The Oregon Queen–April 2019April 17, 2019 Off By Lois Forester
Taylor Ann Skramstad, 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon!
March started off great, as I traveled to celebrate our 2019 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon, Rowdy Israel’s coronation! It was a lovely, well attended event with amazing food! The taco bar was definitely a hit for me, as I got to indulge in one of my favorite snacks: guacamole!
I then took a trip to the West Side of the state to attend the Canby Rodeo Court Coronation! I had so much fun being able to help with the auction as well as bringing a pie for an auction item from my hometown store: Tate’s Umapine Mercantile. Congratulations to Queen Savannah, and Princess Madeleine; I can’t wait to see you along the rodeo road this year and especially spend time with you during the Canby Rodeo, while hosting the Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020 pageant!
I then flew across the country again to attend the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida to represent the Columbia River Circuit and our Oregon contestants! I was very busy carrying sponsor flags for two of the performances, helped with the “Fill the Boot Campaign” for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, signed autographs at Boot Barn, promote the RNCFR at the Country Thunder Music Festival, and present the colors on foot with a huge American Flag along with the other visiting queens.
To finalize my travels for the month, I attended the first rodeo of the Columbia River Circuit, and our first Oregon PRCA rodeo of the year, The High Desert Stampede. While I was there I got to volunteer at the Rascal Rodeo, and help with pushing cattle during the rodeo performances! It was such a fun trip, and an amazing rodeo to start off the season.
Cheerfully, Taylor Ann
Meredith Moore, 2019 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon!
March was a very exciting month! It kicked off with our Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Rowdy Israel’s coronation! It was hands down one of the nicest coronations I have attended. Everything was outstanding.
I attended the Rascal Rodeo Fundraiser in Pasco, WA and met amazing people that were there to show their support of such an important, life changing organization. RR provides an opportunity for those with special needs to hang out with cowboys, learn how to rope and also ride horses. The pure joy it gives the participants is something that makes my heart happy.
Soon after, I received my instruction packs for Ag in the Classroom’s literacy program. Ag in the Classroom is the platform I am supporting during my year as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon. I am a longtime member of 4-H and FFA, so agriculture is a huge part of my life. It’s very important that we educate people on how agriculture is part of their daily lives. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit schools across the state and give fun, educational presentations to elementary school children.
For the last four years, during spring break, I have attended the 4-H Youth Voices in Action conference in Salem. It’s a wonderful program that introduces everyone to the legislative process, interviewing and public speaking. I was fortunate enough to serve as an “intern for a day” with my local representative, Greg Smith.
The month ended on a high note by attending the High Desert Stampede in Madras. I had a great time volunteering at the Rascal Rodeo, visiting vendors and members of other rodeo board members that were there.
Garner's Sporting Goods * Outwest Printing and Design
Rowdy Israel, 2019 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon!
Wow! Just like that March was here and it was Coronation time! I have been anxiously awaiting this day since last July when I won the pageant. As I watched all the planning and preparation come together, from the chap parade to the auction to the crowning, we all had a great time! I was so blessed to have an amazing turn out of well over 300 people that showed up to help me celebrate! All of the cactus decorating was “on point” with big and little guests, all enjoying themselves. I had a wide variety of auction items, big and small, and there was something for everyone. Lauren Gibson, 2018 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon, said her goodbyes and handed down the crown to my hat for the year as everyone watched. I want to send out a big Thank You to Lauren for always setting a great example for me and others during her reign. I am beyond excited to carry this crown and continue to give the younger generation someone to look up to. Without a doubt I am extremely blessed to have great support from the amazing community that I live in, great sponsors, family and friends that came from near and afar to enjoy this amazing night together, I can not thank you all enough for the outpouring of support!
The very next weekend, I was off to Bend, Oregon for the celebration and coronation of the 2019 Miss NPRA Emylia Breckel. The NPRA (Northwest Professional Rodeo Association) has always held a special place with me since I had the privilege of representing them as the 2017 Lil Miss NPRA. It was great to go and represent as your 2019 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon and help out at her coronation.
Then I was off to Yakima, Washington to celebrate Glenwood Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Queen Laramie Gladley's coronation. I got there a few hours early and got to help decorate with sunflowers to spread some cheer for the lovely evening. Fun to see fellow queens that I knew from the past and meet new queens that I will see down the rodeo road this year. Then I got a weekend at home to prepare for the upcoming Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic in April. Super excited to go to clinic and learn from 2018 Miss Rodeo America and 2017 Miss Rodeo Florida, Keri Sheffield! So much to still learn.
Then off to the High Desert Stampede where Dennis Fast and his crew put on an exceptional show in Redmond, Oregon. There was a kids only rodeo Friday where I met up with 2018 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Lauren Gibson, 2018 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Addy Crouch and 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon Jessi Cornforth, along with 2019 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Meredith Moore. We handed out lots of autographs, stickers and kids rodeo coloring books. Later that day at the evening performance of the High Desert Stampede I met up with 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Ann Skramstad for some autograph signing. Saturday didn't disappoint with the Rascal Rodeo for people with special needs in the am, to visiting my sponsor Suspension Specialties in Bend, then back to the High Desert Stampede for an exceptional night performance of rodeo!
I can not say this enough because I could not do all of this without my amazing lineup of sponsors, family and supporters--Thank You All!!
Prairie Springs Fish Farm * Canyon City Mobile Market * John Day Auto Parts
Looking back at the 2019 Junior and Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Pageant!
We are so excited to partner with the Tillamook County Rodeo for the 2020 pageant! Contact pageant director Tanya Marie Utberg at email@example.com for an application (due June 1)!