Photos by Tiffany Williams

Queen - Freja Lovato

Freja is a senior at Big Sky High School. She participates in 4-H and FFA, doing her best to encourage our community to stay connected to our agricultural roots. Recently, she was able to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indiana. She loves taking pack trips into the wilderness, hunting, and raising an assortment of animals.

Freja is also committed to volunteering in the community. She wants to be a successor to the Montana rodeo heritage and carry on traditions that make us proud to be called country and the land of the free.

Princess – Josie Hufman

Josie is 15 years old and participates in high school rodeo events including barrel racing, polebending, goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping. She also participates in FFA/4-H, hockey, and colt starting.

Josie has won numerous 4-H awards in showmanship and judging. She has always looked up to the rodeo royalty girls. Now she has the opportunity to teach and inspire young girls about rodeo, as well as be a positive role model.

Little Miss – Erin Thee

Erin is 13 years old. Her interests include volleyball, basketball, barrel racing, jumping, and photography. She loves to compete on her horse, won a buckle series, and placed both 3rd and 5th in team courses.

She is excited to be part of the Missoula Stampede Rodeo Royalty because she anticipates it being a great learning experience, and opportunity to speak in public and meet many new people.

Jr. Little Miss - Riley Bagley

Riley is 8 years old and loves anything do to with horses and gymnastics. She also enjoys fishing and camping with her family. She was the 2017 Missoula Stampede Rodeo Jr. Little Miss.

Riley loves rodeo and wants to inspire other girls to love it, too, as a representative for the Missoula Stampede.

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.