ROUND-UP ROYALTY BY ANN TERRY HILL
Through the decades, reigning queens and courts have attracted international attention to the Round-Up as well as helping to keep Pendleton in the spotlight nationally and regionally.
rom 1910 on, Pendleton had a Round-Up queen G 238
and court. In fact, it is said that the very first rodeo queen reigned at Pendleton. Bertha Anger and her court were such successful Round-Up ambassadors that other rodeos quickly followed suit, and today, even the smallest rodeo has a queen and court. Queen Bertha, dressed more like a bride than a cowgirl, rode on a float at the 1910 celebration. She would have been amazed at the athletic horse- women who succeeded her as rodeo royalty. Initially the role of Round-Up queen was a
recognition of daughters of local ranchers and prominent business families. It has evolved into
Queen Muriel Saling, 1912. Low Collection.
FACING PAGE Queen Jean Frazier with the 1933 Round-Up court. By Rice in OHS Collection, CN 005990
[Most rodeo queens] stuck to the flashy promotional duties. Over time, both Indian and white women became symbols of the rodeo rather than actors in the arena.
—Joan Burbick, Boston College Magazine, Winter 2003
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