The Oregon Queen — September 2021

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Samantha Henricks!

“We fired this year’s queen, now we have a new one.” – JJ Harrison

Well… I would not wholeheartedly agree with this statement, but we did in fact crown the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon in Canby on August 21st! After four days of pageant, Avalon Irwin of Bend, Oregon captured the title. I want to give congratulations to all the contestants for putting their best foot forward and representing the western way of life to the best of their ability.

We kicked off Pageant with orientation where we met our judges, contestants family and the pageant committee officially. Thank you to our judges: Jodie, Marv and Vicki. Your time and personal help was very appreciated and I hope Oregon treated you well! Also, to the Miss Rodeo Oregon Board and Pageant Committee, thank you for working tirelessly to out together a stellar pageant for our contestants! Throughout the four days, the contestants and I completed written tests, interviews, impromptu questions, horsemanship, speech and modeling. A highlight of the pageant this year for me was the fashion show. We were able to team up with Boot Barn to showcase some of their outfits, as well as show off our dancing skills (or in my case, a lack of dancing skills). I was able to spend some time with Jessi Jackson (MRO 2018) as we were co-emcees for the event. Here, we were able to share stories about our years and enjoyed listening to contestants speeches, impromptu questions and of course enjoy the entertainment from JJ Harrison, as he once again agreed to be our auctioneer.

Another highlight was being able to participate in the clown act with JJ Harrison during the rodeo performance. Do not ask me why, but I have always wanted to wear one of the sumo suits that JJ is known for. Please enjoy the video below of the act! Also, please give both of those horses some credit for officially being two of the most broke horses at the Canby Rodeo; they are now sumo suit certified! Once again, thank you to everyone on the Canby Fair and Rodeo Board who are always great hosts of the pageant. Thank you to the MRO Board, the contestants and their parents, the Canby Rodeo Court, and of course to my mom for braving the week of pageant with me!

As September is here in full swing, the deadline for the Miss Rodeo America Application has come and gone. I can confidently say that my application has been signed, sealed and delivered and I am now an official contestant of the 2022 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. I am more than excited to continue preparing for the pageant, and before I know it I will be down on the Las Vegas stage representing my home state! Thank you to everyone who has made my years special and possible; I appreciate you all.

The month of September also brings us the iconic Pendleton Rodeo. Here we will have other state queens come and experience all that Pendleton has to offer. Thank you in advance to everyone who has and will play a part in organizing this Pendleton trip for myself and the other state queens. Stay tuned to see what we will be up to! I will also be able to attend the NPRA Finals in Salem this month. I was Miss NPRA in 2017, so going back to Finals as Miss Rodeo Oregon will be a great time!

And lastly, to set the record straight, I have never been fired from a job, regardless of what JJ says!


Samantha Henricks

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21

MRA Application Photo by Terry and Judy Wright of Las Vegas Images

PC Terry and Judy Wright

Contestant gifts courtesy of Rockstar Custom Leather, Cooks Rockin’ Boutique, Campbell’s Wild Rags, and Blue Roan Boutique (PC Jeff Wong)

Canby Fair and Rodeo on Morgan Brownell’s horse Custer (PC Jeff Wong)

TETWP leather vest sponsored by Taylor Ann Walgamott

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Ainsley Goughnour!

June and July flew by in a blink of an eye and I’m not sure why I thought that August would be any different. Although it wasn’t packed with quite as many rodeos, it was still packed! Many of my school activities started back up: High school volleyball camp and practices (daily doubles; oh my), FFA Leadership retreats, showing Leo at the Oregon State Fair for 4-H, none of which compare to the week I had at the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant, Clackamas Co. Fair and Canby Rodeo.

But first let me tell you about a special invitation I received from a very special little friend of mine. Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart, Sophie, invited me to come and be a part of her pony camp for a few hours. I got to go and help teach all the little cowgirls and cowboys how to throw a rope. I also signed autographs and took lots of pictures. It was a blast.

Up next was rodeo and pageant week. Leo and I were able to participate in three of the five nights at the Canby Rodeo where we took part in the grand entry serpentine and queen hot laps. It was so much fun to be in the rodeo in Canby; my home away from home. We have so many great family memories there and this just added to them. The weather was perfect and the rodeo was awesome. Who could ask for anything more?

Meanwhile, while the fair and rodeo were taking place, so was the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. There were three amazing ladies vying for the title of 2022 MRO. I felt honored to be included in so many of the pageant activities, starting off with the pageant orientation as well as the PJ Party with fun party games and prizes to delicious food. I tend to get a little competitive when they start the party games. The next day it was time to get a little more serious when we headed over to Boot Barn to choose our outfits for the fashion show. I knew exactly what I wanted to model as soon as I walked in the door and saw it hanging up. It was then time to hustle back for autograph signing and rodeo.

The following morning it was time for horsemanship, one of a rodeo queen’s favorite events. The girls all did great. They each rode their own horse as well as two draw horses. Leo and I got to participate in horsemanship. Let’s just  say Leo didn’t like not being the center of attention so he made sure that all eyes were on him a time or two. I guess he was a little excited for the competition and just couldn’t contain himself. Sometimes you just never know what your horse is going to throw at you. They like to keep you on your toes and keep us guessing.  After horsemanship it was lunch time and then autographs at Swan Island Dahlias. Then a quick wardrobe change and off to mock TV interviews. I loved being on stage with Sam and having her interview me. We got to tell some fun stories of the last couple years.

Saturday of pageant was probably my favorite day of all. What we had been preparing for and staying up late to practice for–the main event so to speak–Fashion Show! We each modeled and danced in our outfits from Boot Barn as well as our formal dress. I was even interviewed by Sam and Jessi where I got to talk about my Senior Project. The girls all looked beautiful in their formal dresses and did a great job with their speeches and impromptu questions. After the fashion show it was on to the grand finale, the crowning of Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022!  Congratulations to Avalon Irwin!

I can say that Tanya, Lynn and the whole MRO board sure know how to put on a great pageant. What an incredible experience. I’m beyond grateful that I was included in so many of the events and activities. The memories will truly last a lifetime.

For those of you who haven’t heard about my senior project, I’m currently collecting belt buckles for Rascal Rodeo which is near and dear to my heart. They “produce rodeos for people with special needs of all ages. Giving them the opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls but also discover unknown abilities. Showing them they are loved, cared for and accepted.” This is all free of charge and all participants get to choose a belt buckle after their rodeo. If you’re interested in donating, buckles can be sent directly to me (PO Box 523, St. Paul, OR 97137) or dropped off at Double H Western Wear in Salem or Sip City in Newberg.

As you can see, August kept me busy and was filled with many new amazing memories. As rodeo season winds down, I see myself reflecting more and more on the past two years that I’ve had the honor of representing Oregon rodeo and all of the amazing moments that I’ve shared with Sam and Morgan as well as many of my sash sisters, friends and family. I’m looking forward to the next few months of making more memories and making the best of all the time I’ve been blessed with as MTRO 2020/2021.

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Leo taking a little snooze before rodeo time

Congratulations, Avalon!

Leo and I showing at the State Fair

Fitting in some volleyball action

Talking about the Rascal Rodeo belt buckle drive

Modeling my Boot Barn outfit

With Avalon and Sam during the Awards Ceremony

Leo is always up for a good cuddle with Glenda

With 2022 Teen and Junior Ladies in Waiting

Leo putting on a show during Horsemanship

Mock TV interviews

Dance rehearsal

With JJ, Columbia River Circuit Queen Maddie, and Sam before Grand Entry

Morgan and I at Boot Barn getting ready to pick out our Fashion Show outfits

Autograph signing at the Clackamas County Fair

Pony Camp at Summit Equine

All the participants after learning some roping, along with Ms. Stacy of Rope 2 Win 1st

Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at Canby Rodeo

Stick barrel race at the MRO PJ Party

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Morgan Brownell!

August was a long month with only a few but fun things!!

It started August 7th with the Keizer Iris Festival parade. I was also joined with the St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten and the Canby Rodeo court Queen Nicole and Princesses Alexa and Marlee. Kid had a great time being the parade horse instead of the show horse for the day. He even helped me with Best Rodeo Queen!

Just 11 days later we were on our way to Canby for the Canby Rodeo and 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant! We rolled in Wednesday night right before the performance started. Custer and I were able to do the opening serpentine and also do a run in. After that we had the Miss Rodeo Oregon pajama party. I had a blast playing fun games and getting to know the Miss Rodeo Oregon contestants better! Thursday afternoon we all went to Boot Barn and picked out our outfits for the Fashion Show Saturday and ended the night with another great performance.

Friday we had a busy day! We started the day off with Horsemanship which I was able to ride in doing rail work and the serpentine carrying a flag. After that we were off to lunch then to Dahlia Farms to sign autographs! Our last stop before the rodeo was back to the grounds for mock tv interviews. Then off to the 4th performance for the Canby rodeo!

Saturday we had Fashion Show where we got to show off our Boot Barn outfits! We also got to do a dance we had been working on all week and it was a blast! After we got to show off our Boot Barn outfits we got to put on our dresses, model and watch the contestants give their speeches. We then went to the live auction where the contestants brought auction items to be auctioned off!

Saturday night after grand entry we had coronation! Congratulations to the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin! I know you’ll do a great job representing Oregon!!

Gratefully, 2021 JMRO Morgan

Kid and I with my trophy!

All the visiting royalty at the Miss Rodeo Oregon Fashion Show

Waiting for Fashion Show

St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten and the Canby Rodeo Court Queen Nicole, Princess Alexa and Princess Marlee

The Canby Rodeo court and I at the Canby Rodeo

2021 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Ainsley, 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny and 2022 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie

Big Boy and I during Saturday night’s serpentine

Big Boy and I during the third performance doing our run-in

MRO Horsemanship

Introducing Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Avalon Irwin!

I am so excited to introduce myself to you as Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022!

The pageant was incredible and full of so many great moments. The biggest highlight of the contest, for me, was horsemanship. All of us cowgirls pride ourselves on our horses. They are our teammates and our biggest teachers as we grow into better horsewomen, so to have the opportunity to get to ride so many amazing horses was a dream come true. All of the horses were absolutely a joy to ride.

Since the pageant I have had the opportunity to go to Gaston and attend the car show, I have been enjoying the fall weather out on the trails with my horse, and I’ve been preparing for this upcoming year.

My next stop will be Vegas to watch Sam compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and I am so excited to get to cheer her on and wish her all the best as she finishes out the year!

Thank you, Jeff, for the skills and expertise you bring to our pageants!  Lynn Haynes got a quick video of the setting for Avalon’s first photo shoot at Swan Island Dahlias!

Meet one of our Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweethearts!

Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Charlotte Crader has had an adventurous fun-filled summer, and it all started at The Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Pageant.  Being crowned in the Tillamook Rodeo arena was a huge highlight for Charlotte over the summer, but it didn’t stop there. Traveling around the State of Oregon and beyond, proudly wearing her Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart sash and crown, Charlotte has so far attended at least 9 rodeos and numerous other small town events, parades and county fairs.

For Charlotte, being a Sweetheart title holder means sharing her love of rodeo and building lasting friendships with everyone she meets along the way. Charlotte is greatly appreciative of the opportunities she’s received through The Miss Rodeo Oregon Foundation, and is looking forward to what the future holds!

(Thank you, Julie Ann Crader!)


Following the example of many organizations–including Miss Rodeo America–who honor people making significant contributions to their mission, Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation is proud to announce the formation of a new MRO Hall of Fame.  We are now accepting nominations for the founding “Class of 2021”!

The nomination form is very simple and can be obtained by visiting the website.  Nominees might include members, rodeos, committees, vendors, or anyone who has made a notable contribution.  Nominations can be emailed to our corporate address missrodeooregonincfoundation@gmail.com or they can be mailed to the address listed with the nomination form.  Nominations MUST be postmarked by November 1, 2021.

A commemorative Hall of Fame buckle will be awarded in a special ceremony at the coronation of 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin!




The Oregon Queen — August 2021

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

For the past few months I was looking forward to my trip to Colorado Springs, CO for one reason, to attend the 2020 Hall of Fame Inductions and Cowboy Ball, and boy it did not disappoint! So far, this opportunity to attend the Inductions and the Cowboy Ball, along with seeing the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy has been a major highlight! If you have never been to the Hall of Fame, I would highly encourage you to go. The history of rodeo and western heritage runs deep and the museum depicts just that! From the Miss Rodeo America showcase, to previous Hall of Fame Inductees to National Finals Rodeo memorabilia and statistics, the place is sure to please any rodeo fan! Especially fans of the Pendleton Round Up and St. Paul Rodeo, as both of their flags hang proudly in the Museum. I was able to attend the Cowboy Ball the night before the Induction Ceremony. Here, the eight inductees were recognized and a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame was conducted. The next morning I attended the Induction Ceremony where I was able to listen to each inductee tell their rodeo story and watch them receive the great honor of being inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. What I loved about hearing each story was the different paths each person took to get to that stage. No route was the same, but what was similar in their stories was their passion for not only the sport of rodeo, but the western lifestyle, values and morals that rodeo embodies. Each spoke about their rodeo family and how rodeo shaped their lives and gave them the opportunities to be successful and leave their mark in the industry. Congrats to the class of 2020 Inductees Martha Josey, Ellensburg Rodeo, Randy Witte, Cody Ohl, Jim Sutton, Butch Kirby, G-65 Grated Coconut and Sunni Deb Backstrom; your contribution to the sport of rodeo is greatly appreciated!

While in Colorado, I also was able to attend a performance of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo before heading off to the “Daddy of them all”, Cheyenne Frontier Days! In Cheyenne, I was able to attend the Miss Frontier Brunch in the Indian Village, three rodeo performances, two concerts, a parade and I even snuck in some shopping! To say the least, it was a busy 3 days! I was able to meet up with Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo South Dakota, as we shared a host home, as well as see many other state queens, including catching up with Miss Rodeo America! For one of the rodeo performances we were taken into the sky box that sits right on top of the roping box. Here you had a perfect view of the infamous 30 foot score that Cheyenne is known for. I enjoyed watching the horses wait patiently in the box until the calf or steer reached the scoreline and then the horse and cowboy would take off like a shot! In many ways, Cheyenne Frontier Days reminded me a lot of Oregon’s Iconic Pendleton Round Up. From the Native American Culture, to the large stadium, and the split riding skirts, all the way down to the rich history and tradition that each rodeo embodies. Though I may be “Let ‘er Buck” biased, I still had a great time experiencing all that is Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Next, I headed off to another deep-rooted rodeo here in the state, Chief Joseph Days. I was reunited with Ainsley and Morgan where we were able to capture photos, attend the queen’s lunch, ride in each performance and the parade! I was again able to ride one of Mitch Coleman’s horses for each rodeo performance, which was a blessing as his horses are solid when it comes to specialty acts…and Joseph is full of them! From fireworks, to trick riding to bullwhips, fire and gunshots, my horse was steady as they come! I was also able to get on a horse that I called Big Betty that was owned by the Wecks family; Big Betty took great care of me during the parade. The Wecks were also gracious enough to house my mom and I for the weekend at their beautiful property in Joseph! Joseph reminded me of what a true “hometown rodeo” feels like, and why those rodeos are my favorite! Communities that rally behind their rodeo, rodeo court, personnel, committee and contestants make the best rodeos, if you ask me!

To wrap up the month, I headed down to Las Vegas, Nevada to have my official headshots taken by the wonderful Judy and Terry Wright with Las Vegas Image Studio. I always admired their work and hoped that one day I could get behind Judy’s makeup brush and Terry’s camera. I loved working with them both, and am anxiously awaiting to see the final product!

Heading into August, I am most looking forward to the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. They say a year goes by fast, but I am here to tell you, so does two! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was being crowned in the Canby Rodeo arena. Stay tuned in to the Miss Rodeo Oregon Facebook page as we will be posting pageant updates and live videos! I want to wish the contestants the best of luck as they are in final preparation for the pageant.

After the pageant, I am hosting another Poker Ride fundraiser in my hometown and I will be able to attend the Grants Pass Booster Club Auction. Then comes September, which means Ellensburg Rodeo, Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo, NPRA Finals and, of course, the Pendleton Round Up!

Thank you all for the support and remember to stay tuned into the Miss Rodeo Oregon Facebook page during pageant week!


Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21

Cheyenne Frontier Days

Hall of Fame Inductions

Hall of Fame Cowboy Ball

Cheyenne Frontier Days Queens

Pendleton gals in Cheyenne

With the St. Paul Queen, Kearsten Friedrich, in Cheyenne

Cheyenne Frontier Days parade

With MRW Madi Casto

Photo by Robert McLean

From my photo shoot in Las Vegas

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021 Ainsley Goughnour!

Last month I left off with Cowboy Christmas and how it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I spent most of the week at the St. Paul Rodeo in my hometown. I rode in the grand entry and even ran a few sponsor flags. Leo learned he has another gear and kicked it up a notch on his flag run and boy can he run! After a couple days in St. Paul, I made the drive down to Eugene for the Eugene Pro Rodeo with JMRO, Morgan, and the Columbia River Circuit Queen, Maddie. We
were greeted with smiles and wonderful hospitality. This was my first time attending the Eugene rodeo and I had a great time. I was able to do a queen run, flag run and push cows. I even ran into Katherine Merck, 2016 Miss Rodeo America.

The next day, I headed back to St. Paul for the July 3rd performance as well as a little photoshoot with Sam and Morgan. The 4th of July was a crazy and incredible day. I started the day with the parade down main street; it was great to see so many familiar faces. After the parade, we headed straight to the queens luncheon hosted by Kearstan, St. Paul Rodeo Queen.  We then saddled up and rode in the afternoon and evening performances. One of the greatest
parts about riding in the St. Paul Rodeo arena was getting to ride with my sister as past royalty.  Riding in our hometown rodeo together was one of the best moments for me.

After the big 4th of July week, Leo and I had one day to rest and repack and head to the county fair. I am so proud of how Leo transitioned from being a rodeo queen horse to a show horse.  We qualified for the state fair in all of our events which is way more than I expected. Leo has done everything I’ve asked of him and so much more. I am blessed to have him as my partner.

The following weekend, I made it to the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo Friday night. The rodeo was packed and it was clear that the fans came to have a good time and enjoy some good ole rodeo. On Saturday, I rode in another hometown parade, the Hubbard Hop Festival Parade alongside Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart, Sophie Price. She was definitely the star of the show. Miss Sophie shines wherever she goes and is so much fun to be around.

On Sunday I was able to attend the MRO annual members meeting as well as the MRO contestant orientation meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing who the Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 will be. I hope you can join us at the Clackamas Co. Fair and Canby Rodeo to cheer on the girls as they compete for the title.

After a little break, it was time to head over to the other side of the state for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Joseph is one of the most beautiful places in Oregon. Morgan and I took a little time without our crowns on and played a little mini golf and enjoyed some ice cream on our first day in Joseph. I rode in 3 of the 4 grand entries at Chief Joseph Day in their serpentine. I was able to catch up with and watch 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon as she is one of the 2021 Chief Joseph Days Queens. Friday, Morgan and I participated in the kids parade, which was so fun to be a part of. All of the little kids loved marching down Main Street.  On Saturday, Leo and I rode in the Grand Parade with many of my sash sisters. After an incredible week in Joseph, I’d like to thank 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny and her family for letting us stay at their ranch. I have the best rodeo family! Keep an eye out for pictures taken by Robert McLean. He was so generous with his time in Joseph and got some great shots.

As the months fly by, I can’t help but to be so grateful for all the amazing people that this title has brought into my life. I am excited to see what next month brings.

With Gratitude,
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

St. Paul Rodeo Grand Entry

With NWYRA and JMRO at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Leo’s and my sponsor flag run in St. Paul

With Maddie, Columbia River Circuit Queen, and JMRO Morgan at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Pushing cows with 2020 Miss Eugene Pro Rodeo Sha Walton

With the Walla Walla Fair and Rodeo Court

I was honored to ride in the back of the Chief Joseph Days wagon

With Shelby and Raelynn, trick riders at St. Paul Rodeo

Visiting royalty at the 4th of July parade

4th of July Grand Entry

Leo and I at the Marion County Fair

At St. Paul Rodeo

Hubbard Hop Festival Parade

Sophie and I made it through the parade

Sam and I with the 2022 MRO contestants

With my sister in the paddock at St. Paul

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo

Meeting up with Destiny just before the first performance of Chief Joseph Days

Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Charlotte and JMRO Morgan

With the Sisters Queen, Mary, at Chief Joseph Days

MRO girls with CJD Queens

We got some much-needed rain during the Saturday night performance

Headed to the Queen Luncheon at Chief Joseph Days

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!

My July started June 30th at the one and only St. Paul Rodeo. I was able to go to 5 out of 6 performances of the St. Paul Rodeo and go to the Eugene Pro Rodeo on the 2nd. I’ve been going to the St. Paul Rodeo all my life with it being my second hometown rodeo. My mom was the 1995 St. Paul Rodeo Princess, my great grandpa was a director along with being one of the first members, my grandpa was a director and now my dad is a director. I’ve been able to carry sponsor flags in grand entry for years and this year was extra special being able to do grand entry as Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon and also getting the opportunity to carry sponsor flags during the performance.

In the middle of the week, Ainsley and I made the trip to Eugene to be a part of the Eugene Pro Rodeo. We had the pleasure of being able to make a run-in, carry sponsor flags and I was able to push cows. After that we were back to St. Paul to finish the week. Come the 4th of July, we started the morning nice and early for the parade through town. My dad was also in the parade carrying a military flag and he carried one during both grand entries on the 4th.

The day we got home from St. Paul, we were packing up and getting ready to leave for fair the next morning. Kid, Custer and I went to county fair where Kid and I qualified in all our events to go to State Fair. We did Western and English equitation, Trail and Showmanship. Even though Custer and I didn’t qualify to go to state for gaming we were .04 seconds from qualifying in keyhole. Custer did amazing with him never being in that arena and still learning how to run. We will be at State Fair though gaming in FFA.

After being able to rest a little, Custer and I were off to youth rodeo. With it being Custer’s first youth rodeo, I was just happy he handled it like a pro. I let him do what he wanted and we came home with some new pr’s I will forever be thankful for. This was the same arena where last year Tommy and I ran pr’s in poles and ended up winning pole bending. We were also able to make a run-in and flag run on Saturday. With Chester not being able to be ridden at the moment, Amber Riesterer was kind enough to let me borrow her horse Arizona for breakaway roping. Even though Chester and I had been gearing up and getting ready to compete in breakaway roping for the first time together, Arizona took great care of me and did amazing!!

The last weekend of July we were on the road again but this time to Joseph for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. We got there on Wednesday so Ainsley and I just watched the performance and cheered on Destiny Wecks, one of the Chief Joseph Days Queens and the 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon. The next three days we had a great time doing the grand entry serpentine. Ainsley and I got to do the kid parade on Friday and following that was the parade on Saturday. Ainsley and I also got some time to go play some mini golf and have a little fun. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Wecks family for letting me keep my horse at your house all week!!

Stay tuned for my August travels. We have some fun stuff planned!!

Gratefully, 2021 JMRO Morgan

Getting ready for barrels

My mom when she was the 1995 St. Paul Rodeo Princess and her horse, Sonny

MTRO Ainsley, MRO Sam, St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten and 2019 St. Paul Rodeo Princess Hannah Austin and me

We had some time to get away and take pictures

NWYRA Princess Reegan Bills and NWYRA Queen Sadie Bateman

Parade ready

Arizona and I roping

Custer and I during our first round of barrels

Ainsley and I at the kid parade

Miss Yoncalla Rodeo Queen Dakotah Johnsen and Miss CRC Maddie Coleman

Kid and I ready for Showmanship

Eugene Pro Rodeo with MTRO Ainsley and Miss Columbia River Circuit Maddie Coleman

Congratulations to Lynn and the Haynes family!!

Deacon James Haynes made his entrance into the world on July 30 at 7:36 am!  He is the eagerly-anticipated son of Scott Haynes and Katie Lynn Haynes, Lynn’s son and daughter-in-law.  Deacon weighed in at 6 pounds 1 ounce and was 18.5″ long.  He’s called either “DJ” or “Nugget”, depending on who you talk to!

Kai and Eli keeping watch over “their baby”

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The Oregon Queen — July 2021

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

I can say that rodeo is back in full swing and it is great to see! Over the last month I have traveled back and forth across the state to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, followed by the Crooked River Roundup and most recently spent the iconic Cowboy Christmas at the St. Paul Rodeo. Union, Oregon is home of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and Rodeo and boy what a fun time I had while I was there! I had never been to EOLS before and personally going to rodeos that I have never attended are my favorite as I get to experience new places! I attended the Queen’s Lunch, three rodeo performances as well as a parade through downtown. My favorite part of my time in Union was the horse races that are held between rodeo events. I have never been to a rodeo that holds races during the rodeo before and it was great to see the crowd cheering on their favorite horses!

My next venture took me to Prineville, Oregon for the 75th Annual Crooked River Round-Up Reride. I was able to catch up with Miss Rodeo America, Jordan Tierney, who was graciously brought to the CRR by The Posie Shoppe in Prineville. We had a great time, kicking off the week with a cattle drive through town, though it was more of a cattle scramble through town. I will apologize again to the residents of downtown Prineville, as they probably spent the day after the cattle drive ridding their lawns of any cattle and horse hoof prints. Let’s just say the cattle were not the most cooperative! Moving forward through the week, I attended each rodeo performance, was able to present the American Flag, participated in the parade, queens lunch, and even got a chance to sign autographs at The Posie Shoppe. My host home at the Loftesness was nothing short of a great time, as Alan and Judy (parents of 2006 MRO Trena Loftesness Anderson) are great hosts! I also was able to borrow a horse from the Sutherlin Family and spend time with Keirnan Sutherlin who is Little Miss Crooked River Round-Up and Emily Lauman, Miss Crooked River Round-up.

The following weekend brought on the iconic Cowboy Christmas! I spent my time in St. Paul where I was able to attend all six rodeo performances, a queen’s lunch and parade. Molalla’s own Mitch Coleman was kind enough to lend me his horses Amigo and Bueno for the week. I have officially decided that the horses Mitch owns are not only the best pickup horses, but serve as mighty fine queen horses as well. All year I looked forward to going to the St. Paul Rodeo and spending time with their Queen, Kearsten Friedrich. The St. Paul Rodeo Committee was more than welcoming and put on a great performance after having to cancel in 2020. I was also finally reunited with Ainsley and Morgan in St. Paul where we were able to snag a few photos of the trio back in action! The three of us also have a competition going to see who can get the most rodeo contestants to sign the underside of their chaps throughout the year. At St. Paul, I was able to get rodeo icons Tuff Cooper, Jermey Buhler, Shad Mayfield, Hunter Reaume and Cody Cabral to take a sharpie to my chaps. On to the next rodeo and more signatures!

I did not forget to mention the beautiful and talented contestants we have for Miss Rodeo Oregon this year! Avalon Irwin, Britney Norby, Katie Ralston and Keeara Harmon all deserve your support and encouragement as the pageant keeps getting closer and closer! Sending in the application is the first step and I want to congratulate these ladies on taking the plunge! Lastly, congrats to our 2022 titleholders who were crowned at the Tillamook County Rodeo. To Destiny Wecks and Carrie Woods, pin down your hats ladies, you are about to have a packed year full of adventures!

As I move through July, I am looking forward to attending the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cowboy Ball and a performance of the Pikes Peak Rodeo in Colorado Springs. Then I head off to the daddy of them all, Cheyenne Frontier Days! After that I will be back in Oregon for Chief Joseph Days and the Miss NPRA Pageant. See you at the next rodeo!


Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020

Crooked River Roundup cattle drive


It was a packed house in St. Paul!

St. Paul run in on Amigo

Ainsley and I realizing we were are taking photos under the Specialty Act sign!

Mom and I in St. Paul riding Bueno

Visiting the Golden Spur VIP boxes in St. Paul

Eastern Oregon Livestock Show parade prep

Posie Shoppe autograph signing in Prineville

JMRO Morgan, MTRO Ainsley, me, Miss Rodeo Alaska Kelsy Jo Konkright, and Tuf Cooper

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021 Ainsley Goughnour!

With the beginning of June brought the end of the school year and the beginning of summer rodeo season. I kicked the month off by heading over to the St.Paul Trail Ride and pancake breakfast where I was able to spend some time with the SPR Queen Kearsten, Sister’s Rodeo Queen, Mary and JMRO Morgan as well as take some pictures with some cute little cowboys and cowgirls. It was great to see the annual tradition back with so many people enjoying themselves.

The following weekend I made a trip up to Cle Elum, WA for my sweet sash sister, Miss Teen Rodeo Washington, Chloe’s coronation. She’s been waiting over a year for her celebration and I’m so glad I was able to make the trip. She had a beautiful celebration. Congratulations Chloe!

It was then time to get ready for the 2022 Jr./Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon pageant and Tillamook Rodeo. Wow! what a weekend. Speeches, mock TV interviews, horsemanship, modeling, parade, luncheon and rodeo performances all packed into two days. It was a blast to spend time with the contestants, and all of the visiting royalty. I’m so proud of all of the contestants; they put in so much work and preparation for the pageant. Leo and I were honored to set the pattern at the horsemanship portion of the pageant and I’m so proud of how he did. We had a blast doing our run-ins at the rodeo as well. Tillamook Rodeo was a great host for the pageant and I had an amazing time with a lot of new memories. I was also honored to award the first buckle for the Gatlins Sugar Jet Memorial Award, in honor of my amazing horse, Pete, to Kambri Nelson. Congratulations to the 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon, Destiny Wecks and 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon, Carrie Woods. You have an amazing year ahead of you and I can’t wait to see all that you accomplish.

After a couple days of rest, it was time to get ready for Cowboy Christmas, which is one of my favorite times of year. I’m so excited to have rodeo back in full swing, especially in my home town. The first night of Cowboy Christmas was spent in St. Paul, where I took part in the grand entry, carried a sponsor flag and rode in the barrel truck. Let me tell you what an awesome feeling it is to be in the St. Paul Rodeo Arena. As for the rest of Cowboy Christmas, I’ll tell you all about it in next month’s newsletter.
Ainsley, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Miss Teen Rodeo Washington Coronation~Visiting Royalty

Introductions at Chloe’s coronation

Chloe and I at her coronation

Future Rodeo Queen at the St. Paul trail ride

The queens’ stick horse race. I pulled out the win (2nd time in a row).

Breakfast with Kearsten and Mary in the St. Paul grandstands

Leo and I setting the pattern at horsemanship

Morgan and I at mock TV interview

With Jennie and Sophie Price. A couple of my greatest supporters.

Modeling with sweetheart Sophie

Speech and modeling

Tillamook parade


2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks

Getting to ride alongside my sister Alexis at the St. Paul Rodeo was such a treat.

Wait…you can’t have the crowns yet. We still need them.

Tillamook Co. Rodeo Second Performance–Credit: Michael T. Photography

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!

Tillamook sure is the Biggest Little Show on the Coast!

We started the 2022 Jr/Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant off with interviews. In this portion of the pageant the girls were one on one interviewed with the judges where they asked them a variety of questions.  Following that we had Mock TV Interviews where the girls got interviewed as if they had just won and how they would represent as their title. Our third event of the pageant was horsemanship. Horsemanship is judged off of the horse and riders connection of the riders ability to ride and handle their horse. They have 2 patterns, one being a pattern of their choice and the other being a set pattern. They also do a grand entry and serpentine.  Our last thing for the night was grand entry then we were done for the night.

The next morning we woke up nice and early to do the June Dairy Parade through the town of Tillamook! It was a blast and Custer enjoyed it for being his third parade.  Right after we got off our horses we quickly changed and we’re off to do the queens luncheon and speeches. I got to help walk two Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweethearts up to the stage and ask them questions! After that I introduced the Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon contestants along with asking them impromptu
questions. Speeches is a timed speech where the girls talk about a topic they were given. They are judged off of their speaking ability in front of a crowd.

Our last thing of the night was our final run-in along with Ainsley and I carrying the first sponsor flags of the night. During the performance we had the 2022 Jr/Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon coronation. Congratulations to 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks and 2022 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!! I can’t wait to see where you two go!


2021 JMRO Morgan

Ainsley and I getting ready to start the 2022 pageant

Mock TV Interviews at Hidden Acres Nursery

Destiny and I before the first grand entry

With MRO Sweetheart Paisley

Rodeo ready for the final performance

With the newly crowned 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods

Congratulations to 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks!


Destiny Wecks sets her boots by the door on the family ranch in Wallowa County.  She is the 17-year-old daughter of Jeffrey and Vixen Wecks and has an older brother, Jalyn.  She will be a senior at Enterprise High School this fall.  Destiny’s school involvement includes FFA and Natural Helpers.  She participates in the 4-H horse program and FFA with her swine and beef.  Destiny has been on a horse since before she was born.  She enjoys training horses as well as riding her own horses for drill, 4-H, rodeo and pleasure.  Her mount is a 10-year-old AQHA bay gelding by the name of Opie.  Destiny’s unique personality led her to finding passion while riding steers in rodeo.  Destiny had the pleasure of representing Oregon in 2015 as Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon.  She’s proud to represent Oregon in 2020-2021 as High School Rodeo First Attendant and the Chief Joseph Days Honorary Queen.  When not with her many animals, Destiny enjoys family time spent mushroom hunting, camping, and boating on Wallowa Lake.  Congratulations, Destiny!!

Congratulations to 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!


Carrie Woods is the twelve-year-old daughter of Greg and Melissa Woods of Beaver and the granddaughter of Debbie Tupper of Tillamook. Carrie will be a seventh grader at Nestucca Valley Middle School in the fall. Carrie excels in academics and loves playing softball and volleyball. She enjoys riding her twelve-year-old Quarter Horse mare “Sue” and whether it is sorting cows, barrel racing, trail riding or just arena work, she loves it all. Carrie has also been a Tillamook County 4-H member for the last three years showing dairy cows, rabbits, and market goats. Carrie has always been around rodeo and was the 2019 Jr. Miss Tillamook Rodeo Queen. She loves to promote the western way of life everywhere she goes. Carrie looks forward to expanding her rodeo queen experiences.  Congratulations, Carrie!

The Oregon Queen — May/June 2021

Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021!

When planning my year of travels, I knew I had to make a stop at Bishop Mule Days. As many of you may know, I grew up showing performance mules at various mule shows, including Bishop Mule Days. I won World Champion Youth as a 13 and under competitor in back-to-back years and then was awarded Reserve World Champion Youth 14-17 and in my final year as a youth, I won World Champion Youth 14-17.

The first Miss Rodeo Oregon I ever met was actually Nicole Shrock at Bishop Mule Days in 2013. Nicole put rodeo queening on my “radar” and encouraged me to try out for my first rodeo queen title and years later, here we are! I knew I wanted to go to Bishop Mule Days as Miss Rodeo Oregon to complete the circle. I made the 10 hour trek to Bishop, California and was able to watch many events. From dressage to packing, gymkhana events to donkey races and western pleasure, Mule Days really encompasses the versatility of a mule. My mom also showed her mule, OM Frosted Mocha, and won Reserve World Champion Amateur. My whole family over the years has shown at Bishop at one time or another. It really has become a tradition to make it to Mule Days every year for my family.

I was joined in Bishop by Rayna Rogers, the 2021 Mother Lode Round Up Queen. Rayna sang the National Anthem each performance and did so beautifully. I was also able to meet Maycee Knight, the California High School Rodeo Queen. At the performances, I was able to ride a family friends roping mule named Ruby Rue. She was great and handled every performance with ease!

Prior to going to Bishop, I was able to catch up with former Miss Rodeo Oregons, Nicole Shrock, Ashley Zeigler Minaise and Sara Marcus Deraldine on their podcast, Crowning Connections. Here, I spoke about growing up showing performance mules and competing at various shows along the west coast and how it shaped me into the person I am today. If you have not listened to it, I encourage you to do so. These ladies do a fantastic job and have continued to advocate for the western way of life and agriculture long after their year as Miss Rodeo Oregon. I really believe showing a mule in a horse dominated sport gave me the courage to be my authentic self and to be confident in any situation. During the week of Mule Days, I was also able to do an Instagram takeover of their Crowning Connections page!  Go check it out to see pictures and behind the scenes of the most iconic events in Bishop!

I have to touch on the fact that applications are due for Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 in just a few short days, June 15th! I cannot encourage young women enough to take the plunge and turn an application in. This has been an experience full of adventures and opportunities that I will cherish for a lifetime. Do not think twice, turn in that application!

I am having a bit of deja-vu as we start to prepare for summer rodeos! I am excited to hit the ground running, starting with Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, followed by the Crooked River Roundup and the iconic Cowboy Christmas in St. Paul and Eugene! Make sure you stay tuned in on social media to follow Ainsley, Morgan and I on our travels across the state!

Sincerely, Samantha Henricks Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021

Me riding Ruby at the night performance in Bishop

Mocha, Mom and I

My headshot for the pageant in 2019

I’m with Maycee Knight, California High School Rodeo Queen and Rayna Rogers, Mother Lode Round Up Queen

Ainsley Goughnour, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021!

I have been busy since the last time I wrote to you all. After the Miss Rodeo Oregon clinic, events have picked up and I have been all over the place. I’ve been on one side of the state and back again…multiple times.

On April 18th, I traveled to Joseph where the 2020-2021 Chief Joseph Days Honorary court was crowned after a long wait. Congratulations to Queens Brianna, Destiny, and Casidee.  Joseph is in good hands and I can’t wait to spend the summer with these girls.

The next weekend, I was a little closer to home where I spent my weekend at the Oregon Ag Fest. The St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten, JMRO Morgan, and I assembled and handed out agventure kits as the kids headed out onto the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo grounds to see first hand what agriculture is all about and how important it is in their everyday life. I can’t forget to mention my new friends, Pendleton (a mini horse) and Sunday (the horse); we took a few walks around the grounds together. I spent time with the Oregon FFA State Officers, welcoming people and handing out goodies as they came into the fairground and started their adventure through the Ag Fest. I had a ton of fun reaching out to kids and adults alike, teaching them just a little bit about agriculture and how it impacts our lives.

The following weekend, I went back to Eastern Oregon for the Pendleton Cattle Baron Weekend. Morgan and I had the opportunity to welcome people as they came into the Pendleton Convention Center. Pendleton sure knows how to get “ranchy” and have a good time. I was able to attend their Ranch Rodeo, the first ranch rodeo I’ve attended and man was it wild but oh so good. I helped sell raffle tickets and then at the end of the night I was privileged enough to hand out awards to the hardworking cowboys and cowgirls. The next day I handed out programs for the horse and dog auction taking place later that day and interacting with everyone as they came in. For lunch, we walked around and sampled tri-tip from the Buckaroo Cook Off. Team Meat Sweats–also known as McKillip Catering–won the People’s Choice award (they had my vote). The cattle dog and ranch horse auction was a site to behold. The animals were incredible and an absolute blast to watch all weekend. The Ranch Bronc riding and steer roping competition were two of the many highlights of the weekend along with finally meeting the Happy Canyon and Pendleton Round-Up Courts and throwing shirts and hats to the crowd. Thank you to the Pendleton Cattle Barons board for their amazing hospitality and welcoming feeling. This is definitely an event I’d recommend attending if you haven’t already.

May 9th I headed to Boring, Oregon for the Mt. Hood Roughstock Rodeo. The future’s looking bright for rodeo in Oregon! The competition was tight. Before the rodeo I was at the front door handing out an assortment of stickers, coupons, and programs. Holly and I ran a hot lap, sponsor flag runs, and threw shirts to the crowd. Congratulations to Plus one Productions on a successful rodeo!

May 20th will be a highlight for my reign. I finally got to meet one of my best friends in person, Molly Below, Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri. Molly is one of those people who has a contagious positive attitude. It was a short visit but I know there will be more in the future! A big thank you to Molly and her mom, Jenny, for being so welcoming and fun! We are already making plans to see each other again.

This past weekend was the one and only Spray Rodeo. We got to kick off the weekend with a parade through the streets of Spray (and I couldn’t be prouder of my partner Leo; he acted like an old pro). I got to show off my Prairie Leather chaps, cuffs, and breast collar during the parade! Leo and I then made our way through the rodeo arena together for the first time with Pete looking over us. He did amazing with his hot lap, grand entry with fireworks blasting right
behind him, and running a sponsor flag. I took some time walking around with the Canby Court–Queen Nicole, and Princesses Marlee and Alexa as well as Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen Allie, signing autographs and taking pictures with kids. Congrats to Allison the Spray Rodeo queen on an amazing rodeo and job well done. Thank you to my parents for all of their help throughout the weekend. Thank you to Leo for taking such good care of me and exceeding all my expectations. I’m looking forward to many more rodeos with Leo.

Phew, that was a lot to fit into one newsletter. As you can see, things have picked up quite a bit and I’m loving every minute of it. I can’t wait to see what I have to report on next month!
Ainsley, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Morgan, Kearsten and I with the FFA state officer team

Grand entry at the Spray Rodeo

Meeting up with the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon courts.

Fun at the Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend

One of the many displays at the Ag Fest

Putting together fun packs at the Oregon Ag Fest

Chief Joseph coronation

The People’s Choice tri-tip winner, also my sponsor: Team Meatsweats aka: McKillip’s Catering

Selfie with JJ and Holly

Mt. Hood Roughstock Rodeo with the Junior/Teen pageant coordinator, Tanya Marie Utberg

Photo credit to John Laptad for this amazing shot of Leo and me

Leo did amazing in his debut as a Queen horse. He was a perfect gentleman in the parade.

Finally getting to meet Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri, Molly Belows, in person.

Morgan Brownell, Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021!

The last weekend in April, I was invited to attend the Oregon Ag Fest at the Clackamas County Fair Grounds and even though it looked a little different this year, I still had a blast! I started out Saturday morning walking Sunday the horse while Ainsley was walking Pendleton the pony. We were also able to hand out Agventure kits that we also had the pleasure of putting together! The kids were so happy to be able to get those! Coming on Sunday we were able to hand out Agventure kits again and we also got to greet people as they came in! Everyone was so happy to not only get out and go to Ag Fest but to also see us!!

Coming into May, Ainsley and I went over the mountain to Pendleton to take part in the Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend. We got to greet people coming into the trade show, Ranch rodeo and Ranch bronc riding. We were able to meet the Pendleton Round Up court and spend some time with them throwing shirts and hats during the rodeo and bronc riding. I got to see my first Horse and Working Dog sale and holy cow are those animals talented!! My brother also came down to visit from college in La Grande and watched the rodeo with us. Thank you Pendleton Cattle Barons for letting me come and participate in your event!!

After that we had a few days off then headed to Boring for the Plus 1 Productions Rough Stock Rodeo. I was able to hand out programs and greet people coming in the doors then straight to my horse to get on and do a run in! After that we watched a little bit of the rodeo then handed out shirts and some other cool goodies and once the night was over Ainsley and I did one final lap around the arena with sponsor flags! Thank you to John Jardine and Tanya Utberg for the amazing event!!

Custer and I had a last minute parade in Silverton at the Silverton Pet Parade. For Custer‘s first parade, he did amazing. The streets were filled with so many happy people waiting to see all the animals ranging from chickens and ducks all the way up to horses!! It was so cool to see all the different types of animals dressed up in so many outfits.

I was able to kick off the 2021 rodeo season with the Spray Rodeo. After going to this rodeo for years, I finally got to participate in it doing run-ins, flag runs, chasing cattle and doing the quarter mile race. We started Saturday off with the parade through town seeing everyone so happy to see us. Right after that we headed to the arena for the rodeo. This was Custer’s first rodeo and he did awesome. He didn’t care at all about the fireworks at the back of the arena. After the grand entry we headed to the other end of the arena to do flag runs and push some cattle which I used Chester for. Did you know this isn’t Chester’s first time at the Spray Rodeo for Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon? In 2012, JMRO Ashley Ferch used him for not only her run in but also the quarter miles race!! That same year my dad roped there and did the race on Chester too and they both won the race on the same horse!! Even though Chester and I didn’t get first like he’s done before we still got third! The second performance Custer had double duty doing both a run in and carrying flags. Also a huge thank you to my dad for not only tacking up and un-tacking my horses for me but also warming up one horse while I was on the other. I don’t know what I would do without you! Overall it was an amazing weekend with so many amazing queens and so many memories made!!


2021 JMRO Morgan Brownell

Ainsley and I with our wonderful advisor, Glenda

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Pendleton Round-Up!

Ainsley with Pendleton, St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten and me holding Sunday

Chester got his own selfie with JJ before the rodeo

Chester and I ready for the Plus 1 Productions Rough Stock Rodeo

One of my amazing sponsors, Brent Fields of Salem Printing and Blueprint

Saturday’s performance

Handing out programs

Ainsley and I ready for the Spray Rodeo parade

The boys napping before Sunday’s performance


Waiting to make our flag runs

The Spray Rodeo queen and me

Can’t miss out on Dairy Waves ice cream!

Ainsley and I greeting people coming into the rodeo

Thank you to our Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation sponsors!

We want to recognize and thank Oak Horse Embroidery for their sponsorship!

The Oregon Queen — March/April 2021

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

Here is to getting back into the groove!
At the beginning of March, I was able to travel to Canby to show support to the host rodeo court of the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. Their court was having a Gymkhana Play Day to help raise funds for their year. Here I was loaned a horse by Princess Alexa and presented the American Flag and completed my first hot lap of 2021!
Next, I headed east to kick off the 2021 rodeo season in Central Oregon at the High Desert Stampede! Joined by Morgan, Ainsley, Miss Rodeo Washington Madi Casto, and Miss Rodeo Alaska Kelsy Konkright, we had a great time celebrating rodeo coming back to Oregon. I started off the weekend by attending the Kick Off Party. For each performace, I had the opportunity to present the American Flag under the production of Haley Bridwell of Bridwell Pro Rodeos. We also snuck in time for the exceptional Rascal Rodeo and a Rhett Rodeo for our younger fans! It sure has been a drought the past year, but it felt great to be back in the saddle! The High Desert Stampede Committee did a phenomenal job, setting the bar for the rest of 2021 very high!
I was home for a short week and then back on the road to Central Oregon for the 2021 Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic. I think I need to invest in a second home in Central Oregon; it would be much more convenient…. Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic was a nothing short of a success. There were many attendees and wonderful clinicians who shared their knowledge, tips and tricks! I was also able to swap out my hat for my coaching cap to help with horsemanship for the day. Being able to see the drive and motivation from the young ladies who attended the clinic was admirable. Thank you again to our clinicians, especially Taylor McNair, who did a great job.
Next on the calendar for me is our second Southern District OHSET meet! Not only will I have my team to get through the meet, but I also volunteer to organize grand entry and sit on the awards committee for the district! I also just finalized arrangements for my coronation dinner and auction!
Once again, thank you all for the encouragement, support and commitment to the Miss Rodeo Oregon program!


Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021 Ainsley Goughnour!

With spring brings new beginnings… and the past couple months have brought many new and exciting adventures. I’m beyond thrilled to be out and about promoting rodeo and participating in events again.

At the end of February I was able to travel to Grants Pass to run Leo in Sam’s Miss Rodeo Oregon Gymkhana Fundraiser. She had a great turnout and Leo and I had a ton of fun at the event. March continued on with the gymkhana theme.  The Clackamas Co. Fair and Canby Rodeo Court hosted a Coronation Games which I was able to come watch Morgan run in as well as hand out a few awards and hang out with the CCF&R court, Queen Nicole and Princesses Alexa and Marlee.

Next up was the first rodeo of the season…the High Desert Stampede. What a treat it was to be at a rodeo again. Signing autographs, taking pictures, helping at the Rhett’s Rodeo as well the Rascal Rodeo were definitely highlights of the weekend. I just love to see the smiling faces and excitement in the eyes of all the kids. I’d like to say a special thank you to the directors and volunteers of the High Desert Stampede for making this event happen.

The following weekend I was back in central Oregon for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Queens clinic at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Let me just say Oregon is in good hands. Everything from the materials provided, the amazing clinicians and speakers, and the delicious food was top notch. If you missed it this year make sure and watch for next year’s dates and get registered.  You won’t want to miss it. I feel so much more prepared for the year to come especially now that Leo and I were able to get in this extra practice time. Thank you to everyone involved in making this clinic possible. I’d also like to thank the board for letting me sneak out to give my FFA district officer election speech (I’m happy to announce that I am the 2021-2022 secretary for the Capital District FFA) and to go play a quick game of volleyball with my team right in the middle of it all. To say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement. But it was so much fun and so insightful. And I loved seeing all my sash sisters and meeting new friends. And of course meeting Taylor McNair, 2019 Miss Rodeo America, was awesome!

I can’t wait to see what I have to report on next month and share my adventures with you. Until then stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll see you down the rodeo road.
Cheerfully, Ainsley!

Still smiling after a great day of gaming

With the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo Court and Sam

Good luck Morgan and Custer

Ready to run at Sam’s fundraiser

Autograph time

Picture with an aspiring cowboy

With Madi, Miss Rodeo Washington

Low-Ready Design gave Morgan and I each a pair of earrings

Ring toss at the Rascal Rodeo

Dinner with Morgan (JMRO) and Kearsten (St. Paul Rodeo Queen)

Autograph table at High Desert Stampede

Met up with JJ

Running barrels with a little cowgirl

With Sam and Morgan at the Rhett’s rodeo roundup

All the visiting royalty at the Rhett’s Rodeo

First night of the High Desert Stampede

Everyone lined up for horsemanship at the clinic

With 2015 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon, Destiny Wecks

Leo and I practicing grand entry

With Miss Teen Rodeo Washington

With 2019 Miss Rodeo America Taylor McNair

With our crocheted Tommy and Pete

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!

This month I was able to attend the High Desert Stampede with so many other amazing rodeo queens. We were able to do Rhett’s Rodeo Friday night following the second performance which was my first. Going into Saturday morning we got up early to volunteer at the Rascal Rodeo. It was so much fun being able to help all the kids. Ainsley and I teamed up and did the ring toss together. Not only did we help others with it we had to get a little competitive with it and compete against each other. That night we had another action packed performance watching the rodeo and signing autographs!

This may not have been in March but why not share it? I had the pleasure of attending the Miss Rodeo Oregon clinic with host clinician Taylor McNair. It was such a great experience and such a good time! I got to meet some great people and learn so much. It was Custer’s first event as a queen horse and he did amazing! He loved it and definitely loved doing the queen runs! A special thank you to everybody that made this event possible!!

As some may know I lost a very special part of my team at the beginning of the month. Tommy unexpectedly passed away after a very long and hard night. He was an amazing horse and taught me so much more than I ever thought I could learn. He was my heart horse. He tried his heart out for me. He won me my first queen title, was the first horse I was able to be competitive on in gaming and taught me the sport of reining. I never thought I would have a horse that would be able to not only place me 1st in pole bending at youth rodeo but we placed first overall at the end of the season. I wish it wouldn’t have happened so soon but I just have to keep reminding myself everything happens for a reason. Tommy will forever be missed and he will always have a special place in my heart.


2021 Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon Morgan Brownell

Miss Rodeo Alaska Kelsey, Miss Rodeo Oregon Sam, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Ainsley, Miss Rodeo Washington Madi and I

Some of the visiting royalty

Sam, Ainsley and I at the Rhett Rodeo

Helping at Rascal Rodeo

Kearsten, Ainsley and I in our jean jackets

An amazing action shot of Tommy and I at youth rodeo this past summer doing what we love

Tommy and I in 2019 at one of our first playdays together

Custer and I doing our first queen run together

Tommy as a baby

Custer and I at the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic

Ainsley’s and my mini Tommy and Pete

Another action shot of Tommy doing a run in

The mini Tommy Ainsley got me to remember him and be able to take around to rodeos with me

Miss Rodeo Oregon Sam, Miss Rodeo Washington Madi, Miss Rodeo Alaska Kelsy, Miss Rodeo America 2019 Taylor, Ainsley and I




Congratulations to our newest Miss Rodeo Oregon scholarship recipient, Taylor Ann Skramstad!  Taylor Ann will be attending the University of Idaho College of Law, Class of 2024!  She earned a $1500 scholarship toward her tuition from MROIF as Miss Rodeo Oregon 2019.

The Oregon Queen — January/February 2021 SPONSOR EDITION

President’s Message!

Happy New Year! Let us hope that 2021 is going to be a much more positive year than 2020.

I know that our titleholders are waiting for a year filled with rodeos, community activities and sharing time with their “Sash Sisters”. The sponsors for our titleholders and our organization have supported us through the complications of 2020. We will continue to share their services and products throughout our activities and appearances in 2021.  We are focusing on their businesses in this first edition of 2021 and I hope you will support them!!

We have a fantastic Miss Rodeo Oregon Queen Clinic scheduled April 2 through April 4, 2021 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras, OR. We are working very hard to follow all requirements for Covid 19 to insure the safety for all participants. The food will be better than ever and we will have a special service on Easter morning. Please refer to our postings to see our list of very qualified clinicians and planned educational activities.

We have posted about both pageants this year so check this website for all the details, including applications.  Remember, nothing can be turned in until March 1 but you will be able to determine the requirements should you want to apply!

2020 did not leave without taking some very special people with it. On December 2, we lost Dr. Wally Zimmerman, husband of our secretary Carol. He had just been appointed as the chairman of the Bylaws committee and had been an active member of MROIF for many years. On December 24, we lost Tom Kasch to a motor vehicle accident. He and his wife Marilyn have supplied cattle for our Queen’s Clinic for the past few years. Both of those men are sorely missed.

Again, I want to say let’s make 2021 a very positive year and all come together to support our titleholders as they go forward.

Respectfully submitted,

Julie Singer, President MROIF

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

In an ordinary year, I would have officially passed the crown to the next fortunate lady and my time wearing the Miss Rodeo Oregon crown would have already came to an end. But, as we know, this is not an “normal” year and I have the great opportunity to continue my year. We all know it takes a crew to get a rodeo queen down the road for a single year, but two years is a feat all its own! I could not have gotten to the place I am now without friends, family and–of course– my sponsors!

The first sponsors I would like to highlight are Kendon Leet Real Estate, Wayne and Shirley Sheffel, Toolin Turquoise and Kelly’s Automotive. These individuals helped me get to the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant–from buying large amounts of raffle tickets to buying ads, or just simply sponsoring me in hopes I would be able to clinch the title. Thank you! You were a large part in getting the ball rolling for me and starting my Miss Rodeo Oregon journey.

We all know a signature part of a rodeo queen’s wardrobe is her chaps! Kaylah and Aaron Gilkey at Rockstar Custom Leather have been my go to for leather works since I held my first title. They were generous enough to work with me on my custom chaps this year. They are wonderful to work with and Aaron has a great ability to transform what is in your head to paper and, eventually, leather! I could not be happier with the results and will be going back for more signature pieces from here on out.

I also cannot forget to recognize rodeos that joined my team in 2020: St. Paul Rodeo and Sisters Rodeo! To have rodeos within the state provide me with funds to get down the road is really the most rewarding sponsorship I have received. My job is to promote these rodeos and committees and for me to see that they appreciate that and want to help, just goes to show what kind of people we have on the St. Paul and Sisters Rodeo boards. I will see you both in 2021!

Just like my chaps, an iconic piece of my wardrobe is boots and, of course, a cowboy hat. Thanks to Dan Post and Greeley, I have both! I was fortunate enough to get three pairs of Dan Post Boots to wear throughout my year and I can not wait to show them off this year! Also, my favorite maroon Greeley hat was graciously sponsored and pairs great with any outfit I throw together. You will not catch me without it going down the road.

As I move into 2021, I have yet to have a coronation auction and dinner. Therefore, I have set out to host smaller fundraisers like the Miss Rodeo Oregon Poker Ride last year. Brushriders, a local equestrian club, jumped on board and sponsored this event to make it happen on very short notice and for that I am grateful!  I had so many people from my community come out to the Poker Ride and support me. It is truly humbling to have the support of your community, especially in times like these.

On February 27th, 2021 I plan to stay with the trend of smaller fundraisers and am set to host the 2021 Miss Rodeo Oregon Gymkhana! There have been many people who have helped piece this event together. To Missy and Dave Hobbs of Golden West Electric, thank you so much for sponsoring my Gymkhana day and for the continued support over the years from 4H to local queen titles and Equestrian Team! To Brushriders, thank you for joining me once again and sponsoring this event; without your generosity this event would not be possible. To the Jungling Family from Tillamook, Oregon and our very own Lois Forester, you have been huge assets in making this event possible and I appreciate it more than you know! And, to my friends and family who will be there to work the event, thank you in advance!

I know I am forgetting people.. But, please know that your actions do not go unnoticed. From lending me a horse, providing a meal, or putting a roof over my head while I am away from home, I genuinely appreciate it all. Just like rodeos need sponsors and fans to make their events a success, a rodeo queen needs the same!

As I move into 2021 for my second “term”, as I like to call it, I will not forget who got me to where I am today and can not wait for what is to come! So, once again, thank you friends, family and–of course–sponsors!!

The MRO Clinic is back for its 18th year!




Join us for the 2021 Queen Clinic featuring Miss Rodeo America 2019 Taylor McNair! Guest clinicians include: Diana Wirth, Oregon CattleWomen President; Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks; Miss Rodeo Oregon 2017 Kayla Vincent; Miss Rodeo Oregon 2018 Jessi (Cornforth) Jackson; Miss Rodeo Oregon 2015 Julie Drescher; Miss Rodeo Washington 2018 Beth Snider.
Topics Include: Horsemanship, Cattle Work, Grand Entry, Modeling, Appearance, Skin Care, Makeup and
Hair, Interview Skills, Appearance, Staying healthy while traveling, Positive body image, First Impressions, Impromptu Speaking, Knowledge, Written Tests.
There are separate manuals for attendees and court advisors/parents. The Queen’s Closet will be open and you are encouraged to bring rodeo queen clothing (or any western-inspired clothing) to sell. The clinic includes six hearty meals for everyone (plus snacks) and a T-shirt for full-price attendees ($180).  All state guidelines for COVID-19 safety will be followed and enforced.  Guidelines have been posted to our clinic page on this website.

2021 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Ainsley Goughnour!

With the new year came new hopes and lots of anticipation. Ending 2020 gave me so much excitement for what 2021 will hold. Though last year was most definitely not what I had expected, I’m blessed by the experiences that I had and will cherish all of the memories.

I ended the year with a couple Christmas parades and I must say it was such a treat to be out in the streets in celebration with so many people. I took part in the Scappoose Christmas parade that Miss NPRA Nicole Rice invited JMRO Morgan and me to participate in. Let me just say it was a long, cold parade but oh so much fun. It’s always a blast to be able to hang out with Morgan at events. The following weekend I stayed closer to home where I took part in the Donald Christmas parade. The weather was kind to me and stayed dry until the last block of the parade where the skies opened up and began dumping buckets just as we got in the truck to head home. Christmas and New Years brought about a new spark of hope for so many, including me. I’ve been busy putting together my 2021 schedule and cannot wait to get on the rodeo road!

Unfortunately, right off the bat, I was hit a huge blow. I unexpectedly lost my partner, Pete (who I’ve written and posted about all year long). It’s expected that he had an aneurysm. The loss of my boy Pete has been devastating as we had so many things planned for the future together.  I’m blessed by the years we had and will always hold him close to my heart and I know he’ll be with Leo and me as we blaze this new adventure without him.

February will start with my first rodeo of the year. I can’t wait to kick off the season at the Mt. Hood Rough Stock Challenge. Sam, Morgan and I will be there greeting fans and signing autographs. Stay tuned next month to see how it goes.

With the new year well underway, I am full of hope and excitement of what this year has in store.  I am so thankful that I get to represent the best sport on dirt and my great state another year in 2021.

My boy, Pete.

Scappoose parade

Morgan and I at the Scappoose parade

Donald Christmas parade

Resi enjoyed riding in the parade with me in Donald

Just before the rainstorm moved in

Pete and I in our last run in together

The Clackamas County Event Center, home of the Clackamas County Fair since 1907. Celebrating their 100th Fair in 2006, they strive to not only bring you family friendly entertainment, but also to be a family friendly facility year round. More than just the Fair, they are your local venue for meetings, weddings, receptions, seminars, fundraisers, banquets, parties and more….

Christopher Bridge Cellars and Satori Springs Estate Vineyard, where they encourage appreciation of all the senses while carefully honing the ancient art of making wines of purity, elegance and depth. Christopher Bridge focuses on the finest of the cool climate varietals grown in the Willamette Valley region, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

Horse Guard is a family company focused on manufacturing the best horse supplements. Since 1978, founder, Del Johnson, has built Horse Guard on a foundation of nutritional science and the love of happy, healthy horses. Daughters, Ty Johnson and Dr. Kelsey Nonella are continuing the family tradition of producing the best horse supplements. They strive to spread knowledge about great nutrition to all horse owners, ultimately helping to achieve happy, healthy horses.

McKillip’s Catering is a family owned and operated business with over 35 years experience. They specialize in on-site  BBQ for all types of events. The tradition has grown over the years from many referrals from customers and they take pride in serving the highest quality and freshest foods. Whether you’re planning for a wedding or a large corporate event, it would be their pleasure to plan for your specific needs and theme.

Cutsforth’s Marketplace is a locally owned and operated grocery store located inCanby, Oregon. They are first and  foremost a people business. Customer satisfaction is essential and community development is the key to their ongoing success. Connection to the local community is founded upon mutual respect and trust.  You are invited to visit the market where they take great pride in their store and in serving the community and customers.

The St. Paul Rodeo continues to bring a slice of the old West to the north Willamette Valley each 4th of July and to give those who attend a look at one of the nation’s finest professional rodeos and some of the most exciting and colorful entertainment offered anywhere .  ”The Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo” will return for the 85th year with the promise of top rodeo action, family fun and patriotism, June 30 – July 4, 2021.

Gysin Realty Group, Karisa Patton, is focused on providing you with the best results and service in the industry. She listens carefully to understand your real estate goals and work hard to create solutions that make sense for you. Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, she have the expertise, proven track record, and
resources to help you achieve your real estate goals.

As a near-lifelong resident of Oregon, Angie is proud to be your local Farmers® agent in Beaverton, OR. At the Angie Craig Agency, personal attention and education are at the forefront of their customer service values. They are community-driven, and feel honored to protect their neighbors.

Little Wagon Bartending offers great service at your special event. You provide the alcohol and they provide the professional service for your special day. Give them a call today to get on their event schedule.

Sip City is a local drive thru coffee stand located in Newberg, Oregon! Swing on by and say hi. They make fast and fabulous drinks! Sip City is also very active in supporting the community.

AZ Photography offers outdoor portrait photography, pet portraits, horse photography, and horse show photography. Also offering photo editing services. Ali helps you stay relaxed and enjoy your time during your session.

Susan M Schibel Ins Agency Inc., helping people manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected. Stop by their office in Newberg to receive a free quote and excellent service from their team. “You’re our neighbor, not a number.”

Marion Ag Service Inc. has been finding ways to help growers and resellers grow their business for over 50 years.  Today their business is focused on three core disciplines:  Technical Services, Soil Health, and Nutrient Delivery.

Everything About Pageants!

We had so many questions about the pageants this year that we have already released the announcement on Facebook and Instagram!  All the details are on the website, along with applications, locations of each pageant, requirements, and who to contact.  The earliest you can send in an application is March 1 with the deadlines for entry in June (check this poster or the online applications).

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!

Back in December, I had a Christmas parade in Scappoose with Ainsley. We were able to decorate a trailer with our banners, serapes and Christmas lights. Although it was cold and long, it was so much fun to see people and the smiles on their faces. Everyone was so happy to be able to see all the rodeo queens. It was so much fun to have another parade and get out!!

I look forward to seeing what 2021 will bring and am excited for this opportunity to continue my title for a 2nd year.

And now I’d like to introduce you to my sponsors!

N8 Excavation is a professional excavation contractor capable of a variety of projects of various sizes. It is their goal to always provide a solution to every excavation challenge. http://www.n8excavation.com/

All Star Tents & Party Rentals provides high quality rentals and outstanding service to make handling the details of  special occasions that much easier.  They have hundreds of rentals to meet event needs and their staff is committed to helping you design a special event to match your specific vision. https://allstartents.com/

McKillip Excavation, Inc. is a local excavation company providing commercial excavations to developers throughout Portland, OR and surrounding areas. https://mckillipexcavation.com/

The St. Paul Rodeo will continue to bring a slice of the old West to the north Willamette Valley each 4th of July and to give those who attend a look at one of the nation’s finest professional rodeos and some of the most exciting and colorful entertainment offered anywhere. https://www.stpaulrodeo.com/p/about

II-S Mechanical was founded in 1987 by Neal and Dan Shilhanek. Currently Steve Wolfe is the President of the Company. II-S Mechanical has continued to grow steadily throughout the years and has developed a reputation of integrity and consistency. https://2smechanical.com/

Complete Wireless Solutions is the premier Mid-Willamette Valley Kenwood Two Radio dealer and service center. They offer two convenient locations in Salem and Albany for all your wireless communications needs. CWS is here to help your organization run efficiently and improve your bottom line by offering affordable and reliable communications equipment. http://www.cwsoregon.com/

SP&B is a third generation family-owned company that has provided high quality printing services to the Willamette Valley since 1946. Bring your next project to the local company that has built its 68-year reputation on quality, service, and value. http://salemblue.com/

Emery & Sons Construction Group, LLC is an industry leader for underground utilities and site-work of all scopes and sizes. From subdivisions to pump stations to major infrastructure projects, they have earned an outstanding reputation for successful projects from start to finish. https://emeryandsons.com/wp/

Serving the valley with pride since 1970.

Lami-Cell is your source for quality horse tack, horse supplies and riding apparel; everything for rider needs. https://partrade.com/

Creating the best wild rags in a wide range of sizes, and offering western fashion-inspired apparel for the trendy cowgirl. https://ddwildrags.com/

At Sublimity Insurance, our corporate responsibility is to contribute to the well being of our communities and to lead our employees to do the same for the greater good. https://www.sublimityins.com/

Since 1991, JR’s Freight Services has been dedicated to the needs of customers, carriers, employees and also their level of service and on-time performance.  They are a full-service transportation company with forty-eight state authority.  They have their own equipment with company drivers and owner-operators, as well as a brokerage division. They invite you to check out their website to gather more in-depth information on the services they offer, to see if a career at JR’s Freight Services is right for you, or to just find out a little more about who they are! http://www.jrsfreight.com

Offering residential and commercial electrical services.

Hill Farm Stables has been serving the Corvallis area since 1982, providing boarding and horse care for everyone from beginners to experts.

The Santiam Canyon Stampede was established in 1997 as a PRCA sanctioned rodeo. Following the 1999 season the rodeo was purchased by the community and re-organized as a nonprofit corporation. The reorganization produced the Stayton/Sublimity Rodeo Association, Inc. as the new owner of the Santiam Canyon Stampede. https://www.scsrodeo.com <https://www.scsrodeo.com/index.html>

Since 1973, they have driven success by building long-term client relationships and providing only the highest quality craftsmanship. http://www.nspor.com/

Ainsley and I with our trailer decorated with Christmas lights

Ainsley and I getting parade-ready

Ainsley and I waving to all the people lined up to see the parade

My banner on the side of the trailer

Dan Vannoy – Emery and Sons Construction

Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen Allie

Sam McKillip of McKillip Excavation Inc.

St. Paul Rodeo

Alan Butts of Butts Electric

David & Lindy Stueve – All Star Tents

Hill Farm Stables and Mascot Hazel

Brent Field – Salem Print & Blue Print

Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation Sponsors

We owe such a debt of gratitude to our sponsors, some of whom have been with our organization for many years.  We encourage everyone to support their businesses!!

Bob Roy has been involved in the rodeo industry for 50 years, competing in Jr., High school, college, amateur and professional rodeos from Florida to Calgary, Canada. (He won his first all-around cowboy saddle at the age of 11).

Bob currently lives in The Dalles, Oregon where he has a thriving custom saddle making business. In the last 38 years he has built saddles for everyone from everyday horse people to world champions. Not only has he built custom saddles for people in the U.S. but also Canada, Germany, France, Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

After his competitive days were over, he has kept involved by judging rodeos in Oregon, Washington, and New Zealand. He has also served on the board of directors for the Northwest Rodeo Association and Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation.  Since 2000, Bob Roy has provided all the saddles for Miss Rodeo Oregon and, since 2004, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon and Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon.

A Clackamas tradition since 1958, the Canby Rodeo began in Clackamas after Canby resident Craig Landeen and the fair board created the event as an attraction to boost attendance to the Fair.  The Canby Rodeo has partnered with Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation since 2011 and we are extremely grateful for their sponsorship.  Pictured below are the Canby Rodeo Directors.

The Clackamas County Fair and Event Center has been the home of the Clackamas County Fair since 1907.  They strive to not only provide family-friendly entertainment, but also to be a family-friendly facility year round. More than just the Fair, they are a wonderful venue for meetings, weddings, receptions, seminars, fundraisers, banquets, parties. . . and more!  The Clackamas County Fair and Event Center has sponsored the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant since 2011

Jeff Wong has been our pageant photographer since 2015 and, from the moment he sets foot on the rodeo grounds or enters the conference room at the Best Western, he is the consummate professional.  He gets the very best images of all the contestants and all the action. Jeff is also a prominent tax attorney in Portland and a sought-after photographer for sports events around the world!

Donna Riva, one of the premier designers of rodeo queen pageant clothing in the USA and Canada, is our newest sponsor.  Her creations are displayed at the PRCA Cowboy Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth TX, and the South Dakota Museum in Belle Fouche. She is a past National Director for California and past President of the Miss Rodeo California Pageant. She is a sought-after judge for state pageants and rodeo queen clinics.

Jim Haynes was a longtime member and 2nd VP of MROIF who passed away in 2016.  Jim and Lynn Haynes owned Western Heritage Public Relations and were not only involved with our organization but with the Sherwood Police Foundation and other nonprofits.  He and Lynn organized the Royal Cruise In.  Jim was the 2014 Sherwood Citizen of the Year.  He was actively involved in helping rodeo queen contestants with their interview and public speaking skills and he was particularly skilled at writing/refining speeches.  The family of Jim Haynes sponsors many Miss Rodeo Oregon and Junior and Miss Teen Rodeo awards including the Jim Haynes Memorial Speech Award (since 2016).

Fervent Media is a business located in Central Oregon which is owned by Chad Morris, one of the Directors of the High Desert Stampede.  Fervent Media brings its customers affordable, scalable and fully custom web design. They provide the integrity and strength of combined photography and full graphic design services in one stop.  Fervent Media has sponsored the Miss Rodeo Oregon website since 2018 and we are extremely grateful for the polished product Chad designed for us!


The annual Miss Rodeo Oregon Queen Clinic has been held at the Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo grounds for several years.   They have fifteen buildings and barns, situated in a park-like setting, and host over 80,000 people each year among approximately 80 events.  Brian Crow is the manager and is extremely accommodating to us!

For the convenience of the grounds users, 65 RV spaces with full hook ups were installed in an RV park. Major events happen every month of the year, from RV shows, travel groups, the College of Culture, Gem and Mineral Shows, horse shows, other horse events and rodeos, with the county fair being the largest event held the last week in July.


The Tillamook County Rodeo Association, Inc. was founded in 1986 with the idea of providing an additional entertainment event to the area.  It acts as an economic draw and enhancement for Tillamook County.  It also provides the home for the Junior/Teen/Sweetheart Pageant–the spacious Tillaskate building for indoor events (with a fully-equipped kitchen) and the arena for Horsemanship.  Debbie Tupper is their rodeo queen coordinator!

The first rodeo was held in June 1987 and continues to occur the fourth weekend in June of every year.  The Tillamook County Rodeo Association is incorporated as a non-profit corporation, with its major objective to assist the youth of Tillamook County by offering grants upon request.

Our Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant has been continuously held at a Best Western Hotel since 2011 and now is held at the Wilsonville Best Western Inn & Suites.  They provide the large conference room for the entire pageant stay which makes it easy to host individual events and display the array of MRO awards.  Their rooms are spacious and clean and a free hot breakfast is provided.  We look forward to returning in 2021!

Pendleton Woolen Mills is privately held and under the management by the 5th generation heirs of Thomas Kay, its founder. The company operates seven facilities and 41 retail stores. Pendleton products are sold in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, and Korea.

The company headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. The original mills in Pendleton, Oregon, and Washougal, Washington, are among the few woolen mills in operation in the United States today, and Pendleton woolen fabrics and blankets are still woven in these Pacific Northwest mills.  Pendleton generously supplies the blanket that Miss Rodeo Oregon takes to the MRA Scholarship Auction in December each year.  They also sponsored the fabric in Taylor Ann Skramstad’s Pendleton outfits worn at Miss Rodeo America.

From the humble beginnings of a family run storefront, to over 200 stores in 33 states, Boot Barn® epitomizes the American dream of hard work, honesty and value. When founder Ken Meany opened that very first store little did he realize that his vision and values would help drive what Boot Barn® is today.  At Boot Barn®, they honor America’s heritage, believing in quality products and good value. They stock their shelves with quality western and work gear with more than 8,000 styles of boots, jeans, shirts, hats, belts, jewelry and more.  They have all the latest styles from Wrangler, Ariat, Justin, Carhartt, Dan Post, Resistol to Montana Silversmith and many, many more.  Boot Barn partners with us on the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant Fashion Show and they offer MRO members a 15% at their stores in Oregon!

Hamley’s Western Store in Pendleton was voted “The most Authentic Western Store in America” by True West Magazine in 2010.  Hamley’s originally was known as a saddle and harness maker but the business quickly developed around its saddles.  They celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2005.  The building experienced a major renovation and restoration several years ago and, in addition to a a fully-stocked western wear store, contains the Slick Fork Saloon, the Cattle Barons meeting room, Coffee and Wine Shop, western gallery, and the Hamley Steakhouse.  Hamley’s is now owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and managed by Wildhorse Resort & Casino.  Hamley’s Western Store generously provided the perpetual leather serape originally procured by Taylor Ann Skramstad in 2019.

Canby Ford is your source for new and used Ford cars, trucks, SUV, parts, service and more in the Canby area. Their goal is to provide the best possible service to customers and make sure a car buying experience is second to none.  They feature an extensive selection of new and certified pre-owned Ford vehicles, as well as used cars from many other makes. Canby Ford is committed to providing superior service in all departments, from sales to finance to parts and service.  Every year, Canby Ford provides vehicles for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant judges and contestants!

Douglass-Harmon Certified Public Accountants are a full-service accounting firm in Canby, Oregon who are very involved during the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant, tallying all the judges’ scores and determining with accuracy the results in each category!

Every year at the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant, Matt Richards of the Rocking R5 Ranch Rodeo Company (Independence, OR) provides cattle for the Horsemanship event and serves as the emcee!  Rocking R5 Ranch was founded in 1989 and has been providing stock for OHSET since 2006.  Matt has peewee to professional stock available!

Danner is the newest sponsor of Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation!  For nearly a century, Danner has crafted boots with purpose and integrity, footwear to equip those who choose the unlikely path, those who cut fresh trails, those who pioneer.  Charles Danner came west to build the best boots loggers had ever known, an effort that resulted in a long-standing heritage brand with a renegade spirit.  A spirit that proudly lives on in each pair of Danner boots that are made to this day.  We are grateful for the boots that Danner sponsored for each titleholder!

The Oregon Queen — November 2020

Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21!

One thing that this year has brought is not one, but two Circuit Finals for the Columbia River Circuit. Last month I traveled across the state to Hermiston, Oregon for the Columbia River Circuit Finals! I was joined by Kelsy, Miss Rodeo Alaska, and Madi, Miss Rodeo Washington. In a normal year, circuit finalists would travel to Yakima, Washington the second weekend in January to compete in the Yakima Sundome. If you remember, I already got the opportunity to travel there this January! With the COVID19 outbreak, the Columbia River Committee decided to bump the finals sooner and hold them in Oregon in case restrictions prohibited them from having the event in Washington in January. I am not sure if I have a curse, or if I simply just get lucky, but I have a knack for riding horses that aspire to be bronc horses. The borrowed horse I rode gave me quite a ride at the Friday performance! What can I say, I am just trying to keep everyone on their toes! Luckily, Lauren Makin, 2020 Pendleton Round-up Princess, graciously offered me her horse to present the American Flag on Saturday. I am sure proud of the Farm City Pro Rodeo Committee, the Columbia River Circuit Board and all the many volunteers and contract personnel who came together to put on a Finals for our contestants. Also, very proud to have a Finals on Oregon dirt!
I was also able to attend the Canby Mock Tryout last month. Ainsley, Morgan and I had a great time and were accompanied by many members of the Miss Rodeo Oregon Board. I was able to watch horsemanship, speech, and sit in on interviews. I really wish there were more of these events for young women to “practice” and gain skills to use towards their next pageant! The Canby Court Advisors did a great job hosting the contestants and all the contestants did a great job!
Both Morgan and Ainsley got an early surprise while at the mock pageant…. their Bob Roy Saddles!!! The Miss Rodeo Oregon Board kept a pretty good secret, and I can vouch that neither Ainsley or Morgan knew what they were up to! Lynn also surprised me with a beautiful framed picture of me carrying the American flag at the Cascade Chute Out!
As we move towards the end of the year, I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season. Be sure to check the social media pages regularly to see what the three of us with be up to in the coming months!

Ainsley Goughnour, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020-21!

Yet again, another month has flown by! It’s crazy to think that in a normal year we would be going to Sam’s send off party for Miss Rodeo America Pageant and in two short months I would hand off my crown and my reign would be over.

October has been a slower month but has been nothing less than amazing. This month, one of my awesome sponsors, Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo, put on a mock tryout so girls could go through a practice pageant and get feedback to help them with future pageants. They kicked off the morning with Horsemanship, where the girls had to ride a horsemanship pattern, make a queen run and flag run on their horse and then again on a draw horse. They also did horsemanship interviews.  Of course, while all this was going on we snuck in some pictures with Sam, Morgan and members of the MRO Board. After horsemanship and a lunch break, we headed inside to warm up while the girls took part in personal interviews. Then the contestants all gave a speech and answered three impromptu questions.

Meanwhile, as they tabulated scores from the pageant, the Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc. Foundation had a little surprise up their sleeves. (More on that in a moment.) Once scores were tabulated, they announced who would have been on the court had it been a real pageant. I’m so proud of each of the contestants for putting themselves out there to be judged as well as being willing to learn and gain experience for their future.

Now about that surprise…..!   While waiting for the results of the mock tryout, the board called Morgan and me up front and in came our custom made Bob Roy saddles. To say I was surprised was an understatement. Every year, Bob Roy makes beautiful saddles for all three of the MROIF girls. Bob sponsors half of the Teen and Jr. saddles and the other  half we raise at our coronations. I can’t wait to use my saddle during my reign and beyond. It is a piece that I will cherish for years to come. When they brought out the saddle, I was shocked and ecstatic to actually have it in front of me. Thank you to the MRO board for this amazing surprise and Bob Roy for making this possible.

Though it wasn’t the most eventful month, it was one that will bring a smile to my face every time I think about it. I hope you are able to find joy in this season as we get ready for Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for.
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Sam, Morgan, and I getting ready for horsemanship.

Morgan, Tanya Marie Utberg (Jr/Teen Pageant Director, Sam), and me.

Time for a picture with our moms

2015 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks and my sister Alexis with Morgan and me.

My sister and I.

Talking with Canby Court and contestants

Morgan and I with Glenda, our advisor.

I love my new Bob Roy custom saddle.

My parents and I.

Morgan Brownell, Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21!

This month I was able to go to the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court mock tryout along with Sam and Ainsley. Ainsley and I worked the gate during horsemanship. We also had a mini photoshoot in the cute Halloween decorations that they had set up while we waited for speeches to start.

After speeches and while we were waiting for the girls to be brought back in, Ainsley and I were surprised with our one-of-a-kind Bob Roy Saddles. We were so surprised and super happy. I have had a few rides in mine and it is amazing!! I have ridden all four of my horses in it and it fits them all so nicely. We don’t leave it at the barn so it sits in our house on “display” in front of my mom’s St. Paul Rodeo picture from when she was princess and a couple different pictures we have that was given to us from 2012 JMRO Ashley Ferch and MTRO Kayla Vincent.

At the beginning of this month, I had a playday with Tommy and we got High Point for the day! I was so proud with how we did. There were a lot of people there but it seemed to go by fast. I made a mistake that I will NEVER do again and forgot to tighten my cinch before poles and as I was running down, I realized my cinch was sliding to the side. I was able to adjust it but I kept running, just a little slower. We still got 1st in poles but it wasn’t our best time. We got a cute halter that I actually was needing for Chester so now he wears it!

Gratefully, 2020/21 JMRO Morgan

Chester rocking my new Bob Roy Saddle!

The halter I won with Tommy!

My saddle on display in my house.

Ainsley and I with our Bob Roy saddles.

Our photoshoot at the Canby Rodeo grounds!

All the contestants, the Canby Rodeo court, Ainsley, Sam, and me.

Meet Carol Zimmerman, Board Secretary!

I was ranch raised in the small rural area of Scio, Oregon, and have had a horse as far back as I can remember. My family had a dairy until I was in middle school when we converted our operation to commercial beef cattle, sheep and angora goats.

In those early dairy days, my dad would tie a horse up outside the dairy barn and I rode a million imaginary miles without him needing to leave his job to help me. As a youth, I completed ten years in the 4-H program having projects in horse, sheep and sewing. I was a 4-H Horse project member when the horse program first began in Oregon. I competed at the Oregon State Fair with my horse project in Showmanship and Horsemanship, and was on the State Champion Horse Judging Team.  I also rode English at Oregon State University.

Before the days of shiny crowns and engraved trophy buckles, I served as a princess on the Junior and Senior Rodeo courts in Lebanon, Oregon as well as serving as Oregon Mounted Posse Queen where I received an outfit and a filigree belt buckle. Though the rodeos were great in those days, the queen world and wardrobes were very different from today.

Two sons and two daughters call me Mom, all of whom ride and rope and have children involved in 4-H and some in Pee Wee Rodeo. My husband Wally, also an MRO member, and I currently live in the Tumalo area outside of Bend where we have seven horses and raise and sell hay.

I am a past 4-H leader, having been a leader for horse, beef and swine clubs. I’m a retired elementary school teacher with over 30 years as a teacher, and have chaperoned youth delegations to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, as well as youth delegations to Washington D.C. The travel bug bit early in my working years and I’ve been fortunate to travel throughout the western United States, our neighbors to the north and south Canada and Mexico, as well as Europe, Russia, and more recently, Iceland.

I have competed in the show pen, and have ridden on drill teams, as well as doing back country pack trips. On one of my most memorable trips Wally, my son, and I were five nights in the back country of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Currently I am a ten plus year student of the Vaquero California style Bridle Horse Project to create working cow horses and participate in working cattle in the spring and fall.

I am a member of Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation serving as Secretary for the past six years, and have helped with the Jr/Teen and Miss pageants, as well as  serving on the Education and Programs committee. As a Miss Rodeo America member, I have attended several Miss Rodeo America contests as well as coronations. I have served as a judge’s chaperone for the Miss NPRA contests sitting in on the personal and horsemanship interviews as the time keeper. Local pageants have invited me to serve as a judge for their queen contest pageants. Currently I am serving as
the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo Queen advisor. I enjoy helping young women prepare and achieve their goals as they represent the sport of Rodeo and the Western Way of Life.

Wally and Carol

Photo by Cindy Sloan

Carol at the Junior/Teen Pageant in 2017

Sponsors, we thank you!!


The Oregon Queen — October 2020

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Samantha Henricks!

The month of September has come and gone, and I am very happy to report that Oregon welcomed its first PRCA rodeo of the year, the Cascade Chute Out! For those who missed it, Bridwell Pro Rodeos and the Deschutes County Fair and Expo partnered to host this event. There was top quality stock courtesy of Bridwell Pro Rodeos, Four Star Rodeo and Corey & Lange Rodeo. They were accompanied by the best committees in the state: High Desert Stampede, Sisters Rodeo and Crooked River Roundup. This united group of individuals pulled together to ensure that Oregon rodeo and the western way of life is here for years to come. In doing so, they were able to give back 100% of the net proceeds to the stock contractors, who have indeed been faced with challenges this year. I was honored to carry the American flag at each performance in a rather unique and moving grand entry that involved not one, or two, but three American flags! I was also able to lend a hand packing sponsor flags and pushing cattle.
This was also the first time since March that Morgan, Ainsley and I were all in the same place, at the same time! Also, Miss Rodeo Washington Madi Casto made the trip down to spend time in the beaver state and I was able to meet and spend time with the Crooked River Roundup Queen, Emily McDaniel. We even ran into 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon Jessi (Cornforth) Jackson who was there volunteering her time running the flags and the out gate, and 2017 Miss Rodeo Oregon Kayla Vincent! To top it off, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2005, Camie Johnston Foster laid down a smoking barrel run on night one to win the round! Seeing these gals out and about and contributing to Oregon rodeo was great!
The week I spent in Central Oregon spoke volumes to the family aspect, hard work and traditional values that rodeo embodies. I have said it once, but I will say it again. This year has brought tragedy to our state, but the celebration (and that it was) of Rodeo coming back to Oregon, is anything but that! Up next month, Columbia River Circuit Finals and the Canby Mock Pageant! See you soon!

Can’t forget the traveling dog, Stevie Ray!

Mom, dad, and Jessie (sister) in Redmond

BEX sunglasses, an MRA sponsor who provided sunglasses to all state queens

Jessi trying to wrangle the queens

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Ainsley Goughnour!

And just like that, it’s already October and fall is in the air. Thankfully the smoke has cleared from all of the wildfires and the blue skies are back. I hope and pray you are all doing well and weren’t affected too much by the fires.

As for September, I was able to kick off the month by attending an Oregon High School Rodeo in Cottage Grove. I had a great time hanging out with friends and cheering on competitors. Oregon is in good hands with our youth rodeo athletes and their rodeo talent. The future is looking good.

The following week our state was hit hard with wildfires and many people and their animals had to be evacuated from their homes. I’m grateful that we did not have to evacuate our home. I used the extra time I was given because the start of school was delayed a few days by helping care for evacuated animals. I live only a couple minutes from the St. Paul Rodeo grounds so I spent most of my time feeding, watering and looking after animals that were evacuated to the rodeo grounds as well as animals that were also sent to my school’s FFA barn. Morgan spent a few days with me as well, helping care for the animals. Taking care of the animals while their owners were displaced from their homes was the least I could do to try and ease some of the worry they were going through.

On September 16, I made my way over to Redmond for the Cascade Chute Out. Yes, this was my first professional rodeo in Oregon of the year and will probably be the last until 2021. I was so excited to be able to spend the long weekend with my sash sisters Sam and Morgan as the three of us haven’t been to an event together since February. On Wednesday, we were able to attend the sponsor/kickoff dinner where I was able to help with the auction and eat an amazing dinner.

The next day, the gates would swing open for the first night of the three nights of rodeo. During the week, I carried sponsor flags, made queen run-ins, and helped set up barrels! It felt so good to be in the arena running with Pete for our queen run and packing sponsor flags. I had a blast getting to hang out with Sam and Morgan as well as Miss Rodeo Washington, Madi! We even had a photo op with many of the rodeo queens from around the state. Thank you to the High Desert Stampede, Sisters Rodeo, Crooked River Roundup, Bridwell Pro Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo, and Corey & Lange Rodeo for your wonderful hospitality and for putting on an amazing rodeo!

While I was in Redmond, I got to visit with two of my amazing sponsors. I was invited to take a tour of the Horse Guards facility and meet everyone at Horse Guard! I was very impressed with how they run everything so smoothly and how they get so much product made and shipped with so few employees. I am thankful for such a supportive sponsor. My second sponsor I was able to visit with was McKillip’s Catering. They were at the Cascade Chute Out providing food
for the VIP tent all weekend! I enjoyed a delicious meal on horseback during the rodeo. The Cascade Chute Out will definitely be one of my favorite memories from 2020.

As summer has officially ended and fall is upon us, I’m looking forward to what next month brings!

Joyfully–Ainsley, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Oregon High School Rodeo in Cottage Grove

Feeding the evacuated cows at the St. Paul Rodeo grounds with Morgan

Climbing in with the pigs can get dangerous when they’re hungry 😆

One of my favorite evacuees

Crooked River Roundup Queen, MRO, MRW, MTRO and JMRO

Putting Pete and Hoot away after night two

Pete and I doing our first run in at the Cascade Chute Out

At Horse Guard–how they make their Flix Treats

Morgan and I during Grand Entry

Meeting Cody from McKillip’s Catering

At the sponsor/kickoff dinner for the Cascade Chute Out with Morgan and Sam

With JMRO Morgan and MRO Sam

Having a blast with Morgan Night 3

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Morgan Brownell!

This month didn’t start out that great. My family ended up getting evacuated from our home with the fires only being a mile and a half from our home. We went to my aunt’s house. Only a few hours after, we had to go pick our horses up from our barn and take them to a friend’s house in Corvallis. My dad and I stayed there for a couple days and then went to St. Paul to help out with all the evacuated animals at the rodeo grounds. Ainsley and her family invited me to stay at their house for a little while so I did. I was able to help at the grounds with all the evacuated animals by feeding and watering them and also help out at the St. Paul FFA barn with the animals there.

I was also invited to attend the Cascade Chuteout in Redmond. A huge thank you goes out to Denis Fast, Haley Bridwell and all the rodeos and stock contractors for putting on the wonderful event!! It was put on by the Sisters Rodeo, Crooked River Roundup and High Desert Stampede. I had such a blast being able to hang out with old friends and also be able to meet new people. It was such a great experience that I will never forget! The first event of the Cascade Chuteout was a dinner Wednesday night. They had all three rodeos and all three stock contractors, families and friends there. Sam, Ainsley and I had the honor of being able to help with walking around the live auction items to raise money. It was such a fun night getting to know everyone a little better The first night was a bull ride but we still got to do grand entry, our run-ins and flag runs. I used Chester–my rope horse–the first performance and he loved it! I had so much fun being able to carry flags in the grand entry. The grand entry at the Cascade Chuteout is a little different than most rodeos. It’s more of an NFR-type entrance where they have two people running flags at the same time next to each other. I was able to be the first in the gate all three nights and it was a blast! It was so much fun being able to see the excitement on everyone’s faces as they watched us fly around the arena. Everyone was so happy cheering and waving back. At the end of the rodeo we all came back through the arena at a trot with the stock contractor and rodeo flags. The second night I used Tommy. This was one of the rodeo performances and the stands were packed! Once again I was one of the firsts in the arena, this time with Ainsley next to me! I was also able to ride in the barrel truck with Ainsley and the Crooked River Roundup Queen Emily McDaniel. I also led the final trot through at the end of the performance with all the flags. The third and final night was the best night. I did grand entry with Ainsley, did my run-in and was able to carry one of the rodeo flags and stop at the chutes with the three rodeo presidents for them to be recognized. I was also able to be one of the three to carry the stock contractor flags around the arena to be able to recognize them too. I got to ride in the barrel truck again and was able to lead the final trot through of the night. Overall it was a blast and definitely one to remember. It was definitely the best rodeo of the year and I would go back in a heartbeat. Everyone there was so much fun to be around and so energetic. It was a definitely really cool to see three different rodeos and three different stock contractors come together and create such an amazing time. It was great to see Sam again also. We figured out we hadn’t seen each other since March!

Gratefully, Morgan

Running flag in Grand Entry

Crooked River Roundup Emily, Sam, Miss Rodeo Washington Madi, Ainsley and me

My boys

Riding in the barrel truck

With Miss Rodeo Washington Madi Casto

Just a couple of the evacuated animals

Our dads

Walking the evacuated goats

Animal Evacuations:  Personal Stories

Although the wildfire evacuation stories of September have faded from recent news feeds, the aftermath is still very fresh to those who were forced to hurriedly evacuate themselves and their precious animals and seek shelter in safe places.  The wildfires are currently in varying degrees of containment and so firefighters battle on.

We recognize especially MRO 2016 Katie Schrock, the founder of Cowgirl 911, who was instrumental in superbly organizing the emergency response in her area of Oregon.

Over the next few months, we plan to share the personal stories of Oregonians who have faced this disaster and what they have learned.  If you have a story you’d like to send us, please contact us via email at missrodeooregonincfoundation@gmail.com or on our Facebook page.  In case you missed the Facebook post on September 12, we are sharing this month the story of MTRO Ainsley and JMRO Morgan:

“The past couple days we have had the opportunity to volunteer taking care of evacuated animals from the major wildfires that are happening around our communities. We have been staying busy at the St. Paul Rodeo grounds, St. Paul FFA Barn, and at Ainsley’s barn. We have been helping feed, water, clean up after and sort animals –horses, pigs, cows, alpacas, goats and sheep–that have been evacuated from their homes. We have also been able to get some extra snuggles in with the evacuated animals.

The St. Paul Rodeo has provided temporary shelter for over 200 animals that were displaced with the overflow of smaller animals like chickens, goats, llamas and a mini horse being sent to the St. Paul FFA barn. It’s been a privilege to also help evacuate a few horses and care for them at our home.
It warms our hearts to see everyone in our community come together and work to help those in need. Thank you to everyone who has brought donations for the animals and volunteered their time helping make sure they are ok. We continue to ask for prayers for our great state.
Humbled and Blessed–Ainsley and Morgan, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon and Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon”

Meet the MROIF Treasurer Raylah Holm!

I serve as the Treasurer for Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. Foundation and I am the Director for Miss Rodeo Alaska. I have been involved with rodeo and rodeo queens since 1973. I live in Ellensburg, WA and I enjoy living close to my twin grandchildren. I have been employed by Hewlett Packard since 1997.

I am no stranger to the rodeo arena. I was an active competitor and member of the Girls Northwest Rodeo Association and competed in Hunter Jumper, Saddle Seat and Side Saddle competitions while in college. I have carried a PRCA timers card since the early 1970’s and continue to time rodeos part time when needed. Along with competing in rodeos and horse shows, I am the mother of a former Miss Rodeo Washington (1994) and was active with the Miss Rodeo Washington program for many years, holding officer positions including National Director to Miss Rodeo America, Inc. I am currently an active member of the National Advisory Council to the Miss Rodeo America organization, the Miss Rodeo America Ambassador Club, and am an MRA Gold Member.

I have judged many contests over the years including six state pageants and the National High School Finals. I have seen the value that rodeo queen programs can offer young women across the country and continue to congratulate each contestant for taking the step to compete and reach for their goals. I pride myself on providing meaningful and positive feedback to help the young ladies grow personally and professionally.

In Las Vegas with condo roommates Dona Rutherford, Carol Zimmerman, Lynn Haynes, Lois Forester, and Julie Singer

At MRO 2020 Pageant Orientation with board members Lynn Haynes, Julie Singer, Tanya Cloutier, Carol Zimmerman, and Lois Forester

Thank you to our very generous sponsors!


The Oregon Queen — September 2020

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Samantha Henricks!

I am happy to finally report that I was able to present the American flag at my first Oregon rodeo last month! Ainsley and I headed east to Redmond, Oregon for the Last Call Before Fall Rodeo and had a great time! We were accompanied by numerous other queens and there was plenty of good company among the fans who attended in support of Oregon rodeos. Though I was excited to watch some rodeo action, I was not prepared to have some rough stock action of my own! Ainsley had very graciously loaned me her new horse to ride. He was feeling good at his first rodeo and let the crowd know it with a few bucks and jumps during our queen lap! Never a dull moment here!
Additionally, last month I was able to host the first ever Miss Rodeo Oregon Poker Ride! It was a beautiful day and there was a great turn out for the ride and for lunch. I am very thankful that the community in Southern Oregon has been so supportive. We were able to give door prizes, along with a prize for the highest hand and lowest hand. I want to thank the board at Pacifica Gardens for hosting the event and to Brushriders for sponsoring it. Also, thank you to my family who was there helping check people in, barbecuing, and scoring poker hands.
The month of September will bring another Oregon rodeo, the Cascade Chute Out! The High Desert Stampede, Sisters Rodeo and Crooked River Roundup committees have joined Bridwell Pro Rodeos and the Deschutes County Fair and Expo with hopes to bring great rodeo action to Central Oregon. Ainsley, Morgan and I will be there September 15th through the 19th. Hopefully this time, I only get to watch the rodeo action and not experience it! But hey, whatever happens, I can guarantee it will be entertaining!

PC: John Laptad

PC: John Laptad

PC: John Laptad




Miss  Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Ainsley Goughnour!

August has flown by and has come to an end. It has been a pretty quiet month for rodeo in Oregon overall. I decided since I had extra time I’d try some new things that I had been really wanting to try. I had the opportunity to attend a roping clinic with Stacy Barker. This was my first roping clinic ever. I had a blast and grew a ton in one day! I’ve loved giving roping a try and hope to continue learning and eventually compete in breakaway roping.

I never thought I would say my first Oregon rodeo would be in August! Yes, that’s right, I was able to attend my very first Oregon rodeo of the year, the Last Call Before Fall rodeo which was in Redmond,Oregon. Sam and I were able to meet up and spend time together as well as meet many of my fellow Oregon Sash Sisters. It’s crazy to think that it was August when I just did my first run in of the year and carried the Oregon State Flag. We had quite the adventure on the drive home; we had made it just outside of Sisters when one of the trailer tires blew from a nail. I’m very thankful my Dad was there to change the tire and we were only a few miles out of town and not going over the pass yet. After about an hour delay, we were back on the road and made it home safely.

With all the cancellations of rodeos and events this summer, I’ve had extra time to try new things that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. I took Hoot to Eugene and we competed in Ranch Riding classes at the Oregon Reining Horse Association Show. We did four classes where we placed in the top 4 in all of them!  I’m so glad I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and tried something new.

This month I would have attended the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo. Not only are they one of my amazing sponsors but the fair and rodeo have been a special part of my life. I have been able to attend since I was little and I think of Canby as my second home. The Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo is also the host rodeo for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. I was really looking forward to all of the activities and events that were supposed to take place during CCF&R. I know next year will be bigger and better than ever!

As I prepare for school to start back up and reflect on my summer, I realize just how blessed I am. Though almost all of the events that I had planned on attending over the summer were canceled I was able to try so many new things. I’ve made new friends (many that I haven’t even met in person yet), learned new skills, grown in many different aspects of my life and genuinely had a great time. I’ve had time with family and friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have and I feel so fortunate to have their support. It’s amazing how fast the summer has flown by. The few rodeo events that I have been able to participate in make me even more excited for what’s to come in the next few months and next year!


Ainsley, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Leo’s and my first roping clinic

High five with clinician Stacey Barker

Sam and I getting ready for our first rodeo

Pete and I carrying the Oregon flag

Last Call Before Fall Rodeo

Hoot and I in outreach class

Hoot and I at our first ranch riding show

Destiny Wecks surprises me with a custom Oregon shirt and TETWP shirt

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Morgan Brownell!

Over the month of August I was able to not only go to and compete in NWYRA (Northwest Youth Rodeo Association) rodeos but I was able to do two run-ins at each rodeo. I also got to carry the Oregon flag. I used both Chester and Tommy for my run-ins and they both loved it! If you look at one of my videos of Chester and me doing our run-in you can see I had to pull him over because he wanted to do another lap.

I competed in Barrels, Poles, Goat Tying and Team Roping. I placed almost every time and in every event. I was blown away about how we did in Poles. We placed 2nd both times in the first rodeo and in the second rodeo we placed 2nd Friday and 1st on Saturday, setting a new PR!! I was also able to help give goody bags to the pre pee-wees along with the NWYRA queen Sadie Bateman. Overall it was an amazing two rodeos and I can’t wait till next year!!

Gratefully, 2020 JMRO Morgan Brownell




NWYRA Queen Sadie Bateman and I with matching shirts


With one of my sponsors, Emery & Sons


Meet 2nd VP Lois Forester!

In January 2018, I was appointed by the Miss Rodeo Oregon board to fill the vacancy of 2nd Vice President (Media).  I’m a longtime member of the organization, joining when my daughter, Melissa, served as 2004 Miss Rodeo Oregon.  I volunteered as a chaperone for the Miss pageant for many years but happily accepted the challenge of being the media person for MROIF.  After a very steep learning curve as 2nd VP, I count as successes the revamping of the website, a monthly newsletter, unified sponsorship packages, an expanded social media presence, a rewritten Spirit Award, and a dedicated MRO YouTube channel. I serve on the education/programs committee and delight in decorating for it and cooking meals for everyone. I joined the Miss Rodeo America organization in 2018 and am now a member of the National Advisory Council.  I love being on their media committee and helping them with some of the behind-the-scenes tasks required to host such a large pageant.

I believe that the communication skills I used in my career as a speech pathologist have served me well with MROIF.  I highly value ethical and effective communication, and endeavor to present our titleholders in the best possible light.  With every post or newsletter, I think about the potential to influence a young girl as she dreams about one day being a rodeo queen.

A city girl, I attended the Calgary Stampede every year, the closest I ever got to a horse.  I left Canada to attend the University of Oregon and decided to make this state my home. For all 43 years of my marriage, I’ve lived in the country with horses. My husband’s passion for the outdoors provided our family with opportunities to hunt, fish, ski, horse pack into the wilderness, and participate in 4-H and rodeo.  (And I learned to appreciate the dusty grounds of many small hometown rodeos!)  My daughter introduced me to rodeo queendom with two years on the Catherine Creek Rodeo court and as queen of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.  While I don’t bring the typical rodeo queen experience to an MROIF board position, I wholeheartedly support the goals of the organization—Educate, Elevate, Inspire. All of my volunteer experiences up to this point have enabled me to flourish in this position.

In an active retirement, I not only perform my volunteer duties on the board of MROIF but I try to travel as much as possible.  My guide book is “1000 Places to See Before You Die”.  Having traveled to many places on the globe–from the Great Wall of China to Red Square to Vietnam and lots of places in between–I travel within the US with my vintage trailer “Louie” as a Sister on the Fly.  I also have a new tiny trailer “Honeybunch” in Missouri and will travel the Trail of Tears with SOTF next year from Florida to Oklahoma, a journey of over 2,000 miles.

I encourage anyone to join this organization and find a spot to volunteer!


The crew at our 2019 clinic: Lynn Haynes, Sue Ellen Vincent, Glenda Franich, Carol Zimmerman, Barb Carr, me, Tanya Cloutier, Julie Singer, and Kayla Vincent.


MRA 2019 with Sam Henricks and Glenda Franich

MRA 2019 with Julie Singer

The Oregon Queen–August 2020

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-2021 Samantha Henricks!

This month I was able to attend Lil Sprouts Preschool’s Rodeo Camp! It was great to get back out to talk about RODEO! I was able to drop in on the last day of their summer camp and talk about the rodeo events they had been learning about, as well as talk about the history of our sport. One of my favorite things about young children is that they are excited about….everything! From learning about the “sweet drawings” on my chaps (as one very enthusiastic 5-year-old said) to learning about broncs and bulls, they are always game for anything. Since being crowned Miss Rodeo Oregon, I had the goal of submerging myself into youth programs throughout the state, so having the opportunity to speak with this class was a pleasure.
On the same note of youth programs, I also got the opportunity to attend the Jackson County 4-H Horse Fair’s Grand Entry. I graduated from the 4-H program in Jackson County as a 9-year member in 2014. 4-H holds many great memories for me, but a highlight was being able to share my 4-H experience with a younger member, Lane. Lane is not so little anymore as he just graduated as a 9 year member this year. In my former 4-H club, our leader would always assign senior members to help the younger members get ready for their classes and Lane was always who I was assigned. I used to warm up his horse Rosie for him and one time Rosie was being unusually difficult and decided to rear straight up in the air with me. I remember looking at Lane and his eyes were as big as tomatoes when I told him, “She is fine now…. it’s your turn to get on.” When I was listening to Lane’s senior bio this year, he mentioned that exact same story about Rosie and me.  It just goes to show what kind of relationships and experiences a program like 4-H can give you. This is just another reason why I chose to dive into the youth programs this year.
This month I get to attend my first Oregon Rodeo! In August, this is not something I would have thought I would be saying, but here we are! Stay tuned to see what we are all up to next month!

Lane and I

Lil Sprouts Preschool Rodeo Camp

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020-2021 Ainsley Goughnour!

Normally in July I would be going all over the place for Cowboy Christmas but this year was a little different. I got to spend the 4th of July with my family which was nice to get to have the time with them, even though I sure did miss all the rodeos, parades and activities. July would have been my busiest month of traveling. My schedule was packed with events all over the state but with everything canceled, I had a lot of time to ride my horses and spend time with family and friends.

The hardest part about owning horses is letting go. It turned out to be a blessing to be home over 4th of July week because I unexpectedly lost my old horse Rocky. Rocky was my first show horse; he taught me so much and is one of the reasons I am the rider that I am today. I was blessed to have Rocky for 12 years.

I got to take Leo on his first beach ride ever. We went to Pacific City and rode on the beach with some family friends. Leo and Pete were both rock stars! I was so impressed with Leo and how he did for his first time ever on the beach. The weather was perfect.

Within a matter of days, I went from the complete west side of the state all the way to the furthest east side of Oregon. On July 21, we packed up the horses and took them to Joseph to go have some fun even though the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo had to be cancelled. I was invited to stay at Destiny Wecks’ (2015 JMRO) house and spend the weekend doing our own rodeo activities. The first day we went go-karting and rode the horses around in the arena. The next day, we went to the lake with the boat and we tubed, rode a bull floaty, and went swimming. After the lake, we went on a trail ride where I was blessed to ride a horse named Gray and a horse named Dolly. We rode to the viewpoint over Wallowa Lake.

Destiny also showed us where they held the first Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. The next day, we went and participated in a mini parade that Destiny organized. As we went through the streets of Joseph, people were so excited and surprised. Thank you Destiny for putting on the parade. I had a blast! At the end of the parade we went through a drive-thru and got ice cream. Who can resist ice cream after a warm ride through town?

Following the parade, we went and rode in the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo grounds. We played around and practiced run-ins. Leo got to practice his first ever run-in. We then took some pictures in front of the beautiful mountains. After our horse and parade adventure we headed back to the go-karts again. The first time around I went with Destiny and then I got to ride with Bella. I had a ton of fun with both of them.

Dez, Morgan, and I made breakfast for everyone the last morning. We made pancakes, huckleberry pancakes, hash browns, and sausage. We then hopped on bareback and took the horses for one last ride around the farm fields. After a wonderful weekend, we said goodbye. I can’t wait to see everyone next year at the 2021 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

Though the month turned out to be much more “relaxed” than I had originally planned, it ended up being one of the most fun and adventurous. I am so blessed by all of my rodeo family and those that support me. Hoping for more adventures in August.

Yours truly,
Ainsley Goughnour, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon


Photo op in front of the Wallowa Mountains

My run in with Leo

My run in with Pete

Parade ready

JMRO Morgan and OHSRA 1st Attendant Destiny Wecks

Fun times on Wallowa Lake

Go Karts with our buddies

I don’t think I made it eight seconds!

Early morning, loading up for our six hour drive to Joseph

Beach ride at Pacific City

Waiting for our turn

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-2021 Morgan Brownell!

This month I was able to go to three playdays, placing High Point twice and Reserve High Point once. I went trail riding over the 4th of July weekend and enjoyed family time. This year was the first ever that I wasn’t at the St. Paul Rodeo for the 4th of July. Since my parents have always been members and my dad is a director, the only place I’ve ever known for the 4th of July is St. Paul. But it was really fun getting to do something different!!

I also got to go to Joseph with Ainsley. When we got to Joseph, the first thing I did was go inner tubing with Ainsley and the Oregon High School Rodeo Queen 1st Attendant Destiny Wecks, who was also 2015 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon. After having fun at the lake, we went trail riding and got to see an amazing view of Wallowa Lake!! On Saturday, Destiny put on a mini parade through Joseph for everybody there. We went down Main Street and after that we got to do run-ins in the famous Harley Tucker Arena!! After we got back to Destiny’s house, we went riding in her arena and did some barrel racing and pole bending for fun.

On Sunday, Ainsley, Destiny and I made breakfast for everyone. We made sausage, pancakes, and hashbrowns. Luckily we didn’t burn down the house and we made a good breakfast if I do say so myself! When it was finally time to go home we did a last minute trail ride around their hay field and then we were on our way home! Thank you Wecks family for having us. Can’t wait for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in 2021!!

Gratefully, JMRO Morgan!

Stopped to see the Pendleton Round Up grounds on our way to Joseph



A little go cart fun after the parade



A young rodeo fan

Doesn’t everyone get drive-thru ice cream?

Overlooking Wallowa Lake

Meet Tanya Cloutier, 1st VP and Miss Pageant Director!

Hello and Happy August! My name is Tanya Cloutier and I am currently serving as your Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc. Foundation 1st Vice President and Pageant Director and I have previously held the position of Secretary. I have been a member of the Miss Rodeo Organization for at least 12 years but first became interested when my friend and OSU college roommate (Go Beavers!), Sylvia Ladd Sandford, won the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon in 1988.

My love of horses started when I was very young growing up in Eugene, OR. My family did not come from country roots so when I told them I wanted a horse, my parents did not know what to do or say. So like any good parent, they started me out with riding lessons and cleaning stalls. I was in heaven! I was soon entering horse shows on my lesson mount, a black Shetland pony named “Minx”. We competed in everything from Showmanship, Western, English, jumping to pony cart driving. It was not long before I graduated to a “big horse”. I joined 4-H as an “associate member” because I was technically too young to be a part of the program and my passion for horses grew from there. For several years, I
competitively entered 4-H, Open and Appaloosa Circuit horse shows and I had the honor of competing at the Oregon   4-H Horse Fair for six years, representing Lane and Tillamook Counties. I loved everything about my 4-H years but one of my greatest accomplishments was obtaining my 10-step EL Dad Potter Award in 1983.

My rodeo royalty journey began in 1982 when I held my first title, Princess of the Tillamook Co. Equestrian Court and then was crowned their Queen in 1983. In 1993, I represented the Tillamook County Rodeo and the following year joined the Board as the Queen Director. In 2000 our family moved to Central Oregon and with one of my daughters showing interest in “Queening”, I was able to revive the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Court program. My daughter competed twice for Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon, winning first runner up but I officially became a Queen Mom in 2008 when she was crowned Queen of JCFR. I still serve as the advisor for the two-member court to date.

My husband and I happily live in Madras, OR on our 64-acre farm and I have worked for the Jefferson County Community Development Department for 19 years as an Assistant Land Planner. I have two horse-crazy twin daughters who are 29 years old and we are proud to be called Nana and Papa by our beautiful grand babies, Kinsley (7), Jayce (5) and Ryker (4). I am a horse show judge, former OHSET Coach/Advisor, serve on the MRO Clinic committee and have had the opportunity to judge many local, state and regional pageants. This is my passion and I love watching the girls learn and grow with this program.

Membership Meeting!

Please join us for a membership meeting on TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 beginning at 7:00 pm.  This will be a phone meeting via a free conference call link at (605) 475-3235.  The code is 936145#.  Please join us!!