The Oregon Queen — August 2021August 11, 2021 Off By Lois Forester
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!
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.
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon
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
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!
MRO Pageant is Next Week!