Meet the Royalty
Spooner Rodeo Queen: Samantha Kennell
Hi my name is Samantha Kennell and I am the 67th Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo Queen. I am 17 years old and reside in Hayward, WI. I have two loving parents and I’m sandwiched in between my four brothers. My family took a large step many years ago to become a foster family. I can’t express my love towards my foster sister and adopted brother and how much they mean to me and have taught me throughout our journey.
Currently, I plan on early graduation from Hayward high school to get a jump start on my career by taking a few college courses along with working two part time jobs. By the summer of 2021, I hope that I have completed my first semester of college at WITC Rice Lake in Criminal Justice. The role models in my life have taught me that protecting and serving your community holds great honor. This has motivated me to pursue a career in law enforcement and emergency services. I have been fortunate to have graduated from the Sawyer County Police Explorers program in 2019, invited to the WI American Legion Law Enforcement Career academy in 2020 and 2021, as well as being accepted onto the Sawyer County Search and Rescue team.
Since I was a little girl, horses have always held a special place in my heart. In the past, I have shown my two mares in pleasure, team roping, and barrel racing events. I have been lucky enough to have a job doing what I love, training young horses. I also enjoy cattle work at a nearby ranch, showing draft horses at local and state fairs, leading two different drill teams, and I have recently begun my journey in the sport of polocrosse. Covid-19 has affected many areas of my life, but horses are not one of them. 2020 has been a year of focusing on spending valuable time bettering myself as a horseman, spending time with my filly, and trying new disciplines. The Blue Hills Equestrian Club has helped me further my interest in show jumping, cross country, dressage, and fox hunting.
Giving back to my community has always been one of my top priorities. One of the ways I am able to achieve this is being the Sawyer County 4-Leaf Clover 4H Club president, a member of the Horse Project Leadership board, as well as participating in eight different projects. I’m currently a member of the National Honor Society and many other school clubs.This has given me the opportunity to volunteer, help teach other youth, and become a role model for my community.
I am so proud to represent the amazing sport of rodeo through such difficult times. I look forward to an exciting year promoting the Heart of the North Rodeo and community. I hope to see all of our smiling fans at the 67th Spooner Rodeo July 8th-10th! Stay safe and God bless!
Spooner Rodeo Princess:
Hello! My name is Ashlynn Norton and I'm the 67th Heath of the North Spooner Rodeo Princess. I am 18 years old and a Senior at Spooner High School. I'm the oldest daughter of Dustin and Cecilia (Tina) Norton and have five siblings. In high school, I’m involved in FFA, Expert Engineer, Youth Apprenticeship, and serve as a Smiles Mentor for troubled youth.
In June of 2019, I earned my certificate as a nursing assistant and currently work as a CNA at Spooner Health. After high school, I plan to attend Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, WI to obtain my associate’s degree in Nursing.
I have been an active member of 4-H for nine years. I'm the president of my 4-H club, Go-Getters, and have held the position of vice-president in past years. I have been involved in the Washburn county horse project for seven years. I show both pleasure and gymkhana at the fair. I have been a part of the Washburn County 4-H Drill Team in past years. I started riding horses when I was six years old and have since been in love with the sport. Outside of horseback riding, I enjoy walking my dog Koda and spending time in Wisconsin’s great Northwoods.
I currently lease a purebred Arabian gelding named Jack. I have shown him for a few years in local shows and at the Barron county fair. We enjoy going for trail rides and showing in the pleasure discipline. Jack is no stranger to the Spooner Rodeo arena, he has carried previous queens during their reigns and loves running flags during the performances. This isn’t his first rodeo!
I have been going to the rodeo for as long as I can remember. It has been a goal of mine to serve as a representative for this historical event that makes Spooner unique. The Spooner Rodeo is a long-running tradition, and it is an honor to represent the 67th Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo. Thank you and god bless!
Miss Rodeo Wisconsin: Makayla Kleiber
Makayla Kleiber is 22 years old and is from Black Creek, Wisconsin. She graduated from Shiocton High School in 2016. Makayla currently works as a Licensed Practical Nurse and is dedicated to giving high quality care to all of her patients. She is in the works of finishing up her last semester of Nursing School at Fox Valley Technical College and will graduate in May 2020 with her Associates Degree in Nursing. Her future plans are to continue onto school to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree as well as to gain experience and knowledge working as a Registered Nurse.
Makayla has a passion for people, rodeo, and the western way of life. Her love for rodeo began when she was a little girl. She grew up attending the Mid Western the Rodeo in Manawa every Summer. In 2015, she was crowned the 2016 Mid Western Rodeo Queen. Makayla enjoys teaching horse lessons and educating her students not only on riding, but how to properly care for their horse. In her free time, she also loves barrel racing, being with family, and spending time with her two corgis, Nugget and Tator!
Throughout her year as Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, Makayla will travel throughout the state as well as the country as Wisconsin’s official representative for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. She will make appearances at rodeos, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community events. Makayla’s goal for her year is to attend more events and programs that are not rodeo related. She believes that promoting rodeo in a non-rodeo setting is a great way to capture interest of potential rodeo fans as well as enhance the sport of rodeo. Makayla is extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity to represent her home state as Miss Rodeo Wisconsin and promote the PRCA on all of her travels.
Miss Teen Rodeo Wisconsin: Mariah Mcfaul
Mariah McFaul is the 18-year-old daughter of Andy and Kristin McFaul. Mariah was born in Jackson Hole, WY, raised in Sheridan, WY, and moved to Wisconsin five years ago. She now lives in Jefferson, WI. Mariah enjoys spending time with her horses, as well as time in the saddle, more than anything else. Horses have always been a part of Mariah’s life, she began riding at age five. Mariah gained her balance in the saddle trail riding across the Bighorn Mountains where she would cover over 30 miles in a day, aboard her first horse, a trusty Missouri Foxtrotter, Sunshine. At around the same time, Mariah began showing in local gymkhana shows. Mariah started competing in 4-H at the age of eight, showing horses, poultry, rabbits, and dogs. She then started showing at a hunter/jumper barn, while continuing to compete in local jackpot rodeos.
Here in Wisconsin, she was an active teammate on her high school’s equestrian team, Mariah enjoys going camping at Wildcat Mountain with her horses, attending barrel races, open shows, helping her sister at horse shows, and spectating at PRCA rodeos. Mariah appreciates all disciplines of riding, but most of all, the sport of rodeo.
When she isn’t in the saddle, Mariah enjoys spending time in her workshop, knitting, and sewing. She currently attends the Milwaukee School of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering. Mariah hopes to continue onto graduate school for aerospace engineering.
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