Sisters Rodeo Queen
2019 Sisters Rodeo Queen
Our 2019 Sisters Rodeo Queen is Riann Cornett, a Bend native and 2016 graduate of Bend High School. She has served as Crooked River Roundup Queen and a 2016 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Princess.
The very active equestrian was dual enrolled at Mountain View High School to qualify for membership in Bend FFA (Future Farmers of America). She was a four-year member of 4H until she became a member of Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET), competing successfully as a four-year varsity athlete. She qualified for both state and regional competitions.
Cornett is the daughter of Jenny and Jeff Cornett of Bend. Her sister, Jenna, described her older sister as a person of excellent character. “She is kind, caring and always putting everyone else first. She means the world to me,” Jenna expressed.
The Cornett family began attending Sisters Rodeo when Riann was 6, dressed in pink flannel, cowboy boots, and a “very tiny straw hat.” She was thrilled by the events of rodeo, and especially liked watching the queens in the grand entry and seeking their autographs later. She knew then that she was going to be in that romantic group of rodeo queens someday.
With her efforts in 4H and FFA, exhibiting horses, goats, and pigs, Riann developed skills for a future in horse competitions. She also got over her almost disabling shyness about speaking in front of crowds.
“Riann was so terrified of speaking publicly,” her father, Jeff, noted. “FFA taught her the skills to be able to do that with confidence. She has come full circle from a childhood at Sisters Rodeo to now being in a leadership position as the queen.”
“To me, being Sisters Rodeo Queen is the equivalent of being Miss Rodeo Oregon,” said Riann. “I am so thrilled to represent Sisters.”
Her future includes studying animal science, but for now, she is spending this year preparing for her new position and doing advanced training of Tequila, her 4-year-old sorrel rodeo horse.