Pulliam Fox Kursh
Even though the annual Lions Club Rodeo was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will go on with the Miss Rodeo Sallisaw pageant scheduled for Saturday.
The event schedule begins with horsemanship at 9 a.m. at the rodeo arena, followed by speech and modeling at 1 p.m. at Shadee Oaks Wing Shack, 230 N. Oak in Sallisaw.
The pageant is open to the public and visiting rodeo royalty are welcome to attend.
Tynlea Victory, age 5, of Sallisaw. This Central Public Schools student enjoys tumbling, baseball and playing piano and her horse activities include barrel-racing and pole-bending. She wants to learn to breakaway rope and her goal for the future is to be a champion.
Hadley Caughman, age 6, of Vian. She attends Sallisaw Liberty Elementary school. In her spare time Hadley enjoys gymnastics, basketball, 4-H, hunting and fishing. She also enjoys riding horses for fun with her family. Her goal for the future is to be a better horseman and make good grades in school. After high school she wants to go to OU and be a cheerleader and become a first-grade teacher.
Haleigh Kreigh, age 10, of Tuttle. She attends Tuttle Intermediate School and enjoys activities such as cheer, gymnastics, piano and most recently, showing alpacas. Her horse activities include riding for pleasure and working on her horsemanship skills. Her goals for the future are to be Miss Rodeo Oklahoma. She says she would love to work with animals when she grows up.
DJ Birdsong, age 13, of Claremore attends Sequoyah Middle School where she participates in dance, band and track. She is also in the 4-H Horse Club and is an AQHA member. She enjoys reining and working cow horses. In the future she wants to own her own stables and be able to train horses.
Charity Pulliam, 20, of Marland is a full-time student at Oklahoma State University, where she is active in the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattle Women’s Association and the OKState Paddle People. She is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. She also works for Central Saddle & Tack, LLC, as an inside sales representative and warehouse associate. In her free time she enjoys going home to spend time with my little sister and helping her with her 4-H activities. Charity is a member of two PRCA drill teams, the Kerosene Cowgirls out of Elk City and the 101 Wild West Rodeo Drill Team from Ponca City. She has been asked to judge and help with several pageants in her year as the American Cowboys Rodeo Association queen. She also participated in 4-H horse shows before college. When needed she also works for Meador Cattle Co. Charity plans to compete for Miss Rodeo Oklahoma in June 2021. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school at OSU, where she will attain a master’s degree in agricultural communications. She says she would love to work for a program such as Ag Youth, a livestock photography business that is focused on youths in Oklahoma agriculture, but more specifically she would like to work with the kids you DON’T see in the winner’s circle or for Firebrand Oklahoma, an up-and-coming rodeo editorial that focuses on rodeo competitors from Oklahoma.
Shayla Fox, 21, Lincoln, Ark., attends Northwest Arkansas Community College. In her free time she loves to be on the water, swimming, kayaking or just floating down the river. She is a founding member of the Lincoln Riding Club’s precision drill team called the Regulators. She also competes in Lincoln’s play days and enjoys trail-riding through the Ozark National Forest. After obtaining her college degree she plans to work in agricultural science.
Ja’Dayla Kursh, 21, of Fort Smith is a student at the University of Arkansas who enjoys swimming regularly, spending time with her family and attending rodeos. She loves a great trail ride on a Sunday afternoon and she is currently learning dressage and jumps. Her goal for the future is to influence and empower women across the world. “I’m going to law school, with hopes that I can be the change I wanna see in the world.”
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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