Trish Yerges
The La Grande Observer

ELGIN — The Elgin Stampeders are sending their royalty court to enjoy four days at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December as a reward for meeting and exceeding Elgin Stampede royalty court performance standards.

The Wrangler NFR is sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

It’s the largest prize money rodeo out there, attracting the very best cowboys, barrel riders and livestock in the world. It’s also attracting royalty courts from across the country.

“There’s a compensation and an incentive packet for our girls on the court,” board member Bud Scoubes said. “We revised those packets two years ago and one of the changes was the incentive that if they reached a certain standard, they would be given a free trip to the PRCA National Finals Rodeo. The first year they didn’t meet this level, but this year, they did.”

The girls were scored on their speaking abilities, riding abilities, ticket sales and how well they represented the Elgin Stampede at other public events they attended.

Elgin Stampeder Rob Moore is head over the royalty court, and he’s a member of the board who drafted the performance standards for this compensation/incentive program.

“The girls have met and exceeded what we’ve asked of them, and that should be rewarded,” Moore said. “This is one of the best courts of parents and girls we’ve had in a long time. They really went out and hustled and represented us very well.”

The court includes Queen Riley Ferre, of Wallowa, and Princesses Megan Peppers of Elgin and Deidre Schreiber of Enterprise.

“The Stampeders thank you girls for everything you’ve done, and we’re excited for you to go,” Moore said.

The court was first informed of their winning achievement at the Thursday evening show during the Elgin Stampede Rodeo when the queen was crowned. An announcement was made that the court had lassoed this award and would be attending the Wrangler NFR.

The court will be accompanied by chaperones from among the Stampeders, taking a flight from Boise to Las Vegas and attending the PRCA show Dec. 11-14.

Rob Moore, Lara Moore, Kelly Baker, David Baker, Stampeders president Ty Hallgarth and others will be in the group of chaperones.