Riggins Royalty 2017 are (L-R) Princess Jillian Hausladen and Queen Phoebe Rupp.
As of Tuesday, May 2, 2017
RIGGINS Two local young ladies will take the helm and represent the Riggins Rodeo this weekend.
Queen Phoebe Rupp and princess Jillian Hausladen will lead the parade and rodeo events at the 69th annual rodeo set for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7.
Rupp, 15, is a homeschooled freshman, the daughter of Jim and Rachel Rupp of Lucile. She is the youngest of four siblings: Arnie 28, Cory 25, Ila 19, and Jessie 23.
Rupp is a member of the Salmon River Canyon Cowgirls Drill Team and is involved in the Riggins Assembly of God Church. She is employed by Fiddle Creek, LLC.
Rupp served as 2014 Riggins Rodeo princess and as the 2015 CIRA rodeo queen.
“Every girl who enjoys rodeoing should try out for rodeo royalty,” Rupp said. “It will improve your life skills, riding skills, and you’ll have an amazing experience!”
Rupp’s hose is Lacey, a 16-year-old American quarter horse.
Princess Jillian Hausladen, 16, is a sophomore at Grangeville High School. She is the daughter of Renita Lee and Brett Hausladen of Grangeville. Her grandfather is Frank Hausladen of Fenn.
She is also the youngest child with three older brothers: Aaron Bruening, 30, Tanner Haage, 23, and Chase Haage, 22.
Hausladen is a member of the Grangeville Triple Bar Drill Team and is also a competitive cheerleader at GHS. She participates in band as well as the select choir, Varsity Blue. She also served as the 2015 Triple Bar Drill Team first princess.
During the fires of the summer of 2015, Hausladen volunteered at the American Red Cross shelter in Kooskia.
“Following high school, I plan to attend college to study visual arts,” she said.
Hausladen will be riding her horse, Tammany Ole Boy or “Shivers,” as she calls him. He is a 13-year-old American quarter horse.