Meet the Royalty
Spooner Rodeo Queen: Missa Kay Taylor
Welcome to the Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wisconsin! My name is Missa Kay Taylor, and I proudly hang my hat in Cumberland, Wisconsin. I am the proud daughter of Tracy and Karolee Taylor, and I have three younger brothers, Cory, Casey and Collin.
My Grandpa raised and trained draft horses, so it was in my blood from the time I was born. I started riding lessons at 10 years old, and when I was 12 I began working at a training and boarding facility, River Bluff Farm. I was really close with the head trainer and her husband, they were like family to me, Adrian Hester, a proud Oklahoma saddle maker and cowboy, treated me like one of his own and instilled several life skills and morals that remain with me today. The summer of 2014, Adrian was involved in an accident with a horse that ended up ending his life. I helped take over and run the facility, and Adrian’s wife Melissa went on to Saddle-Making School. That’s when I made my first big move and went south to Oklahoma where I continued my career as a horse trainer on my own and also under contract with fellow horse enthusiasts. In the summer of 2015 several amazing things happened for me; I earned my certification in Equine Massage, I began my start in rodeo queen pageants, and began my rodeo career. I was crowned 2015 Drumright Round-Up Club Queen, which lead me to compete in the 69th Annual Cavalcade for their queen title, it was intense long week. Later that fall I competed for the Tulsa State Fair Title and was crowned the 2015 Tulsa State Fair Queen. The following year I ran for Cavalcade again representing the 3J’s Rodeo Company, every year at Cavalcade was a blast; I met several life-long friends. I’ve resided in Oklahoma and Texas the last few years to learn more about the Horse Industry. In the fall of 2016 I chose to move back home to Wisconsin to the quiet little town of Cumberland. I now am full time working with and training horses at a local barn, as I have been training horses for over the last 8 years in disciplines such as western riding, working ranch, rodeo horses and Arabian show horses. I have plans to run a successful online boutique and western tack store, finish writing my first children’s chapter book series and novel series and to launch my career in the rehabilitation of performance horses in the next year. I am extremely excited to be representing the title of 2017 Miss Spooner Rodeo Queen! Thank you and God Bless.
Spooner Rodeo Princess: Katie Crosby
Hello Rodeo Fans! My name is Katie Crosby and I am thrilled to say that I am the 2017 Spooner Rodeo Princess! I live west of Shell Lake with my parents, Shorty and Melissa Crosby, and my older brother, Tyler. Growing up on our fivegeneration dairy farm, and caring for our nine horses, has taught me a lot about responsibility.
I am 17 years old and currently a Junior at Shell Lake High School. I am the vice president for the Shell Lake FFA chapter, an active member in the Go-Getters 4-H club, and the president for the Washburn County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. I am responsible for feeding all of the calves on our dairy farm. I am frequently asked to house and pet sit for neighbors. I have also been involved with the Washburn County 4-H Horse Project for the past nine years.
I love to spend time with animals and this love has made so many connections in my life. My involvement in 4-H and FFA has helped me make new friends and develop leadership skills by attending workshops and organized trips throughout the years. I have attended the Wisconsin State Fair for three years, showing dairy. I was in 4-H Dairy Judging for four years, and placed ninth at state my last year. I am currently on the Shell Lake FFA Horse and Dairy Judging team and we hope to make it to State next year. I enjoy spending time with my horse, Eagle, a 22-year-old registered quarter horse gelding. We go to many different speed events over the summer, including the Washburn County Fair! We also enjoy going on trail rides on the farm and around the area. I also enjoy deer hunting in the fall.
I plan to attend UW-River Falls after high school, majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis on Equine. My future plans beyond college are still in progress, but I am considering the possibility of going into a form of Veterinarian career. Whatever I decide to do, it will absolutely include working with animals.
I have attended the Spooner Rodeo all my life, it is always one the highlights of my year. For as long as I can remember I have admired the girls who proudly represent the sport of rodeo and Spooner itself. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had last year as Princess and I am delighted to be back to represent the 64th Spooner Heart of The North Rodeo! I hope to see everyone over the summer and at the rodeo!
Miss Rodeo Wisconsin: Katelin Bradley
Katelin Bradley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Land Management. She is currently working in the agricultural industry as a Nutrient Management and GPS Technician with AgSource Laboratories.
Originally from the small Northwoods town of Crandon, Wisconsin, Katelin has had horses her entire life. At the age of 5, she started competing at open horse shows. She has ridden many disciplines, but her favorite equine sport is barrel racing, which is also a fan-favorite event at rodeos. Katelin is passionate about retraining racing thoroughbreds for second careers and has taught three thoroughbreds to run barrels. She plans to use her Miss Rodeo Wisconsin title to further promote the use of thoroughbreds in western events.
As Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2017, Katelin has travelled over 10,000 miles and she expects that number to quadruple by the end of the year. She has attended rodeos in Colorado, South Dakota, Florida, Texas, and Minnesota. Her event schedule for the summer and fall includes trips to Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Kentucky. Her favorite activities so far have included helping out with the Exceptional Rodeo in Denver, zip-lining in Orlando, and carrying the American flag for the PRCA rodeo in Madison.
Outside of barrel racing and rodeo, Katelin enjoys exploring the outdoors, shooting archery, and hunting. She is grateful for her generous sponsors and for the opportunity to represent her community and her state as an ambassador of the PRCA and the rodeo lifestyle.