CALDWELL — The Caldwell Night Rodeo queen has already been chosen and she will be crowned at Friday night's rodeo (Aug. 21). Leslie Winkelman, 18, of Caldwell is a Caldwell High School graduate. She plans to attend The College of Idaho this fall, participate in ROTC and hopes to serve as an officer in future military service.
She was crowned the 2008-2009 Owyhee County Fair and Rodeo Queen. The Caldwell teen was the second runner-up 2008-2009 District II Idaho State Rodeo Queen, the third runner-up 2006 Ten Mile Riding Club Senior Queen and a runner-up for the 2005 Ten Mile Riding Club Junior Queen.
In high school she played basketball, volleyball, tennis and ran track. She was a member of Business Professionals of America, High School Rodeo and Vallivue 4-H. Winkelman also enjoys giving horseback riding lessons and teaching children's Sunday School.
Michelle Lynn Siegmann, 18, of Caldwell was named first runner-up. She attended Vallivue High School and was very active in her FFA chapter, where she held the office of president and vice president. She was also active in 4-H and is a member of the Idaho, Junior Idaho and American Hereford associations. She attends College of Southern Idaho and is a member of the CSI Equine Team and Equine Club with an agricultural education major. She would like to become an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser. She would also like to raise calves and have a small purebred herd in the Treasure Valley.
She has ridden horses for about 16 years and has participated in many equine activities.
Dannielle Kidder, 21, of Wilder was named second runner-up. She is a graduate of Vallivue High School where she participated in volleyball, track, FFA, 4-H, choir and Every 15 Minutes. She has ridden horses her entire life and has participated in AQHA, P.O.A.C., rodeo, volunteered with Owyhee Wranglers 4-H Club and is a member of Ghost Riders Drill Team. She has participated in several local rodeo queen contests and was third runner-up at the 2007 CNR queen contest. She volunteered at the 2009 Special Olympics World Games. She would like to bring more youth into the sport of rodeo and keep the tradition of the American cowboy alive.
Cassondra Brutsman, 17, of Parma was a contestant in the queen contest. She recently graduated from Parma High School where she was active in choir. She babysits, has a part-time job on a ranch and is an elementary tutor. She has ridden horses for three years and has participated in drill team, kids camp, parades, several playdays, team penning and cattle round ups. She has volunteered for the Lions Club and Middleton Library. Her future plans include going to college and getting her nursing degree.