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The Oregon Queen — July 2022

Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin!

I think that the month of July was the most action packed month of the year! This month started with a bang as we dove right into the 4th of July weekend AKA Cowboy Christmas. I had the opportunity to visit 3 rodeos in one weekend.

My first stop was the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo, followed by Eugene Pro Rodeo, and ending my journey at St. Paul Rodeo. Each of these rodeos are so unique which is what I deeply love about rodeo in Oregon. There is a diversity like no other in this state when it comes to spectators, rodeo committees, and even the locations of Oregon rodeos. I feel so blessed to get to plant my boots in the dirt of each of these different arenas.
After my Cowboy Christmas run, I headed over to the town of Elgin, Oregon where I got to spend some time with their newly crowned queen, Rowdy Israel (who is also a former Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon!), and our current Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon, Destiny Wecks. If you haven’t had the opportunity to spend time out in Eastern Oregon I highly recommend a trip to Elgin. Eastern Oregon boasts sweet towns with rich history and Elgin did not disappoint.
After Elgin, I headed over to the Valley for an event I’ve been looking forward to all year, Pre- Pageant Orientation. The time is finally upon us to pick the 2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon and I couldn’t be happier about the contestants. Both of these women are strong, smart, and passionate women. I was so happy to get to visit with them as well as their families as they take the first steps towards the competition. No matter the outcome of this year’s pageant, the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon will be in great hands!

Next up was a quick trip to Colorado Springs CO for the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I don’t think that words can describe this experience. This event is such a humbling experience. To walk into the Hall of Fame and see artifacts from the history of rodeo is already awe inspiring, but then to get to listen to some of the legends talk about their humble beginnings that brought them into greatness was so inspiring. You don’t know the impact your life will have on the people around you, and not many of us will make it into any Hall of Fame, but it isn’t about the glory we can bring ourselves that inspires us to do great things. It is the passion we feel and the knowledge that even the smallest acts of kindness make us people that are fit to stand next to the legends.

My next trip would take me out of state to the wonderful town of Nampa Idaho, home of the Snake River Stampede. I had the opportunity to meet the Snake River Stampede Board of Directors in Las Vegas during my time as Lady in Waiting. I was so impressed with them and their constant kindness that I immediately put this rodeo down as a bucket list rodeo. I was thrilled when Miss Rodeo Idaho, Taylor Hymas, invited me to be a part of this special rodeo. This Oregon girl felt so welcomed into the Idaho family. Not only did I get to run in each night I was there, but different board members planned so many fun events for us during our stay. I got to tour the area on a river float, experience some hot springs, and cruise around in the back country on an ATV. Thank you to everyone who hosted us, and made us all feel so welcome. And thank you to the two horses that carried me through the weekend.

Once the Snake River Stampede came to a close, Miss Rodeo Idaho, Miss Rodeo Washington and I packed up the pickup truck and drove the 10+ hours to Cheyenne Wyoming. This drive was full of heartfelt laughter, honest conversations, and so many great memories. When I won the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon I never expected to be blessed with such great friends in my fellow sash sisters. It’s these little moments that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Once we arrived in Cheyenne, we hit the ground running! Starting the day with the iconic Chuck Wagon Pancake Breakfast where I got to try my hand at both tossing and catching pancakes as they flew off the griddle. After Pancake breakfast we went to a fundraiser luncheon for one of the local museums that is dedicated to displaying the history of the Wyoming Cowgirl. The event was a hoot! A big thank you to the cowgirls who sponsored our seats at the event. From there we went to my first performance of Cheyenne Frontier Days. This day was dedicated to honoring those that have served in our military and I can honestly say I don’t think there was a dry eye in the stadium after the grand entry. After watching the rodeo and exploring some of the many shops, I headed over to visit Samsville jewelry store where the owner, Sam Abweh, was so kind and sponsored a beautiful opal ring to each of us State Titleholders. If you are in the market for some beautiful jewelry you need to head over to https://samsvillegallery.net/ or visit his booth in Vegas during the NFR. Day two of the Frontier Days continued with a morning parade, and the afternoon performance. During this performance I got to do the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days flyby! Gray was kind enough to carry me down the track before he went off to do his real job as a pick up man’s horse. Boy Howdy they were not joking when they said it would be a fly by. That might have been the fastest run I have ever done, and it was thrilling. Day three took us to one of the many Air Force bases where we got to watch the Thunderbirds perform, then we headed to my final performance in Cheyenne where we watched some rodeo, visited sponsor booths, and closed the chapter of my visit there. What a wonderful experience and thank you Cheyenne Frontier Days for welcoming us queens to your wonderful event.

I ended the month of July at Chief Joseph Days. I have heard of this rodeo for quite some time but have never had the chance to make it out there. I was happy to be back in beautiful Eastern Oregon where not only did I get to spend time in the rodeo arena, but I also got to spend time with my sash sisters playing mini golf and bumper cars. After being out of state for some time it brought me so much joy to be back in Oregon and spending time with so many of my fellow Oregon queens and princesses. No matter how old, how young, how many titles, or even where they come from, each of these women have blessed me by being authentically who they are and bringing that honest spirit into the arena each time I see them. I am so grateful for the number of young women I have met on this journey and cannot wait to see them as they continue to grow. The leadership I see in these young women is unparalleled to any other state I have traveled to. It warms my heart deeply to get to know each of these smiling faces a little better as I travel down the road.

See you all on our next adventure and keep up the smiles!
Blessings,
Avalon Irwin
Miss Rodeo Oregon

Tough Enough to Wear Pink day at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Photo bombed by none other than past Junior MRO Rowdy Israel!

MRO pre-pageant contestant and family meeting

Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc’s motto is to Educate, Elevate, and Inspire young women.

Spending the day as tourists in Colorado with my friend Miss Rodeo Washington, Lexy Hibbs

Hanging out with Miss Rodeo Nebraska at the Snake River Stampede

My host family took us ATVing to some Idaho hot springs… we got a little dusty

 

Pancake breakfast at Cheyenne!

Fun fact, my sister is a nurse in the United States Army and I couldn’t be more proud of her!

This cowgirl is always impressed by the various branches of the United States Military. Thank you to all of you who have served.

So fun getting to push cattle during Chief Joseph Days. Thank you Queen Maggie for showing me the ropes.

It’s not every day you get to stand in the arena of the famous Daddy of ‘Em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days!

PRCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony time!

West Coast queens at the PRCA Hall of Fame Cowboy Ball. Miss Rodeo California Jackie Scarry and Miss Rodeo Washington Lexy Hibbs.

Who’s ready to sign some autographs at Elgin? I know I am!

Night one at The Elgin Stampede with the newly crowned queen, Rowdy Israel

Picking up barrels at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Night 1 at St. Paul

Bumper cars with the girls

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks!

What is “Cowboy Christmas”? The Independence Day week is called Cowboy Christmas because there are more enticing rodeos that are either conducted on or near July 4th than competitors can make. Throughout July, competitors jump in and out of their trucks and trailers and airplanes as they compete in one rodeo after another. All across the country, cowboys and cowgirls travel to try and make all the rodeos they can to gain purse monies and raise their world standings in preparation for Circuit Finals in their area as well as for the National Finals Rodeo in December.

As a rodeo queen we are also trying to make as many rodeo appearances as we can in the month of July and of course the first week as its the 4th of July week and weekend! I last left off the month of June with the Jr and Teen Pageant in Tillamook then traveled from the coast to small town St. Paul for the 86th anniversary of their rodeo! I dropped our trailer at the rodeo grounds and took a small trailer to two other rodeos for the 1st and 2nd of July. Eugene Pro Rodeo was my first appearance for the month of July where I did the grand entry and then helped shag cattle for the timed events! That rodeo was the best hospitality for getting their rodeo competitors and queens in and out of the grounds fast and easy. I felt very welcomed with handmade earrings from their queen Clarissa Sanders that she made for all the visiting royalty. During the warm up before the rodeos started, I was able to move around the arena fences to talk with fans who all wanted to pet my horse Kyra or ask questions to the rodeo queens. This warmed my heart because when I came in for the grand entry, I could hear many voices cheering for my horse and me as we made our queen lap. I also was warmed by the many high fives I was able to give returning to the other end of the arena after every calf or steer we pushed out.

On July 2, Kyra and I made the short drive to Molalla for the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo. This rodeo was nice because I hadn’t been back since 2015 when I reigned as Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon. I really enjoyed the fans I got to talk to through the fence before the rodeo and being able to spend time with MRO board member Glenda, who was also a Molalla director.  We told stories most of the night as we helped hand out sponsor flags and get the horses in the arena. Top two memorable moments from that rodeo was being the only rodeo queen there which allowed me to take my time around the arena and I did the signature Pendleton Round Up Holler around the arena in my queen lap. I also really enjoyed being able to participate in the donkey races. In my rodeo queen garb, friend and rodeo queen Mia and I took the arena line with our donkey “Donkay”, and we didn’t win but the giggles lasted forever, unlike my voice the next few days.

Rounding out Cowboy Christmas week in St. Paul, on the 3rd and 4th I did a grand entry on the 3rd wearing my green military and first responder patch shirt. Behind the scenes before the rodeo I joined the Elgin Stampede Court and did some rodeo queen karaoke, (I can’t sing). For the last day of St. Paul I wanted to leave with a bang, well maybe some thunder, as I came in riding my Percheron draft horse Dolly for the Grand Parade and rodeo grand entry. Wearing red, white, and blue, Dolly and I had the best time going through the parade. And, yes, just like my Jr Miss year, I got lost again. Good thing I had the Pendleton Round Up Court to help me get back this time! For the rodeo I really enjoyed riding my prized horse in the huge arena and being able to include her past the walking parades. We also had the Queens Luncheon where all the visiting royalty got to introduce themselves and their titles with dates and special remarks.

Heading home after the matinee rodeo performance, we got home to have just a few short days of being home before I was at another great July rodeo which I can call my hometown rodeo! The Elgin Stampede rodeo started off with the family night rodeo where I helped with goat tying and tail untying as well as the stick horse races. The following night I was honored to be asked to carry the American Flag. The next two nights were a blast being able to do my queen hot lap each performance, push cattle and then sign autographs. Dolly and I also made our grand appearance during the parade where we took home the first place prize for the royalty!

Being home didn’t last long when I headed off to the next stop in St. Helens for the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo. I helped during their court pageant with the speeches and questions as well as the horsemanship portion, followed by two nights of NPRA rodeo action and getting to do some more queen laps.

Now my wheels stopped driving across the state for the week of my hometown rodeo, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. I not only attended all four nights of the rodeo performances but I also helped their court Maggie, Mia and Bailey push cattle and sign autographs. Outside of the rodeo I invited rodeo queens to do fun things around my hometown such as mini golfing at Wallowa Lake as well as go kart racing, paddle boats and swimming and boating on the water.

Now we are headed into the late summer month of August where I am excited for my last 4H horse county fair, showing my horse Whisper and hopefully attending the Oregon State Fair towards the end of the month. I have been also super excited and have been awaiting for the 2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant with the Canby Rodeo! My other events and rodeos planned for the next month are the NPRA Finals and starting college in Ontario! I can’t wait to finish out my year’s reign with more great rodeo appearances and events so stay tuned!

Stay humble and kind and God bless–

Destiny Wecks, 2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Last fair group photo with my 4H club The Rusty Spurs

Of course I had to get a photo with the best clown ever! Thanks JJ for always making the rodeos you work such a good memory for all (queens and fans)!

Although I wasn’t able to warm up in the arena at the Molalla Rodeo, I still got to chat with fans through the fence and got to get a photo with them before the performance.

Daniel Dopps Memorial Rodeo Queen Rylee McGehee getting ready with me for the Miles for Mammograms walk during Chief Joseph Days

Carrie and I showing off the RWB Bob Roy chaps during the St. Paul Rodeo

The state title holders before grand entry at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

With Jefferson County Queen Kethry Nolan filling our time with fun selfies before Elgin Stampede Grand Entry

State titleholders one again posing for the camera at St Paul Rodeo!

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!

My July started off on June 30th at the one and only St. Paul Rodeo. My Cowboy Christmas week looked a little like this: I kicked it off on Thursday at St. Paul, then Friday at the Eugene Pro Rodeo where I got to do my hot lap and hang out with the other queens, Saturday I stayed local and was in the Clovers Day parade in my hometown, then headed to Newport for the Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo. On Sunday I decided to stay in Newport since I had so much fun the previous night pushing cows and helping with the other things the board needed, then Monday I headed back to St. Paul to be in the parade, and attend the luncheon and be in the rodeo performance that night.

Then the next week I went to the Philomath rodeo for all three nights; I got to help run sponsor flags, push cows, do my hot lap and be in the parade on Saturday. Then on Sunday, I got to stay to run at the fundraiser barrel race to help rebuild the grandstands after the fire. I placed third in the Youth division and second in Novice. After Philomath, I had a weekend off for the first time since February and although I was not busy with rodeo queen things, I still kept busy by riding my horse and working with my market goats and my dairy heifer’s county fair.

Then I headed to Columbia County to compete in the Junior Rodeo on the 21st and the other two rodeo performances on the 22nd and 23rd. I got to do my hot lap for all three nights during grand entry and also got to throw swag to the crowd while riding around the arena!

The next weekend I made the long 8-hour drive to Joseph for Chief Joseph Days! I was there all of the nights. I got to participate in the serpentine for grand entry and also a hot lap all of the nights. On Friday Destiny, Avalon and I got to participate in the Jr. Parade; we rolled down the streets of Joseph in our rodeo rig, and it definitely “wasn’t our first rodeo”. Then Saturday I got to be in the grand parade as well! I got Miss Sue all prettied up since it would be her last parade of the year. Right after the parade, I headed to the annual Queens Luncheon, then had a little bit of downtime, and then left again to go to a photo shoot with Robert McLean! He never fails to get breathtaking shots of MRO Avalon, MTRO Destiny, and I!  Although my time in Joseph was very hot, I got to cool off in the lake for multiple days and get burnt pretty bad, but beautiful Joseph made up for it!

Now I’m getting ready for County Fair this week! I’m taking three dairy heifers (one I will sell) and my market goat so I’m pretty excited!

Clipping my market goat, “Finn”

Visiting royalty at the CJD Luncheon

In the parade at Chief Joseph Days

Ready for Western Heritage Night

Pink Night

Cooling off in Wallowa Lake

With MTRO Destiny in St. Helens

Warm up at Columbia County

 

Purple night in Philomath

Grand entry night #2

Headed back after my run at the Junior Rodeo

Stayed close to home and entered my hometown parade

During the grand entry serpentine at St. Paul

Before the St. Paul parade with MRO Avalon and MTRO Destiny

Warm up time

Got a quick picture in front of the big sign

My run on Saturday in Joseph

With Jr. Miss TCRA Piper at CJD

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Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 17:
7:30 pm–Canby Rodeo Performance; Fair Admission and Rodeo Ticket Required
Thursday, August 18:
5:30 pm–Autograph Signing @Ford Booth at the Clackamas Fairgrounds; Fair Admission Required
7:30 pm–Canby Rodeo Performance; Fair Admission and Rodeo Ticket Required
Friday, August 19:
10:00-11:30 am–Horsemanship at the Canby Rodeo Arena
2:30-4:00 pm–Autograph Signing at Swan Island Dahlia Farm
5:30 pm–Mock Media Interviews and PRCA Knowledge @Food Court Stage; Fair Admission required
6:00 pm–Autograph Signing at Canby Ford Booth; Fair Admission Required
7:30 pm–Canby Rodeo Performance; Fair Admission and Rodeo Ticket Required
Saturday, August 20:
1:00-3:00 pm–Fashion Show @Clackamas County Fairgrounds; Fair Admission Required
6:00 pm–Autograph Signing at the Canby Ford Booth; Fair Admission Required
7:30 pm–Canby Rodeo Performance; Fair Admission and Rodeo Ticket Required
TBA–Arena Coronation of 2023 MRO
Following Coronation–Press Party and Awards Presentation @Wilsonville Best Western

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The Oregon Queen — June 2022

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Avalon Irwin!

Boy howdy has this month has been action packed!! We started the month at Union and Sisters rodeos. To say it rained would be an understatement. It poured all four days but the athletes competing still did an incredible job. I’m happy to say that myself and my gear was all dried out by the time we headed to Crooked River Roundup… well mostly dry at least.

Once we got to the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville we kicked things off with a cattle drive through main street. Don’t worry, all the cows eventually got home. A few took a detour through a couple nice looking lawns though. After the cattle drive I got to attend a sponsor dinner, 3 nights of rodeo performances, the parade, and of course the queens luncheon where I had the privilege to speak to my fellow queens about the key to success both inside and outside the rodeo queen world. If you missed the speech, don’t worry, we will post it for you later!

During Crooked River Roundup weekend our Junior and Teen were busy hosting their pageant in Tillamook. I had the opportunity to swing over that way and spend the day with the girls. I was so proud of everyone who put themselves out there and competed for those titles. It takes a special young woman to put herself in front of an audience and ask them to judge her. All of those young women are incredibly strong and should feel so proud of themselves for their accomplishments. Their futures are bright and I can’t wait to see where they go!

Next on my schedule was a well deserved weekend off, which I spent working to put on a bridal shower for baby sister. As they say, I can sleep when I’m dead! It was wonderful to get to celebrate my sister with some of the most prominent women and influencers in my life. This weekend reminded me of just how important it is for us to surround ourselves with women of all generations that can pour out wisdom and influence our lives. It was a much needed refreshing weekend.

In the blink of an eye June was over and it was time to celebrate Cowboy Christmas!! What a weekend that was, but you’ll have to wait till next month to hear about that adventure.

Before I leave you, I wanted to take a moment and encourage all of you readers. With school out and summer in full swing you are probably either feeling really busy or really bored. Either way I know that as humans we have the tendency to spend our time focusing on the next thing in front of us, whether it’s coming too fast or not fast enough. I want to encourage you to take the space you need to breathe and be thankful for where you are right now. You only get this one moment here and now, tomorrow’s is not promised so immerse yourself here and find gratitude in this space. I promise the joy you will feel after doing this will be worth the effort it took. See you all down the road!

Blessings,
Avalon Irwin
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022

Getting ready with Mr. T

With Miss Columbia River Circuit, Britney Norby, at St. Paul

First perf of Sisters, before it rained.

 

Darby helps her mom shoe T when I’m on the road. The future is bright with this young cowgirl.

Getting ready for the cattle drive down main Street in Prineville, OR

We lost a few cows along the way at the cattle drive in Prineville

Ran into my Farrier and her daughter, Darby, at CRR!

Cattle drive

Sneak peek of my session with Art of Aperture

3 pairs of Stringfellow Tailored chaps made an appearance at the Mollala Buckeroo Rodeo

 

On my weekend off, I hosted my sister’s bridal shower

Headed to the Crooked River Roundup parade

MC for Junior/Teen Pageant Horsemanship

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022 Destiny Wecks!

“True cowboys are the ones who aren’t afraid to get dirty.”- Lane Frost

Well that’s one way to describe the rodeos this past month. No matter what side of the country I was on, I always greeted each rodeo with rain. Starting off the month of June, I was in Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo and attending the annual Teen Queen Week. Being surrounded with 13 other state rodeo queens my age was one of the best experiences of my reign so far! Being in Florida for the week we got to experience things like Wild Florida AirBoat Tours, GatorLand, Daytona Beach and Speedway, and their Miss Silver Spurs Rodeo queen pageant. On the last day of the trip I was able to hang out with Miss Teen Rodeo Minnesota, Summer, during the rodeo performance, do a grand entry for the rodeo and sign autographs. Coolest thing about meeting these girls is learning more about their home states and how their state and rodeos operate or look different then Oregon or nearby states.

After I got home from that long trip in the beautiful sunshine state, I didn’t even make it all the way home but instead I turned right and headed an hour south to Union for my last 4h Eastern Oregon Livestock horse show. My best friends, Addie and Eva, were the superstars like they are and washed my horse Whisper and hauled her all the way to the show for me. For my last show, Whisper and I showed how to go out with style and a bang!

Intense rainfall led to a very deep and muddy arena for the show, so being the crazy horse people we are, the show moved into the grass parking lot. With trailers acting as the fence, we did our Showmanship, Western, English and Novice classes all in a very small area. I was excited to win the Senior Champion Showman then after the Grand Champion Showmanship class, I was shocked to also win the beautiful Overall Champion Showman buckle!

Getting to have a few days at home, I prepared for the 115th annual Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Rodeo and parade that weekend. After a short and sweet queen’s coronation on Tuesday evening, I prepared my horse Opie for the rodeo’s run-ins on Friday. We did one of the coolest and most looked forward to things for my year, a no hands track run! Opie and I also took home the second place award for rodeo royalty in the parade. After the grand entry and rodeo, sash sister mishap (little broken nose didn’t stop that queen!) We headed to Sisters for the 3 rodeos and parade.

Trying to escape one muddy arena just led to me finding yet another muddy mess of a run in at the Sisters rodeo. But of course a little mud never stopped anyone, definitely not rodeo competitors either! Even JJ was having a great time in the mud with his mud angels and face dives. The parade was rainy but I learned that rain ponchos work great to keep my flowers dry before the parade. After both Saturday rodeos were over, the mud was too much and I decided to save my horse some uncomfortable hours home with mud in all places, and miss the last performance on Sunday. But I did stop in for the Buckaroo Breakfast that morning before heading home.

The 3rd week and weekend in June consisted of many hours in the saddle but not for queen laps or parades; this time, it was for the Drill Team! My hometown rodeo, Mountain High Broncs and Bulls, was held on the 18th, where I have been an active drill team member for 8 years. I crafted 2 drills for the team this year as well as mixed the music and wrote up the script for the announcer to use during the rodeo. Once again this rodeo was also in rain and mud but the energy was high and the mood was all full of good vibes. I had the best time with the other 5 girls on drill and interacting with the rodeo fans who filled the stands!

Time really seemed to fly when I came back to Tillamook for the Jr and Teen Pageant. Being back so soon was definitely an odd feeling but I was so overjoyed to see all the girls competing for the titles and positions they wanted. Doing interviews, speeches, modeling, impromptu questions, mock tv interviews, horsemanship and of course the parade and grand entry for the Tillamook County Rodeo really helped show these girls skills and talents at work. I was able to loan my horse Kyra for both the horsemanship patterns and parade to a junior contestant when her horse was being naughty and that really meant the world to me. My year’s platform is to make a difference and leave a legacy, and that small gesture really made a difference for that rider to help boost her confidence and show the judges she wasn’t going to give up.

After the pageant I loaded up all my trailers and horses and headed back to the valley for St Paul! Thanks to my great sponsor St Paul Rodeo, I was able to unhook my trailer at the grounds for a whole week while we stayed with friends in town. Thank you to the Drescher family for allowing us to stay with you! The first performance of the rodeo was also the last day of June. I had a great time with the queens and courts that attended the rodeo performance that evening where we celebrated the life of a firefighter, Austin Smith, whose life was lost in the line of duty this year. With a riderless horse and saddle covered in the flag, tears fell and hearts were heavy as they made their way around the arena.

This next month is going to be rodeo filled with planned rodeos of Eugene Pro Rodeo, Molalla Rodeo, Elgin Stampede, Columbia Country Fair and Rodeo, and my hometown rodeo of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. I’m excited to attend parades and meet new people and get to share my passion with them all!

“Most competitors never realize what their true potential is. Don’t sell yourself short.”- Trevor Brazile

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon- Destiny Wecks

Flying home from Florida we flew right over the mountains of my county and I could even see our lake; they should have just dropped us out the back!

 

Our 6-person drill team consisted of Addie Royes, Mia Salerno, Celeste Bauck, Rylee Wilcox, and Maddie Bazer, all led by my mom Vixen Radford-Wecks

 

Piper Armstrong, Carrie Woods, and I had to get silly before horsemanship to get the good vibes going for all the competitors.

Coolest thing was to see the Daytona Speedway where the grandstands were almost completely up and down!

 

Carrie and I left after breakfast in Sisters before the storm! Great time and memories even in the rain and mud!

 

First performance of St Paul and we got the iconic queen photo with JJ Harrison

I wanted to host a movie and ice cream social for the girls at the pageant and I bought Carrie and I matching Pjs to wear!

I was able to do a little shopping while the rodeo was going on and I found my new favorite ring but I didn’t have enough money. Carrie gifted me the ring but really, it was just the 5 bucks to go buy it.

You know I had to bring something home from Florida, why not it be sand! Even bottled it up tight and taped it shut for the flights home.

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Carrie Woods!

What a month! This month I’ve traveled about 1,400 miles just from traveling to Klamath Falls, Sisters, Glenwood, and my short 20 minute drive to Tillamook.

I started off the month by making the quick decision to go to K Falls for the Great Northwest Pro Rodeo. I got to hang out with MRO Avalon since we were the only queens there. Then I made my way to Sisters.  I got there just in time for the parade and got to do my trot in for both of Saturday’s performances and got to help push cows. Then we made the decision to pack up and head home on Sunday after going with MTRO Destiny to the Kiwanis Breakfast. Then we made the drive to Washington for the Glenwood Ketchum Kalf Rodeo. I got to do my hot lap, then packed up the trailer to head back home the next day.

Then the next weekend I made the “super long” 20 minute drive to Tillamook for the Jr/Teen pageant. We started the weekend with our get acquainted party where we had ice cream and got to watch a movie and talk to all the contestants. Then the next day we started out with personal interviews, written tests, mock TV interviews, and horsemanship where I got to carry the Oregon flag, then ended the night with our grand entry run ins. Saturday, we started the day off with the parade and then we came back and had the luncheon where we then went into speeches and impromptu questions. There was the live auction and then I got ready for grand entry and coronation. I am so excited to announce that your 2023 Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon is Reegan Bills! And your 2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon is Morgan Brownell! (JMRO 2020-21). Congratulations to Reegan and Morgan; I can’t wait to watch you guys next year!

Until next month!

Carrie Woods 2022 Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon

All ready!

With MRO Avalon

The official gates!

Run Sue Run!

Mock TV interviews!

Crowning Reegan!

Your 2023 Jr and Teen Miss Rodeo Oregon title holders!

Ready for Grand Entry!

Helping in the arena with Avalon

Pre-rodeo selfie with JJ!

Destiny and I cruising down the streets of Sisters

With Miss NPRA Zoe Brooks and Jr. Miss TCRA Piper Armstrong

Under the Glenwood sign

Our iconic pose!

It felt good to be in my home town!

Before coronation

With MRO Avalon

 

Junior/Teen/Sweetheart Pageant Update!

Thank you to these judges–Marissa Marjama, Teri McGettigan, and 2014 MRO Sara (Marcus) Deraldine–who generously gave their time to support the Junior/Teen Program and judge and give feedback to the contestants.
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The Oregon Queen — June 2022

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Avalon Irwin!

Hello all, we are about to kick off busy season for rodeo and I couldn’t be more excited! Earlier this month I attended the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo which, as some of you might know, is the home of the only 100 point bull ride. This is an incredible record yet to be broken. The record is held by Wade Leslie on the bull Wolfman. While at Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo, I got to spend some time with Miss NPRA, Miss Columbia River Circuit, and of course Miss Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo. I am always so impressed by the young women I meet on the road. During this rodeo weekend, Miss NPRA, Zoe Brooks, showed me her favorite breakfast spot and introduced me to the churro waffle. Churros are one of my favorite treats, so I was thrilled to have an excuse to eat one for breakfast!

After Wild Rogue, I set a new travel record for myself. In a seven day period my feet hit the ground in a whopping 7 states. Some of that travel was personal, some Miss Rodeo Oregon related but what I learned from that week is that I truly can do anything when I put my mind to it. One of the states I traveled to was Idaho where I met the Art of Aperture Photography team. During my time with them I got hands on experience and feedback on posing in front of the camera. Before rodeo queening I believed that modeling in front of a camera was an easy task. Boy was I wrong! My rodeo queening journey has most definitely humbled me and created a new appreciation for those that choose a carrier in modeling. I am so grateful to the Art of Aperture team who boosted my confidence and gave me the tools I need to show my best self in front of the camera. If you are in need of headshots or any type of photoshoot, I highly recommend taking a trip to Nampa to have your photos taken by this great team.
After a few day break, I was back on the road again to the Great Northwest Pro Rodeo in Klamath Falls where I was honored with the task of carrying the American Flag. It is always a great honor to present our nation’s colors, and as I think of countries that are currently under attack or at war it makes me that much more grateful to live in a country whose people have so much freedom.
Stay tuned on the Miss Rodeo Oregon social media for discount codes for some of our sponsors, as well as updates on where this next month takes me!
Blessings,
Avalon
P.S. for those of you wondering, the 7 states I traveled to are Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Idaho, California, and of course Oregon.

 

Getting ready to run sponsor flags at Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo

Behind the scenes with the queens at Wild Rogue

Miss Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo and Miss NPRA were my companions during the rodeo.

Traveled to Nampa Idaho for a photoshoot with Art of Aperature Photography, an official sponsor of Miss Rodeo America.

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022 Destiny Wecks!

Almost into summer fully now and yet Oregon still can’t make up its mind with the weather! Sunny and warm then rainy, windy or snowy… however you may look at it spring so far has been a wild one!
In the month of May I had many firsts, lasts and experiences. In just the few week of May, I attended my last high school prom and the next morning left early in the dark for Riggins, Idaho for the parade and rodeo. I rode my horse Kyra and she did amazing with our arena buzz and strolling down the parade route through rain, snow, wind and then some sun.
Coming home I then planned my next event and a couple of appearances which included reading books to local kids at play groups and daycare. I also was able to get my official photos done for my year with the amazing Robert McLean! I got to show off my two new shirts–a black hand painted sunflower shirt done by Jill Wilcox and a bright and bold yellow and grey western shirt made by Celeste Bauck. After those were edited and completed, I ordered my autograph sheets with the newly updated photos, bio and of course my amazing sponsors!
The end of May concluded my high school years as it was my graduation on the 28th! I decorated my cap with leather tooled pieces to really show my style. I hung around my class for the last time before breaking for summer and we are separated.
And, of course, I’m always on the move! My next stop was the next morning after my graduation ceremony at the 75th annual Spray Rodeo and half marathon. Unfortunately the rain was awful the night before and I was unable to do the queens race, but I was still able to partake in the grand entry and hang out during the rodeo to sign autographs!
Once again (dark and early) my parents and I headed out to Pasco, Washington to catch our first flight on our way to Florida for the Teen Week and Silver Spur Rodeo!
In the month of June I’m looking forward of course to finishing out Teen Week in Florida, hosting and holding our Jr and Teen Pageant in Tillamook and attending many of my hometown and local rodeos! My next few appearances will include Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and Rodeo, Sisters Rodeo, Broncs and Bulls Rodeo and last but never least the Tillamook Rodeo and parade along with the Pageant.
Hope to see you down the rodeo road!
Destiny Wecks, 2022 MTRO

Last FFA Spring Banquet, as I served as the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 Enterprise FFA Reporter, was sad to say this was my last one and I was glad to win the awards of a $500 scholarship from the FFA Alumni, the Declab Award with a friend of mine and received my state and district winning Proficiency plaques.

The last high school prom was amazing with friends and memories to last a lifetime! Because my mom and dad were already gone to Riggins with my horse, I was in charge of getting my own photos taken. So setting up the phone on the deck and setting a timer worked great!

After my photoshoot, I took my photographer Robert and his grandson Sean up on the east moraine of Wallowa Lake to enjoy a trail ride and embrace the beautiful county I can call home.

At my school we get to take our last walk through the school in through the primary building where we receive hand shakes, high fives and hugs from other kids, teachers and staff.

Senior Bonfire where many of my classmates joined in the great outdoors to celebrate our accomplishments of high school and sit around a huge fire!

For Memorial Day, I gave thanks and honored those fallen for our great country and the freedoms we all enjoy to this day!

During the Spray Rodeo, my phone pouch that was sponsored by my Grammy Sue came in handy to catch this good selfie before the grand entry for the rodeo!

My first full day in Florida for Teen Week was attending Universal Theme Park and when waiting for the other girls to catch up, we had to improvise on photos!

Another great photo at the beginning of the Florida trip included me getting to hold a small Albino Gator! So cool! Thank you Gatorland for having us queens tour!

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Carrie Woods!

These months are sure flying by! It feels like just yesterday I was writing my first newsletter, but here we are 7 months later.

May was crazy busy! The beginning of the month, I was playing softball and we had our last tournament of the season. I got to pitch lots, and got some pretty nice hits including a homerun. We finished out our season strong, tying for 4th place.

Throughout the month, I was busy helping my dad on the farm by raking and green chopping fields, making round bales and picking them up, and of course playing with the barn cats. I was also busy messing with my horse whether it was a walk down the road, a ride in the arena or just giving her a bath, she was always getting loads of attention. I was also working with my market goat a lot; he is now fully brace trained and handles getting haircuts like a champ.

Later on in the month, I went to the Spray Rodeo and boy did they put on a show! I had so much fun and it was great getting to see everyone from near and far line the streets on Saturday morning. The crowd for that evening’s performance was so great! It’s a feeling like no other when you’re doing your run in and the whole crowd is cheering. The next day we only had the rodeo performance, and although the ground was pretty muddy, I still had a great time. I definitely had an amazing time at the Spray Rodeo.

I can’t wait for June; every weekend I have rodeo and I am beyond excited to be on the road traveling our beautiful state!

Gratefully,

2022 Jr. Miss Rodeo Oregon

Carrie Woods

Educate, Elevate, Inspire

My friend and 2022 Tillamook Jr. Miss Piper after a softball win.

Working with my 4-H goat Huckleberry Finn and my friend’s goat Gus Gus!

Sue and I getting ready for the Spray Parade.

MTRO Destiny and I at Spray, sporting “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” for Sunday’s Performance.

Photo taken during the Spray Rodeo by Memory Lane Photography

2023 Tillamook County Rodeo Queen, Junior Miss Rodeo Tillamook, Little Miss Tilly, Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon & Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart

Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022
8:30AM Pageant Welcome – Tillamook County Fair Grounds Skating Rink
9:00AM Interviews and Written Test – Tillamook County Fair Grounds Skating Rink
(Contestants and Judges only)
NOON Mock TV Interviews – Twins Ranch 6880 Hwy 101 N, Tillamook, OR 97141-6000
(541) 418-1460 www.twinsranchllc.com
1:00PM Field Trip to Tillamook Cheese Factory – Tillamook Creamery 4165 N Hwy 101, Tillamook, OR 97141
2:00PM Horsemanship Warm up– Tillamook Rodeo Arena
2:15PM Horsemanship – Judges Inspection – Tillamook Rodeo Arena
2:30 – 4:30PM Horsemanship Competition– Tillamook Rodeo Arena
7:00PM Rodeo Performance – Tillamook Rodeo Arena (Open to the Public – Admittance with Rodeo Ticket)
SATURDAY June 25, 2022
9:30AM Parade Judging Begins – Parade Staging Area (West parking lot of Fairgrounds)
Sweet♥Heart Pageant Begins
1:00PM Twins Ranch Queens Luncheon – Tillamook County Fair Grounds Skating Rink
($10 Luncheon Donation – includes admittance to Speech, Modeling and Impromptu Question Event)
2:00PM Speech, Modeling, Impromptu Questions & Live Auction –Tillamook County Fair Grounds Skating Rink ($10 Donation, event included with Luncheon donation)
5:00PM Contestant Group Interviews with Judges – (following speech, modeling and impromptu questions; time subject to change)
7:00PM Rodeo Performance – Tillamook Rodeo Arena (Open to the Public –Admittance with Rodeo Ticket)
Coronation to be held during Rodeo.

 

Following Rodeo Pageant Reception– Tillamook County Fair Grounds Skating Rink. Contestants will pick up their awards. Contestants must attend to receive awards. (Open to the Public)

Our Miss Rodeo Oregon Corporate Sponsors!!




The Oregon Queen — May 2022

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Avalon Irwin!

Hello all! So much has happened in the last couple months and I am excited to update you about it. In early March I had my coronation fundraiser. It was a fun and successful event! Thank you to all of you who came out and joined us that night. Because of everything you all contributed I have been able to get a few articles of clothing for my year as well as the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. And I will be able to make it down the road safe and sound without running out of gas! I am so grateful to have such a supportive team behind me.

Along with my coronation in the month of March, I also got to attend the High Desert Stampede. This rodeo is one I have been looking so forward to because not only is it my hometown Rodeo but I was joined this year by Miss Rodeo Washington, Lexi Hibbs, and Miss Rodeo Utah, Bradie Jill Jones. These women are two amazing title holders and good friends of mine so I was thrilled to share this experience with them.

This year, at the High Desert Stampede, Mr. T and I were honored to get to carry the American Flag in three of the performances. One of the nights the attendance filled all 4000 seats plus an additional 1000 tickets of standing room only. This is the most that rodeo has seen, and this home town girl was so honored to get to witness that moment from the arena dirt. I also want to take a moment to say how proud I am to have had such a wonderful horse to carry me in moments like that one. If you have never heard the roar of 4000 people while you stood alone in the arena on horseback let me tell you, it can be intimidating. Mr. T handled himself very professionally, with hardly an acknowledgement of the noise. A cowgirl’s horse is an incredible creature. I hope that you take a moment today to appreciate your furry partner. They do more for us than I think we can ever thank them for.

After the High Desert Stampede I got to attend the Miss Rodeo Oregon clinic in Madras, Oregon. This year our head clinician was none other than Miss Rodeo America, Hailey Frederiksen. It was such a wonderful opportunity to sharpen my skills as a title holder as well as encourage others that are just starting out their journey. During clinic we had the opportunity to practice horsemanship, modeling, speech, and gain valuable knowledge of the beef industry as well as equine health. If you did not have a chance to attend this year, keep an eye out for next year’s clinic. I promise it is well worth it to attend!

After clinic I had a little bit of down time where I got to start working with some of the skilled women that will be helping me achieve my goals as I prepare to compete for Miss Rodeo America. They say that knowledge is power, and I cannot express that enough. When you have knowledge on your side you will feel more confident walking into any situation. For those of you getting ready to compete in summer pageants, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about rodeo, the organization you want to represent, and proper equine health and practices. For anyone else who just wants to make themselves the best they can be I recommend you gain knowledge about yourself. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and work to become the best version of you. It’s ok to have weaknesses and be aware of them; you are human after all. Whether you are in the working world or still in school, getting to know more about ourselves helps us to communicate better with the people around us and it helps us know how we will handle different situations we are put in. You have been wonderfully made so rejoice in that, and continue to love yourself for who you are.

I can’t wait to see you all down the road! Stay tuned for more to come.

Blessings,
Avalon

My family and I at my coronation

Chap parade showing off various title holders chaps

A little behind the scenes at the High Desert Stampede

Mr. T and I were honored to get to carry the American flag at the High Desert Stampede

I was joined by Miss Rodeo Utah and Miss Rodeo Washington for Stampede weekend

Autograph signing at Coastal with Steve Kenyon, Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo Utah.

Mr. T got to take Miss Rodeo America, Hailey Frederiksen, for a ride during the MRO Clinic

A little power posing at the Pendleton Cattle Barons to get us ready for the day

While in Pendleton we got to do a photo shoot with the talented Robert McLean

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022 Destiny Wecks!

April showers bring May flowers! I mean, that’s the hope, right! 

This upcoming month is looking to be filled with new experiences, great memories, and of course new friends! Watch as May unfolds! I’m going to be closing the chapter of high school in May and so much more!

Let’s recap Miss Teen Rodeo March. I was on the road traveling to the Eugene Pro Rodeo Queen Clarissa Sanders and Princess Baylee Paulson coronation, Benton County Fair and Rodeo with Queen Allie Nuhring in conjunction with the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo Queen Corbie Johnsons coronation, and of course Miss Rodeo Oregon and Washington for Avalon Irwin and Lexy Hibbs! Coronations! Helping model auction items, spending a bit of money here and there, and of course being surrounded by fellow rodeo queen sisters was the best time.

I also took the time to promote being a rodeo queen and sport our MRO motto “educate, elevate, inspire” by helping with three different clinics, the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic, my own local clinic and the Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Clinic! The second weekend in March I held my own personal rodeo queen clinic for young girls to get an introduction and overview of what it takes to be a rodeo queen and what being a rodeo queen can help you achieve in life! While being home that same weekend, I was blessed to be able to attend the 2022 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court Glitz and Glam event as MTRO! I loved supporting local girls Mia, Bailey and Maggie!

In the mix of everything wild with coronations and events, I also wanted to stay true to myself and my passions for not only rodeo but agriculture, and I attended the Oregon State FFA Convention held in Redmond. After receiving my state level proficiency for Agriculture Communications, I popped over to Sisters for MRO Avalon’s coronation.  I was sad to not be able to stay the whole time but I was glad to see her on her special day for even just a quick picture. Then I hurried home for a barrel race the next morning where I was able to bring home three year end awards.

To round out the month of March, I once again returned to Central Oregon at the High Desert Stampede Rodeo where I volunteered at the Rascal Rodeo, signed autographs during and after the rodeos and of course watched the first ever sold out performances for the High Desert Stampede! 

April quickly came in! Nothing like a false spring! While attending the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic, in Madras, it was bitter cold and windy but all the girls had a great time learning from all of the great speakers but definitely from your current Miss Rodeo America–Hailey! Horse knowledge, speaking tips and tricks, hair demos and clothing sales, this year’s clinic was a blast and I can’t wait for more girls to come and experience it!  Then April brought me passing off the crown of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen at their 76th coronation. 

To end April’s activities, I competed at the Cayuse Jr Rodeo Association Rodeo in Milton Freewater, where I also carried the American Flag for the grand entry! My last two events just happened the last weekend in the month of April, attending the Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend and the Arlington Rodeo. At the Cattle Barons events all three of us Miss Rodeo Oregon title holders were able to help sell raffle tickets for custom spurs, tickets for the rodeos/events and of course watched all the working cow dogs and horses work and then sell at their sale! Impressive at the quality of horses that sold and prices that were super good. Got to try my hand at judging the BBQ  contest–great meats and such a tough choice. Sadly, the storm came in and blew meats all over and flooded things but made some good memories. 

After the Cattle Barons events, my mom and I headed another hour away for the Arlington Rodeo, where I rode in the grand entry and had a great steed, Socks. Thank you to Ethan Weiser, Mark and Katie for making the use of a horse so easy and to Queen Leilani Weiser, for allowing me to join her in the arena to move stock in the roping events. I had never been to the Arlington rodeo and the April showers definitely got to the arena footing but as true rodeo people we all persevered and carried on with the rodeo after a three hour delay! 

In May, rodeos are starting to begin and my appearances are getting higher in numbers! This upcoming month I’m looking forward to my graduation, attending the Spray and Riggins rodeos and of course traveling more across the great state of Oregon and neighboring states! 

Sunny days are ahead! Stay humble and kind–

Destiny Wecks, MTRO 2022

 

Socks and I doing our run-in/arena buzz at the Arlington Jackpot Rodeo

The food that was catered for the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic was so good–each meal, every day

Not every rodeo queen can start a rodeo with wearing chaps and a crown packing the flag, to ending the rodeo with spurring and riding a bucking steer

My favorite Oregon State Officer, Jonwyn Ayres

Lil Queen Clinic was a blast with 5 young queens learning more about rodeo and being a queen

Getting my makeup done in the car for the Benton County Fair and Rodeo and the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo Queen coronations

You can’t ever forget Beary! He is always on the road with us to all rodeos, events and more!

Even in the snow and cold, the 2022 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court showed grit for their horsemanship patterns

Denise Stringfellow showed her skills at the Pendleton Cattle Barons Leather Tooling contest and of course on my great and beautiful purse

Able to snap a quick photo with the amazing 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin during her coronation in March

CJD Queen Coronation was a blast being able to show off my scrapbook, last time wearing my suedes and of course crowning the new court of Queen Maggie and Princesses Bailey and Mia

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Carrie Woods!

What a busy month it’s been!

I started off April by playing in my first softball game of the 2022 season. I played first base and got some really nice hits too! Then I loaded up the trailer to get ready to head to Madras for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic! We got there around 3 o’clock, got the horses settled in, and then headed over to the main building to say hello to a few of the amazing Miss Rodeo Oregon board members, and got a sneak peek at what was in the queen’s closet! Later that night we kicked it off by playing Rodeo Jeopardy, learning about first impressions, and got to know Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen a bit better! The next morning, we learned new tips and tricks about skincare and makeup, then later on Hailey showed us how she does her hair and wings! Later on that day we had our appearance session and I was able to model some of my outfits to give the girls an idea of different wardrobe areas. Then we headed onto horsemanship where we split up into 4 different groups. My group started with Beth on pattern work, then went on to knowledge with Ainsley. The last session of the night was modeling and it was great to see all of the other girls express themselves while modeling!

On the final day, we finished all of our sessions, speeches, introductions, and interviews, and talked with the Oregon CattleWomen President Diana Wirth! Then we broke out into our 4 groups again for horsemanship and finished up those sessions with our last two rotations. I got to learn the proper way to work cows with Kayla, and worked on rail work with Hailey! Later on, we wrapped up the night by practicing our flag runs, run-ins, and serpentine along with all of the other girls. To say the weekend was great is an understatement. I learned so much from each clinician, the sessions were great and it was an amazing overall experience!

The next week I had my first ever state FFA dairy judging contest! I had so much fun and my team even came in 4th place!

Then only a few days later I had my very last Volleyball Tournament. We headed out to Salem bright and early Saturday morning. We came in 2nd in the gold bracket. It was bittersweet since it was my last one and I had been playing with these girls for the past 5 months, but on the bright side, I’ll now have lots more time to make more appearances as JMRO!

And my last, but not least, event in April was getting to attend the Pendleton Cattle Barons event! I had a blast in Pendleton! I got to help sell tickets to the ranch rodeo Friday and also sell raffle tickets for a beautiful pair of handmade spurs! I got to check out the horse sale preview, then headed back to sell more tickets before heading out to get a quick bite for lunch. Then after we got back, we were given our custom sponsor jackets! I can’t wait to wear mine and show off all of my amazing sponsors! Then we headed back for a quick photoshoot in the Pendleton Rodeo Arena by the one and only Robert McLean! He does such an amazing job! After we were done, we headed back to the convention center to finish selling tickets and even got to watch the leather tooling contest! Later on, we made our way to the arena to get ready for the ranch rodeo. What a great time! We watched team branding and got to throw swag to the crowd! Then we ended the day at dinner with all the MRO titleholders, their moms, and the Jr/ Teen advisor, Glenda!

The next day we greeted people in the main convention area once again and were selling tickets for the bronc rodeo that night! Later on, I got to help put lots of goodies and swag from Pendleton Whiskey on the tables for the buyers and spectators to take home! I then headed back to the front desk to help sell tickets again. Although I wish I could’ve stayed for the rest of the evening to watch the sales and bronc rodeo, I left Pendleton early to head home for my first Jr. High dance!  It was smooth sailing all the way home and the dance was a blast! Then the next day I spent some time with my family since it was my Grandma Ruth’s 91st birthday! Then topped off the crazy weekend with a ride in my custom Bob Roy saddle. Thank you so much to all of the Pendleton Cattle Barons board members for inviting me to come to their amazing event! I had a blast and can’t wait to go back next year!

Until next month!

Carrie Woods

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon

 

Picture with Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen.

Destiny and I modeling our coronation attire at the MRO queen clinic.

FFA Dairy Judging Contest in Lebanon. With Rylee Armstrong, my brother Justin, Piper Armstrong and Sawyer Collins.

My sponsor jacket with all my awesome sponsors–Hampton Lumber, Zwald Transport, Double T Ranch, Rusty Cow and Twins Ranch Catering.

Robert McLean taking photos of Destiny, Avalon and I in the famous Pendleton Roundup Arena.

At the Pendleton Cattle Barons

My horse Sue and I helping Julie Singer and Tanya Cloutier during horsemanship at the queen clinic.

Grand Entry at the queen clinic

My turn up to bat! Hit to right field, made it to 3rd base and got 2 RBIs.

Working cows with Kayla Vincent

My Nestucca 14u Softball Team

My Volleyball Tournament Team Girls

Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees

At the coronation of Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin, we awarded the very first Hall of Fame buckles to two individuals and one couple who have contributed significantly to the Miss Rodeo Oregon organization.  The 2021 inductees are Joe & Alice Cote, Molly Hall, and Bob Roy.  Check out the website for their biographies!

Joe and Alice Cote with their granddaughter 1996 MRO Tanya Marie Utberg.

Molly Hall

Bob Roy

The 2022 MRO Queen Clinic!

It was epic!  A combined 70 registrants (rodeo queens, advisors, parents) participated in the 2022 clinic where, for the first time, they were taught by a reigning Miss Rodeo America!  Kudos to the Clinic Committee–Glenda Franich, Kayla Vincent, Sue Ellen Vincent, Julie Singer, Carol Shull, Lynn Haynes, Tanya Cloutier, and Lois Forester–who spent countless hours in meetings to prepare for the weekend and then labored over all the details necessary for an event of this size.  We were especially honored by the presence of MRA 2022 Hailey Frederiksen, MRW 2018 Beth Bahem, Diana Wirth (President Oregon CattleWomen), and Karissa Landis (Speech Coach and Horse Judge).  We especially thank MTRO 2020-21 Ainsley Goughnour for her excellent photography!

We have already set the date for next year’s clinic–April 7-9, 2023!

We love the facilities at Jefferson County Fairgrounds!

We borrowed some 4H materials and hoped that the new Hippology section would challenge the girls to increase their knowledge!

It’s a rip-roaring competitive Rodeo Jeopardy game which also serves as a fun icebreaker.

The greatly-expanded Queen’s Closet was renamed the Queen Boutique! There were changing rooms and much space for buyers and sellers. Sue Ellen reports well over $4,000 in transactions!!

A very special addition was the Royal Table where seven lucky girls drew for a chance to dine with MRA Hailey.

This is NOT a sight you’ll see every day. Hailey jumped right in at the end of the clinic and helped disassemble the room. We are ever so grateful to her for her professional skills, her demeanor, her enthusiasm, and her ability to tackle the most thankless of tasks!

Modeling instruction. Most loved it but it’s harder than it looks.

There were four sections of Horsemanship with Hippology, arena work, cattle work, and individual sessions with Beth Bahem in the outdoor arena.

We held a Miss Rodeo Sweetheart Clinic on Saturday morning, instructed by Jean Hrabik and MTRO Destiny Wecks.

We take a lot of pride in our food service. Six square meals plus snacks with a professional caterer, Class Act of La Grande.

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




The Oregon Queen — March 2022

2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin!

Tis the season for Coronations… and sometimes illness. This month did not go how I had originally envisioned it, but it most definitely became a blessing in disguise. To start off the month, I got to travel to the beautiful state of South Dakota where I attended one of Sutton’s Rodeos in Rapid City. They had just redone the facility there and I was honored to get to ride in it for its first rodeo. This is also the first time Miss Rodeo Oregon has been to Rapid City in quite a while and let me tell you it was worth the trip! While I was there I got to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and stand at the very top. While we were up there talking to the crew, there was a sizeable snow storm rolling in that sat right at our eye level. It was pretty humbling to be up that high and see not only what nature has to offer in beauty, but how man can work with that natural beauty to form something monumental. On the topic of monuments, I was thrilled to finally get to see Mount Rushmore in person. It is a monument you learn about from a young age when studying America’s history, but one I never thought I would see in real life. Fun fact: my absolute favorite US president is none other than Teddy Roosevelt! It was pretty cool to come “face to face” with an icon.

While in South Dakota, I ran into a face you all know well, 2021 Miss Rodeo America Jordan Tierney. We had fun hanging out with her at the fashion show, then later that night went out to dinner and got to hear more of her stories. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to spend some significant time with her during her two year reign and beyond.

After South Dakota I came home and attended Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods’ coronation. This event gave me the opportunity to visit my favorite Oregon getaway location, the coast! The event itself was a very successful event and, Carrie, you should be very proud. 

While I am sure that most of you know that Silver Spurs Rodeo in Florida was also this month, you may be wondering why it is that I did not show up in any of the photos. Unfortunately this month I have been battling with a variety of different illnesses but ironically none of them were COVID. While I absolutely love my body just the way God created it, sometimes it needs a little more TLC than other people and when it asks I am forced to listen. This created a good opportunity for me to take time and adjust my nutrition, supplements, and exercise so that I can perform my absolute best. Looks like all those things aren’t just for our horses but good for us to do for ourselves! I guess I will just have to work extra hard in preparation for the Miss Rodeo America pageant so that I have the opportunity to attend the silver spurs trip after all.

Because of having to stay in bed longer than expected I did miss the coronation of Miss Columbia River Circuit, Britney Norby. Britney was one of the girls that I had the honor of competing with during the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. I have been thrilled by her success and the fact that I get to ride with her throughout this year. Brittany was a tough competitor and one I am sure you will all see again. Congratulations Britney on your title and to another year of rodeoing!

My month ended with the event that gave me the start to the road to Miss Rodeo Oregon. I have the honor of coaching my old High School’s Equestrian team. This month was their very first meet. I was so proud of them for making it to the competition and keeping up positive spirits when things didn’t go as they had planned. They are a wonderful group of young adults and the reason that I am where I am. I am so grateful to get to be a part of their journey this year!

Next up will be my coronation fundraiser in just a few short days. I hope to see you all there and thank you for your support!

Blessings,

Avalon Irwin, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022

The path to Mt. Rushmore is filled with tributes to each state

Got to practice my modeling; the audience was a hoot!

First time in the new arena; look how nice these bucking chutes are!

Not only did I run into a familiar face, but Jordan also did my makeup. I felt honored!

Beautiful Pendleton and leather bag donated by Laura McDaniel. Come bid on it at my coronation!

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First OHSET Meet. I’m so proud of my Lava Bears!

Sneak peek of the new Miss Rodeo Oregon chaps which will be revealed at my coronation

Sorrel horses are my favorite so I felt right at home with Sutton Rodeo.

2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks!

Two months in and what can I say! Rodeo in any way, shape or form is a great way to kick off any weekend!  The past weekends of February allowed me to get back to the old grooves of being a rodeo queen, by traveling across the state for coronations, events and more.
The first weekend of February I spent it as most likely my last weekend of skiing,  but spent it with my close friends and fellow seniors. I also bought new additions to my outfit for skiing which includes superhero masks and capes. Since skiing for me is just about over, I might have to find another time to wear these cool capes…I wonder where you might see them?
I also was able to help during the annual Wallowa County fair board ground hog dinner and bingo! The experience was great to be able to be with friends and family and give back to my community. I was also invited to the Walla Walla Fair and Rodeo Showcase dinner event. Getting to spend time with PNW queens and with fellow rodeo lovers was super fun.
The second weekend was the 2022 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon coronation for Carrie in Tillamook. I was so excited for Carrie and felt pretty fun in my skirt with my new custom made silver earrings from Larry Bacon Silversmiths and Gail Hillock. My school had planned a winter formal dance and even though I missed the last winter formal of high school I was with my sash sisters enjoying Carrie’s night. Although I was over 7 hours away from the winter formal dance, I still dressed in my formal dress and wore it with a huge smile all night! Being around my rodeo friends and family is super important to me and dressing up for formal events is also super special to me.
Getting back to the county after getting to see the surf and sand, I prepared some Facebook and other social media posts by taking photos for sponsor shout outs, recording short videos about things going on, and helping other rodeo queens locally with hair and makeup tips!
Sunday, February 20th I traveled to Lewiston to attend my monthly barrel race with Brinn and we just about broke even in money won! The trip back was eventful with horrible roads and rocks covering corners down Rattlesnake Canyon. My friends still wanted to celebrate and dress up formal with me, so we had a home cooked dinner instead of a dance and I got to spend the evening with all the girls. It was a late night to say the least, but I enjoyed spending time with my friends and getting another reason to dress up!
I woke up a few hours later to head out on the road for the 2022 Miss NPRA coronation in Jackson County. Making the almost 12 hour drive all the way across my beautiful state was a great time to spend with my mom and I also brought along my show horse Whisper to get some lessons in with a close friend on jumping and dressage. All week I rode many horses and did things from flying lead changes to jumping a full jump course.  I learned so much and had the best time! No time is ever wasted in the saddle.
As the final weekend of February came, I attended the Miss NPRA coronation for Zoe Brooks and had the best time helping with the auction and sitting with fellow queens during the dinner. After the coronation, we left super early once again to head home and beat the traffic and snow!
This next month is filled with even more coronations and events, like the Miss Rodeo Oregon and Miss Rodeo Washington coronations, Benton County/Philomath Rodeo coronation and Eugene coronation. And the best one is my Lil Queen Clinic where I will host some little girls from the PNW and teach them some about rodeo queening and having fun.
I’m looking forward to spending more hours in the truck or car with my mom and sometimes dad, as well as seeing my far away friends, all in rodeo. I can’t wait to see what’s in this chapter for next month, but I know it’s going to be good!
Dream big and reach far,
2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks

Walla Walla Showcase with visiting royalty at the conclusion of the evening

Carrie is getting her own bear like I did when I was JMRO in 2015 and I hope she can have many memories with it as she travels the Pacific Northwest!

Riding Desi over a small jump at the end of a jump lesson while in Eagles Point

Alona Yost, Addie Royes and Lannie Stonebrink all joined me to spend the day at Anthony Ski Resort in North Power. We had fresh snow and good laughs all day!

Cassie Soule and I standing next to her huge gelding Rex during one of my lessons

My mom Vixen and I after dinner at Zoe Brooks coronation…always have to make time for the moms to get in the photos!

Had to take our iconic Destiny and Zoe photo during her coronation at the end of February

Addie Royes and I waiting for our time to run at the WWJD barrel race!

Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods’ coronation in Tillamook with many visiting royalty present.

I got to ride my favorite horse Justin, a lesson horse owned by Cassie Soule who resides in Eagles Point

Addie Royes, Gracie Ellis, and Alona Yost came to support our local fair board and played some fun games of bingo

Formal Friends dinner at Addie Royes’ house with all my close friends!

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!

This last month has been packed with lots of coronations, smiles, and many miles put on the car.

I started off in February by finishing up the final touches for my coronation. We got the trailer loaded with everything we needed, from tables to even a wooden carousel horse that was donated to my live auction. The night was amazing! The dinner catered by Twins Ranch Catering was delicious! Mike Bentley, who was the auctioneer for the night, did a fantastic job as well as Kayla Vincent and Tanya Cloutier who were my emcees! A big thank you to them as well to everyone who helped behind the scenes! Thank you to everyone who helped me set up on Friday, worked the front desk Saturday evening, and the guy that got our microphone and speakers working! Your work does not go unappreciated! I started off the night by greeting guests and then we headed into dinner, then the dessert auction, live auction, paddle raise for my saddle, and then the 2020-2021 JMRO Morgan officially passed on the crown! The night went absolutely perfect and every penny raised that night will help me tremendously down the road!

I also got my custom chaps made by Prairie Leather and they are beyond gorgeous! They have turquoise and silver in them with floral filigree cutouts! I am so excited to get to show these off in arenas!

On the 20th I stayed local and was invited to help with a gaming playday for the Tillamook High School Charity Drive! I got to help with awards and had all clean runs!

Then on the 26th, we drove over 300 miles to Central Point for Miss NPRA’s Zoe Brooks coronation! It was so much fun! I got to help with selling tickets for the golden ticket dessert game and carried desserts and live auction items. The venue was perfect and the room was filled with lots of smiles from her friends and supporters! I am beyond excited to spend this year with Zoe!

Besides rodeo queening, I’ve been keeping busy by playing on a club volleyball team and messing around with my horse! Tournaments start mid-March and I am so excited!

Until next month,

Carrie Woods, 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon

 

 

My Bob Roy saddle was presented to me at my coronation. It’s so beautiful!

Visiting royalty at my coronation

My dad giving me a pep talk.

Avalon, Me and Destiny

My Lady-In-Waiting advisor Barb Carr. Thank you Barb for everything you do!

2020-2021 JMRO Morgan Brownell crowning me.

Destiny gave me a little bear to go on my journey, just like her “Beary” goes with her.

My custom chaps made by Prairie Leather Designs

My Scrapbook and Parade Flowers

MRO Board Members Diane, Julie, Tanya and Tanya Marie

Riding my horse “Sue” at the Ride for the Kids Playday

2022 Jr. Miss TCRA Piper Armstong

Miss NPRA Zoe, Destiny and Miss Columbia River Circuit Britney at Zoe’s Coronation in Central Point, OR.

Morgan’s and my chaps and pageant prizes

Handed out awards at Tillamook High School Charity Drive Ride for the Kids Playday to all the Peewees with THS Senior Princess Ashlyn

My brother Blake, my dad, me, my mom and my grandmother Debbie

Destiny, 2022 Jefferson Co. Queen Kethry Nolan and I at Zoe’s Coronation.

Registration for the MRO Clinic due!

 




The Oregon Queen — February 2022

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022 Avalon Irwin!

This month brought many new adventures as well as a few new dad jokes. This month I got to visit the Northwest Ag Show held in Salem. While I was there I got to learn more about Knipe Land Company and their magazine The Range Writer. I am honored to get to be on the cover this month. Knipe has been graciously putting the Northwest State Queens on the covers of their magazines for 12 years. We appreciate them helping to promote us in the agricultural world.

After the Ag Show, I caught a plane to Denver where I got to compete in the Cowboy Downhill, pack flags at the National Western Stock Show, and meet athletes and students alike while helping out at the Remarkable Rodeo. During my stay in Denver, I had a host family that was gracious enough to take me sightseeing. Unfortunately, we got too caught up in the adventure which resulted in me missing my flight! So instead of spending the night at home, I got to spend another night with them where they introduced me to all the dad jokes I could possibly ever want to hear. For more behind the scenes information on the Stock Show, check out our video on Facebook or TikTok!

In between trips I am busy working on plans for my coronation in March. Tickets for the event are on sale now. You can purchase them by reaching out through Facebook, email, or purchase them on everbrite (this adds a small fee.) If you are unable to attend but still want to contribute, I would absolutely love any donations for our auction or contributions that you could give! Thank you for taking the time to keep up with all my adventures this month!

Blessings,

Avalon Irwin, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022

Lost my skis but finished the race!

Miss Rodeo Washington and I road tripped to Steamboat CO

Getting ready for the Cowboy Downhill

FFA Day at the National Western Stock Show in Denver

I had the honor of riding one of the famous Cervi horses, Cabo.

My host mom, Terra took me on some sight seeing in CO where I got to ride a bull… a toy bull!

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022 Destiny Wecks!

Oh, what an amazing way to start off 2022!

The first half of January was busy with preparing and adding the final touches for my coronation fundraising dinner on the 15th. While people were hustling around coronation day, Carrie (Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon) and I spent the morning with Robert McLean (my sponsor photographer) at Wallowa Lake getting photos. I also got a couple with Ainsley with the handing over of the MTRO crown. The amount of support I had for my coronation was out of this world!  From family and friends, rodeo queens, board of directors, and local families, I had so many smiling faces out in the crowd that I was pleased to mingle, take photos, and share stories throughout the night.

The night started with an hour of social time, led into the start of my introductions, and then lined up for dinner! I will say it was sure a meal to hit the spot, thanks to Buzz BBQ!  The whole time we had over 150 silent auction items that kept people busy, and throughout dinner we had the first section of the live auction with all sorts of great things from
posts to build fences to air flights and lodging at Wallowa Lake. After dinner, we did the ever so fun and exciting dessert dash, then a bit more live auctions, and finally started to close tables for the silent auction items. The best part of the night was to see all the competition when it came to the dash for the many great desserts! My tables were labeled by rodeos in the Pacific Northwest and many of the people that attended loved to go around and see if they could find their favorite rodeo!

At the conclusion of the night, I was preparing in the back getting my beautiful gray formal dress and fixing up my hair and makeup before it was crowning time. During this time, out front, Queen Ainsley was presenting her farewell video slideshow, and her retiring address. To my own surprise, they were also planning a huge surprise for me on the stage that I didn’t notice until Barb Carr pointed it out. My custom Bob Roy Queen saddle! Looks like Christmas came in January this year for me. I can’t wait to ride in that great saddle all year as your Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022.

Many people were excited to head home and relax on Sunday but I was headed to Lewiston, Idaho early the next morning for a barrel race with my best friend Addie. My horse and I did super well and had so much fun! Of course, I can’t stay still that long, so on that Monday, I went skiing with my other best friend Alona, and learned some great tricks on my skis until I crashed and got a minor concussion. Oops! I had to miss a day of school for that one.

The next weekend was my first event as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2022, where I attended the 2022 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Queen coronation. I was so happy to be asked to help with both the live and silent auctions, and got to bid on some amazing items and got to take some home. It was so nice to travel with my parents Jeffrey and Vixen, then get to see and talk with many of my rodeo queen friends! I can’t wait to see what the rodeo road has to offer this summer.

For the last weekend in January, I got the great opportunity to spend more time out on the slopes at Anthony Ski Resort out of North Powder, Oregon. Alona Yost and I spent two full days on the hill, learning jumps, turns, tree splitting, and even going down the hill backwards! It was so much fun to spend time outside with the warm sun and fresh groomed
runs. I also got to see close friends on the hills that also offered tips and tricks for us to work on.

February has a lot in store starting with even more coronations, like 2022 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon’s coronation on the 12th and Miss NPRA on the 26th.I am planning to spend a week in the lower west side riding my horse when we go to Zoey’s Miss NPRA coronation. I’m looking forward to attending these coronations and more in the month to come as well as getting to ride my horses more with barrel racing, and my show horse with jumping and dressage. I’m also excited to find my extra days to go skiing with friends, getting school scholarships completed early and, most importantly, spending time with my family! I can’t believe how fast the year is already going and how soon I will be graduating from high school.

Getting ready for my coronation with posting videos and photos on both my Facebook and Instagram pages!

Some behind the scenes of my photoshoot with my new chaps made by Prairie Leather!

Brinn and I showed how to run a nice pattern on the barrels the Sunday after my coronation!

I was able to attend the 2022 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Queen coronation and was joined by Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin.

Photo with the 2022 Queen of the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, Kethry Nolan

Ainsley and I got some fantastic photos from the quick photo shoot with Robert McLean the day of my coronation! The weather was just perfect for getting great shots at Wallowa Lake in Joseph, Oregon.

More great pictures from Robert McLean catching Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods and me at Wallowa Lake! Carrie and I didn’t even plan the wild rags, but it was too perfect that we matched!

The moment we have all been waiting for! Queen Ainsley passing on the crown!

Most do a Father Daughter Dance but we do our secret, not so secret now, handshake. My dad Jeffrey walked me to the stage for my coronation and Robert McLean was able to snap a shot of our handshake!

A whole year early! I was so shocked and beyond words excited to have my saddle presented during my crowning at my coronation. Ainsley and I showed off the great custom saddles made by Bob Roy.

Alona Yost and I took up some new skills the last part of January at Anthony Ski Resort.

During the summer I got my senior photos taken and just this past month got to see the final ones from Robert McLean! My show horse Whisper and I, in our home hay field, got a breathtaking shot.

Great group of beautiful and independent women who represent rodeo! All the queens, courts and ambassadors on stage for a group photo during my coronation, taken by Robert McLean.

 

 

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!

Wow has January flown by! This month was full of adventures. But I can’t wait for the rest of the adventures to come throughout this year.

I rang in the new year by getting ready to for the seven-and-a-half-hour drive to Enterprise for Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny’s coronation! We got on the road bright and early Friday morning, we got out to stretch our legs in Pendleton, and drove by the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo Grounds! And boy am I excited to be there in September! We continued on our journey to Enterprise and made it over safely, then got checked into the Eagles View Inn.

The next day I got ready for a photoshoot on Wallowa Lake with Destiny! Robert McLean did an amazing job. Then later that night, I went to the Enterprise Elks Lodge for Destiny’s coronation. It was such a fun night! I got to greet people as the came in the door and met many new faces of some 2022 queens! Later that night I got to help with the live auction items too. It was a great night and I am so excited to spend this year with Destiny!

Then on the 22nd I went to the Columbia County coronation! It was so much fun! I got to know many new 2022 title holders too! I got to help with the live auction as well! Congratulations Queen Sadie and Princess Sophie!

Now I have been busy getting the final touches done for my coronation on February 12th in Tillamook. I’m so excited! It is going to be a great night. We got my flower pack done too! My colors are variations of blues, blush and cream! It turned out amazing. I also just got pictures of my chaps, and oh my goodness, they are gorgeous! Prairie Leather Designs is doing an amazing job and I can’t wait to get them.

Gratefully,

Carrie Woods

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon

Carrie with Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Princess Sophie and Queen Sadie

NWYRA Queen Grace and the St. Paul Rodeo Court Princess Macy, Princess Hope and Queen Sarah with JMRO Carrie at the Columbia Co. Coronation.

Photo shoot at Wallowa Lake with Robert McLean

2020-21 MTRO Ainsley Goughnour, 2022 MTRO Destiny and 2022 JMRO Carrie standing for the flag at Destiny’s Coronation January 15th in Enterprise, OR.

Carrie and Destiny

MRO Queen Clinic with MRA 2022 Hailey Frederiksen!

Hailey Frederiksen was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2022 on December 5, 2021 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. With family roots in ranching, Hailey is a first-generation college graduate from Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Business. Following her reign as Miss Rodeo America 2022, she plans to obtain a masters in Agricultural Communications and use her ambition and passion to continue her work as an #agvocate.

Prior to being selected as Miss Rodeo America 2022, the 24-year-old daughter of Trevin and Megan Frederiksen represented the Centennial State as Miss Rodeo Colorado 2020-2021. Hailey enjoys riding horses, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and dancing.

During her reign as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Hailey will travel around 150,000 miles and appear at nearly 100 rodeo performances, as well as making appearances at schools, civic groups and other special events in order to educate the public and create awareness about the sport of rodeo, its sponsors, and its opportunities.

Hailey will also serve as a spokesperson at a variety of promotional events and model in commercial advertisements for western clothiers, publications, sponsors and other service providers to the western industry.

It is our honor, for the very first time, to have a reigning Miss Rodeo America as our head clinician!

Also joining Hailey will be Miss Rodeo Oregon 2017 Kayla Vincent, Miss Rodeo Washington 2018 Beth Snider Bahem, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21 Samantha Henricks, President of Oregon CattleWomen Diana Wirth, and Karissa Landis, Speech Coach and Horse Judge.

Also, for the first time, we can provide visiting state queens the opportunity to borrow a horse from a local ranch.  Contact us via Messenger or email if you have any questions!

 

2009 Johnstown Saddle Club Princess Hailey Frederiksen

2022 Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen




The Oregon Queen — January 2022

Every year as December winds down and January starts to get closer I feel a mixture of gratitude for everything the last year has brought, and hesitation because I wonder if the next year could be as good as the last. Having the crown placed on my head last August took me by surprise, and the journey since then has felt like a whirlwind!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Avalon Irwin, I am twenty six years old, and I have called Central Oregon my home for most of my life. I got started in the horse world when I was 13. I didn’t own my own horse, but I was sure determined to one day! I started by volunteering for a local barn that offered guided trail rides to the public. I worked my way up the ranks until I was a proficient enough horsewoman to start guiding trail rides myself. It was this time in life that I truly started to see how the western lifestyle is so enchanting to those that don’t live it. Every day I was told over and over again how I lived the life guests wish they could live. These moments gave me a deep gratitude for what I had and are an important part of what drives me to want to be a powerful voice within western industries.

After a few years of working hard as a trail guide I had finally saved up enough money to buy my first horse! Her name is Twiggy and she was my guide horse while I was working as a trail guide. She then promptly became my OHSET horse and my best friend. What girl doesn’t need a horse as a best friend to help her through high school? After high school I attended Biola University in Southern California. While I was there I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Inter Cultural Studies and a Minor in Biblical Studies. For those of you who are wondering what that means, it means that I am fascinated with learning about how people interact with each other on a cultural level and I really like biblical theology. Feel free to ask me more about it when you meet me! I love to talk to people about how I use my degree every day.

After college I came home and decided that I loved rodeo culture so much that I wanted to be a part of it. What better way to do that than become a rodeo queen. I studied my heart out, entered my first pageant, and lost. But then I won my first title and from there I was off on my journey to win Miss Rodeo Oregon!

All right, enough about me. Let’s get talking about the stuff that I know everyone is dying to know about. What on earth have I been doing the last few months?! Well let me tell you it feels like I have been doing a whole lot and at the same time not nearly enough! I have been busy planning my coronation as well as learning how to represent the organization to the best of my abilities from some past MRO’s. Part of that experience was getting to observe the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas. Let me tell you that is an experience! If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the America Pageant you definitely need to put it on your bucket list. Those girls worked so hard to get there and they did an amazing job. I loved seeing the different outfits each girl wore to represent herself, and the knowledge that each girl had to share.

While the pageant was going on I had the chance to go down to the Cowboy Christmas Marketplace where I got to watch the girls compete in the Justin Boot parade. I also ran into none other than champion barrel racer herself, Fallon Taylor. I have always liked Fallon for a few reasons, the way she blends western and street fashion being one of them. So it was even more exciting that I happened to be wearing the pants she designed that day! After Cowboy Christmas we headed over to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Boy is that a rodeo like none other! I think my favorite part of it is when the athletes get to run in on horseback behind their state flag. They then all line up in the arena while Miss Rodeo America does a hot lap, and then they follow her out. For those of you that don’t want to do the math on how many athletes are in the arena at one time, trust me when I say it’s a lot!

I am headed off to my next adventure in Colorado! Follow my travels on Facebook and/or Instagram to stay up to date on the latest adventure. Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me and supporting me on my journey.

Blessings,

Avalon Irwin, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022

Mr. T and I getting interviewed by the local news channel

I got to meet a wild burro while driving to Vegas!

A little sight seeing on the strip.

The amazing Trent Johnson measuring my noggin for my new Greeley Hat.

I ran into Fallon Taylor while wearing a product she designed! What are the odds?

Destiny, Morgan, Ainsley and I waiting for fashion show to start.

My dad and I outside the Thomas and Mack Arena.

My first time at NFR!

January, the start of 2022. What a year and a few months to prepare for the year to come! In the month of January I’m looking forward to my coronation on the 15th where I will have a tri tip dinner, both a live and silent auction, dessert dash, and dutch auction for my saddle. This event is being held at the Elks Lodge in Enterprise Oregon, starting at 5 pm with the social hour and 6 pm with dinner. Until then, I will be working on gathering items for my auctions, and desserts for the dessert dash.

Some cool items I have gotten for my live auction so far include a bison skull, handcrafted silver earrings, a 3 night stay at a lake vacation rental, a macrame elk shed flag, and a wooden wall art flag, just to name a few. Other cool items have been coming in from local supporters in my community like a coffee themed basket, wool blanket, quilt, and many welding horseshoe art and decor. I have also been working on getting more professional photos taken with the crown and some outfits. I really enjoy having photos for posting on social media.

After my coronation, I plan to continue my search for sponsors for my year and in-kind donations of items or services. Some amazing sponsors I have gotten are Legacy Dodge, RDF&P, Red Rose Boutique/Kellerman Logging, and Ground and Sky Health for twice a month acupuncture. I have received sponsors also for my nails for my year, hair products, and Robert McLean Photography. I have my chaps ordered (hope they are done by coronation), a belt with my initials and sunflowers, my breast collar and serape and purse that will pack my autograph sheets. I am also working on the autograph sheets.

Outside of rodeo and the preparation of my coronation, I have been active with friends teaching them how to ski and learning myself how to jump while skiing and do tricks. I also have been busy riding my horses Whisper and Brinn. Whisper and I are getting ready for horse shows in the spring while Brinn and I are learning how to run barrels and poles at the What Would Jesus Do barrel club in Lewiston. School has also been crazy with the start of the new year; scholarships are also starting to open and deadlines are nearing. I have been working hard on typing essays, updating my resume and more!

I plan to keep pushing the way I have been up to this point, like add more rodeos and events to my list for the year, gather and gain more sponsorships, get more hours out on the slopes with skiing, and better my bond with Brinn with our runs and prepare Whisper for upcoming shows.

December barrel race with my new horse Brinn; I have won some checks and learned more about how to ride her.

Preparing to run at the What Would Jesus Do barrel race with Brinn in Lewiston, Idaho

Got a professional photo taken by Jeff Baird

Competed at District FFA Sales and Job Interviews with Alona Yost

Alona Yost and I are learning how to ski together and getting some fresh snow at the same time!

Half of our trip in Las Vegas we stayed in the Golden Nugget Hotel on Fremont Street, where we watched rounds 8 and 9 at the Watch Party within the hotel.

For my 18th birthday my family took me to watch the 3rd round of the NFR in Las Vegas: my dad Jeffrey, mom Vixen and best friend Addie Royes.

While in Vegas I was able to tour more of Las Vegas with my friend Addie Royes.

I can’t believe it’s already 2022! It feels like just yesterday was the first day of the pageant. I’m super excited to see what 2022 has in store for me as I travel around the great state of Oregon!

My first appearance as Lady in Waiting was the Miss Rodeo Oregon pageant. It was fun to watch the girls compete! 2022 MTRO Destiny and I got to help sell programs during Horsemanship too. Later that day we headed to the ice cream and cupcake social put on by the Canby Rodeo Court. It was so much fun! I, unfortunately, missed the coronation in the arena, but I am very excited to spend this year with Avalon!

My next event as Lady in Waiting was going to the NPRA finals. Zoe Brooks the 2022 Miss NPRA Lady in Waiting and I, along with a few Little Miss NPRA’s and a Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart, got to walk around and thank all the vendors for coming to the rodeo. Later that night we all got introduced. I was also able to get the crown and both pairs of chaps from Morgan for my first photoshoot! Natalie Kate Images did an amazing job!

Another event I went to as Lady in Waiting was attending the Tillamook County Rodeo Queen Coronation. I got to help carry live auction items and desserts for the dessert auction! I got introduced and spotted two of our Miss Rodeo Oregon board members, Julie Singer and Lynn Haynes! I was able to pick up a few silent auction items for my coronation on February 12th, 2022 at the Officers Mess Hall in Tillamook! It was such a fun night and I am overly excited to be able to spend 2022 with Queen Cassandra, Jr. Miss Piper, and Little Miss Tilly’s Ainslee, Brooklyn, and Susie!

My second to last appearance as Lady in Waiting was being in the Tillamook County Light Parade. I was escorted by Shana Juarez and her mini horse Concho! We started off decorating the pony cart in lights, ribbons, bows, and bells bright and early Saturday morning, we were having second thoughts about going since it was non-stop raining the entire time, but luckily it stopped just before the parade started. It was such a fun night, thank you, Shana!

Finally, I had my last event of 2021. I went to the Hoof ‘N Holler New Years’ Eve Rough Stock Rodeo in Albany. 2020/2021 JMRO Morgan Brownell was also there to officially crown me as the 2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon at midnight!

Currently, I have been busy planning my coronation, held on February 12th, in Tillamook! You can contact me at 2022jrmroregon@gmail.com to get tickets. I have also been working on getting my custom chaps made!

I am so excited to get to spend 2022 with so many amazing sash sisters, especially Destiny and Avalon!

Sincerely,

Carrie Woods

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon

 

Mock media interviews at Junior/Teen Pageant

Speeches and Fashion Show at Junior/Teen Pageant

Fashion Show at MRO Pageant

Tillamook Rodeo Coronation – Queen Cassandra and Little Miss Tilly Ainslee

Tillamook Holiday Light Parade

Morgan passing the crown at Midnight on New Year’s Eve at the Hoof n’ Holler Rodeo in Albany.

Upcoming Coronations!

Miss Rodeo Oregon Queen’s Clinic

Grateful for our corporate sponsors!!




The Oregon Queen — October/November 2021

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

You cannot think of September in Oregon without thinking of the Pendleton Round Up! This year, I was able to host Miss Rodeo Canada, Miss Rodeo Idaho, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, Miss Rodeo Virginia, Miss Rodeo Alaska and Miss Rodeo Tennessee. From dinner at Hamley’s, to riding in the Westward Ho Parade, visiting the Woolen Mills and Hall of Fame, and of course being able to watch the Pendleton Round Up Performance from not only the grandstands, but the grass, were only a few of the highlights of our time together. We also got to tour the Underground and watch a Happy Canyon performance. Most importantly though, state queens from across the country (and Canada) all are now familiar with the saying, “Let’er Buck!”. Thank you to my mom, for being the official chauffeur for the week for all us gals and also a thank you to Carol Shull for planning and organizing the trip!

My next stop brought me to Salem, Oregon for the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Finals. I was Miss NPRA in 2017 and being able to come back as Miss Rodeo Oregon was a blast. Morgan, Ainsley and I were able to spend the weekend together at the last Oregon rodeo that we all would be on horseback for and we even squeezed in some time for my send off party before Vegas. Thank you to everyone who worked to organize the send off party. Here I was able to give a small sneak peek of my Vegas wardrobe and was presented with a beautiful MRO bracelet that I will show off in Vegas.

The last Oregon rodeo I attended for the year was the Columbia River Circuit Finals in Redmond, Oregon. If you have been following along, you will know that I have been to three Columbia River Circuit Finals during my time as Miss Rodeo Oregon. However, this one was accompanied by the first ever Columbia River Circuit Pageant! I again was accompanied by Madi, Miss Rodeo Washington and Kelsy, Miss Rodeo Alaska and new to the group, Maddie, Miss Columbia River Circuit. A highlight for me was being able to carry the Oregon flag alongside the Washington and Idaho flags. Looking back, I think that is the only time I have ever carried the Oregon flag, so it was only fitting that it was at the last rodeo! I want to give congrats to Britney Norby, who was named the 2022 Miss Columbia River Circuit Queen! I also want to point out that Maddie Coleman and I are the proud owners of Rockstar Custom Leather Chaps. Check out the pictures below!

In October, I accepted the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation 50 Horse Challenge and was indeed able to swing my leg over 50 horses during the month! It was a challenge, do not get me wrong, but it was very rewarding and fun to test my horsemanship skills all while riding for breast cancer awareness. As the Miss Rodeo America Pageant is closely approaching, I have been finalizing my wardrobe, studying and finishing last minute details. I am very grateful to those who have lent a helping hand in the past few months. The preparation for Miss Rodeo America is like nothing I have ever done before, but I am more than excited to step on the stage at South Point to represent Oregon!

Once again, thank you to everyone who has made my year(s) successful. To my sponsors, family, friends, coaches and supporters, thank you for your guidance, positivity and endless help throughout the last two years and especially in preparation for Miss Rodeo America. I hope to represent you all, myself and the state of Oregon to best of my abilities at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. See you in Vegas!

Sincerely,

Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020/21

Clackamas County Fair & Canby Rodeo Pageant

With LIW Avalon and Cori Goughnour

With the 2021 CCF&CR court

With JMRO Morgan

With Julie Singer at my Good Luck Party in Salem at Honkytonks

With my mom and dad

 

Visiting royalty at Honktonks

At Circuit Finals

With MRW Madi

With CCR Queen Maddie Coleman

Queens Trip at the Pendleton Round-Up

The new sign at the Pendleton Round-Up HQ

Queens on the grass infield

Westward Ho

Hamley’s

Pendleton Round-Up

Jacket sponsored by Pendleton Woolen Mills

Westward Ho

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021 Ainsley Goughnour!

I can’t believe that it’s already November and my reign is winding down.

I was able to kick off September by carrying the American Flag for my high school’s home football game. I can’t describe the feeling of carrying our country’s colors in my hometown rodeo arena for my school.

On September 17, I made my way to Pendleton for The Westward Ho Parade. Before the parade I had the privilege of meeting many different title holders. I was finally able to meet Miss Rodeo Idaho, Miss Rodeo Virginia, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, Miss Rodeo Tennessee, and Miss Rodeo Canada, just to list a few. I was also able to talk with past Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho and now your National High School Rodeo Queen and neighboring state sash sister Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho 2021. Morgan and I rode through the parade in a cute little buggy together. After the parade I quickly jumped off the buggy and made my way to a volleyball tournament that happened to be not too far from Pendleton. It was an eventful and exciting weekend.

September also means the NPRA Finals were in town. The NPRA finals were definitely bittersweet as it was the last rodeo Morgan and I would get to ride in. I had the privilege of greeting people as they entered the stadium, hand out programs, participate in grand entry, carry sponsor flags, and push cows. We also had Sam’s send off party and Miss NPRA Nicole’s thank you party. It’s always a good weekend when I get to be at a rodeo with Sam and Morgan.

October means pageant season is upon us. I attended and helped at the St. Paul Rodeo Court tryouts. I was able to help set up the trail course and pick up scoresheets. Congratulations to your 2022 St. Paul Rodeo Court Queen Sarah Potter, Princesses Hope Riesterer and Macy Montgomery. They all did a fantastic job and have an amazing year to look forward to. The next weekend was the Northwest Youth Rodeo Court Tryouts. They had four contestants vying for the title. This year, Queen Grace Reed and Princess Grace Mulder will be representing NWYRA.

On October 22nd I had the honor of carrying a casket flag for George Trout (US Navy) at the football game so his family could see his flag fly one more time. I feel so humbled and honored that they trusted me to present this special flag on senior night.

On the 30th I made my way to the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court tryouts. I’m excited to announce that Alexis Goughnour (my sister) is the 2022 Queen along with Princesses Jessica and Mikayla. I look forward to watching all of these ladies rock it next year!

Be on the lookout for information about your 2022 Miss, Teen and Junior Rodeo Oregon’s coronation fundraisers. You won’t want to miss them.

As sad as it is that my reign is coming to a close, I’ve made so many memories and new friends.  I’m looking forward to the appearances that I do have left and I love this time of year filled with the MRA pageant, NFR and Christmas parades.

With gratitude,

Ainsley

Getting ready for the football game

Visiting Royalty at the Pendleton parade

Morgan and I with our buggy at the Westward Ho parade in Pendleton

With the state queens and Miss Rodeo Canada

National High School Rodeo Queen

My ride at the Westward Ho parade

Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho

Getting ready for the national anthem at the home football game.

My volleyball tournament

Morgan and I at the NPRA Finals

NPRA Finals

NPRA Finals

At Sam’s send-off party

Our last rodeo together

Sam and I

Morgan and I

Pushing cows at the NPRA Finals

2022 St. Paul Rodeo Court

More volleyball

With NWYRA 2021 Princess

NWYRA Pageant

Senior night at my high school

I was awarded 1st team all league and all tournament

Clackamas Co Fair and Canby Rodeo Pageant with my mom and sister (and 2022 CCF&R Queen)

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!

Wow it’s hard to believe this is my last newsletter. I figure why not go out with a bang and recap my last 2 months instead of just 1.
Let’s go back a bit to September and the Pendleton Round-Up. I was able to spend my time in Pendleton with Miss Rodeo Oregon Sam, Miss Rodeo Idaho, Miss Rodeo Tennessee, Miss Rodeo Alaska, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, Miss Rodeo Virginia and last, but certainly not least, Miss Rodeo Canada. I had a blast with them being able to sign autographs, go to dinner and of course go to Dairy Queen! Along with all of that I was able to participate in the Westward Ho Parade and ride in a buggy along with Ainsley. After that we got to go to the queen’s luncheon. I also got to watch not one but two rodeo performances, one of them being the short go and watching all the 2021 Pendleton Round-Up winners be crowned!!
NPRA Finals was a little sad for Ainsley and I being our last rodeo that we got to ride at. Not only did we get to do our last run-ins we also got to run flags during the rodeo. It was so much fun and most definitely an experience to never forget!
Heading into October I was able to go to Jefferson for the Northwest Youth Rodeo Association tryouts. I have been a part of this association for 10 years and I never miss a chance to help out whether it’s getting flags ready for grand entry the next day, carrying sponsor flags, helping during an event or in this case helping with pageant. It was such a good day and congratulations to both the new queen and princess who just so happen to both be named Grace!!

Going to my only rodeo in October was the Columbia River Circuit Finals rodeo in Redmond. It was so much fun being able to not only watch the rodeo Friday and Saturday but also watch the pageant. Congratulations to Britney Norby on winning the title of Miss Columbia River Circuit!! Heading into my last event of October was once again close to home. We had the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo tryouts. Congratulations to Queen Alexis and Princesses Mikayla and Jessie!! It was so fun to see what all the girls could do and what they brought to the table!

Gratefully,

2020/21 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon

Morgan Brownell

 


With the state queens and Miss Rodeo Canada

Rascal Rodeo!

Ainsley and I before grand entry for night number 2

Westward Ho parade with Ainsley

Miss Columbia River Circuit Pageant

Some dessert after dinner

Queen’s Luncheon at the Pendleton Round-Up

Dinner at Cimmiyotti’s

Sam’s good luck party for Miss Rodeo America

Ainsley and I before grand entry for night number 2

2022 Clackamas Co Fair and Canby Rodeo court–Princess Mykala, Queen Alexis, and Princess Jessica

Signing autographs with Miss Rodeo Wisconsin at Pendleton Hat Company

2020/21 Clackamas Co Fair and Canby Rodeo Court

Night number 2 of the Columbia River Circuit Finals!

NPRA Finals

The Pendleton Mounted Band!

Our board secretary, Carol Shull Zimmerman, not only plans the Queens Trip to Pendleton during the Pendleton Round-Up, but she is an active member of the Pendleton Mounted Band!

The band was formed in 1911 but during the 40’s war years were not active. Many of today’s participants grew up in Pendleton but return home for Round-Up and to take part yearly. Randy Morgan (past music director of Enterprise High School) is now the music director. Neva Hascall (Pendleton rancher), with the help of her cousin Kari Hascall, provide many of the horses for riders who no longer live in rural areas. They have appeared at many rodeo parades including the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nevada, Ennis, Montana, Walla Walla, Washington, Sisters, OR, as well as the Portland Rose Parade.

Besides the two Round-Up parades–the Dress Up Parade which kicks off the Pendleton festivities and later on the week the Westward Ho Parade–they also take part in the Happy Canyon performance and play on Friday and Saturday at six stops around the arena while people are finding their seats for the afternoon rodeo performances. Early Saturday mornings of Round-Up, they ride out early to play wake-up calls at many downtown hotels.  They also appear at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) breakfast in Stillman Park, where they play all the military salutes, as well as at some businesses.

Carol carries the American flag in the parades they participate in as well as when they play at arena stops prior to the Round-Up performances. Carol’s late husband Wally played trumpet, his brother Gary the clarinet or saxophone, brother Dennis the big bass drum, and brother Jeff plays trombone and his wife Jeanna, the trumpet.

Carol carrying the American flag for the mounted band

From 1911

Sponsors of the Pendleton Queens Trip!

Five state queens and Miss Rodeo Canada were the beneficiaries of the Pendleton Round-Up experience this year, made possible by these sponsors–meal vouchers, admission, tours, autograph sessions, and more–many of whose logos or photos are sprinkled throughout this newsletter edition.

We thank:

D & B Supply

Hamley’s Western Wear

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

Hamley’s Steakhouse

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Pendleton Hat Company

The Saddle Restaurant

The Underground

Pendleton Round-Up

Yahoo Buckaroo and Western Soul




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!

Sincerely,

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.

Graciously,
Ainsley
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!

Sincerely,

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,
Ainsley
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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