Western entertainment — Queen Angie Eichler and princesses Kristina Bates and Whitney Richey will promote July rodeo, share love of event

The women representing the St. Paul Rodeo are always important. This year the three women chosen will serve as ambassadors and spokeswomen for the rodeo. Queen Angie Eichler served as a princess last ST. PAUL RODEO ASSOCIATION - Royalty - Queen Angie Eichler (center), Whitney Richey (left) and Kristina Bates led the St. Paul Rodeo trail ride last weekend and will continue to represent the Fourth of July spectacle throughout the year.

“I thought it was great, to be behind the scenes,” Eichler said. “We got to see a lot more of what it takes to put on the rodeo. There are a lot of people involved that the public doesn’t see.”

The 19-year-old Amity resident recently graduated from Chemeketa Community College and will attend Oregon State University in the fall studying agricultural business.

The two princesses are Kristina Bates and Whitney Richey.

Bates, 19, from Molalla, also graduated this spring from Chemeketa and was interested in the position after attending the rodeo.

“I’d see those beautiful girls on beautiful horses, racing around the arena and they were my role models,” she said. “I wanted to be one of those girls.”

She will join Eichler at OSU studying communications.

For Richey, this isn’t her first rodeo. She was the Yoncalla Rodeo princess in 2005 and 2006 and queen in 2007, also serving as the 2013 Sisters Rodeo queen.

“(My favorite part is impacting) the little people,” Richey, 24, said. “Seeing the way they look at you and idolize you, you can influence their lives. Telling them, as I was told, as long as you work hard at whatever you do, you can accomplish anything.”

During their reign July 1-5, the women will carry flags on horseback during the grand entry, make television appearances and share their love of the rodeo.

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