By Karri Keller
Kuna women continue to dominate the Caldwell Night Rodeo pageant with this year’s winner and runner up both from the city. Chelsi Horton, 22, and resident of Kuna was named Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo last Saturday night, August 17. She is a 2009 graduate of Kuna High School taking over for Dusti Olson, also a resident of Kuna. Chelsi, the Boise State Bronco Girl has been leading the Broncos football team onto the blue field for the past three years with her horse Willy. Her favorite experience as the BSU Bronco girls was taking part in the 2011 Special Olympic Winter Games in Cascade.
“It’s a dream come true to represent the sport of rodeo that I love as Miss Caldwell Night rodeo for 2014. “Thanks” doesn’t even begin to cover the amount of gratitude I have towards the support I’ve been shown by my family, friends, and sponsors these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to representing at future events in Idaho as well as Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado. I’m proud to wear the crown of “Where the Cowboys are the Stars” and look forward to the wonderful road ahead of me.” Said Horton.
Dusti Olson former Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo is settling back into a not so chaotic life. She is heading back to school to finish her degree in elementary teaching while interning at a church.
“Being Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo was the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Olson. “It has been a year of a lifetime”
Runner up was Kuna’s Lauren Johnson, 19, who took top honors in the speech category. She may have her sights set on future rodeo queen pageants.
“Overall, it’s a good experience and it sets you up for better things,” said Johnson. “It’s a lot of work but whether you win or lose, it gives you an advantage for competing for Miss Rodeo Idaho.”
Disclosure: Lauren Johnson has written about rodeo pagaents for Kuna Melba News and this week has joined the KMN staff as Assistant Sales Representative.