The Oregon Queen — March 2019

The Oregon Queen — March 2019

March 10, 2019 Off By Lois Forester

2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Ann Skramstad!

It’s that time again; another month has passed and February was jam packed full of amazing experiences! I interviewed for several news outlets such as the La Grande Observer  and LaGrandeAlive.TV. I am so grateful to be going to college in a town that is so supportive of my endeavors!


Being escorted by my grandpa Wayne Skramstad; he says he’s excited for my America send off so he can do it again!

My coronation night was one to remember, surrounded by my closest family and friends! With it being during the crazy snowstorm, I’m so thankful to everyone who took the time to brave the weather to come and support me! It was an amazing and elegant evening at Wildhorse Resort and Casino. Special thank you to Kayla Vincent (MRO 2017) for giving the invocation as well as stepping in to crown me since Jessi couldn’t make it due to the weather. Huge thank you to Shane Laib, the emcee, and Randy Grudzinski, the auctioneer, for spending your evening working together to help my night run so smoothly. I cannot thank you two enough for everything you have done for me in the past and continue to do. I also want to thank my friends Virginia and Harlee for helping with the set up and keeping me calm during the day.

The next morning I was up bright and early to trek to the airport for the next most unforgettable eight days of my life (thus far)! I flew to Kissimmee, Florida for the 75th Annual Silver Spurs Rodeo, also known as the famous “Florida Queen Week”. While there I experienced so many things I never imagined experiencing such as hunting wild hogs, eating frog legs and fried EVERYTHING, drinking my weight in southern sweet tea, visiting Give Kids The World, riding on an airboat, and wrestling gators. While visiting several schools, I never thought I would visit a place where everyone would comment on me having an accent! I made some amazing, lifelong friendships while I was there! I have some amazing sash sisters, and we all had quite a blast getting to really know each other since meeting as Ladies-in-Waiting in Las Vegas. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Laura Kessler for making the entire trip possible and the Clair family for hosting Cheyenne (Miss Rodeo Louisiana) and me for the week as well as letting us use your horses for our grand entry during the Silver Spurs Rodeo. I can also say that Cheyenne and I instantly bonded and are now the best of friends; we talk to each other on the phone everyday and have so many amazing plans for this summer!

After coming back to the slightly colder state of Oregon, I got to enjoy spending a weekend in my hometown celebrating Meredith Moore being officially coronated as Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2019! It’s so amazing to see all our community support and excitement as she begins her year and it was truly a lovely event!

As I finish out this term of school and prepare for the next 10 months of rodeo season ahead, I am so excited in the month of March to celebrate the coronation of our Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Rowdy Israel, receive my custom Miss Rodeo Oregon chaps, return to Florida to support our Oregon cowboys and cowgirls at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, and attend my first Oregon rodeo, the High Desert Stampede!

I don’t think I could ever express the gratitude and blessings that I have received to have the opportunities I do during this year. I am continuously thankful!


Taylor Ann Skramstad, Miss Rodeo Oregon 2019



Gator wrestling picture!

Demonstrating team roping during a school visit in Florida

Thank you Courtney Clair for letting me use Emmie!

First time seeing the Atlantic!


Junior Miss Silver Spurs Ansley Bo rode Emmie for the remaining performances during the rodeo and I happily jumped in to help her in the gate for both of her grand entries! What an awesome and sweet gal!

Participating in the Silver Spurs Parade with the other visiting state queens.

Thank you to all of the visiting royalty that attended my Coronation! From the left: Milton Freewater Pioneer Posse Royalty, Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Queen Candidates, Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Rowdy Israel, me, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Meredith Moore, Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Royalty, Jefferson County Princess Mary Olney.




Selfie before the parade with Miss Laura Kessler!



2019 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Meredith Moore!

February has been a GREAT month! I was happy to attend our Miss Rodeo Oregon’s official coronation in Pendleton, OR. It was a very special evening celebrating an amazing lady. The venue was wonderful and we were served a fantastic meal.  Wildhorse did an awesome job.

As the month progressed, I was busy soliciting auction items for my own coronation. It was super hectic, but it was nice to visit the local businesses and connecting with both repeat and new supporters.  It always amazes me what a great community I live in.

Finally, the big day came. It was all I could have hoped for and more. I was lucky enough to have Kayla Vincent serve as my MC and she really did an amazing job of making it a fun evening. Becky and Eric Green provided the best tri-tip dinner around and everyone seemed to really enjoy it.  Both Addy Crouch and Bethany Rowe made the trip to officially pass the crown. It was a night I will always remember and I am so grateful to everyone who helped make it happen.

Next, I’ll be heading to Rowdy’s coronation in John Day and I can’t wait.  Stay tuned, March is going to be a fun month!

Four great guys trying out for the Mr. Cowboy title!


The crowning moment with Addy Crouch and Bethany Rowe!

My dad, Aaron Moore, walking me to the stage.

Bethany, Rowdy, Taylor Ann, and Addy at my coronation!


So excited to attend Rowdy's coronation on March 2!


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2019 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Rowdy Israel!

February was here and February was gone, just like that! It was a busy lil month in February, starting the month off with an all day basketball tournament and then the next day traveling up to Pendleton to The Wildhorse Resort to celebrate the coronation of Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Skramstad! The weather decided it needed to dump a bunch of snow that weekend, unfortunately making travels difficult for some people to attend. I was glad that we had no problems, made it safely, and got to enjoy in her amazing coronation. Congratulations again Taylor! I am looking forward to following in your footsteps. We picked up some supplies for my coronation and headed back home the next day for more basketball games that following week. Between school, basketball, woodshop projects, and visiting with potential sponsors, collecting donations for auction at my coronation and some sleep, my weeks were very busy!

We then loaded up and traveled to to the Milton Freewater Community Center for the coronation of Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Meredith Moore. Travels were a lil less snow covered this time and it was also a nice venue and great turn out. So much fun getting to see and visit with everyone and watch both Miss Teen Rodeo Oregons of last year receive their saddles from Bob Roy Custom Saddles. Then the snow started to fly that night and travels home for many were slow and snowy. We grabbed some more supplies for my coronation the next day and made it home safe. Then just like that, the week was here… the week that I had been waiting for… it was time to start setting up for my coronation! The snow continued to come down, day after day. We got a couple snow closure days from school that week but it was worrisome for everyone that was going to have to travel to get to my coronation. We kept watching the weather and road reports and decided to keep on schedule with my coronation and boy am I glad that we did! Unfortunately not everyone could make it due to the weather (from the roads to a hard calving season due to the weather) but thankful for everyone that was able to attend. Can not wait till next month to tell you all about my coronation, March 2nd! I could not make my travels and coronation such a success without the support from my amazing sponsors, family, friends & supporters! Thank You to all of you for everything you do!

Meredith and I helped out at the Taylor's coronation auction.

So excited to hang my banner on the fence at Grant County Fairgrounds!

Congratulations to Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Meredith Moore!

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Miss Rodeo Oregon Queen Clinic!

We have less than a month until the 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon clinic begins in Madras, Oregon from April 5-7!  We are delighted that Keri Sheffield will be joining us to inspire us with her message.  We have a very full schedule planned with two evening sessions and two full days of instruction.  Horsemanship has been divided into two sessions which we have found is more productive than a day-long arena experience.  We will be offering instruction at different levels based on experience and interest.  The clinic price includes six filling meals plus snacks, a clinic manual (and a separate one for parents and advisors), T-shirt, and expert instruction from our staff who have decades of experience as pageant directors, horse judges, former Miss Rodeo Oregon titleholders, and rodeo queen judges.

Keri hails from Summerfield, Florida and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and served on two mission trips to Costa Rica. Now working as a trauma intensive care unit nurse, Keri plans on continuing her education to become a nurse anesthetist and pursue her dream of serving as a medical missionary. Keri served as the 2010-2011 Florida High School Rodeo Association Queen, placing in the top ten at the National High School Rodeo Association Queen contest in Gillette, Wyoming. In 2017 she went on to win the title of Miss Rodeo Florida, winning the categories of personality, appearance, photogenic, speech, and horsemanship. Most recently, Keri was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2018, winning the categories of personality and appearance, receiving the Dea Family Foundation Field of Science Scholarship, and becoming the first ever Miss Rodeo America from the Sunshine State.

Register on the Clinic page of the Miss Rodeo Oregon website:

Flashback to The Oregon Queen April/May 2005

Almost fourteen years ago, Steve Kenyon wrote this article for the Oregon Queen newsletter.  Back before he became famous with ProRodeo Live, he was "our" Steve Kenyon, a Pendleton native and rodeo announcer.  In 2009 he was awarded the PRCA's Excellence in Broadcast Media Award.  The words he wrote then still hold true and serve as a reminder of "Arena Etiquette for Queens from a Pro!"

Some thoughts on your time in the arena.....

As a rodeo announcer I spend a lot of time dealing with rodeo's royalty.

I've had the chance to see a lot of young ladies make everyone's life pretty easy, and occasionally to make a few people's lives more difficult than they need to be.  I've been asked to share a few thoughts....

Your relationship with the announcer at any rodeo you go to is pretty important because when it comes time for you to be introduced, the announcer is the person doing the introducing.

Please make his life as easy as possible.  This is really a pretty simple thing to do.  Get there on time, which means get there early.  If the performance starts at 7 and you would like to make a run-in in the grand entry, you should be there early enough to find the arena, to find the person coordinating the opening, and to ask what else you can do, be it signing autographs or chasing cattle or helping out in some other way that puts both you and your rodeo in a positive light.  In Flagstaff, AZ a couple of years ago a visiting queen showed up at 7:05 for the 7:00 rodeo.  Her mom came running to the announcer's stand literally expecting us to stop this hundred thousand dollar event for her little girl.  All she accomplished was creating havoc in announcer's stand during the grand entry.

You need to make sure you are checking in with the right person.  Most well run events have someone who is coordinating the visitors and who will then give that list and their information to the announcer in the proper order.  Work with that person and his or her system.  I once had a queen's advisor try to skip by the proper order of things and come straight to me, thinking it would get her girl some extra exposure.  All it did was irritate a lot of people.

I can't tell you how important it is for you to make whatever you are going to provide as easy to read as possible.  If you can produce something printed in large type with the essential information about you and your rodeo, that is best.  Don't scribble something hard to read at the last minute.  If your name is frequently mispronounced, you might spell it phonetically on your card and point out the correct pronunciation to the queen's coordinator or the announcer himself if you have a chance to talk to him.

Remember too that your first priority is to represent your rodeo.  I've probably only got a very limited amount of time to introduce you.  I need to know your name, the name of your rodeo, what city it's in and when it takes place.  If there's extra information like a special event that accompanies your rodeo or your parents name or the name of your horse, you can include it and I'll get to it if I can, but please make sure you put the important stuff first.

Always be prepared, particularly if the announcer is horseback, to say something about your rodeo if you are asked.  I like to try to ride up to the queens and give them a few seconds to invite people to their rodeo during a slow spot in the team roping or the calf roping while they are running cattle.  The question will be simple and painless, and the microphone I'll shove in your face for the answer won't bite.  You should always have a quick 15-20 second answer about your event in your mind that you can grab ahold of when you need it.

If you are in the arena chasing out livestock, remember to get your job done and then get out of the way.  You'll start in a corner where you don't interfere with the roping box.  In the calf roping, wait until after the run is completely complete, including the judges six second count after the cowboy has gotten back on his horse.  When the untie crew moves in, then you can too, and after the calf has left the arena, come back down the side, not down the middle.  In the bulldogging don't interfere with the horses; bulldoggers spend hours teaching their horses to go to the end of the arena and don't like other people getting in their way.

A final thought for you.  You should always know our sport, our history and our heritage.  I think it's as important for a queen to be able to speak clearly and to tell our story as an articulate representative of rodeo as it is to look good in the arena.  You need to understand the rules of our sport, the animal welfare concerns that we address daily, and have a good grasp of current events and what's going on in the world.

If someone from a TV or radio station or newspaper asks for an interview, try to find out what they would like to know so you'll be able to prepare your answers in your mind.  Remember, the interviewer probably won't have a good understanding of rodeo, and you might have to give a good answer to a dumb question.

Hopefully these tips will do you some good.  I really respect how hard all of our royal ladies work on behalf of our sport, and look forward to seeing many of you down the road.

Steve Kenyon, PRCA Announcer.

2020 Junior Teen Sweetheart Pageant!



We are very happy at the move of the Junior Teen Sweetheart Pageant to Tillamook!  The Junior Teen portion will be held on June 21 and 22 with the Sweetheart Pageant on June 22 only.  The Sweetheart contest is for girls who are between the ages of 4 and 8 by June 1, 2019.  The Junior is for girls who are between the ages of 8 and 13.  The Teen category is for girls between 13 and 18.  APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2019!

Applications are now available by contacting Tanya Marie Utberg at (503) 807-7149 or

2020 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant!

Applications are now available!  The contest for 2020 Miss Rodeo Oregon will be held in conjunction with the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo August 14-17, 2019.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 15, 2019.

Thank you, Miss Rodeo Oregon, Inc. sponsors!