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Abby Indreland - QUEEN

Abby was born and raised on the family Hereford cattle ranch with her two brothers. She went to Frenchtown in her early education and was very involved in 4-H growing up. In May 2017, Abby graduated from Montana Tech and currently works full-time as an environmental/civil engineer for WGM Group, Inc. The rest of her time she spends helping her family on the ranch. She also enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything to do with horses. She hopes to encourage others to support the Western way of life.



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Ashton Libel - PRINCESS

Ashton is a senior at Loyola Sacred Heart High School. Along with spending time with her horse, Swingin’ Sunday, she enjoys many other activities throughout the year such as basketball during the winter and softball in the spring. Ashton is Loyola’s Student Body President for the 2018-2019 school year and loves getting involved in her community. During her free time, you will find Ashton playing with her Australian Cattle Dog, Sheila, or expressing her creativity through art. She plans to attend college to pursue a degree in Communications and Business after graduating high school.



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Elle Bucher - LITTLE MISS

Elle is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Hellgate Elementary. She is a member of the Drifters 4-H Club and holds the office of sergeant at arms. She raises pheasants and chickens and shows her horse and goat. She loves riding horses in all disciples and has participated in omoksees, barrel racing, obstacle challenges, dressage, and show jumping. Elle also likes to downhill ski, ride bikes, shoot bow and arrow, and mostly ride horses. She was volunteer of the month for Animeals in March 2018. She is very excited to represent the Missoula Stampede Rodeo, the Western Montana Fair, and the sport of rodeo.



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Brianna Bailey - JR. LITTLE MISS

Brianna is an energetic 3rd grader at Stevensville Primary School. She loves all sorts of animals and can often be found out in the round pen training an assortment of horses and mules with her dad until past her bedtime! She loves swimming, gymnastics, barrel racing, endurance trail riding, and playing with her two dogs Kylo and Cheyenne. She has participated and won ribbons at Montana Mule Days and looks forward to more in the future. She is active in her community and has been in Girl Scouts for three years and a 4-H Clover-Bud for one year. Brianna hopes to be a horse/mule trainer when she grows up.



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The original Missoula Stampede Rodeo Royalty pageant was held in 1983, although under a different title name. It was in 2008 that the title was changed to reflect the history of the Missoula Stampede that was found among fair archives.

Each August, young ladies vie for the title of Missoula Stampede Rodeo Queen, Princess, Little Miss and Jr. Little Miss during the Western Montana Fair and Rodeo. The rodeo royalty court promotes the Western Montana Fair and Missoula Stampede Rodeo throughout its reign, making appearances across the state at festivals, parades, businesses, rodeos and special events.

The competition is open to all young ladies 23 years old and younger. Each contestant is judged in a horsemanship and speech competition appropriate for their age, completes a personal interview, and participates in a fashion show. At times there may be opportunity for girls to be recognized in other areas where they have demonstrated personal strengths and assets. The titleholder in each division receives a prize package that is customized each year.  

All who participate are given an unforgettable opportunity to be part of a grand community and rodeo tradition, learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends. Girls, horses and bling –  sign your princess up for next year!

Royalty Horsemanship

Queen contestants will perform 2 patterns out of the three Queen patterns posted here.

Princess contestants will perform 2 patterns out of the three Princess patterns posted here.

Little Miss contestants will perform 1 pattern out of the two Little Miss patterns posted here.

Jr. Little Miss contestants will perform 1 pattern out of the two Jr. Little Miss patterns posted here.

The judges will be choosing which pattern(s) they would like to see contestants ride. Sunday, August 4, we will send an email to notify contestants as to which patterns have been selected for judging on Monday, August 5.