WHITE BIRD “I can put up with almost anything – but I’m deathly afraid of stink bugs,” smiled Cassie Chandler.
Grangeville High School freshman Chandler will represent the White Bird Rodeo as its queen this year.
Chandler is the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek. She has one older brother, Tyrel, deceased, and a younger brother, Trace. Her grandparents are Sherry Mingo of Grangeville, Ron and Shirley Adamson of Clarkson, and Glenn and Carolyn Chandler of White Bird.
“In White Bird, friends are more like family,” Chandler said in her speech following her riding tryout at the arena earlier this year, where she tried out on her horse, Cowboy, age 12.
Chandler is a member of the Fenn Livestock 4-H Club and is taking a hog project this year. She is also part of the Riggins Rodeo Drill Team and packs sponsor flags each year. At GHS, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball. In 2014, she served as Riggins Rodeo queen.
“I really like simply keeping and helping build our family herd of cattle,” Chandler said. “I love anything that has to do with cattle, horses and living this wonderful way of life.”
This summer, Chandler plans to babysit in her spare time.
“The experiences I have had in my past and present royalty have been absolutely unforgettable,” Chandler said. “The friends I have met, the riding skills I have learned, and the fun I have are something I believe every young girl should experience. You end up having this endless rodeo family that lasts forever.”
Although as a freshman she has some time to think about her future, Chandler said she would “love to attend Montana State and be a veterinarian.”
“If that does not work out for me, I’m also very interested in diesel mechanics,” she said.