Wow! What a busy and exciting month June was! I started off the month visiting the Mt. Angel Towers, which is an assisted living facility nearby my hometown. I spoke to many of the residence about my job as Miss Rodeo Oregon and I answered quite a few hilarious rodeo and rodeo queen related questions. My favorite part about this visit was that there were a couple of my St. Paul community members at the meeting who now live at the Towers. It was a true pleasure to get to visit with folks who all have such different life stories.
Saturday, June 6, I participated in the Portland Grand Floral Parade, and what a memorable day that was! If you didn’t see facebook or read The Oregonian, my horse Pearl and I took home first place in the State/Regional titleholder division and my “village” of helpers took home the coveted Vern Hulit Award! The Vern Hulit Award goes to the individual who demonstrates excellence in preparation, organization, and presentation. I cannot take full credit for this award because I would not have won it without the help of some very wonderful people. Thank you to my Dad, sister Jennie, Lynn, Glenda, and Amber for getting up far too early on that Saturday morning just to come lend me a hand. I wish I could put all your names on the Vern Hulit trophy because you all are so deserving! The following day I attended the St. Paul Trail ride where I watched Queen Alaina, Princess Rachel, and Princess Brianna represent my hometown so well—those girls continue to amaze me every time I see them in action. For me, there is nothing more touching than attending events in my hometown. My small community never ceases to amaze me with the endless kind words and gestures, and I am forever grateful for them all!
Friday, June 12, I attended the Eastern Oregon Livestock show for the first time in my life and it definitely did not disappoint! The EOLS is nestled in the beautiful valley of Union, OR. Great people, hospitality, and a wonderful rodeo made for a very memorable experience. After a quick night in Union, Dad and I took off for Sisters, OR where we spent the rest of the weekend celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Biggest Little Show in the West. Probably one of my favorite memories so far this year happened in Sisters when I had the honor of carrying the American Flag at the Sunday afternoon performance. I owe a huge thank you to the Sister’s Rodeo Association for allowing me to be apart of your rodeo. Thank you Queen Mikaela Koellermeier for inviting me to participate in all the rodeo events—you did a phenomenal job as queen! And of course, thank you to Melinda Witt and Shelby Ross for opening up your home for my dad and I—you both never cease to amaze me with your generosity!
From June 22-24 I was able to attend a bucket list rodeo of mine, the Reno Rodeo. I have been anticipating this trip from the beginning of the year and I was definitely not disappointed. I was able to help with the mutton’ busting and ride in the Reno Rodeo Stage coach along with multiple autograph parties each night at the rodeo. Thank you to the Reno Rodeo Association for allowing me to be apart of your rodeo and being so hospitable as well!
Right after my Reno trip, I drove straight to Prineville for the Crooked River Roundup. The CRR was an excellent rodeo and I was honored to be apart of it. Thank you to Queen Randi and her family for treating me like one of their own on that hot weekend! Thank you to Gari Jo and the Crooked River Roundup Association for allowing me to be apart of your rodeo. A huge thank you to Alan and Judy Loftesness for opening up your home for my dad and I. Thank you Alan for the use of your trusty mount, Sage throughout the entire rodeo! Being that it was his first rodeo and first parade, your horse was a rockstar and I am so thankful you allowed me to use him!
Looking forward to July, I have a busy month ahead of me. My schedule consists of appearances at Molalla, St. Paul, Eugene, Elgin, Nampa, Cheyenne, and Joseph. I am looking forward to doing some traveling and meeting more of this incredible rodeo family. Thank you all for your continued support and always believing in me! I look forward to sharing my July travels with you all!
Until next time,
2015 Miss Rodeo Oregon.