The Oregon Queen — April 2023May 15, 2023 Off By Lois Forester
2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Zoe Brooks!
I cannot believe that April has already come and gone. The beginning of the month started in Central Oregon for the High Desert Stampede and the 2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic! This was a busy weekend and one that I will never forget. I was so thankful to have 3 visiting state queens come and enjoy the festivities with us. Miss Rodeo Alaska, Arizona and Nevada all flew in Wednesday and left Monday morning. We enjoyed 4 PRCA rodeo performances where we participated in grand entry each night and pushed cows during timed events. We had 3 great days of the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic where we got to expand our rodeo queen knowledge and horsemanship skills. It was such an amazing experience to learn from some of the best in the business in the rodeo queen world and from Miss Rodeo America!
Next, I got to help out at the inaugural Southern District Oregon High School Equestrian Team Fundraiser dinner! It was a fabulous evening filled with great auction items, amazing food and the best company. This was such an important event to me because I was a 4-year member of OHSET and to be able to give back to a program that did so much for me was very special. Not only was this event a success but it was also put on by past MRO, Sam Henricks!
To end my month, I jumped in the car with Miss Rodeo Washington, Bailey, and we headed south to the 102nd Red Bluff Round-Up in Red Bluff, California! We spent 4 days in the beautiful California weather and enjoyed 3 great rodeo performances. We ladies got to help push cows each night and got to participate in their famous “Grand Entry Parade”. I have never seen so many visiting royalty at one rodeo before! On our down time we were able to make a quick trip over to Burney Falls and it was beautiful! I got to spend one weekend at home before I geared up for a busy month ahead.
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2023
2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Morgan Brownell!
April started off strong for me as I was able to make my way to St. Paul for the St. Paul Rodeo court coronation. We got to celebrate all the good memories and a good job that the 2022 court did. I absolutely loved being able to travel with them around the state as my dad was their director and being able to make so many memories with them so it was a little sad to see Hope, Macy and Sarah pass down their crowns but I am so excited to see where Jessie, Jenna and Mary go!
The next weekend my mom and I made our way to the High Desert Stampede for the Thursday night performance where I was able to meet both Jackie Crawford and Miss Rodeo America! We were able to sign autographs at the Coastal Farm and Ranch booth and be introduced by riding on a carriage around the arena!
The next 3 days after that we were off to the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic! I got to learn so many things from our amazing head clinician 2023 Miss Rodeo America Kennadee Riggs, two past Miss Rodeo Washingtons, both of them being 2nd Runner-up finishers at the Miss Rodeo America pageant--Beth Bahem and Lexy Hibbs--and past Miss Rodeo Oregon and Miss Rodeo America top 5 finisher Kayla Vincent! I had so much fun improving my horsemanship skills, learning how to better my hair and makeup and practicing my modeling and, of course, so much more!
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon
2023 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan Bills!
Behind the Scenes at the 2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic!
We had some greatly-appreciated young Madras FFA workers at the Clinic this year who helped with set-up, food, washing dishes, and clean-up. As the clinic has grown, we have needed more help than the committee can provide! We won't have them in 2024 because of a schedule conflict but we will be reaching out to other similar organizations with the promise of a healthy donation!
We have many sponsors to whom we give our grateful appreciation at pageant time. Most of the Miss Pageant awards have been sponsored but there are some opportunities we'd like to make you aware of.
Bob Roy makes our wonderful trophy saddles and sponsors half the cost. In years past, the other half has been sponsored by individuals, some of whom do not want to be recognized. We are looking for a sponsor to cover the balance of the award. If you are a business and want to have the benefits of sponsorship (including having your name on the sponsor jackets), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are other sponsorships available at lower price points so please contact us if you're interested.
If you are a business and want to donate an item toward the pageant, please send us a note. You can be included in the pageant program or possibly on the website!