Montana's First Lady of Rodeo...

Miss Rodeo Montana 1997

Christina Boldt Twohig

TOP 10 MRA FINALIST

Trappers Coronate Miss Rodeo Montana

By Ed Hebbe IV, Montana Trappers Association

"I just love fur!" an excited Christina Boldt of Missoula shouted through tears of joy after being coronated as the 1997 PRCA Miss Rodeo Montana.

Members of the Montana Trappers Association were on hand in Great Falls on January 12 for the exhilarating conclusion and grand finale of this four day event. Miss Rodeo Montana was not only assisted in the coronation by President Ed Hebbe III and Secretary Ed Hebbe IV, but on behalf of the entire trappers association, they presented this young lady with a leather trimmed northern supreme red fox fur jacket.

During the weekend event, nine contestants from all parts of Montana competed for this prestigious event. The pageant has evolved into a rigorous competition and involves public speaking, modeling, knowledge of rodeo, and horsemanship.

As the newly reigning Miss Rodeo Montana, Christina will take on duties as ambassador of Montana Professional Rodeo. She will attend the beginning at the Montana Professional Rodeo Finals held in Great Falls in January. Here she begins her duties as a spokesperson while attending promotional activities, modeling in a "Made in Montana" Fashion Show, hosting a children's stick horse rodeo and then assisting in almost every facet of the rodeo itself. From here she travels around the state and nation educating, promoting and living the professional sport of rodeo and the western way of life.

To become Miss Rodeo Montana it takes a young lady with high moral and ethical character, who always portrays good sportsmanship and careful, humane treatment of animals. She must understand rodeo in its entirety and be able to explain it in detail to anyone she meets. She must be willing to give assistance wherever she is needed by contractors, participants and most especially fans.

Christina stated she was extremely happy she was chosen to represent rodeo and the trappers in Montana. "I love fur and I really wanted to win this jacket as I had my eyes set on it," she said.

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