Court chosen for next rodeo
Even though the next edition of the St. Paul Rodeo is more than nine months away, fans can take heart in knowing that royalty is in place for the annual Fourth of July spectacle.
That's because the three young women who make up the royal court and who will represent the rodeo were named last week. Selected as queen was McMinnville native Tess Scott; princesses are St. Paul natives Maddie Coleman and Alexis Goughnour.
Scott is a 2014 graduate of McMinnville High School and is now a senior at Oregon State University, where she is studying agricultural sciences with a minor in crop science. She is the daughter of Tom and Theresa Scott.
Coleman is pursuing a degree in pharmacy at OSU after graduating from Sweet Briar College, where she was a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the American National Riding Commission equestrian team and a leader of science outreach activities for youth. She is the daughter of Michael and Gail Coleman.
Goughnor is a senior at St. Paul High School, where she is a member of the Oregon High School Equestrian Team, FFA, DECA and the National Honor Society. She plays varsity volleyball and has served as vice president and president of her 4-H club. She is the daughter of Matt and Cori Goughnor.
The court was selected in early October "from a group of horsewomen who demonstrated their skills, knowledge and expertise in horsemanship, current events and other topics," according to a press release. Over the next year they will represent the rodeo at myriad functions, including parades in Portland and at other rodeos.
"They are ambassadors of the St. Paul Rodeo, exhibiting goodwill and enthusiasm as they educate others about rodeo," the release said.