The Oregon Queen — February 2023

The Oregon Queen — February 2023

February 16, 2023 Off By Lois Forester

2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Zoe Brooks!

Wow, I can’t believe January has come and gone already! I started off my first month as Miss Rodeo Oregon in my hometown at the Challenge of Champions bull riding tour finale. I had the wonderful opportunity to do a 50/50 Drawing, Sign Autographs and interact with the crowd. Accompanying me was 2023 Miss NPRA Abby Torgersen and the 2023 Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Queen Laney Staten. It was so special to have my first official appearance as Miss Rodeo Oregon in my hometown.

The 2nd week in January took me all the way to Denver, Colorado for the National Western Stock Show and boy, let me tell you there is no place like stock show! I had the privilege to attend 8 PRCA Rodeo performances during my 5 days in Denver. I had the fabulous opportunity to carry sponsors flags during performances, help with mutton bustin, and sign autographs to rodeo fans! My favorite part of the trip was getting to know all of my fellow state title holders. We bonded quickly and made memories to last a lifetime! While I was in Denver, our Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan had her coronation and it was a great success! Congratulations Reegan!

Once I was back home, I got to attend my first coronation of the season, the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Coronation! It was a fabulous evening celebrating Queen Emma and supporting her for her year ahead. I love traveling to Central Oregon as it feels like a second home and it was extra special as I will be back April 7th- 9th for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic!

Now onto more coronation planning! Don’t forget to get your tickets for my coronation for March 25th, 2023 in Central Point, Oregon! You can purchase your tickets on the Miss Rodeo Oregon website. I hope to see you all there!

With Thanks,

Zoe Brooks

Miss NPRA Abby, Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Queen Laney and I at the challenge of champions at the beginning of January.

Thank you, Rockstar Custom Leather, for the beautiful hat can to use during my year!

Some of our state queen chaps in the “Queen Room” in Denver!

My favorite outfit during my Denver Trip! I wore my Merlot Greeley, Montana Silversmith jewelry and my new favorite Pendleton Wool Vest!

Kayla Vincent and I in Madras for the Jefferson County Coronation!

We had fun helping with Mutton Busting each rodeo performance!

2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Morgan Brownell!

Wow it’s crazy to think it’s already been a month of me being your 2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon!

I sadly wasn’t able to do much this last month but don’t be fooled, I have a lot planned coming up! My first event as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon was at the 2023 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon coronation in Albany where I got to support one of my favorite people, Reegan! It was such a fun filled night where I got to help auction off live auction items, sell 50/50 raffle tickets and be the runner for my table for the dessert dash!

I have a lot planned and coming up in the next year with coronations and rodeo season which is just around the corner. The first rodeo you’ll see me at is the Spray Rodeo at the end of May. I can’t wait to get my horses out and have some fun!

With love,

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2023

Morgan Brownell

Sisters Rodeo Queen, 2022 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon, Miss RCA Washington and I

Selling 50/50 raffle tickets

The Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Queen Alexis and I

Miss NPRA Abby and I

All the visiting royalty

2023 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan and I

The Northwest Youth Rodeo Court and I

Me auctioning off a handmade corn hole board

Custer and I at a barrel race at the Canby Rodeo grounds

2023 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan Bills!

Wow!  What a month! It definitely went by in a blur of colors.

January started with my whole family rushing to get done finishing touches for my coronation that happened on January 14th. My coronation was everything I hoped for and more! I am extremely grateful for everyone who helped make my dream a reality. Coronations tend to take a long time, until it is your own that is happening. The night started with me learning how to walk in dress boots. Then when my coronation started, I greeted people at the door and generally helped wherever I could. Then, it was time for dinner! The tacos were delicious, but the best thing was the fact that I could eat them! Sometimes it is extremely hard to be a rodeo queen with food allergies, and a taco bar allows everyone to customize!

After dinner was the dessert dash. It was fantastic! After dessert was live auction. I got Miss NPRA Abby and outgoing Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie to help me with walking the items through the crowd as my emcee and auctioneer Scott Burke, with humor, got the bidding going great. Then it was time for crowning! As Dad walked me down the aisle, I felt a sensation of such profound joy and excitement. After my acceptance speech, I got my saddle! I didn't know that I would be getting it, but there it was, waiting for use. That night I also got to share my custom chaps and photo album from Rockstar Custom Leather. They did a beautiful job. That night after my coronation I actually started my first journal so I can chronicle my year to look back on it down the road.

This month I also found out that a short story I had entered in the Wild Beauty Foundations national short story contest, designed to increase awareness of our wild horses, had placed 5th. There will even be a video of a celebrity reading my story along with the other finalists. I can't wait to see who will read mine and promise to share it when they post them.

I also had the honor to attend the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo coronation! Congratulations Savannah, it was so much fun being there to see you crowned by Sadie! Sadie, the outgoing queen, was the first queen I ever served with. It was great to be there when she handed down her crown to Savannah. It's going to be a great year serving with Sadie now as the Sisters Rodeo queen. It is always great to see sash sisters I've met in past years in new titles.

Today, as I'm writing this, it is actually my brother Fletcher's birthday! Sadly he is sick, so all day he has been flat on the couch. I am excited to attend even more coronations including our own 2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Morgan's this month and more to come!

Thanks for reading,
2023 JMRO Reegan Bills

2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic!

We're getting registrations already for the best clinic around these parts!

We have made a commitment to keeping our prices just the same as last year despite inflation all around us.  We want as many members of rodeo royalty to attend as possible.

On the schedule are two full afternoons of Horsemanship and instruction across all areas.  The manuals are always being updated and we even offer one for parents.

We serve fresh "home-cooked" meals, deliver swag, offer natural networking opportunities, and have the finest Queen's Boutique around.  It has dressing rooms with mirrors and a wide variety of resale merchandise.

And the Miss Rodeo Sweetheart Clinic!  Destiny Wecks and Jean Hrabik are in charge of this fun opportunity for little rodeo queen wannabes.

Meals are available for visiting relatives at $5 each.  So, if dad is hauling the horse across the state, he's welcome to attend and get a hearty meal.  You can sign up ahead of time for this!

We are grateful to Chad Morris of Fervent Media for keeping our store updated with clinic registrations, membership payments, and coronation tickets!!