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Royal Court

The St. Paul Rodeo Association is proud to introduce its Royal Court for 2014.

Queen Angie Eichler, and Princesses Whitney Richey and Kristina Bates were selected from a talented and accomplished group of young horsewomen who presented themselves and their horses, demonstrating their talents and skills, and telling their stories to the selection committee and supporters who gathered to observe the formal process of selecting these ladies who become official ambassadors for the organization.

We welcome them and look forward to having them greet you and yours during the coming 2014 rodeo season.


Princess Whitney Richey, from Springfield, set her sights on becoming rodeo royalty early on: She was five years old. In the pursuit of her dream, young Whitney participated in Pee Wee and Junior Rodeos and moved on to serve four years on her high school OHSET team. In addition, she has served as a member of the Desperados Coed Drill Team. Princess Whitney graduated from Thurston Senior High School with scholastic honors and was presented with a Community Service Seal for her time spent giving back to her community. She is presently studying at Lane Community College to become a dental hygienist. Her equine partner for all her mounted court activities is Brandy, a 2003 registered sorrel Quarter Horse mare.

Queen Angie Eichler, from McMinnville, graduated with honors from Amity High School and is presently studying in the Scholars Program at Chemeketa Community College with plans to transfer to Oregon State University and complete a degree in Ag-Business. She grew up working on a farm and had the opportunity to ride horses beginning at age five. She's participated and competed in 4H and in FFA and has held various officer titles, ultimately serving as FFA Chapter President. She gives back to her community through involvement as a volunteer Firefighter 1 and as a certified Emergency Medical Responder. Angie served in 2013 as a Princess on the St. Paul Rodeo Royal Court, and her mount for the Court's activities is "Buddy", a Quarter Horse gelding.

Princess Kristina Bates, of Molalla, graduated North Marion High School with scholastic and service honors and is attending Chemeketa Community College as a Scholars Program participant. She plans to transfer to Portland State University to study biology and communications: Her goal is to have a career in Wildlife Management. During high school, Kristina was involved in numerous organizations and had many titles: Cheerleader, Riding Instructor, Designated Speaker, Director, President, District Champion, Assistant Coach, and many more. She is, also, a part-time receptionist in a health related business, honing her communications and team-building skills. Her AQHA mare "Lyric" will accompany her on all the Royal Court's mounted appearances.

Schedule the Royal Court for Your Event

To schedule the court for appearances, parades, civic meetings, luncheons, rodeos, and more please contact Randy Steffen at 503-932-8961 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Court Membership

Serving on the Royal Court provides young women an excellent opportunity to improve poise and self-assurance as they attend various community events, activities, and parades, and make radio and television appearances throughout the year. Candidates are judged on horsemanship, knowledge, personality, appearance, and speaking ability.

To be eligible, candidates must be between the ages of 17-24 at the time of the rodeo in July, be a graduating high school senior or beyond in education, be eager and willing to attend various parades and functions throughout the year, be single and never married, have their own horse, equipment and transportation for their horse, and have sufficient time for wardrobe fittings and official functions.

Selection of the 2016 St. Paul Rodeo Royal Court for its 81st annual event will be at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville, Oregon on Sunday, October 11, 2015. icon Royal Court Application is available for download; for more information contact the Rodeo Office at:

PO Box 175
St. Paul, OR 97137
Phone: 1-800-237-5920