Published 6/9/2012 in Beef Empire Days-Entertainment
Moundridge's Harders named BED Rodeo princess.
By RACHAEL GRAY
Brad Nading/Telegram This yearÕs Beef Empire Days royalty, Princess Abby Nicole Harders of Moundridge, left, and Queen Katera Lynn Harter, pose after Friday nightÕs coronation ceremony. Chelsie Callihan, last yearÕs Beef Empire Days Rodeo Princess, is pictured in the background.
Katera Lynn Harter got her first horse when she was 12. Before that, she always rode her brother's horses.
The Colby resident recently purchased a barrel racing horse and will be participating in more rodeo competitions in the future. She also will be representing the Beef Empire Days Rodeo at future rodeos, as the 2012 Rodeo Queen, a title she earned Friday. Runnerup went to MeKayla Bainter of Garden City.
Harter will attend Colby Community College on a rodeo scholarship in the fall and plans to transfer to Kansas State University and major in agribusiness.
Out of the queen competition held Friday, Harter said the most difficult part was horsemanship.
"I had a pretty hot-headed horse. It was a bit difficult to keep composure, but it ended well," she said.
The outgoing queen, Cassandra Wasko, Hanston, spent most of her time as queen attending events put on by the All American Beef Battalion, which puts on steak feeds for U.S. soldiers.
She said she had been told she had been to the most steak feeds out of the former queens.
"It's been the best year of my life," she said.
Wasko said she enjoyed feeding the soldiers.
"These soldiers serve us year-round. And if we can serve them a steak dinner one night, you know, it's all worth it," she said.
She also represented the Beef Empire Days Rodeo at other rodeos around Kansas and in the Midwest.
Although Wasko will give up her crown, she said she still plans to attend the steak feeds.
"The main thing the queen usually does is go to rodeos. This year, I went to more beef feeds, and I'm completely fine with that," she said.
Wasko attends Fort Hays State University and studies agribusiness with an emphasis in animal science. She is the daughter of Paul and Judy Wasko, Hanston.
The Princess title Friday went to Abby Nicole Harders, 14, of Moundridge.
"I am so excited and have always wanted to win this title," she said. Harders is the daughter of Scott and Sandy Harders of Moundridge.
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