Having selected Judee (Fisher) Hagen of The Dalles as the first Miss Rodeo Oregon in 1957, the organization has continued over the years to be comprised of hardworking volunteers that help to ensure the success and expansion of the organization and its programs. Information about the program in its early years is scarce, but in recent years Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant, Inc. (MROP) has taken great strides in becoming a strong and successful youth orientated organization that is able to provide a program for Oregon horsewomen, that encourages positive growth in strength of character and personality, healthy attitudes, self-fulfillment and self-respect.
As Oregon’s First Lady of Professional Rodeo, Miss Rodeo Oregon will attend rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), and will appear at community events and parades throughout the state of Oregon and the western United States. It is estimated that she will make over 60 appearances and travel over 20,000 miles throughout her year long reign. MROP is organized and conducted to select the most qualified young Oregon horsewoman to promote the sport of professional rodeo and to represent the state of Oregon at the annual Miss Rodeo America Pageant through an annual state pageant.
Oregon towns and cities have played a vital role in helping the organization maintain its goals with their wonderful hospitality and generosity. Many of Oregon’s premier cities and towns have played host to the annual pageant such as Pendleton, Vale, La Grande, Sisters, Roseburg, Hillsboro, Prineville, St. Paul, and Canby. Providing our titleholders with the tools they need to have a successful reign has always been important to the organization. Throughout the history of MROP titleholders have received awards such as saddles, trophy buckles, luggage and chaps. In 2003, MROP awarded their first educational scholarship in the amount of $1000 to help our state queens with their future educational endeavors and in 2006 the pageant committee set a new record with the 2007 Miss Rodeo Oregon receiving cash prizes and awards valued at over $9000. Today that scholarship has been increased to $1500, with the 1st Runner up receiving $500. At the end of her year long reign, Miss Rodeo Oregon travels to Las Vegas, NV to complete for the title of Miss Rodeo America, a weeklong competition with other state representatives.
In 1958, the first Miss Rodeo Oregon was crowned Miss Rodeo America, however declined for personal reasons. Since then we have had numerous top-10 and top-5 finishers, and category award winners. In addition to winning top honors, Mackenzie Carr (2011 Miss Rodeo Oregon) became the first Oregon cowgirl to wear the crown of Miss Rodeo America in 2012.
History Complied by, Stephanie Crop-Hedin, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2000; Edited by Nicole Schrock, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2013
If you have any information about the history of Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant, Inc. that you would like to contribute please contact one of our directors at www.missrodeooregon.com.