Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks
Grants Pass is the whitewater rafting capital of Oregon, intersected by the powerful Rogue River, and home to Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021. Known to most people as “Sam”, the 25-year-old daughter of Lyle and Lisa Henricks enjoys boating, fishing, trail riding, and spending time with friends and family. Sam is employed as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant at Siskiyou Community Health Center and volunteers as the head coach of the Grants Pass High School Equestrian Team. She is currently enrolled at Rogue Community College where she is working to finish prerequisites before applying for Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine to become a large animal Veterinarian.
Sam grew up in the 4-H program, with horse and swine projects, and ultimately graduated as a nine-year member. In addition, she competed for multiple years in breed shows with her family's performance mules and was a decorated four-year member of Oregon High School Equestrian Teams. Sam has been a fan of rodeo for years but set forth to represent rodeo in 2015 as the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Princess and in 2016 as Queen. She also was the 2017 Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Queen. Sam states, “That is the great thing about rodeo. You can grow up a fifth-generation rancher, aspiring barrel racer, or you can grow up peeking through the rails. Either way, the rodeo family adopts you in.”
During her reign as 2021 Miss Rodeo Oregon, Sam’s goal is to submerge herself into youth programs across the state. She hopes to inspire the younger generation to continue on with the agriculture values they have attained through programs like 4-H, FFA, High School Rodeo, Equestrian Team or open and jackpot shows as well as teach them they can use these values and influences long after they have graduated. Sam believes youth demographics will give the western industry life for years to come, as this is exactly what these programs gave her.
Sam is honored to represent the Beaver State and is proud to be a voice for not only the sport of rodeo, but the family values and western heritage that the sport embodies. She will see you at the next rodeo!
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2021 Ainsley Goughnour
Ainsley Goughnour is the 17-year-old daughter of Matt and Cori Goughnour of St. Paul, Oregon. She has one sister, Alexis, who has encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming a rodeo queen. Ainsley attends St. Paul High School where she is currently a Junior. She’s active in volleyball, basketball, 4-H, FFA, DECA, and Key Club. She is an officer in both 4-H and her FFA chapter. Outside of these activities, she has a passion for photography. If she’s not riding her horses or at sporting events, she can usually be found taking pictures of people with their horses, taking senior pictures, or learning new tricks with her camera.
Ainsley has two horses she will be using throughout her title as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon. Her long-time horse and partner is a 24-year-old black and white Paint gelding named Pete. Ainsley and Pete have been partners for seven years where they have been involved in 4-H, open horse shows, trail riding, ranch work, roping, gaming, riding in parades and just about anything else that is thrown their way. Her newest partner is Leo, a 5-year-old Bay Dun Quarter Horse gelding. Ainsley plans to use Leo for rodeo runs, parades, breakaway roping, gaming and anything else she can think of. Leo and Pete will both be traveling to rodeos and parades with Ainsley throughout her reign.
Ainsley was awarded the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020 in June 2019 at the Miss Rodeo Oregon Junior/Teen Pageant where she won the categories of Horsemanship, Knowledge, Appearance, and overall sales. After many cancellations during 2020 which kept Ainsley from reaching her goals as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon, Ainsley was offered the opportunity to extend her title through 2021 by the MROIF Board and she joyfully accepted.
Growing up in a rodeo town has played a huge role in her life and has shown Ainsley the importance of community and the impact one can have on people. She can’t wait to share her passion with others. Ainsley is beyond excited and honored to be representing Oregon, rodeo, agriculture and the western way of life as she travels throughout the Northwest in 2020 and 2021.
Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Morgan Brownell
Morgan Brownell is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Brownell and younger sister to Clint Brownell. She resides in Stayton where she will be attending Stayton High School as a freshman in the fall.
Morgan has been an active member of the Marion County Horse 4-H program for five years. She has won many awards and qualified to represent her county at state fair in 2019. She shows in equitation, showmanship, trail, ranch horse and gaming classes. She is also an active member of the Northwest Youth Rodeo Association where she competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and team roping. In June 2019, Morgan found herself in Tillamook competing for the title of 2020 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon. Along with coming home with the title, she won the categories of Horsemanship, Knowledge and Photogenics.
Morgan will have two traveling partners with her on the rodeo road. Her main horse will be Tommy, a 24-year-old Buckskin Paint Gelding who is the horse that she uses for youth rodeo, 4-H gaming, OHSET, and anything else that has to do with gaming. Also traveling with her will be her 7-year-old Strawberry Roan Quarter Horse Gelding Custer. They have been working together on team roping and barrel racing. Both Tommy and Custer are excited to hit the rodeo road to see what they can do!
Morgan is very excited to have the opportunity to represent her state in both 2020 and 2021 and to be spending both years traveling the state representing rodeo and being able to share her passion with everyone else and telling them what rodeo is all about. She looks forward to seeing everyone on the rodeo road!
Steeped in Rich Tradition
Miss Rodeo Oregon was first established in 1957 with the crowning of Judee (Fisher) Hagen of The Dalles. See all Miss Rodeo Oregon titleholders from over the years as well as Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon and Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon titleholders.