Contestant Relates Her Rodeo Queen Experiences

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Local Mariposa teen, Tillyanna Healey, didn’t bring home the crown from the La Grange Rodeo Queen competition earlier this month, instead that honor went to Hannah Castaneda, from Sonora.   

Healey did bring home memories and a great learning experience.  The few months of competition went fast, but were filled with studying, riding and making friends.  The most challenging part of the contest for Healey was the speech portion which took place a few weeks prior to the rodeo.  “I rewrote it several times to make it the best it could be, and it was difficult to entirely recite it without getting too nervous,” Healey explained.

The generosity of rodeo families was certainly on display on the day of the rodeo. Healey’s horse was acting a bit fussy.  The Riemersma family stepped in and loaned her a horse, because that is what rodeo families do, they are there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.  The caring was definitely felt by Healey as she had a lot of supporters in her corner when she went through this journey. 

What’s next for the Mariposa competitor?  Healey says she is focusing on school, sports and FFA right now.  She will be showing and selling her steer at the Mariposa County Fair over Labor Day weekend.

She has a few more years of high school left before she plans on attending UC Davis to pursue a veterinary degree, but before she does that she will be will be vying for her home town title in the 2023 Miss Mariposa County Fair Rodeo competition.  The first to hold both a Princess and a Queen title for Mariposa was Victoria Smith, the second is current Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Queen, Desiree Turck.  Perhaps Healey will be the third young lady to hold a Princess and a Queen title for Mariposa. 

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  1. Deborah Trabucco says

    Hey Tilly
    Just wanted to let you know how beautiful you looked representing our Mariposa town at the LaGrange Rodeo, and a huge heart felt thanks to the Riemersma Family for stepping up to the plate and allowing you to use one of their horses for that part of the Ceremony, because your horse was not cooperating, was a huge down-home gesture on their behalf….By the way…didnt you win “Miss Congeniality”???