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Kaitlyn Kuendig Crowned Scott Valley Rodeo Queen

Kaitlyn Kuendig ~ Saige Risner ~ Olivia Laws ~ Corrina McAmis

2023 commemorates 75 years of Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo

On a crisp March morning with snow fluttering in the air. Kaitlyn Kuendig, Saige Risner, Olivia Risner, and Corrina McAmis competed for the Scott Valley Rodeo Queen title. They were demonstrating skills in horsemanship, rodeo knowledge, public speaking, and appearance. Rodeo Queens spend time representing their title at various rodeos, parades, public speaking, and charity events.

Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Kuendig, daughter of Peter and Claudia Kuendig. I live in Montague California. I am a homeschooled sophomore in high school taking dual credits through College of the Siskiyou’s. I have been riding horses since I was little and am excited and grateful to get the opportunity to participate in rodeo events. I would love to get more into breakaway, goat tying, and team roping. I enjoy training horses; cattle drives and brandings. Having participated in two Devil’s Garden Colt Challenges, I am currently riding the mustang I got from the first Colt Challenge.

I welcome you to the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo Queen contest. 

Competition judges Peter Garaventa, Kim Sumner, and Bryce Brown

Judging the royalty was not an easy decision. Writing the score of each contestant, sorting, conducting interviews, and picking the Queen after evaluating and comparing the scores.

Saige Risner ~ Olivia Laws ~ Corrina McAmis

Saige Risners Biography

Hi my name is Saige Risner, I am 14 years old. I am the daughter of Randy Risner and Jaime Risner, and I live in Grenada California. I’ve been riding since I was approximately 3 years old, my family has been involved in rodeo ever since I was born. I represented Montague jr rodeo as a junior princess in 2021 and first princess in 2022. Currently I am involved in California high school rodeo association district one and excel in barrel, poles, breakaway, pole bending, goat tying, and team roping. I also compete in other groups such as sobra and racin in the basin in Oregon. I have represented Etna rodeo for over 8 years, I carried the American flag when I was 8 years old and again when I was 9 and 10.

I would like to be an inspiration to the new generation of cowboys and cowgirls who come and watch the etna rodeo this year.

Saige Risner

Olivia Laws Biography

My name is Olivia Laws, I am 16 and attend Yreka High school as a junior. My parents are Ken and Kara Laws from Medford and I reside in Siskiyou county with my sister Jenny and her husband Troy Costales. My horses name is Rosie, I care lease her from a friend, she is a 18 year old retired rope horse. She has had the last year off so I have been working hard to get her back into shape. This will be the first advent Rosie and I have competed in together. I only started riding about 5 months ago, and while I have a lot to learn, I am putting one hundred percent into my horse and learning everything I can. Besides horses my interests include hunting, shooting my bow, and spending time with friends and family. I am involved in the Cattlewomen’s Youth Association and I am also in Yreka FFA showing a hog at the Siskiyou Golden Fair this summer. I hope to attend feather river college after high school and get my ranch management degree continuing my love for animals and ranching at a higher level is my ultimate goal.

Finally, I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to run for Etna Rodeo queen and pursuing my dream of being an active member of the community and being involved in the Rodeo sport.

Olivia Laws

Corrina McAmis Biography

My name is Corrina McAmis. I am 17 years old. My parents are Jon and Amber.  My horses name is Jake he is a 14 year old Appendix his events are barrels and poles I would like to do breakaway but we’re still working on that.  I live in Hornbrook CA.  I’m a senior at Yreka High School. My hobbies consists of hunting and rodeo. For my future goals I plan on attending College of the Siskiyous to join there nursing program and eventually be a registered nurse (RN)

A big thank you to our Queen Contest sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to do this competition with out you!
~Hanna Bros. Ranch, Inc.
~ Siskiyou Credit Union
~Kat Nash Leather
~AgWest Farm Credit
~Atena Mills Flower Farm
Thank you to our Queen Buckle Sponsors
~Paul Sweezey Farm
~Lauren & Paul Sweezey

I wanted to thank Sherri Hanna for being instrumental in the Scott Valley Rodeo Queen Contest and inviting Siskiyou News to report this news to you.

A Few Pictures of the Contest for Queen

See You At the Rodeo

75 Years of Rodeo – Sunday, April 30th, 2023​

$11,000 in Added Monies

April 30th Rodeo Entry

Timed Events


Mutton Bustin, Calf Riding, Jr Steer

Barrel Racing
Wild Saddle Cow
Open Team Roping
Calf Roping
Ranch Bronc
Breakaway Roping
Mixed Roping
Bull Riding


-​Full Rodeo Attire for Slack and Performance.
– The Public Draw is Friday, April 21st @ 5pm (5Marys) 
– Requests for Slack can usually be accommodated.
– Requests for Performance are determined by a Public Draw.
The order is determined by Public Draw.
No Day of Ads | No Refunds | Trades are Ok, Must Notify Secretary Before 4/28
-Buddy draws are not offered for this Rodeo.

$11,000 in Added Monies

Girls Barrel Racing, $1,000
Wild Saddle Cow- Rider, $1,000
Wild Saddle Cow- Hazer, $1,000
Open Team Roping-Header, $1,000
Open Team Roping- Heeler, $1,000
Calf Roping, $1,000
Ranch Bronc, $1,000
Girls Breakaway, $1,000
Mixed Roping Header, $1,000
Mixed Roping Heeler, $1,000
Bull Riding, $1,000

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