Kate Valdez was the recipient of the Klickitat County Saddle for 2009. She rode away with checks in the breakaway roping at the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo in Glenwood and the Klickitat County Fair Rodeo in Goldendale. Ms. Valdez has competed at various levels of rodeo beginning in the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association and Washington State High School Rodeo Association. Kate has competed for the Walla Walla Community College rodeo team as well as in all-Indian rodeos and the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association. In addition to breakaway roping, Kate also barrel races, and is looking forward to her young daughter, Vicky, entering barrel racing competitions in the future. Katie even reigned as the Queen of the White Swan All-Indian Rodeo in the past.
Kate is employed by the Yakama Nation as their tribal archeologist. One of her assignments involved spending three months setting up a Native American exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Ms. Valdez has earned her master's degree in archeology from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
You might imagine that Katie doesn't have much spare time left over after working, raising a daughter and rodeoing, but she found time last Saturday to kill her first bull elk. According to Alta, Kate shot a 3 X 4 bull on the reservation, and per tradition, she had to give every bit of her first kill away. Katie's proud parents are Billy and Alta Valdez of Glenwood.
Three Glenwood residents have their names on the prestigious list of Klickitat County Saddle winners dating back to 1995. Local winners include Trevor Scott in 1996, Casey Arnold in 2005 and now Kate Valdez in 2009. The annual winner has been determined by a couple of different ways in the past -- initially the saddle was awarded to the person who won the most money for the year. Currently the recipients are determined on a system where points are awarded for placing at the three county rodeos held in Bickleton, Glenwood and Goldendale.
Doug Daniels reported that he is the proud new grandpa of Zachary Paul Schreiber. Little Zachary was born to Greg and Hillary Schreiber of Mountlake Terrace on Sept. 3. He weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21.5 inches long with red hair at birth. Congratulations to the Schreiber family on the arrival of their first child!
Put the Glenwood Rodeo Association's annual prize ride on your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 27. The first horse will leave the rodeo grounds at 10 with the last horse out at noon. A lot of prizes are on hand for the day, and food will be available as well. Word is there will be a workday for members as well Sept. 27. If you have questions, please contact Chris at 364-3427 or Roxie and 364-3539.
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