The Oregon Queen — August 2021

The Oregon Queen — August 2021

August 11, 2021 Off By Lois Forester

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2021 Samantha Henricks!

For the past few months I was looking forward to my trip to Colorado Springs, CO for one reason, to attend the 2020 Hall of Fame Inductions and Cowboy Ball, and boy it did not disappoint! So far, this opportunity to attend the Inductions and the Cowboy Ball, along with seeing the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy has been a major highlight! If you have never been to the Hall of Fame, I would highly encourage you to go. The history of rodeo and western heritage runs deep and the museum depicts just that! From the Miss Rodeo America showcase, to previous Hall of Fame Inductees to National Finals Rodeo memorabilia and statistics, the place is sure to please any rodeo fan! Especially fans of the Pendleton Round Up and St. Paul Rodeo, as both of their flags hang proudly in the Museum. I was able to attend the Cowboy Ball the night before the Induction Ceremony. Here, the eight inductees were recognized and a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame was conducted. The next morning I attended the Induction Ceremony where I was able to listen to each inductee tell their rodeo story and watch them receive the great honor of being inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. What I loved about hearing each story was the different paths each person took to get to that stage. No route was the same, but what was similar in their stories was their passion for not only the sport of rodeo, but the western lifestyle, values and morals that rodeo embodies. Each spoke about their rodeo family and how rodeo shaped their lives and gave them the opportunities to be successful and leave their mark in the industry. Congrats to the class of 2020 Inductees Martha Josey, Ellensburg Rodeo, Randy Witte, Cody Ohl, Jim Sutton, Butch Kirby, G-65 Grated Coconut and Sunni Deb Backstrom; your contribution to the sport of rodeo is greatly appreciated!

While in Colorado, I also was able to attend a performance of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo before heading off to the "Daddy of them all", Cheyenne Frontier Days! In Cheyenne, I was able to attend the Miss Frontier Brunch in the Indian Village, three rodeo performances, two concerts, a parade and I even snuck in some shopping! To say the least, it was a busy 3 days! I was able to meet up with Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo South Dakota, as we shared a host home, as well as see many other state queens, including catching up with Miss Rodeo America! For one of the rodeo performances we were taken into the sky box that sits right on top of the roping box. Here you had a perfect view of the infamous 30 foot score that Cheyenne is known for. I enjoyed watching the horses wait patiently in the box until the calf or steer reached the scoreline and then the horse and cowboy would take off like a shot! In many ways, Cheyenne Frontier Days reminded me a lot of Oregon's Iconic Pendleton Round Up. From the Native American Culture, to the large stadium, and the split riding skirts, all the way down to the rich history and tradition that each rodeo embodies. Though I may be "Let 'er Buck'' biased, I still had a great time experiencing all that is Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Next, I headed off to another deep-rooted rodeo here in the state, Chief Joseph Days. I was reunited with Ainsley and Morgan where we were able to capture photos, attend the queen's lunch, ride in each performance and the parade! I was again able to ride one of Mitch Coleman's horses for each rodeo performance, which was a blessing as his horses are solid when it comes to specialty acts...and Joseph is full of them! From fireworks, to trick riding to bullwhips, fire and gunshots, my horse was steady as they come! I was also able to get on a horse that I called Big Betty that was owned by the Wecks family; Big Betty took great care of me during the parade. The Wecks were also gracious enough to house my mom and I for the weekend at their beautiful property in Joseph! Joseph reminded me of what a true "hometown rodeo" feels like, and why those rodeos are my favorite! Communities that rally behind their rodeo, rodeo court, personnel, committee and contestants make the best rodeos, if you ask me!

To wrap up the month, I headed down to Las Vegas, Nevada to have my official headshots taken by the wonderful Judy and Terry Wright with Las Vegas Image Studio. I always admired their work and hoped that one day I could get behind Judy's makeup brush and Terry's camera. I loved working with them both, and am anxiously awaiting to see the final product!

Heading into August, I am most looking forward to the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. They say a year goes by fast, but I am here to tell you, so does two! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was being crowned in the Canby Rodeo arena. Stay tuned in to the Miss Rodeo Oregon Facebook page as we will be posting pageant updates and live videos! I want to wish the contestants the best of luck as they are in final preparation for the pageant.

After the pageant, I am hosting another Poker Ride fundraiser in my hometown and I will be able to attend the Grants Pass Booster Club Auction. Then comes September, which means Ellensburg Rodeo, Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo, NPRA Finals and, of course, the Pendleton Round Up!

Thank you all for the support and remember to stay tuned into the Miss Rodeo Oregon Facebook page during pageant week!


Samantha Henricks, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020-21

Cheyenne Frontier Days

Hall of Fame Inductions

Hall of Fame Cowboy Ball

Cheyenne Frontier Days Queens

Pendleton gals in Cheyenne

With the St. Paul Queen, Kearsten Friedrich, in Cheyenne

Cheyenne Frontier Days parade

With MRW Madi Casto

Photo by Robert McLean

From my photo shoot in Las Vegas

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.

With Gratitude,
Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

St. Paul Rodeo Grand Entry

With NWYRA and JMRO at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Leo's and my sponsor flag run in St. Paul

With Maddie, Columbia River Circuit Queen, and JMRO Morgan at Eugene Pro Rodeo

Pushing cows with 2020 Miss Eugene Pro Rodeo Sha Walton

With the Walla Walla Fair and Rodeo Court

I was honored to ride in the back of the Chief Joseph Days wagon

With Shelby and Raelynn, trick riders at St. Paul Rodeo

Visiting royalty at the 4th of July parade

4th of July Grand Entry

Leo and I at the Marion County Fair

At St. Paul Rodeo

Hubbard Hop Festival Parade

Sophie and I made it through the parade

Sam and I with the 2022 MRO contestants

With my sister in the paddock at St. Paul

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo

Meeting up with Destiny just before the first performance of Chief Joseph Days

Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Charlotte and JMRO Morgan

With the Sisters Queen, Mary, at Chief Joseph Days

MRO girls with CJD Queens

We got some much-needed rain during the Saturday night performance

Headed to the Queen Luncheon at Chief Joseph Days

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

Getting ready for barrels

My mom when she was the 1995 St. Paul Rodeo Princess and her horse, Sonny

MTRO Ainsley, MRO Sam, St. Paul Rodeo Queen Kearsten and 2019 St. Paul Rodeo Princess Hannah Austin and me

We had some time to get away and take pictures

NWYRA Princess Reegan Bills and NWYRA Queen Sadie Bateman

Parade ready

Arizona and I roping

Custer and I during our first round of barrels

Ainsley and I at the kid parade

Miss Yoncalla Rodeo Queen Dakotah Johnsen and Miss CRC Maddie Coleman

Kid and I ready for Showmanship

Eugene Pro Rodeo with MTRO Ainsley and Miss Columbia River Circuit Maddie Coleman

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!

Kai and Eli keeping watch over "their baby"

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