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History

The Miss Rodeo Montana Pageant is entering its sixth decade, having begun during the 1950s. Early records are sketchy at best, and work is underway to piece together the history. The earliest Miss Rodeo Montana that we know of was Nona Brown in 1955-56. She was followed by Penny Carson and Toady Yeckel. Judy Morstein Martz - Montana's first lady governor - was Miss Rodeo Montana in 1961-62.

During the late 60s, the pageant was held in Helena. The next home of the pageant was Dillon. The Dillon Jaycees hosted the pageant for many years and generously supported Miss Rodeo Montana. In 1997 the pageant moved to Great Falls, where it is now held in conjunction with the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in January.

Miss Rodeo Montana serves as Montana's "First Lady of Rodeo". She attends Montana's professional rodeos, appears in parades and at many community events throughout the state, gives countless speeches to clubs and organizations, numerous radio and television interviews, and coordinates kiddie rodeos. She will also travel to some of the larger rodeos in the U.S. and Canada, representing Montana and promoting our own rodeos. To become Miss Rodeo Montana it takes a young lady with high moral and ethical character, an accomplished speaker and public relations specialist. She must understand rodeo in its entirety and be able to explain it in detail to anyone she meets, always portraying good sportsmanship and careful, humane treatment of animals. The experiences she'll have and the contacts she'll make through the year will provide numerous opportunities for her future.

At the end of her year of reign, Miss Rodeo Montana travels to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America during a rigorous week-long competition against other state title-holders. Montana hasn't had a Miss Rodeo America, but we have had many top-10 and top-5 finishers. Who knows, maybe this year's Miss Rodeo Montana will be the next "Miss Rodeo America"! The Miss Rodeo title brings with it a $10,000 scholarship, western wardrobe, and the honor of traveling throughout the nation as the official representative of professional rodeo, all expenses paid.

Miss Rodeo Montana Title Holders

2013 Alyson Grinestaff
2012
Mariah Rys-Sikora
2011
Lorissa Harris
2010
Jourdan Han
2009
Lesli Furniss
2008 Audrey Sholty
2007 Megan (Hardy) Helmer *
2006 Cassidy (Han) Marn
2005 Brooke Lynn Vosen *
2004 Sarah (Wilkins) Capp
2003 Lori (Dodge) Hoppe *
2002 Kande (Ellis) Yeager
2001 Kristina (Mensik) Stewart *
2000 Mandi (Holland) Farstvedt *
1999 Mariah (Sinerius) Allen
1998 Misty Brookman
1997 Christina (Boldt) Twohig *
1996 Ada (Marsh) Wilcox
1995 Jordan (Aller) Tronrud
1994 Jessica (Lee) Peterson *
1993 Missy (Eva) Samson *
1992
Dezerene Hegstead *
1991 Erin Johnson
1990 Shonda Nelson *
1989 Renee (Walchuck) Wall *
1988 Sandy Baker
1987 Tammy (Clark) Pate *
1986 Amber (Mapsten) Schmutz*
1985 Wendy (Murphy) Williams
1984 Tammy Anders) Novotny
1983 Mona (Kolka) Moore
1982 Holly Felstad
1981 Jeanne (Goodanetz) Reyher*
1980 Katie (Todd) Carson
1979 Kris Bartholomew
1978 Sydney (Askins) McCue *
1977 Janet (Bignell) Erickson
1976 Diane (Hubbard) Meinhardt*
1975 Kathy Tveldt
1974 Collen Price
1973 Jeannie Marie Mow
1972 Bobbi (Wirth) Levine *
1971 Dee Dee (Dear) Rains*
1970 Kristy O'Brien
1969 Terry Jo Stephens
1968 Stevie Lahti Newman
1967 Helen Jean Zimmerman
1966 Mary Jo Maierle
1965 Bonnie Jo Peterson
1964 Pat Rouane
1963 Jeri Huffman
1962 Judy (Morstein) Martz
1961 Floydena Garrison
1960 Toady Yeckel
1958 Penny Carson
1956 Nona Brown

 * Denotes MRA top-10 finisher