Appollonia Saenz is the daughter of Richard Saenz and Kit Conner. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 2013 and is employed at Sally Beauty Supply. At PHS, she ran cross country, played softball and was a varsity and junior varsity cheerleader.
Her family has participated in Round-Up since it began in 1910 and has had several relatives serve as Round-Up and Happy Canyon royalty. In 2010, Saenz was crowned the winner of the Junior American Indian Beauty Contest and in 2015, she won the Senior American Indian Beauty Pageant.
She’s held a number of roles in the night show, and has shared the role of the bride with her cousins since 2006. She’s also ready to appear in the numerous parades to promote Happy Canyon. She’s been riding a horse since she was 8.
In the future, Saenz hopes to study to become a pediatric nurse. She also has a goal of making a traditional outfit of her own that she can pass down to future generations.
Elena VanPelt is the daughter of Onawa and Jeff Baumgartner and Anthony and Paula VanPelt Jr. She is a student at Pendleton High School where she plays softball. She also enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
VanPelt has had several family members on her mother’s side who volunteer and take part in Happy Canyon as well as several who have served as princess. They begin with her great grandmother, Mary Johnley-Hines, who began participating in Happy Canyon the year it began. The new princess is one of the women riders in the Night Show.
VanPelt has been riding a horse since she was 6, and considers it one of her favorite pastimes.
When she graduates from high school, the princess plans on attending Concordia University in Portland to study business. She then wants to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and own a restaurant.