2011 Royalty

  • Queen
  • Jr Queen
  • Princess
  • Tiny Princess
Dakota Brianne Skellenger, Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Queen 2011

Dakota Brianne Skellenger
Miss Stampede Days Rodeo
Queen 2011

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello Everyone!

I am Dakota Skellenger and I could not be more honored to have the privilege of representing my hometown rodeo as 2011 Miss Bakersfield Stampede Days Rodeo Queen! I am 19 years old and a sophomore at Bakersfield College where I am part of the President’s Scholar’s program and majoring in Agriculture Business. After graduating, I plan on transferring to California State University Bakersfield where I would like to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Business.

My first priority is representing the Bakersfield Stampede Days Rodeo and the western way of life. When I am not attending a parade or rodeo as Miss Stampede Days, I can be found participating in a variety of activities. My Thoroughbred, D’Artagnon and I love to show in Hunters at the beautiful PDM Stables here in Bakersfield. I also have a reining horse, Lacey, who adores her job. When I am not in the saddle, I can be found practicing Jujitsu where I have recently earned my Brown belt. I also enjoy baking, photography, roller skating, and showing in AKC dog shows.

I have always believed the saying, “It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with.” I know this quote will hold true as I spend an amazing year traveling with the Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. The K.C.S.M.P. is a great group of horse-loving men who have a big heart for supporting the underprivileged and disabled children of Kern County. I look forward to spending my year traveling all over California with this wonderful group!

As Miss Stampede Days Rodeo, my singular goal is to promote the Bakersfield rodeo with all of my heart. I will further this goal by representing our great rodeo at the Miss Rodeo California pageant in Paso Robles in October of 2012.

I would like to thank the Stampede Days Pageant committee for putting on such a prestigious pageant. I would also like to thank my sponsors, friends and family for supporting me in my reign as Queen.

I invite everyone to attend the Bakersfield Stampede Days rodeo happening the first weekend of May. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there!

Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away!

Dakota Brianne Skellenger
2011 Miss Bakersfield Stampede Days Rodeo Queen

Rebecca Hall, Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Jr Queen 2011

Rebecca Hall
Miss Stampede Days Rodeo
Jr Queen 2011

“She’s a very strong person. ... This isn’t her first rodeo.” - John Cornyn

Rebecca Hall (Becky) is this year’s 2011 Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Jr. Queen. She is really enjoying this year. She is proud to represent her rodeo, the Kern County Sheriffs Mounted Posse, and the Stampede Days Rodeo Queen Pageant. Becky says that her favorite part of the rodeos is when she gets to “push” the cattle out of the arena and when she gets to carry the flags in. Whenever she is at a rodeo, she will always be mounted and ready to help out with anything needed.

So far this year Becky is already having a blast! She has attended, with the other queens, the Bishop Mule Days, the Glennville Rodeo, the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo, and the Wasco Rose Festival Parade and is looking forward to the rest of the events.

When Becky is not at a rodeo, she can be found playing volleyball at Shafter High School, swimming at the Shafter pool for recreation or High School, or riding in cow working lessons.

She is looking forward to all of her many appearances and can’t wait to have an amazing year with the 2011 Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Queen Dakota Skellenger and the 2011 Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Princess Lauren Nousch.

Lauren Paige Nousch, Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Princess 2011

Lauren Paige Nousch
Miss Stampede Days Rodeo
Princess 2011

Coming to you from the Kern County mountain community of Tehachapi, CA where the western way of life isn’t just promoted it is lived by me and my family.

I’m Lauren Nousch, a 11 year old, currently a 6th grader at Jacobson Middle School where I’m a honor roll student. Math is my favorite subject.

One of my favorite activities outside of school is riding 17 year old quarter horse gelding, Jack Russell, in the arena or out in the mountains gathering our commercial and club calf cattle herd. We also help other local ranches gather cattle too. Usually after the gathering, we will separate and start branding. Even though helping at brandings is hard work I enjoy being with my family and friends.

Outside my ranching and rodeo life, I have other interests too like playing with my four-legged fluffball, Bailey. I also show my swine projects at the Kern County Fair. I enjoy playing sports, volleyball and basketball. I enjoy camping, fishing, and shooting. I also like doing girly stuff like shopping, and getting manicures and pedicures. These are benefits of being a girl. You can get dirty working in the branding pen then get clean up and look like rodeo queen.

Besides having the support of my family, mom, dad, and brother Jacob “Tanner”, I’m gaining support of my extended family members, like the Kern County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. With all these people by my age and with my sister rodeo queens, my reign as the 2011 Stampede Days Rodeo Princess will be fun and exciting. I will also add new pages in my memory book.

I plan on representing the “Biggest Little Rodeo” and the KCSMP well!

Walt Disney said, “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” I am pursuing mine now!

See you at the rodeos!
Lauren Paige Nousch

Bileigh Jernigan, Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Tiny Princess 2011

Bileigh Jernigan
Miss Stampede Days Rodeo
Tiny Princess 2011

Bileigh A.K.A “Bileigh Bo Derrick Jernigan” as she would say is a very energetic and spunky 4 year old. Bileigh enjoys playing outside with her brother and cousins, riding quads with her uncle, and roping with her family as well as riding her horse BM. Bileigh is a California native and currently resides in Porterville, CA with her mom dad and baby brother. Bileigh is very excited to be representing "the biggest little rodeo".

When Bileigh’s aunt asked her if she would like to run for Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Tiny Princess she was so excited. She practiced her speech to sell tickets and strutted her stuff when asked to do her “model” walk and pose. She loved every minute. Bileigh loves to tell everyone she is a princess and her face lights up every time she puts her crown, sash, and buckle on.

Bileigh is looking forward to all the events to come and hanging out with Queen Dakota Skellenger, Jr Queen Rebecca Hall, Princess Lauren Nausch and all the Mounted Sheriffs Posse. She is ready for a great year of rodeos.

Thank you to everyone who helped Bileigh reach her goal of becoming the 2011 Miss Stampede Days Rodeo Tiny Princess and to all those encouraging her to always follow her dreams.