GREAT FALLS — Saturday the Miss Rodeo Montana Pageant ended with a coronation, as Miss Rodeo Montana and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana passed their hats to the new titleholders for 2020.
After 4 days of competition, 2 of the 7 total contestants ascended to the throne to take on their new roles.
Three women vied for the title of miss rodeo Montana while 4 young ladies competed for the teen title.
In the end, two winners were selected: Katie Kraus for Miss Rodeo Montana 2020 and Cody Carson for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana.
Kraus was shocked to receive the crown.
“Honestly, I can’t explain what I’m feeling right now. It’s so overwhelming. It was really surprising there up onstage, but I can’t wait for the year ahead,”
In 2020 Kraus hopes to connect with others and spread awareness of causes close to her heart.
“I can’t wait to meet all the rodeo fans and share my love of animal nutrition and rodeo. I just can’t wait for the experience and what the future holds,” Kraus said.
Teen titleholder Cody Carson was relieved to have wrapped up the week with a victory.
“It’s a great relief to just finally have this over with and this was a good ending to the week, Carson said.
Carson’s looking forward to promoting rodeo in the year ahead.
You can follow the winners on their journey as rodeo queens here.
“I really want to create a genuine fan connection between the fans in the stands and the athletes in the rodeo arena,” Carson said.
Here is a list of the other award winners:
Miss Teen Rodeo Montana Division
First Runner Up: Adrianna Eller
Photogenics Award: Adrianna Eller
Miss Congeniality Award: Cassie Turner
Appearance Award: Cody Carson
Personality Award: Cody Carson
Poise and Presentation Award: Cody Carson
Horsemanship: Adrianna Eller
Test Award: Adrianna Eller
Top Hand Award: Adrianna Eller
Miss Rodeo Montana Division
Appearance Award: Briann Grimshaw
Personality Award: Cassidy Shay O’ Neil
Poise and Presentation Award: Cassidy Shay O’ Neil
Horsemanship: Cassidy Shay O’ Neil
Test Award: Katie Lynn Kraus
Top Hand Award: Cassidy Shay O’ Neil