill Team. She dreams of singing professionally one day.

Stella Wagoner is vying for Choctaw Roundup Club Rodeo Princess. Stella is the oldest of 5 children. She helps out a lot with her siblings. She believes she will do great things. Stella daily tries to make this happen. Her interest include: Tae Kwondo, Student Council at JGI, volunteering at Hope Retreat Ranch as a horse handler and riding horses

Brooklyn Edwards is vying for Junior Princess. She is the daughter of Tammi Edwards and Kevin McBrayer and Chris and Tanya Edwards. Brooklyn loves to ride her horse, Rita.

She and Rita ride on trails and compete at playdays. Brooklyn loves to swim, camp and shop. She dreams of being a teacher.

Savannah Izell is vying for Junior Princess. Savannah is the daughter of Steve and Tracy Izell. She loves wild and tame animals. She has pet cats, chickens, a dog named Annie and horses. In addition to riding her horse she enjoys swimming.

Mia Lancaster is vying for Junior Princess. Mia is the daughter of Troy and Kristin Lancaster of Boynton, Oklahoma. Mia and her family are members of Bended Knees Cowboy Church. Mia is a fifth grader at Morris Elementary School and is currently involved in cheer, basketball, and softball. Mia has been raised on a ranch and has been riding horses since she was in diapers and continues to push herself to be a better horseman.

The CRUC Arena is located on NE 36th Street in Choctaw. For more details find the club on Facebook @CRUCArena.



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