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Taylor Skramstad is Eastern Oregon's first Miss Rodeo Oregon crowned in 15 years

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WONG - Taylor Skramstad was crowned 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon at the Canby Rodeo on Aug. 18.

On the final day of the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo, where the Miss Rodeo Oregon pageant takes place, Taylor Skramstad received the 2019 crown.

She also won the horsemanship, personality, appearance and photogenic categories.

"It's a very exciting and unreal feeling," Skramstad said. "All my hard work and preparation paid off and I am so excited to be the woman selected to represent our great state of Oregon and our Oregon cowboys, cowgirls and all of our amazing rodeo committees as well as Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc. in the 2019 year."

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WONG - 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon Jessi Cornforth (right) crowns the 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Skramstad.

Skramstad is now the lady in waiting, as 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon Jessi Cornforth, of Oregon City, continues her reign and will compete at the Miss Rodeo America pageant at Las Vegas in December.

Along with Skramstad, three other contestants vied for the 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon title. Over the course of four days, they participated in knowledge-based tests and interviews, horse showmanship, media interaction, a fashion show and more. Miss Rodeo Alaska 2018, Ariel Hunt, also attended the fair.

"I was just so excited and so honored to have the four young ladies, and actually five with Alaska coming down, try out this year," said Lynn Haynes, the national director for Miss Rodeo Oregon. "They were all such great young ladies—easy to work with, wonderful personalities. And the judges we had were phenomenal."

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Pictured are the 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon contestants from left to right: Taylor Skramstad of Umapine, Samantha Henricks of Grants Pass, Morgan Spear of Newberg and Kelsey Leinbach of Molalla.

Those three other contestants were Samantha Henricks of Grants Pass, Morgan Spear of Newberg and Kelsey Leinbach of Molalla.

Skramstad hails from Umapine. During the week leading up to the announcement, she said, "I'm from Eastern Oregon. There hasn't been a Miss Rodeo Oregon from Eastern Oregon since 2004. There hasn't been a Miss Rodeo Oregon from really close to my home town since 1994, so it's about time we bring the crown over to my side of the state."

And that's just what she did. But as fellow contestant Leinbach said, "Miss Rodeo Oregon is so much more than just a girl in a crown."

Skramstad is a 22-year-old senior at Eastern Oregon University, where she is majoring in Agricultural Science and minoring in Agronomy. After graduating, she plans to pursue a law degree at Willamette Law School. Ultimately, she wants to run for a seat on the Oregon State Senate to advocate for Oregon Agriculture and Eastern Oregon.

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WONG - 2019 Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Skramstad also won the horsemanship award.

She's also hitting the ground running as the lady in waiting.

"She's excited and I'm excited for her," Haynes said. "And she seems to have a plan, so we're working on that."

Her immediate plans include organizing her upcoming coronation, attending the Wapato Car Show in Gaston and supporting Cornforth in the Miss Rodeo America pageant.

Throughout the year of her reign, she hopes to establish connections with veterans associations and work on veteran advocacy, she said.

"I could not have made it this far without each and every person who had a kind word, and supported my endeavors thus far," Skramstad said. "I'm truly grateful for my family and for those above who strengthen me."

Kristen Wohlers
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