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Britney Norby, Avalon Irwin and Katie Ralston will compete at Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo

COURTESY PHOTO: MRO - From left to right are Cheri Cornforth, Katie Ralston, Avalon Irwin, Miss Rodeo Oregon Samantha Henricks, Britney Norby and Clay Rhodes.

With the return of events including the Canby Rodeo comes the return of the Miss Rodeo Oregon pageant. Three contestants are gathering their best rodeo wear, grooming their horses and warming up their speaking voices to compete for the 2022 title during the week of the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo, August 18-21.

"We are very excited to be back, as everyone is, to be among our friends and 'rodeo family,'" MRO National Director Lynn Haynes said.

The three contestants competing this year have already taken part in the pre-pageant orientation, and during fair week, they will participate in knowledge-based tests and interviews, horse showmanship, media interaction, a fashion show and more.

"This year, we have three very qualified contestants competing for the title," reigning Miss Rodeo Oregon Samantha Henricks said, "and I am more than ready to kick off our four-day pageant, get to know these ladies and watch them showcase their talents."

The final decision and crowning will take place on the final night of the Canby Rodeo, Aug. 21. For tickets, visit https://www.canbyrodeo.com/.

There, the winner will become the lady in-waiting as Henricks, of Grants Pass, will continue her reign through the end of the year.

"Having never been on the titleholder side of the pageant, I am looking forward to crowning moment," Henricks said. "I will always remember the moment I was crowned in the Canby Rodeo arena. It was a surreal moment for me when I was crowned, and I cannot wait to give that moment to the next young lady."

Henricks will go on to compete at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas in November.

Haynes said Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo personnel are "amazing to work with," and she called Clackamas County Event Center Executive Director Laurie Bothwell the organization's "guardian angel." Haynes offered thanks to Canby Rodeo board member Clay Rhodes, Jessi (Cornforth) Jackson and her parents Cheri and Denis Cornforth as well as all the other volunteers that help make the event possible.

"A huge thank you to Canby Rodeo and Clackamas County fair for being such amazing partners, Haynes said. "There have been quite a few Canby court go on as (Miss Rodeo Oregon) and would love to see more try out."

COURTESY PHOTO: MRO - Contestant Britney Norby, of Molalla, poses with Miss Rodeo Oregon Samantha Henricks.

Meet this year's contestants

Britney Norby, Molalla

One vying for the 2022 crown is Britney Norby, of Molalla, the 22-year-old daughter of Tanya Norby.

Norby graduated in 2020 from Linn-Benton Community College with an associates of science degree in equine management. She works at Berry Hill Veterinary Center as an assistant veterinary technician, assisting doctors with small animal patients. She hopes to become a certified veterinary practice manager.

In her free time, Norby enjoys practicing photography, traveling with her family and friends and learning more about the importance of agriculture. She is also enjoying training her puppy, Spud.

Norby will be joined at the Canby Rodeo by her faithful Dun quarter horse Miss Diva, who loves to show off her sliding stops and spins to the crowd.

If chosen for Miss Rodeo Oregon in 2022, Norby would be excited to represent the sport of rodeo and the state of Oregon. She looks forward to the possibility of mentoring and assisting with agriculture youth programs within the state and ensuring they are around for years to come. She hopes to promote rodeo, the western heritage and agriculture throughout Oregon and the surrounding states.

Avalon Irwin, BendCOURTESY PHOTO: MRO - Avalon Irwin, of Bend, is pictured next to current Miss Rodeo Oregon Samantha Henricks. Irwin will compete for the 2022 title.

Avalon Irwin, of Bend, is also seeking the crown. She is the oldest daughter of Brent and Julie Irwin.

Irwin grew up in Central Oregon, where she fell in love with the livestock and agricultural community.

During high school, she worked summers as a wrangler at a local barn, taking people on trail rides. That's what sparked her passion for teaching others about horses and western heritage.

Irwin graduated from Biola University in Southern California with a bachelor's degree, and she currently works as a riding instructor.

She hopes to earn her master's and go on to start a youth program through which students from all over the country can learn about agriculture and livestock.

Katie Ralston, Cottage Grove

COURTESY PHOTO: MRO - Contestant Katie Ralston, left, of Cottage Grove, pauses for a photo with the reigning Samantha Henricks.Finally, Cottage Grove's Katie Ralston will vie for the 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon title. The 23-year-old is the daughter of Jeremy and Denise Ralston. Her siblings are sister Drew Ralston and brother Chance Ralston.

Growing up, Ralston always had a passion for riding. Many times, when her parents were working, they would come home and catch her riding her dog Lucky around because she couldn't lift her saddle on her pony Mister by herself.

Ralston has excelled in western riding and showing, but she has always loved the sport of rodeo. Her love for God, her family and horses has helped her achieve many of her goals. Her proudest achievements are her various rodeo queen titles, the most recent being Miss Eugene Pro Rodeo Queen in 2019.

Ralston hopes to continue her rodeo journey. She is striving to be the best role model she can be and wants to educate, elevate and inspire the younger generation to live out their goals.

Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant Schedule

THURSDAY, AUG. 19

5:30 p.m. Autographs at Canby Ford Booth

7:30 p.m. Canby Rodeo

FRIDAY, AUG. 20

10 a.m. Horsemanships at Canby

Rodeo arena

2:30 p.m. Autographs at Swan

Island Dahlias

5 p.m. Mock media interviews at

the food court

6 p.m. Autographs at the Canby Ford booth

7:30 p.m. Canby Rodeo

SATURDAY, AUG. 21

1 p.m. Boot Barn fashion show

6 p.m. Autographs at the Canby Ford booth

7:30 p.m. Canby Rodeo with coronation

during rodeo

Post-rodeo Awards presentation at the

Best Western, Wilsonville


Kristen Wohlers
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