The Oregon Queen — October/November 2021November 11, 2021 Off By Lois Forester
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!
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.
Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell!
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!
2020/21 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon
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.
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.
D & B Supply
Hamley's Western Wear
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Pendleton Hat Company
The Saddle Restaurant
Yahoo Buckaroo and Western Soul