Royalty for the 2020 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo has been chosen.
The 2020 court competed for the royal title on Oct. 26. Five young women were challenged in categories such as rodeo knowledge, appearance, poise, speech presentation, and horsemanship skills. The official coronation of the 2020 court will be held March 7, 2020, in the main pavilion at the Clackamas County Event Center.
This year's queen and court are:
QUEEN NICOLE AYDT
Nicole Aydt was born and raised in Astoria, the daughter of Cathy and Brian Aydt. She attended Astoria High School and graduated as the Salutatorian of her class in 2013. During high school she was involved in volleyball, Business Leaders of Tomorrow, National Honor Society, and was a five-time competitor on the Clatsop County State Equestrian Team.
For eight years she participated in horse 4-H where she learned public speaking, various horsemanship skills, and held club offices. Aydt attended Seattle University for one year, received her associates degree from Clatsop Community College, and went on to attend Oregon State University where she not only received her Bachelor of Science, but earned a Master of Science in kinesiology with a focus on physical education. While attending OSU, she was involved with the Oregon State Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and was a member of the Agricultural Sorority, Sigma Alpha. At 25 years of age, she has entered her second year of teaching with the Hillsboro School District as an elementary physical education teacher at North Plains Elementary. She also coaches a volleyball team at Catlin Gabel School.
During her down time, she enjoys being outside kayaking, hiking, riding horses, spending time with friends and family, and of course, attending rodeos.
"My goal with representing the Canby Rodeo is to create a positive image of rodeo throughout the state," she explained. "Education of our sport and events is important to creating growth and encouraging more people to want to participate and spectate. It is important that while we continue to educate adults, that we create an atmosphere for children to dream. By creating a platform of encouragement and education, I believe we can create a community full of future dreamers to carry on our sport."
PRINCESS MARLEE JAMES
Marlee James is the 19-year-old daughter of Robert and Launa James of Gaston. She has been riding horses since she was 4 years old and when she entered fourth grade she did what many young girls do -- joined horse 4-H. She participated and competed for nine years and has volunteered as an adult for two years.
James achieved the Dad Potter 3-step Award, which is no small feat in the world of horse 4-H. She is currently the adult representative of the Washington County 4-H Horse Junior Advisory Board. While attending Forest Grove High School, she joined the equestrian team and competed in many events. She was named the senior team contributor for the NW District Oregon High School Equestrian Team.
Her love of horses carries over into her free time as she spends time training youth, training horses, and continuing to help with horse 4-H and OHSET. James currently works at Companion Animal Hospital. She is taking courses through Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She hopes to work at a practice that cares for both large and small animals.
James's passion for rodeo has grown over the last couple of years and she is eager to represent the sport and its incredible history.
"I want to promote and represent the Canby Rodeo and Clackamas County Fair because they truly represent what it means to bring a community together to put on a show that teaches people about its history and how it's more than just an event, it's a way of life," she said.
PRINCESS ALEXA WACKER
Alexa Wacker resides in Beavercreek and is the 19-year-old daughter of Kevin and Angela Wacker. Before she could walk she was riding horses and within a short time was competing in various equestrian events, winning awards at just 3 years old.
Wacker competed on the Oregon City High School Equestrian Team all four years of high school and was the team captain her last two years. She achieved multiple awards at both the district and state level and is a record holder for Canadian Flags and Keyhole. She also participated in the Clackamas County 4-H program for nine years, showing horses and swine.
She qualified for state competition six years in a row. She plans on becoming an OHSET coach and 4-H leader so she can give back to the organizations that helped her. Currently, Wacker works at Molalla Manor Care Center which ties into her schooling. She is a sophomore pursuing a degree in nursing from Concordia University.
In her free time, she can be found helping out at her family's boarding and training facility.
"Ever since I was a little girl, I've seen the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court as three amazing role models, and ideal horse women," she said. "They represent hard work, dedication and the great sport of rodeo. I want to be a part of the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court because I want to do all I can to help ensure the longevity of rodeo and the western lifestyle. As a part of the court, my goals would include being a positive role model and a strong advocate for the sport of rodeo and western way of life so that it may continue to thrive for generations to come."
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