The Oregon Queen — March 2020

The Oregon Queen — March 2020

March 10, 2020 Off By Lois Forester

Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020 Samantha Henricks!

This month has come and gone, but has left behind many memories and moments to look back on!

I kicked off the month of February at the Southern District OHSET Meet where I was able to talk with the athletes about agricultural programs they can be involved in after high school, coaching, and of course rodeo and representing the sport as a title holder!

The highlight of this month was traveling 2,524 miles across the United States to the sunny state of Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo. Along with participating in the parade, many school visits, and other activities, I also got to dip my toes in the Atlantic ocean for the first time! We were also fortunate enough to visit the Chapman Family’s blueberry farm and even got to go on a wild hog hunt! My favorite tourist attraction in Florida however, was the airboat ride at Wild Florida. In my hometown, jet boats are very popular on the Rogue River, which is a pastime I enjoy during the summer. Therefore, getting to see Florida’s spin on boating was exciting! Not to mention the crocodiles and alligators which replaced the salmon and steelhead I am used to!

Upon returning from Florida, I attended Morgan’s Coronation where she had a great turnout and overall a very successful fundraiser! Later in the month, I also got to attend the 2020 Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Court Coronation. Many of you may not know, but I started my queening journey in 2015 representing the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo as princess and again in 2016 as their queen. To come full circle and return to the 2020 Coronation as Miss Rodeo Oregon was very humbling. I got to finish off the month by traveling to the top of the state to celebrate the 2020 Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Queen, Nicole Rice, at her coronation. I had the opportunity to serve as the 2017 Miss NPRA and to return to this queen program was very rewarding as it continues to thrive!

Sprinkled in between my travels, I have been preparing for my own coronation! Consider this a formal invite to attend! My Coronation is March 21st at the Boys and Girls Club in Grants Pass, Oregon. The event doors open at 5:30pm with the program kicking off at 6:00pm. If you would like to buy tickets, please contact me! Looking forward to the next thirty days as I am very excited as I get to attend my first Oregon rodeo, the High Desert Stampede! Along with the Canby Rodeo Court’s Coronation, the second Southern District OHSET Meet, and my own coronation, it is safe to say, I will not be bored! Stay tuned and thank you for your continuous support!










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My chaps will be ready in time for my coronation!

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020 Ainsley Goughnour!

Wow, what a month February has been!

I kicked off the month attending the Willamette Valley OHSET meet in Albany. I had fun walking around the barns handing out flyers for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Clinic that will be held April 3-5 in Madras and signing autographs. The following weekend, I attended the Santiam Canyon Stampede tryouts. My sister, Alexis, was their Queen last year and unfortunately she was unable to attend due to work, so I had the great honor of crowing the 2020 Miss Santiam Canyon Stampede. Congratulations Allie on your new title; you will have an amazing year!

On the 22nd of February I made my way to Salem to support Morgan on her special day. At Morgan’s coronation I was able to help model live auction items and enjoyed a delicious dinner. I had fun spending time with all the visiting royalty. Congratulations to Rowdy on an amazing year as the 2019 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon and congratulations to Morgan on this amazing adventure she is going on! I feel so blessed to share this year with Morgan and Sam.

To finish the month Sam, Morgan and I made our way to Saint Helens to attend the 2020 Miss NPRA coronation. I helped carry around live auction items and was able to meet many title holders that I’ll be traveling with this year. It was a blast hanging out with Sam, Morgan, and other visiting Royalty. Cheers to Emylia on a job well done and congratulations to Nicole on her 2020 title.

With March here now and spring in the air I’m getting more and more excited for rodeo season to begin. I hope to see you all at Sam’s coronation on March 21!

Ainsley, Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2020


At the Santiam Canyon tryouts


Addy Crouch and Allie Nuhring, Santiam Canyon Stampede queen contestants


Crowning Allie Nuhring Queen of the Santiam Canyon Stampede


I hung up posters of the MRO clinic wherever I could

Signing autographs at the OHSET meet

My rodeo big sister Maddie, my sister Alexis, and my little sister Morgan. We've been traveling together the past 3 years with the big sisters. Now they are supporting us!

Sam am I wearing our Oregon necklaces

Ready for dinner at Nicole's coronation

Helping at Nicole's coronation auction

Having some fun with JMRO Morgan and 2018 JMRO Lauren!

My new sponsor truck magnet

With Emylia, 2019 Miss NPRA

With Nicole Rice, Miss NPRA 2020

With JMRO 2019 Rowdy Israel

Helping with the auction at Morgan's coronation

My new amazing sponsor jacket

Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020 Morgan Brownell!

Another month has passed and so many more memories have been made. This month I was delighted to have my very own coronation on February 22nd. I had such a blast and it was a great time. I also got to go to the Miss NPRA Nicole Rice’s coronation which was a blast!

My first event of the month was the Miss Santiam Canyon Stampede queen tryouts. I was able to attend along with MTRO Ainsley Goughnour and the 2018 JMRO Lauren Gibson. Congratulations to the 2020 Miss SCS Queen Allie Nuhring. I had such an amazing time and can’t wait for the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Also, did you know that my mom was the very first Miss Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen?

It took a lot of planning to get my coronation to run just the way I wanted and everyone expected but in the end I couldn't have asked for a better night. We had a better turnout than expected and I am so thankful for that. I would just like to say thank you to everyone that showed up and truly made the night the best it could be. None of it would be possible without you! I would also like to say a personal thank you to my Emcees Kayla Vincent and Ashley Ferch. Also a huge thank you to my DJ, DJ Glenn. Lastly, I would like to say thank you to all of the people behind the scenes doing all they could do to make the night run smoothly.

I had an amazing time at the MIss NPRA coronation celebrating the 2020 Miss NPRA Nicole Rice. It was so much fun and I had an amazing time. Congratulations on the successful night. I had a great time meeting new people and rodeo queens I haven't been able to meet yet. I'm excited to travel all around Oregon with you this summer!

Gratefully, Morgan Brownell, 2020 Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon

I helped model live auction items

All the royalty at Nicole Rice's coronation

Ainsley and I are with Allie, right after she won Santiam Canyon Stampede

All the royalty who came to my coronation


My dad enjoying the food

Ready for the Dessert Dash

I was lucky enough to have MRO 2016 Julie Drescher (Julie Ruth Aesthetics) work her magic with my makeup





The greatest emcees--Kayla Vincent, MRO 2017 and Ashley Ferch, JMRO 2012!

My dad escorting me toward the stage

The winner of the Mr. Rodeo Pageant, Brayden Tickner

Interviewing contestants for the Mr. Rodeo Pageant

My partner....MTRO 2020 Ainsley Goughnour!

All of us with Mikayla Bolte, Tillamook Rodeo Queen

One of our more recent sponsors, Pendleton Woolen Mills, pulled out all the stops this year for Taylor Ann's wardrobe.  They provided several yards of fabric for articles of clothing and embellishments, also providing a Pendleton blanket for the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Auction.  Thanks to the following designers who collaborated with Taylor Ann on her wardrobe:  Ariana Head (custom-decorated Wrangler jacket, boot parade outfit, fashion show dress); Judy Benzel (Horsemanship shirt); Harris Sisters Collaborative (Justin boots embellishments); Kanaine (speech dress); Char Bracher (Interview skirt).  Photo credit for all MRA photographs go to Sherry Smith Photography.











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