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2019 NLBRA Royalty
My name is Kamrynn Patterson, and I am your 2020 National Little Britches Rodeo Association Queen. I have to say, writing that after nearly five years of hard work and preparation, feels amazing. Representing National Little Britches has been my dream for most of my life. This association introduced me to lifelong friends and I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my love for the association, the sport of rodeo, and the agricultural industry. The Montana Silversmiths crown that sits on my hat, the buckle that rests on my belt, and the sash that I pin to my shirt are constant reminders of how blessed I am to represent this nationwide family.
I am 17 years old and I live on a ranch in Kim, Colorado, with my family: my parents are R.C. and Joannna and I have an older brother, Logan, who rides bareback horses in the PRCA. Kim is in the southeastern corner of the state – we have a post office, a general store that is open during the week, and an arena. I learned to ride on our family ranch. I will be a senior next year at Kim High School. When I’m not rodeoing, I play volleyball and I am extremely active in FFA. In my spare time I decorate cakes as part of my 4-H project. I have done cake decorating for nine years and have qualified for the state fair nearly every year. I also compete in FFA Extemporaneous Speaking and have had the high score at the district speaking competition two years in a row and plan on doing so one more time for my senior year. In the future I plan on running for an FFA State Officer. I started going to gymkhanas when I was two, doing lead line. We started doing Little Britches with Logan when I was five. I started the next year in Little Wranglers. I ran for junior princess and then tried for the past three years for this title. Each year I improved and I went to extra clinics to learn more. This past year I rode as many new horses as possible to prepare for the horsemanship competition where I rode draw horses. I would practice aspects of the horsemanship pattern on my friend’s rope horses at the Little Britches Rodeos. I also would practice my speech, titled Once Upon a Time…, by saying it to family, friends, and strangers at barrel races, FFA events, and Mexican restaurants. I had my mom quiz me from my flash card set of over two hundred flashcards while I drove. I would like to thank my mom taking me over so many miles so that I could grow closer to achieving my goals. I would also like to thank my dad for holding down the fort at home so that mom and I could do all our travels this past year and for all the times he will this upcoming year.
During the pageant I not only competed in numerous categories but I also got to know the other girls, including my new princesses, Anna Leigh Pilkington and Bella Kate Buckley. I am so excited to spend the next year traveling with my new “sisters”. I am most looking forward to our trip to the WNFR where we will travel to Las Vegas and represent the NLBRA with other members of the association. Thank you to everyone that has helped me achieve my nearly life time goal of winning the NLBRA Queen title.
ANNA LEIGH PILKINGTON
My name is Anna Leigh Pilkington, and I am your 2020 National Little Britches Rodeo Association Junior Princess. NLBRA Finals 2019 taught me that hard work, dedication and perseverance will help you reach your goals. After four years of running for this title, leaving Oklahoma this summer with the opportunity to represent the NLBRA and the sport of rodeo in an honor and a dream come true.
I am the 13-yr. old daughter of Matt and Kyla Pilkington from Somerville, AL. I have one younger brother, Colt, who also rodeos with NLBRA. I attend Hartselle Jr High School where I am a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, was chosen as a 2019-2020 office aid and have remained on the A Honor Roll. I attend and assist at Steel Phoenix Martial Arts where I am currently a red stripe belt in the art of Tang Soo Do. During the summer I spend several weeks at Pine Ridge Day Camp & Equestrian Center where I study and assist instructors with English and Western riding skills as well as overall equine knowledge and care. I have volunteered the past seven years at the Morgan County Special Needs Rodeo in Priceville, AL.
My parents bought my first pony when I was three. When I was six, I began competing in local youth rodeos and saddle club shows. I was seven years old when I entered my first Little Britches rodeo. Since then, I have won AOHA Pony Timed Event Champion and have qualified for NLBRA Finals every year since becoming a member, making two trips to Pueblo, CO and four to the Lazy E. I enjoy traveling to many different franchises to compete and meet new friends. I have competed at seven different franchises and served as a Youth Certified Director for three of those franchises. During the season, I compete in goat tying, trail course and breakaway roping.
During NLBFR 2019, along with competing in the pageant, I competed in Jr Girl Goat Tying and Trail Course and accomplished my goal of making the short go in trail course. Of course, perseverance to reach my goal was one reason I continued to run for NLBRA princess. But more than that, I find joy in representing the sport that I love. Nothing makes me happier than being able to be a role model for other young girls as so many others have been for me. The sport of rodeo, youth rodeo and particularly the NLBRA has given me great opportunity to grow in many aspects of my life. It is my goal to help educate other young people about the opportunities that exist in the agriculture industry and the sport of rodeo.
I am looking forward to my year as NLBRA Junior Princess as I travel to many Little Britches franchises to rodeo, spend time with my new sash sisters, Bella Kate Buckley and Kamrynn Patterson, attend community events and meet new friends along the rodeo road.
Anna Leigh Pilkington
BELLA KATE BUCKLEY
Howdy! My name is Bella Kate Buckley. I am your 2020 National Little Britches Little Wrangler Princess. I’m sad to see this summer end because winning my first queen title was super fun and rewarding. But, I’m ready for a new rodeo season to get started. I’m starting my 4th year as a Little Wrangler contestant. I will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tail untying and flag racing. I’m excited to be representing Little Britches this year as Little Wrangler Princess.
I am 7 years old and I will be in the 3rd grade at Life Christian Academy. My parents are Trudi and Joey Buckley. I have two brothers and one sister. My family and I live in Sulphur, La. Sulphur is rich in cowboy history and located in southwest Louisiana. I am a 2nd generation cowgirl and rodeo queen. My mom was a high school rodeo queen and grew up riding in Little Britches rodeos too. I’m looking forward to learning from the local cowboys and cowgirls God has placed right in my backyard. I own two horses. My barrel and pole horse is named Missy. She’s an 18 year old quarter horse that has taught me a lot and has given me courage to speed up. I have a 20+ year old paint horse named Pete. Pete and I are a great team. This summer, I went to a week-long roping clinic at the Josey Ranch in Marshall, TX. I’m learning how to rope calves and Pete is very patient with me. I also use him for goat tying and flag racing. My favorite place to be is riding horses with my friends. I started riding in our local riding club, Silver Spurs Rodeo Club when I was two years old. I have come a long way since my leadline days, but I still have a lot learn. I’m thankful for my rodeo friends, late nights at rodeos, and early mornings in our barn. These experiences keep me excited and always looking forward to my next horse adventure. When I am not riding my horses, I enjoy swimming and playing with my animals at home. I have a pygmy goat named Rapunzel, 3 dogs, and a cat. I also take dance and violin lessons.
I have looked up to rodeo queens since I could walk. I have met and collected autographs from every Miss Rodeo America since I’ve been born. As the Little Wrangler Princess, I’m mostly looking forward to carrying the American flag at as many rodeos as I’m able. I love my country and I’m proud to be able to carry a flag that represents our great nation. I’m excited to travel while wearing my crown and sash representing Little Britches at big rodeos and small. If you are interested in joining Little Britches, enter up! I guarantee, you will learn lessons that will last a lifetime and meet lifelong friends.
Bella Kate Buckley