Miss Rodeo America
Lisa Lageschaar from Pickton, Texas was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2017 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas after a week-long competition during the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Lisa has a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University. Lisa plans to obtain a doctorate in Educational Leadership to continue to provide the best opportunities possible for our youth. As a member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, American Quarter Horse Association and Texas CattleWomen, and a graduate of the Masters of Beef Advocacy Lisa is passionate about agriculture and the western lifestyle.
“I firmly believe that our youth are our future. My main goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I am honored to represent the western and agriculture industries and the cowboys and cowgirls who keep our western traditions alive. The equine and agriculture industries have brought me more joy and happiness than I could have ever imagined, and it is my calling to give back to the industries that have given me everything by serving as an enthusiastic, proud representative.”
Lisa has been an active member in her community, giving back to the local youth through programs like Future Farmers of America and 4-H. She has mentored many students on public speaking, veterinary science, floriculture, horse evaluation, livestock judging and more. Being a positive example is important to Lisa and this belief is what lead her to pursue her chosen profession as an educator. Not only does she teach on the importance of agriculture as it relates to our future, but she also strives to instill values like humility, hard work, and integrity. When time allows Lisa competes in team roping, barrel racing, and enjoys working on the family dairy farm.
“As a first generation American, and someone who did not come from an equestrian background, I quickly found a way into the equine industry. Through my experience and education I have evolved into a woman who is passionate about horses, rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life. I was not chosen by this lifestyle, but I chose to make it my lifestyle. As Miss Rodeo America I will be able to serve as a spokeswoman on a larger scale, as a living example of how it doesn’t matter where someone comes from or what their circumstances are – anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to.”
U.P. Rodeo is excited to welcome Miss Rodeo America to Iron River! She will be making several appearances, including the West Iron District Library, Market Days, and of course at each rodeo performance, the Wild West Parade and pageant competition. She will also take part in the coronation of the 2017 Miss U.P. Rodeo Queen and Princess. For a complete schedule of Miss Rodeo America’s appearances, please visit our website at www.uprodeo.com.
2016 Miss U.P. Rodeo-Bailey Manninen
Being crowned Miss U.P. Rodeo 2016 in July of last year has been my proudest accomplishment thus far. With this title, I have been given many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Apart from the honor of being able to represent my favorite rodeo, the best part about being Miss U.P. Rodeo is making lasting connections with the people I have met throughout my year. It has been very refreshing to get out of my comfort zone and travel to places I would not normally go on my own. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in Merrill, Wisconsin, and though I was only there for one day, I fell in love with a horse named “Jack”, found lasting friendships in those around me, and made endearing memories that I will not soon forget. These are the experiences I will look back on that will make my heart swell with joy, for this has truly been the best summer of my life. With my title I have found new ways to appreciate people and rodeo, and that alone has made all of the hard work and long road trips worth it.
Outside of the confines of professional rodeo, I have had the opportunity to interact with other disciplines in the equestrian world as well as with my community. The Dickinson County fair invited me to help judge and present ribbons at a horse pulling event, I was one of three judges for the Equifest Queen pageant, and I had the liberty of taking a fly by at the Carney Round-Up Rodeo, the Great Lakes Rodeo, and the U.P. State Fair. My community also got to meet me as Miss U.P. Rodeo when I did a book reading at the Escanaba Public Library for their summer reading program. The kids were enthralled as we read our book with the very appropriate theme of “never give up”.
Rodeo season is now in full swing, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to go to the Heart of the North Rodeo, Mid-Western Rodeo with my princess, and ride in the Gladstone 4th of July Parade! These will be some of my last few events before my reign is over and someone else is granted the opportunity to carry the name “Miss U.P. Rodeo”.
U.P. Rodeo Princess-Grace Lundberg
Dear Championship Rodeo Fans, Board, and Community,
Thank you so much for allowing me to be Miss U.P. Championship Rodeo Princess 2016, It’s been an amazing year! Running for this title was busy and fun. I met so many new people and have made some great new friends.
This past year has went by fast because I have been representing at many events such as Ontonagon Historical Society dinner, Ontonagon County Fair princess competition and horse show, U.P. State Fair, Gogebic County Fair. I have also attended the Ontonagon Labor Day Parade, Rope and Ride for Marti, Ewen-Trout Creek Panther Cub Halloween Party, Great Lakes Rodeo Kick-off party, Carney Round up Rodeo in Carney, MI, Great Lakes Rodeo in Marquette, MI. The last month I have been to Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa, WI and The Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, WI.
I would like to say a great big Thank you to everyone who made this year happen! All of your countless hours and dedication really mean a lot to me. Thanks to my parents for bringing me to all of these places, my Grandpa Wade and Grandma Lynae for alwys making sure I had a horse to ride, my Aunt Amanda for being my queen coach, the rest of my family for supporting me. I would also like to extend a special Thank you to all the Rodeo Royalty for making me feel welcome at all of these events, and the Rodeo Board for making all of this possible!
I look forward to crowning the new 2017 Princess I wish you luck in the next year and I hope you have a great time Hang on for the ride it is a whirlwind ride!
2016 Miss U. P. Rodeo Princess
The Miss U.P. Rodeo title has been part of this rodeo for 49 years. Continuing in that tradition, the Queen pageant is open to young women ages sixteen to twenty-two. This year’s queen and princess will have the honor of representing the Rodeo as it celebrates 50 years of “Keeping the Tradition”.
Becoming the UP Rodeo Queen was a childhood dream come true. Having the opportunity to represent something that I love was indescribable. Throughout my reign I traveled to many rodeos in the UP and Wisconsin. I also made appearances in parades and other public events. One of my favorite experiences as queen was when I visited the Niagara schools kindergarten class. Being able to share my rodeo knowledge with little cowboys and cowgirls was incredible because I was once in their “boots”. I highly encourage any girl who is even the slightest bit interested to run for a title. Not only have I gained wonderful memories, but lasting friendships. I hope to see you at the rodeo! — Clara Churchill, Miss U.P. Rodeo 2015
Queen and Princess competitors will be judged in four categories:
- rodeo knowledge
- public relations
Prizes are awarded in each of the four categories and for first runner-up.
The 2017 Miss U.P. Rodeo will receive $1,000 scholarship, award belt buckle, a traveling crown and chaps. The 2017 U.P. Rodeo Princess will receive an award buckle, embroidered jacket, and crown. During their title year both queen and princess will represent the Rodeo at events and other rodeos throughout the U.P. and the Upper Midwest.
As queen or princess, you will have the experience of a lifetime and create lasting friendships. As rodeo royalty, you have the privilege of traveling to many rodeos and other various events such as parades, fairs and any other public promotion that can be viewed as a positive attribute to rodeo. —Brooke Grandquist, Miss U.P. Rodeo 2013
Entry Deadline: June 24, 2017