Last year, as candidates were called to compete for this year’s Weippe’s Rodeo royalty, there were few contestants with the riding experience to be queen. In fact, the girls were younger than the 14 year old age requirement to participate.
But Samantha Brown and Savannah Gering were 13 at the time, and soon to be 14. They definitely showed the heart and enthusiasm for the opportunity to represent their community in the parade and the 2020 Wild Weippe Rodeo slated for Aug. 15 and 16. As always, there will be a great line-up of action and entertainment. They hope to see you there!
Samantha Brown, daughter of Michele and Cory Brown, and known as “Sam” to her friends, will be entering her freshman year at Timberline High School this fall. She has lived her whole life in Fraser, and is the youngest of five girls; she has four older sisters to include Chelsie, Isabella, Caitlin, and Abigail.
Sam will be riding a thoroughbred mare named Candy.
Sam explained that she began riding when she was about eight years old, starting with Welsh ponies, “Joe” and “Shadow” and graduating to “Chip” the Quarter Horse and more recently, “Candy”, which Sam shares she also uses for barrel racing which she started about a year and a half ago.
Along with the responsibilities of feeding and caring for the horses, Sam has a small herd of cattle and is in her third year with the Fraser 4-H Booster Club raising 4-H Market Beef. “Its hard work, but I really enjoy it.” She’s even considering raising cattle for a living when she gets older.
When asked who most inspired her when it came to riding and learning about horses, she quickly answered her mentor was her cousin, Emma Brown, Wild Weippe Rodeo Queen for 2018.
Junior Princess Savannah Gering is the fourth child out of six. Her parents are Angel and Jon Gering, of Orofino. Savannah’s older sisters, Rachel and Natalie were both involved in rodeo. There are three brothers to round out the family, Nathan, Ethan and Sam.
Savannah was introduced to the world of horses through her grandmother, Joyce Bird, and began riding the Welsh ponies at three. Mentored by Aunt Tammi Bird, she participates in the county horse shows and looks forward to showing every year. This year has been a little different as many events were cancelled.
Savannah is homeschooled and shares she loves math most. She looks forward to learning more about sketching and drawing this year as another creative interest.
“Molly” is the chestnut Quarter Horse mare Savannah will be riding. Approaching 20 years old, Savannah shares Molly is calm but stubborn, and initially belonged to her grandfather.
She has another horse which belonged to her sister. He is a Welsh/Morgan named Craven and he is 18.
Savannah is not certain what she wants to do after school, she has plenty of time to think about what that might be. It’s a great big world out there and so much to explore.
This year’s Wild Weippe Rodeo Parade will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at noon on Main Street. Line up will begin at 11 a.m. at the Empire Lumber Mill Site
The rodeo begins at 2 p.m. on both Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16, with a Cowboy Breakfast at the rodeo grounds on Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m.
The rodeo grounds are located at 707 Musselshell Road in Weippe.
Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the fun this year!