queen Darby Ingram
Hello my name is Darby Ingram. My mother is Stacey Ingram-Luce. I am in my Junior year at North Powder Charter School. I am invovled in 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, Farm to School, North Powder ASB and the school yearbook. For as long as I can remember, I have been on a horse. Around the age of 4 I was a part of a group called the "The Self Appointed Princesses" who wished to be like the queens and princesses we all looked up to. We rode in parades both mounted and on floats until we were 9. My mother spent some rodeo seasons as a court advisor. I spent my summers with the rodeo court traveling from rodeo to rodeo holding horses, getting coffee, and being a chap hanger for the girls. After years of seeing all the glitz and glam I made it a goal to one day become a queen myself.
Last year I competed in my first queen pageants trying out for Panhandle Rodeo Court and Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo Court. I was fortunate enough to walk away with the queen title for HCJR. Being queen only made my love for rodeo and rodeo courts grow. I spent my year traveling to some of the top rodeos in the NPRA and ICA circuits. My favorite part of being a queen is working with and teaching kids. I was able to visit many grade schools last year and the interaction there as well as with the young fans at rodeos is very rewarding.
My next goal is to represent the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. I have been coming to EOLS since my "Self Appointed Princess" years. I can remember being in awe of the court and hoping that I would be one of those girls someday. My mom and my uncle both showed at EOLS and I have competed in the horse showmanship winning Grand Champion in Equine Conformation. I want to represent EOLS because I believe that the sport of rodeo is a tradition that deserves to be represented with the best ambassadors possible. The EOLS Rodeo Courts have always been such a well defined positive group of young ladies. The opportunity to be a part of an association that dates back over 100 years in Eastern Oregon history would truly be an honor. This is not just a hobby for me, this is a lifestyle that I have come to love where I can share my love of ranching and agriculture. It has helped me build relationships with people not only across the state, but across the country.