Princesses

Virginia
Virginia Conner is the daughter of Kevin Blueback, of Warm Springs, and Kristen Conner, of Pendleton. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 2015 and is a student at Blue Mountain Community College. At PHS, she was a 4 year letter winner in swimming, active on the CTUIR Youth Council, and a member of the Native American Board of Representatives, serving as Secretary from 2012 to 2014. She is an enrolled Member for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

She represents the fourth generation of her family to participate in Happy Canyon and has had several relatives serve as Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon royalty.  

She’s held a number of roles in the night show, and has shared the role of the bride with her cousins since for several years. She’s ready to appear in the numerous parades to promote Happy Canyon. She has been riding extensively in parades promoting Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon since 2010.

In the future, Conner plans to transfer to a 4 year college to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Currently Conner can be found working behind the counter at Dave’s Chevron while attending college here in Pendleton.


Gabriella
Gabriella Lewis is the daughter of Joe & Kathy Lewis of Spokane Valley, Washington. She is a 2016 graduate of University High School in Spokane Valley, WA, and currently a student at Walla Walla Community College studying graphic design. She also enjoys photography and beading. She is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a descendant of the Umatilla & Cayuse Tribes.

Lewis’s parts in Happy Canyon include Bread Maker and performing in the Wedding Party. She has several members who participate in Happy Canyon. Her relatives have camped at the Pendleton Round-Up since its inception in 1910, and she has camped there each year since she was a baby. 

Lewis has been riding a horse since she was 5. She has placed in several Junior American Indian Beauty Pageants, including first in the 2010 Pendleton Round-Up Centennial, where her dad and cousin's team won the wildhorse race, and brother and uncle won the hide race (a Lewis hat trick)! She was named Best Dressed Woman during Saturday’s Round-Up Arena dancing in 2015.

After completing her 2016-2017 academic year at Walla Walla Community College, the Princess plans on attending Boise State University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. 

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