A Joseph horsewoman who has been riding since she was two has been named to the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Court.
Maggie Zacharias, 15, has joined Tymra Anderson of Elgin on the 2019 version of the court. Zacharias is the daughter of Marilee and Luke Zacharias of Joseph.
Maggie has always wanted to compete in a rodeo court, she said. She has shown her horses as a member of the Denim and Dust 4-H Club, where her 4-H leader was Shilo Flory, for seven years.
Zacharias is a member of the Joseph FFA Chapter. She has shown at American Quarter Horse Association Shows since she was five.
Her rodeo horse is Russell, a 21-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding who doesn’t know his age but really knows his job. Having an experienced horse was key, Zacharias said.
“When I got there (to tryouts), it was like all my nerves set off in my body, but I knew that with a great support team and a great horse everything was going to be all right,” she said.
Zacharias will travel to rodeos throughout the Northwest including St. Paul and Molalla performances in western Oregon next summer. During the coming winter, she will ride in the Winter Parade in Elgin and assist with several fundraisers.
Look for Zacharias out selling tickets in June and July 2019.