Countdown to the 75th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo with pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman

By Katy Nesbitt and Haley J. Bridwell
for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Photography by Angelika Ursula Dietrich

The 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman are familiar faces at the Harley Tucker Arena – two men skilled at handling livestock inside and outside the arena.

Meet the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Court Royalty, Deidre Schreiber and Rylee Goller

From left to right: Rylee Goller and Deidre Schreiber

Deidre Schreiber

My family includes my brothers Clancy, Cole and Devin, as well as my parents Debi and Charlie Warnock. We split our time between our house in Enterprise, and our commercial cattle ranch in Imnaha.
My hobbies include showing cattle and horses, FFA, 4-H, reading, baking, cooking, and working on the ranch.
I have maintained a 3.8 GPA and was awarded a scholar athlete award for volleyball and cheerleading season.
I hope to attend Oregon State University to major in Ag Education with ambitions to become an Ag teacher.
Additional achievements include being qualified and showing my horse at the Oregon State Fair in western, English, and dressage. I also received the Jidge Tippet Memorial Beef Award and the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Heifer Award. I competed on the National Horse Classics Team in Kentucky, representing Wallowa County and Oregon.
I would like to be a member of the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Court to represent our amazing community at rodeos. I have always looked up to Chief Joseph Days Royalty and I am looking forward to becoming that role model to other girls. I look forward to representing Chief Joseph Days!


Rylee Goller

My family and I have always lived in Wallowa County. My parents are Curtis Goller, and Joe and Linda Estes. I have three older sisters, four older brothers, and one younger brother. We have always been an active family riding horses, hiking, running, and spending time together.
I have many hobbies that include horseback riding, swimming, weight lifting, and volleyball.
My current GPA through all of High school has been 4.0. I was inducted into the National Honor Society as a freshman. I have won scholastic awards in physical science, biology, English, and fitness & conditioning.
My ambitions include striving to become a Valedictorian of the Class of 2019 by continuing my 4.0 GPA. I have plans to attend a four-year university focusing on pre-med, and attending medical school to become a family practitioner thereafter.
 Additional accomplishments include champion walk trot at Wallowa County Fair; Champion Dressage Level A, Reserve Champion Trail, and Champion barrel racing. FFA accomplishments include 3rd place in beginning advertisement, 1st and 2nd place meat evaluation team.
Why I want to be on the Chief Joseph Days Court:
I grew up watching the past royalty and yearned to be one of them. Chief Joseph Days Rodeo represents my home and how amazing our county is. I want to be a part of showing people how great we are. This will be a dream come true for me.

Meet the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court

Please welcome the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court (from left to right): Princess Maddi Tracy-Mallory, Princess Haley Miller, and Princess Caitlin Robb
Please welcome the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court (from left to right): Princess Maddi Tracy-Mallory, Princess Haley Miller, and Princess Caitlin Robb

Haley Miller

Haley Miller

Haley is a 15 year old sophomore at Joseph High School and the daughter of Cory and Dena Miller.  She has three younger brothers Hadley, Harley and Hanley.  She was born and raised in Wallowa County. Haley is following in the tradition of family with great grandma Icel Edgemond Miller 1st Queen of CJD in 1946, Grandma Debbie Nobles Gilbert queen in 1976 and mom Dena Rynerson Miller princess in 1996.
Throughout this adventure she will be riding various horses consisting of Pepperoni, Maverick, Whiz and Topper.
Haley’s hobbies include basketball, track, FCCLA, high school rodeo, and FFA at school, outside of school she enjoys, helping her family move cows, rope, barrel racing, gardening, and training horses.
So far Haley’s scholastic honors throughout high school include being a 4.0 GPA student, a member of the honor roll and being elected on to the National Honor Society Honor Roll. Haley’s additional accomplishments are 1A Oregon State Champion 1500 meter, 800 meter, and 4X400 relay team for track in 2016.  She lettered freshman year for basketball and track.  Haley has received medals showing market steer for 4-H and FFA, STAR Discovery member for FFA, Most Outstanding Athlete for track 2016, Greenhand FFA Reporter, and Chapter FFA Farm Manager.  She also qualified to run at the Lewiston Round-up amateur barrels in 2015 and ran Saturday night.
After high school Haley is planning on attending Blue Mountain Community College to study agriculture business where she will likely follow her passion of rodeoing and running track. Haley’s long term goals are to become a veterinarian and train horses.
The reason Haley wants to be on the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Court is she has watched all of the past courts, which has made her work harder to become the rider and speaker she is today.  She loves to meet new people and to represent Chief Joseph Days and Wallowa County.
One of Haley’s references says: “Haley is a joy and always has a positive attitude. Haley has a work ethic that stands out among others her age.”

Maddi Tracy-Mallory

Maddi Tracy-Mallory

Maddi Tracy-Mallory is a 16 year old junior at Joseph High School and the daughter of Jill and Clay Mallory.  She has three siblings, sister Marli and brothers Zane and Owen. She also has a great grandma and two sets of grandparents who live in the area, as well as a large extended family.
Maddi’s hobbies include spending time with her horses, Riata, Mary, and Diva.  She enjoys going on adventures, exploring the back roads of Wallowa County with her friends.  Maddi also loves spending time with her family branding calves, working cows and gathering cattle.  She enjoys incubating and raising rare breeds of chickens.  Maddi also enjoys raising and showing FFA steers for the Wallowa County Fair.
Maddi is a past FFA Greenhand President and past FFA Junior Advisor.  She has been a member of the Wallowa County 4-H Court and is a recipient of the Wallowa County Stock Growers Bred Heifer Award. Maddi received first place District FFA Poultry project in 2015 and 2016 and is a recipient of the Katie Lewis Memorial Award. She is an eight time Oregon State 4-H medallion winner in Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl competitions.  Maddi is currently an Elgin Stampede Princess and a member of the Wallowa County Horse Classics team that is headed to the National Horse Classics competition in Kentucky in November 2016 to represent the State of Oregon in the Hippology competition.
The reason Maddi wants to be on the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Court is she has always loved the sport of rodeo and world love to represent our corner of Oregon while representing the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.  “I fell in love with the idea of becoming rodeo royalty as I traveled with my sister who was a Princess for the 70th Annual Chief Joseph Days”, Maddi said.
One of her references says: “Maddi is a good hand with a horse and a very responsible, punctual, hard working girl.  She is very willing to jump in and help with any project or job available.  Maddi always has a positive attitude and a smile for everyone.”

Caitlin Robb

Caitlin Robb

Caitlin Robb is the 17 year old daughter of Bill Robb and Sherry Robb of Wallowa.  Caitlin is a coming Senior at Wallowa High School.  She has two older brothers Justin and Wesley and a younger brother Joe.
Caitlin enjoys riding horseback around town with her friend Maddi. She also enjoys showing her horse in 4-H and open horses shows.  Caitlin participates in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and FFA while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Her junior year she lettered in volleyball, and was chosen as the Junior Varsity Team Captain.  As a previous Wallowa FFA Greenhand Sentinel, Caitlin has won multiple awards in dairy food contests, and agricultural sales.
Caitlin was awarded her Oregon State Degree in 2016. In her local 4-H Horse club she has been the President for the past two years while serving her 4-H community as a Junior Leader.  Every year she is eligible, Caitlin has competed at the Oregon State Fair.  In 2013 she was awarded a medallion in Dressage as an Intermediate at the State Fair, which is the highest honor someone can receive in 4-H.  Caitlin was also awarded a medallion for Jumping, which was her second time competing in that event at the Oregon State Fair.  Caitlin will once again be representing Wallowa County at the 2016 State Fair.
After high school, Caitlin plans on attending Linn Benton Community College while striving to be a Vet Technician with minors in Equine Science, management and Equine Business.
“Being on Chief Joseph Days Royalty Court would give me a chance to promote our “Top 10 Must See Rodeo of 2016”, while advancing my horsemanship and speaking abilities”, Caitlin says.  “I would look forward to representing the amazing rodeo that Chief Joseph Days is, and the supportive community it has.”
One of her references says: “I have watched this young lady from afar and have been inspired by her horsemanship and her personality. Caitlin is always thankful and helpful, never complained, and never upset with the pressure of the tasks at hand. Caitlin in my mind is a rare gift to many with her smile, her true and honest personality of being out going and a hard worker.”