The Crooked River Roundup is inviting a special rodeo royalty guest to its Reride 75 festivities later this month.
Jordan Tierney, Miss Rodeo America 2020-2021, will be in town and taking part in a variety of events throughout the duration of Roundup Week.
"This will be my first time (in Prineville)," Tierney remarked. "A few years ago, I got to go out to the Pendleton Roundup, but that was my first and only time in Oregon. So, I'm excited to get to go back to Oregon, especially to go back as Miss Rodeo America."
Tierney hails from Oral, South Dakota, and is the 26-year-old daughter of PRCA World Champion and Hall of Famer, Paul Tierney, and Miss Rodeo South Dakota 1985, Robin Tierney. She is a graduate of Chadron State College with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and a minor in marketing.
Roundup Board Vice President Steve Holliday is credited with bringing Miss Rodeo America back to Crook County. The decision was spurred by a recent conversation with his parents who are familiar with such a feat – after all, they brought Miss Rodeo America to Prineville about 25 years ago.
"They said, 'You should get her back,'" Holliday recalls. "So, I started looking at it, sent in the application and said we are celebrating our 75th (Roundup anniversary) and would love to have her."
Tierney will arrive on Wednesday, June 23 and stay through that Sunday. Posie Shoppe is covering the cost of bringing her to Prineville.
Tierney competed for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2020 in December 2019 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2019. In addition to being crowned Miss Rodeo America 2020, Tierney also won the Appearance category.
Due to the global pandemic and cancelation of the Miss Rodeo America 2021 Pageant, Tierney graciously accepted to continue reigning as Miss Rodeo America 2020-2021. This will be the first time since the inception of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant that the First Lady of Professional Rodeo will reign for two years.
"When I competed in December 2019, I didn't realize it was going to be a two-year stint," Tierney said. "It has been interesting, especially going through a pandemic – it wasn't like two normal years back-to-back."
During her reign as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Tierney will travel around 100,000 miles and appear at nearly 100 rodeo performances yearly, as well as making appearances at schools, civic groups and other special events in order to educate the public and create awareness about the sport of rodeo, its sponsors, and the Western way of life.
While she is in Prineville, she will appear at the rodeo as well as the annual street party that kicks off Roundup Week and the Roundup Parade. In addition, Roundup leaders are planning a meet-and-greet event where people can visit with Tierney and get an autograph.
"She will be part of the process to support our rodeo," Holliday said.
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