The Oregon Queen — May 2023

The Oregon Queen — May 2023

June 19, 2023 Off By Lois Forester

2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon Zoe Brooks!

May has come and gone! What a month filled with great memories and lasting impressions. I started my month off in Pendleton at the Pendleton Cattle Barons. Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Morgan, Miss JR Rodeo Oregon Reegan and I had so much fun helping sell scholarship raffle tickets, judging a BBQ Cooking contest, passing out scholarships and helping with the Horse and Dog Sale. We even got to sneak on the Iconic Grass Arena for a once in a lifetime photoshoot. I had so much fun with Morgan, Reegan and their moms.

In the middle of the month I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Oregon High School Equestrian Team State meet in Redmond, OR. This was so special to me because I am an OHSET Alumni. I spent 4 years on the Eagle Point High School Equestrian team where I qualified for State each year. My favorite memories were winning the Freestyle 4's Drill Team State Championship twice! During my time at the OHSET State meet, I got to participate in their Grand Entry, push cows during their cow events, help set up their cowboy prom and pass out awards during the 30-year OHSET Celebration Party.

Once I was home from Redmond, it was time to gear up for my hometown rodeo, the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo. I was so lucky to join the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Queen in a radio interview to help promote the rodeo. I spent 3 days participating in rodeo performances, public appearances and a Rascal Rodeo on Saturday morning. It was such a fun experience to be in my hometown rodeo as Miss Rodeo Oregon. I will cherish those memories forever.

I finished off the month of May in Spray, Oregon at the One and Only Spray Rodeo! I always love coming to the Spray Rodeo because you never know what to expect. For the Saturday morning parade, we had beautiful sunny weather and then for the Saturday performance we had a hail storm with lots and lots of rain! Sunday was the perfect day with lots of sunshine and great rodeo action. I want to thank the Spray Rodeo Queen and Miss NPRA for letting me push cows with them.

Now that May is over, I am getting ready for my summer rodeo run! It will be a busy and exciting summer and I can't wait to hopefully see you at a rodeo.

With Thanks,
Zoe Brooks
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2023

Morgan, Reegan and I on the famous colored bucking chutes!

Seeing my Stringfellow Tailored Chaps in person for the first time!

Ice cream stop after selling raffle tickets at Pendleton Cattle Barons!

2018 MRO Jessi Jackson and I at the OHSET State Meet. I bought some beautiful earrings from her that she handmade!

Passing out awards at the OHSET State Meet

One of my great friends, Anabelle, and her niece, Ollie.

Miss Eugene Pro Rodeo Grace Thaut and I at Spray!

This is what it’s all about!

2019 JRMO Rowdy and I warming up at Spray!

Morgan and I sneaking a selfie before the performance!

2023 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Morgan Brownell!

The month of May started off strong for me as I made my way up to Pendleton for the Pendleton Cattle Barons. It was so fun to be back together with Zoe and Reegan. It was my second time at the Pendleton Cattle Barons and it definitely did not disappoint! All three of us got to sell scholarship raffle tickets to help support the local kids, sell rodeo tickets and of course participate in the BBQ contest. It’s a no brainer who I voted for as one of my sponsors and family friends was there, McKillips Catering, also known as Meatsweats BBQ! Zoe, Reegan and I were also able to sneak into the one and only Pendleton Rodeo arena and take some amazing pictures both on the green and on the famous colored bucking chutes.

After that, I was able to sneak in the Silverton Pet Parade in Silverton and what a great day it was to be at a parade! Kid was the lucky one to join me at my first parade of the year. We were able to attend the Silverton Pet Parade alongside Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Queen Alexis and it was a blast!

Memorial Day weekend you could find Custer Biggie and I in Spray at the one and only Spray Rodeo. With a parade, two performances, rain, hail and sunshine, I had a blast. Saturday, Biggie and I kicked off with the parade where he made his second ever debut as a queen horse but this time, he was hitting the streets of Spray. Thank you so much to my dad for letting me steal your horse once again (even if you didn’t know). After that Custer and I had performance number one where we luckily got back to the trailer before it started raining! Sunday, we had a nice sunny day so Custer and I were able to stay out a bit longer and push some cows!

With love,

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Morgan Brownell



On the one and only Pendleton bucking chutes

With Cody McKillip of McKillip Catering, who catered my coronation and is one of my sponsors.

Cattle Baron scholarship recipients.

Kat from Armstrong Industrial, one of my amazing sponsors.

Kid and I ready for the Silverton Pet Parade.

JMRO Reegan and I.

Canby Rodeo Queen Alexis and I.

Sisters Rodeo Queen Sadie and I ready for the Spray Rodeo Parade.

One of my sponsors, All Star Tents and Winding Creek Ranch.

Spray Rodeo performance number 1

With the Pendleton Round-Up court.

Spray Rodeo performance number 2

My dad and I.

JMRO Reegan and I.

2023 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan Bills!

The month of May wasn't as busy as some coming up, but I definitely had stuff to do.

First off, Mom and I took the long road to Pendleton for the Pendleton Cattle Barons. We arrived at Motel 6 pretty late at night. The next day Zoe, Morgan and I spent the day selling raffle tickets for the Cattle Barons Scholarship program. We also took pictures in the legendary Pendleton green mile and played tag in it! We're probably the only rodeo queens who can truthful say we did that. It was also really cool to see the cow horse exhibitions! Later that day we three Oregon girls went to Dairy Queen for ice cream. We also got to sell tickets to the ranch rodeo that night. During the rodeo we got to toss swag to the audience. Turns out I have a decent throwing arm.

The next day at the Pendleton Cattle Barons we sold a lot more raffle tickets. I sold 66 in two days! If I thought the cow horse exhibitions were cool, oh man, it couldn't prepare me for the cattle dogs.  It was so awesome! We also got to judge the BBQ competition. It was all so delicious! There was also an auction where the horses and dogs we saw earlier were sold. Then we got to have dinner with the Pendleton court. They are all so generous and nice.  It was great to spend some time with them.

I also got to go to mom's childhood hometown for the Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair in Scio, Oregon. My flower pack had its maiden voyage in the parade which was a lot of fun. But the best part of the day was watching my little brother shine in the pet show. Before the show, however, we had to get Fletcher and his dog Scrubby ready. For the show there was an option to dress up in costume. Fletcher dressed up as Asher and Scrubby as Pikachu. Scrubby didn't even mind too much that we spray painted her yellow. We then drove to the show. Scrubby and Fletcher had been practicing their agility course for a week to prepare. They went up on stage and performed for the judges and got Best in Show!  I may have cried a little. Ok, a lot. They did so good!
The following weekend I had my first rodeo of the season, the Spray Rodeo! It was a five hour long drive to get there but it was definitely worth it. The first morning I  got  to ride in the parade and that night was the rodeo itself. I got to do a  hot lap for grand entry. JJ Harrison, the rodeo clown, zip lined in with the American flag. Then during the National Anthem a lot of Fireworks were set off. I was nervous about what my horse Rocket would do, but he was an absolute champ. Mom and dad got to chat with friends from college who they haven't seen for 20 years. As they were chatting, the heavens opened up. It started POURING DOWN RAIN. My wonderful purple hat was not impressed, so we ran back to the LQ.
The next day was pretty much the same except there was no parade or rain. The truly wonderful thing that day was the drive home. Only thirty minutes out of our way was the Painted Hills. It was so cool to have a photo shoot in front of them. Also on the way home we stopped by Walgreens for road trip snacks and to let Rocket stretch his legs in the parking lot. Dad led him around the trailer.  Rocket was probably thinking that we take him some weird places, which we do. Shortly after that we were driving again and I fell asleep, which concluded the excitement for the month.
Joyfully yours,
Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Reegan Bills








Columbia County Fair & Rodeo, St. Helens!

It's a new venue for the 2024 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon, 2024 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon, and Miss Rodeo Oregon Sweetheart Pageants, but we sure excited to embark on this adventure!!

Travel Oregon provides a map of all Oregon rodeos and their summary of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo provides a glimpse into all the fun that awaits:  "Held Wednesday through Sunday, the third week of July, the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is just a short 30-minute scenic drive from Portland along the Columbia River to St. Helens where the beloved tradition, more than 100 years old, makes for a wonderful family outing. In addition to the two-day NPRA Rodeo, there is the Jr. Rodeo as well as the Rodeo Queen Pageant. Other activities include stock car races, live music at the entertainment stage, 4-H presentations, vendor booths with great food, a carnival and exhibits."

The 2023 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Queen is Savanna Moore!

The Junior/Teen Pageant will be held on July 22 and 23 with the Sweetheart Pageant on July 23.  Further details and a pageant schedule will be found in upcoming newsletters and on social media!


Thank you again and again to our Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc. Foundation Sponsors!