The U.P. Championship Rodeo proud to announce the contestants for the 2016 Rodeo Royalty. Seven will be competing for the titles of Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen and U.P. Rodeo Princess.
SCHEDULE FOR PAGEANT COMPETITION EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
Friday, July 15
8am – Horsemanship competition, Rodeo Arena- Iron County Fair Grounds
11am – Modeling an Impromptu/Extemporaneous Questions, downtown Iron River @ Market Daze
Saturday, July 16
10am – Wild West Parade through downtown Iron River
6:30pm – Coronation, Rodeo arena – Iron County Fair Grounds
Emilie Christensen is a twenty-one-year-old from Iron River and is currently living in Calmar, IA, attending Northeast Iowa Community College where she is studying to be a large animal vet technician. She also works for the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation. Emilie has had a passion for horses which started at a very young age. She had the privilege of growing up with both parents and siblings who shared the same love for horses. At a young age, she began showing in lead line classes and from there worked her way up to western pleasure at local horse shows. Additionally, Emilie has competed in team penning and various speed events. Growing up in Iron River, Emilie has always had the opportunity to attend the U.P. Championship Rodeo with her family. When she was old enough, she began volunteering at the rodeo. With all these experiences, it was inevitable she developed a deep passion for the sport of rodeo. Emilie says, “To be a rodeo queen is a privilege like no other: representing the sport I love. I can think of no higher honor than to represent this rodeo and my hometown as Miss U.P. Rodeo.” Emilie’s sponsors include Lindwall Motors, KFC, Kermits, Chris’ Hair Studio, Griffin Construction, Select Realty—Andi Goriesky, Silver Moon, Rose Quartz Cottage, Cottages to Castles, Marla Shamion—State Farm Agent, and RHC Autobody.
Bailey Manninen is an eighteen-year-old from Escanaba and is currently attending Bay de Noc Community College. She has been involved with horses ever since she was eight years old and a woman who moved in next door had horses. Since then, she has been hooked. When she was eight, she started riding English. Later, when she got her own horse, she was immediately mesmerized by the rodeo bling and fast horses, so she traded her britches for boots! Her interest and love for rodeo began when she lived in North Carolina for a couple years. To her, a normal weekend was heading out to attend rodeos. Bailey says, “We only have three opportunities to see a rodeo in the Upper Peninsula; that isn’t very many. Not a lot of U.P. residents know that we, in Iron River, hold the only professional, PRCA rodeo in Michigan. If I were named Miss U.P. Rodeo, my goal is everyone in the U.P. will know about the U.P. Championship Rodeo.” Bailey’s sponsors include Spare Time Designs, Robyn Rhode Photography, and Beautiful Beginnings.
Shania Tebo is a twenty-year-old, college sophomore from Daggett. She has been interested in horses ever since she was old enough to know what a horse was and has had horses her entire left. When she was six years old, she joined the Midnight Riders 4-H club and flourished from there. Shania has and still competes in showmanship, western, English, and speed events. When she was twelve years old, she started her rodeo pageant career. That year she was named the Carney Roundup Rodeo Princess and also received the Miss Congeniality award. Since then, she has won two queen titles at the Great Lakes Rodeo and Carney Roundup Rodeo (where she also received awards in Miss Congeniality, Public Relations, and Appearance). At those two rodeos she has also competed in barrel racing. Shania enjoys trail riding with her two geldings. Rodeo is her favorite sport, hobby, and interest which is why Shania says, “I would love nothing more than to get to be the female representative of the rodeo that got me hooked. I enjoy educating people about all aspects of rodeo. Shania’s sponsors include Poupore Collision and Towing, Spare Time Designs—Melissa Kleiman, Porath Beef Farm, Carney Roundup Rodeo, Bill Tebo Trucking and Custom Logging, Lucke Horse Ranch and Sales, All Dun Up Designs, C&M Home Builders LLC, the Hess family, Upper Hand Tack Company, L A Love, Sierra Nault Farrier Services, Twin Island Dairy Farms, Bobbi and Dennis Morton, Amanda Poupore Photography, Circle M Country, Kendra Warn—Licensed Nail Technician, Kurtz Trucking Inc. Rick Christensen Trucking, CJ Farms Equestrian Center Training & Lessons – Carly Moreau, Joe and Nancy Hudson, Us Printers, and Grandma and Grandpa Betzinger.
Marjia Cornelia is a fifteen-year-old from Alpha. She attends Forest Park Schools and will be entering her sophomore year of high school in the fall. Marjia began riding horses when she was six years old and started showing a year later. She found her horse, Solo, at eleven years old and has been in love with her horse ever since. Marjia has shown and trained in many disciplines including showmanship, halter, English, western, speed, horsemanship, trail riding, and trail patterns. Marjia has also been interested in rodeo for quite some time and was very excited to see the addition of a princess program to the U.P. Championship Rodeo. Marjia says, “I would love to have the honor of representing the U.P. Championship Rodeo to other rodeos and to spread awareness of this event and to help positively promote the rodeo to our community along with other surrounding areas.” Marjia’s sponsors include Saigh Family Dental, Table for One Massage, Photos by Derrick, and Salon 323.
Keilyn Dye-Giuliani is a 15 year old from Iron River and attends West Iron County Public High School. As soon as she was old enough to sit on her own she began riding; first on mini ponies and soon after, horses. Keilyn has various riding experience in trail riding, hunter jumper, barrel racing, and has been involved in 4-H. Keilyn says, “I am fortunate to have been raised on our small farm…we have always owned a variety of equines that I have enjoyed spending time with, training, and riding.” To her, rodeo has always been a part of her life as it is instilled in her hometown of Iron River. Keilyn wants to become the first Miss U.P. Rodeo Princess to continue teaching the contagious western way of life. She says, “By teaching compassion, hard work, determination, and family values both in and out of the arena, I believe that rodeo royalty can be the best advocates for these values and the amazing sport and industry of rodeo.” Keilyn’s sponsors include Shamco, Ma’s Main Street Café, Rostagno Accounting, Woodland Equipment, Pine Ridge Equestrian Center, Mr. T’s Family Restaurant, Ski Brule, Muffex Gary’s Exhaust, Wyatt’s Automotive, Riverside Pizzeria, Bigari Ace Hardware, Ray’s Feed Mill, Gassers Service, Alice’s, Remax, and Quality Auto Collision.
Grace Lundberg is a 15 year old from Ontonagon and is going into her junior year at Ewen-Trout Creek High School. Grace has always had a passion for horses and started riding before she could even walk. She began being involved in rodeo when family friends started the Sawyer Stampede (now known as the Great Lakes Rodeo) eleven years ago. She has been involved with rodeo ever since that year and has also competed in princess titles at the Carney Roundup Rodeo as well as the Great Lakes Rodeo. Grace says, “I would love to be named Miss U.P. Rodeo Princess because I have a passion for the sport of rodeo. I love to bring rodeo to average people and would like to promote the U.P. Championship Rodeo at other events and rodeos.” Grace’s sponsors include Woodspur Images, Amanda Hudson, and Wade and Lynae Hudson.
Alexis Mayers is a fifteen-year-old from Gladstone and will be a sophomore at Gladstone High School this fall. Since she has had horses since she was born, she naturally fell in love with horses at a
very young age and hasn’t stopped. Alexis has participated in many disciplines including western pleasure, English, jumping, speed, trail, working cow classes, halter, showmanship, horsemanship, and reining. She became interested in rodeo when her mom once gave lessons to a girl who was running for a title in Carney. Alexis says, “I saw how much fun she had after winning and I knew I wanted to do the same.” Alexis says she would love the opportunity to be named Miss U.P. Rodeo Princess. She says, “I will work very hard to represent this rodeo to the best of my ability—I love doing it. I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than representing what I love throughout the next year.” Alexis’ sponsors include Spare Time Designs, U.P. & Running Powersports, Mark’s Auto Sales, Rapid River Logistics, Josh and Mary Dawson, and many more gracious businesses and people willing to help her achieve her dreams.