MORGAN -- When Bailey Jo Woolsey was named the Utah High School Rodeo Association queen earlier this month in Heber City, she wasn't the first to thank her family for helping to get her there.
But the 17-year-old, who will be a Morgan High School senior this fall, was the first to follow a sister to the title. Two years ago, Courtney Woolsey won the title.
And Bailey said it wasn't just her sister's example that counted. She comes from a long line of Morgan rodeo enthusiasts.
She said it was all of their examples and efforts -- as well as the supportive community around her -- that helped her rise to the top.
"The community in Morgan has been huge," Bailey said. "It's been unbelievable the support people have given me."
She said throughout the years she has competed, which has been much of her life, people have donated things to her and her family.
"They always made sure I had things I needed."
She said when she got home from winning the title, she was happy to see neighbors had placed a sign that read "Bailey Woolsey state rodeo queen."
Their support, she said, is not unlike that of her family's.
Even her 8-year-old brother, Jackson, has become somewhat of a rodeo queen expert, she said.
"I can model for him, and he tells me what to do in my speech," she said, noting that he also helps her study horse science.
And Courtney donated her former study cards, many of her clothes and her experience to the effort.
But the feeling of help between sisters is mutual.
Two years ago, Courtney won the state title. Courtney said that, had her sister not aced her out of the coveted Spikers High School Rodeo Club queen title as a ninth-grader, she probably wouldn't have put the blood, sweat and tears into the competition that were necessary to win.
From the time they were young, and even before Bailey and her sister competed, their mother, Lisa House Woolsey, lent her expertise to prepare them.
Lisa House Woolsey was the second attendant to the Utah High School Rodeo Association queen in 1987.
And Bailey's father, Jared Woolsey, was a bull rider and roper in high school rodeo.
Jared and Jackson compete in roping today, as does Bailey. She's a breakaway roper in the Utah High School Rodeo Association.
But the influence of rodeo for Bailey goes way back in her family, she said.
"I've grown up in a very Western lifestyle, including a lot of rodeo people throughout my family," Bailey said, noting that her uncle, Cody House, was a Utah High School Rodeo Association champion bull rider in 1991.
Her grandparents, Dean and Karen House, raise Angus cattle, and Bailey said they were always very involved in high school rodeo.
Her grandparents on the other side, Dennis and Sheila Woolsey, are known for their horse racing.
All of these relatives are from Morgan.
Perhaps that explains why the community has surrounded Bailey in her efforts to become queen.
This spring, Jared Woolsey broke his wrist, which kept him from working and limited his ability to help his daughter.
But Bailey said the neighborhood sometimes stepped in when her father couldn't.
Bailey is counting on the community to support her again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 9 at the Graceland Equestrian Center, 986 Island Road in Morgan, for a fundraiser to help her pay for her trip to the National High School Rodeo Association finals in Gillette, Wyo., starting July 17.
The fundraiser will include a silent auction, as well as a drawing for half a beef and a quilt.
Bailey said she won't need funding for much clothing or other items to help her prepare like other state queens have needed.
"It's kind of fun to be handed down things," Bailey said.
"It was definitely nice to have all of Courtney's stuff when she was done, especially her clothes. ... It almost makes me feel more prepared knowing I have her things."