Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Miss Rodeo Oregon Hall of Fame -- Class of 2023

The Canby Rodeo, presented by the Clackamas County Fair, is held traditionally the third week in August. The first sanctioned rodeo in Canby was held in 1958 and was called the “Clackamas County Fair Rodeo”.

The Canby Rodeo was begun as an attraction to boost attendance to the Fair. Today, over 50 years later, spectators are still treated to the tradition “four hours of rodeo excitement in only two hours”. This innovative idea makes Canby Rodeo one of the best rodeos to watch in the Northwest!

Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc. Foundation has partnered with the Canby Rodeo since 2011 and they have hosted twelve pageants in that time.  Horsemanship is scheduled for the Traverso Arena and contestants are treated to meals in the VIP tent.  A highlight of every pageant is the ability of MRO titleholders to do an arena run.  The Canby Rodeo is held in high regard by MROIF.

The Clackamas County Fair has been in existence for over 100 years and celebrated its centennial birthday in 2006.  The first official Clackamas County Fair was held in Gladstone Park, later known as the Seventh Day Adventist campground.  In the 1930's, the Dance Pavilion was the scene of Saturday evening dances, and throngs of dancers young and old flocked to the fairgrounds to waltz and fox trot to the music of some of the area’s top bands. In 1958, the first free rodeo was held at the fairgrounds.

In 2014, Clackamas County Fair was honored as an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian. Designated events are unique locally, regionally and state-wide.  Since 2011, the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant has benefited from the sponsorship of the Clackamas County Fair & Event Center and look forward to many more years of this successful partnership.


Miss Rodeo Oregon Hall of Fame -- Class of 2022

Kathryn (Kay) Taylor

Kay joined Miss Rodeo Oregon in 1996 after her daughter, Bry Taylor Campos, was a contestant.  Kay held the Executive Board office of Secretary in 1998, 1999, and 2004 and was Treasurer from 2000 through 2003.  She sponsored awards for the MRO Miss and Junior/Teen pageants and served as a chaperone during pageants.

Known at the Portland Rose Parade as the “White Glove Lady” who awarded the prestigious Vern Hulit Award, Kay stated she went through at least 15 gloves each year by performing the “white glove test” on rodeo royalty.

Kay was a member of Miss Rodeo America for many years and assisted Bry in her job as National Director for Oregon. Kay also sponsored items for the State Tables at MRA.

Kay demonstrated a firm commitment to the Miss Rodeo Oregon programs and was a positive and uplifting person.

The Inaugural MRO Hall of Fame -- Class of 2021

Joe & Alice Cote

Joe and Alice Cote were well known for their support of the Junior/Teen pageant and were the original sponsors of the Junior and Teen titleholder saddles.  Joe undertook the videotaping of all contestants at MRO pageants spanning the years and many titleholders possess these treasured memories of their pageants in VHS tapes.  Joe and Alice's interest was generated when their granddaughter, Tanya Marie Utberg, won the title of 1996 Miss Rodeo Oregon. Joe eventually saw the need for flag boots and started making them for contestants. As a couple, they continued to support the Junior/Teen Pageant until their passing in 2014.

Molly Hall

Molly Hall was President of the Miss Rodeo Oregon organization from 2003 to 2004. Under her leadership and, with the hard work of committees, she helped develop the Core Values and Mission Statement. At that time, the website was developed, the first educational scholarship was presented, and the Oregon Queen newsletter was revamped. The owner of Country Stitchin', Molly is well known for her creation of rodeo queen fashions for titleholders of all ages. She has also regularly sponsored Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant awards over the many years of her involvement with the organization.

Bob Roy

Bob Roy has been making custom saddles for Miss Rodeo Oregon for 22 years and for the last 40 years has built saddles for everyone from everyday horse people to world champions. He has built saddles for people all over the world including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Korea, New Zealand, and Australia.  Bob has been involved in the rodeo industry for more than 50 years, first as a competitor in amateur and professional rodeos, and winning his first all-around cowboy saddle at the age of 11.  He has stayed involved by judging rodeos in Oregon, Washington, and New Zealand.  He also has served on the board of directors for the Northwest Rodeo Association and for the Miss Rodeo Oregon organization.

Nominations for the "Class of 2023" Miss Rodeo Oregon Hall of Fame will begin on September 1, 2023.  All entries must be received by November 1, 2023.  The announcement of the inductee(s) will be made on or before December 1, 2023, and the Hall of Fame buckle will be awarded at the coronation of Miss Rodeo Oregon 2024.