By Michaela Friedrich
Cheney Free Press 

Lamont woman reigns over Cheney Rodeo


Roger Harnack | The Gazette

Lamont cowgirl Janaye Wilkie rides the arena and waves to the crowd during the Sunday performance of the Cheney Rodeo.

CHENEY— A Lamont woman took the reigns of the Cheney Rodeo as queen from July 9-11.

Coming from a wheat ranch and cattle farm in Lamont, Janaye Wilkie, 19, provided the highlight of the rodeo grand entry.

She also participated in the rodeo parade, assisted in the arena and signed autographs for young fans at the PRCA event.

During a pre-rodeo interview, she attributed her passion and interest in horses to her grandpa, who was heavily into the rodeo culture and lifestyle.

Her grandfather, Jim Hoffman, ran the Seven Springs Dairy Ranch, just west of Davenport.

“I grew up on a horse ranch...

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