Miss Rodeo America: June Update

A Photo Journey with… Jordan Tierney Miss Rodeo America 2020

  • After three months of only virtual appearances, it was so nice to make an in person appearance at the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals Queen Contest! These five wonderful young ladies did such a good job competing!
  • I helped wrestle calves for our branding in between my visit to the SDHSRA State Finals and Montana Silversmiths! It made for a busy week, but after these past few months it felt great!
  • While at the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals, I caught up with my wonderful sash sisters! McKenzie Vice (Haley) MRA 2011 and MRSD 2010, Sorrel Muscat (McKay), MRSD 2008 and Martina Loobey MRSD 2020-2021!
  • Do you recognize this buckle? This is the perpetual buckle given on stage to the newly crowned Miss Rodeo America. Once her personal buckle is ready the perpetual buckle usually goes back to Montana Silversmiths until December. However, this year you can see it up close at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. Engraved on the back are names and year of the most recent title holders that have worn it. Starting with MRA 2017 Lisa (Lageschaar) Lucia and ending with MRA Jordan Tierney 2020-2021. It was a truly special moment!
  • During my tour of Montana Silversmiths, master engraver Travis Deacon demonstrated how the engraving process is done!
  • The wonderful Judy Wagner, Vice President of Marketing for Montana Silversmiths, started and ended my tour with this jewelry case. Understanding the amount of work that goes into each and every piece of Montana Silversmiths' creations is incredible!
  • The best photo-shoot crew around! After shooting all day in beautiful Montana, we didn’t have extra people around to take a photo, so a selfie it was! Shortly after this we were fed the best steak dinner from the Wagner family. So many thanks for the warm hospitality!


Amid the Coronavirus, our lives have become disheveled and suddenly the things that we thought were essential, have now been placed on the back burner as we focus on much more important things. I, along with the entire board of Directors of the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation, sincerely hope and pray that you are well as we move into a brighter future.

I recently inquired of our Foundation President, Karie O’Donnell-Herbers, for anything particular to include in this message and her words were, “Well, we need to figure out how we’re going to raise money!” Her reply, while being funny with me, is right on track. Even though our lives have a much different routine, your Foundation Board continues to work to garner funding by every means possible. In case you have forgotten, approximately $100,000.00 dollars is given each year to contestant winners for use in education. That is a huge amount when you really think about it right? It is important to keep up with funding so that our base does not dwindle.

We understand that right now is a tough time to ask for donations however we appreciate any contribution to the cause. Consider donating in memory or in honor of someone in lieu of flowers etc. or becoming a monetary host for the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Luncheon which is held annually for contestants of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December or donate toward the purchase of roses. We always take financial contributions, no matter what!

Regarding Scholarship Foundation Raffle, those tickets will be on the way to you very soon! Tickets will be mailed to contestants, NAC, National Directors, etc. and 100% of the proceeds goes toward scholarships. As an incentive, contestants receive a 20% commission on anything they sell OVER the initial $250.00 and then, the contestant who sells the most will also earn the Achievement Award. Now, you certainly cannot beat that deal!

We always, look to streamline our efforts for effectiveness while we maintain a solid and growing bottom line.

If you are currently a State Titleholder or a Lady in Waiting, keep your focus on doing good and being kind to others even when it is difficult. Your time will come, and those kindness miles will shine so very brightly. Enjoy this incredibly special time with your families as you prepare for this wonderful experience.

I leave each of you with this from Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Blessings to you all,

Dorie Tucker
Director, MRASF

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