Miss Rodeo Montana 2010
Speech, Horsemanship, Appearance
At the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals, held in Great Falls in January, Jourdon Han was crowned Miss Rodeo Montana 2010, a dream come true for the 21 year old daughter of Don and Jaye Dee Han of Rudyard. She is the older of two girls. Her sister Bridjour is 17 and a junior at North Star High School, where she participates in all sports, including high school rodeo.
Jourdon also attended North Star and graduated in 2007. She was senior class President, Varsity volleyball captain, and rodeo club Vice President. During her 4 years of high school she was the student chairman for Red Cross Blood drawings, which has led her to become a frequent blood donor. Additionally, she was Miss Northern Montana Rodeo Princess 2002, and Miss Big Sky Pro Rodeo 2008.
In 2007, Jourdon participated in the Montana Meth “Paint the State” contest. She and 5 of her friends worked together in developing a display which took the first place cash prize for Hill County.
Jourdon has put her nursing degree at Montana State University on hold while she travels to represent Montana and the western lifestyle, not only in Big Sky country, but also to our entire nation and Canada. Upon graduation she will be a fourth generation registered nurse. Her ultimate goal is to become a midwife. Currently, Jourdon holds a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate and has enjoyed working at the Liberty County Medical Center Nursing Home as well as the Billings Clinic during summer break.
In addition to rodeo, Jourdon enjoys basketball, volleyball, snowboarding, bowling, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family, including her 1 year old basset hound, Josette.
Jourdon is extremely excited to spend this fabulous opportunity meeting new friends and extending fellowship in rodeo knowledge with her comrade Libby Gurnett, the new Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2010. Together they will share the experiences of a lifetime.
Official Press Release
Han claims Miss Rodeo Montana 2010 Title
Jourdon Han, the 20-year-old daughter of Don and Jaye Dee Han of Rudyard, was named Miss Rodeo Montana 2010 on Sunday morning, culminating a four day pageant. Han was also the winner of the Speech Award and Horsemanship and Appearance categories of the Pageant.
Han, the cousin of Miss Rodeo Montana 2006 Cassidy Han, also received the following category awards: photogenic, style show, speech, horsemanship, appearance, and projection & presentation. First runner-up and winner of the Personality and Projection & Presentation categories was Shantell Frame, of St. Ignatius. Frame was also voted “Miss Congeniality” by her peers at the Pageant.
A total of five contestants in both the Queen and Teen competition competed in a rigorous competition demonstrating their horseback riding skills; giving a 2-minute speech about Montana, modeling in a Style Show, answering impromptu questions, being quizzed on their knowledge of horsemanship and rodeo, and being interviewed privately by the judges. Judges for the contest were Barney Sheridan of Arlee, Maria Heintz from Calgary, Alberta, and Quinn Hardy of Billings.
Han succeeds Lesli Furniss of Dillon, who this year will finish her degree in Natural Horsemanship with an option in Psychology from the University of Montana-Western. Furniss would like to further her education in the Psychology field and aspires to be a motivational speaker. At the Coronation, Furniss was presented with a $2,000 scholarship from the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall of Fame, as well as a $750 scholarship from Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc.
Miss Rodeo Montana is a goodwill ambassador for Montana and the sport of Professional Rodeo in Montana. She will start traveling immediately throughout the State and to other states and Canada to promote Montana’s Rodeos. In addition to appearing in rodeos and fairs, she will speak to schools and organizational groups and appear at community events throughout Montana, and in December she will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America Han will receive gifts, prizes, and scholarships totaling more than $5,000 along with appearance fees throughout the year. Her major fundraiser will be a Coronation Ball in her hometown this spring. Some of her awards include a Fur Vest from the Montana Trappers Association, a gas card from Noon’s Food Stores, a trophy belt buckle, silver-trimmed briefcase from Iverson Custom Leather, a trophy saddle, custom hat crafted especially for Miss Rodeo Montana by Double H Hats, wardrobe of jewelry from Montana Silversmiths, a Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Jacket, autograph sheets, and her entry fees paid into the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.
Han is a graduate of North Star High School and is currently a certified nursing assistant. She plans to continue her career in the medical field by attending MSU-Bozeman to obtain a nursing degree. In High School she was senior class President, Varsity volleyball captain, and rodeo club Vice President. She is a Red Cross blood donor, student bobcat club member, and Thrive volunteer. Additionally, she was Miss Northern Montana Rodeo Princess in 2002, Miss Big Sky Pro Rodeo 2008, and received first place in the Montana Meth “Paint the State” contest for Hill County.
Winning the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2010 was Libby Gurnett, the 17 year old daughter of Mike and Lauri Gurnett of Helena. She is a senior at CapitalHigh School and served as the 2006 Last Chance Stampede and Fair Queen and the 2008 Big Sky Pro Rodeo Princess. She is a two-time National qualifier for DECA and is the co-President of her DECA chapter. She plans to attend college at Montana State University and pursue a degree in Agriculture Media and Communications. She also aspires to become an official Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association timer. Gurnett swept the awards at the Pageant, taking home the Speech Award, and all four category awards of Horsemanship, Personality, Appearance, and Projection & Presentation. Gurnett succeeded Samantha Manley of Missoula, a student at Loyola Sacred Heart High School. Manley was presented with a $500 educational scholarship. Also competing in the Teen Pageant were Bridget Gustad of Kinsey and Keenan Hall of Ronan.
Both new titleholders were on hand for the final performance of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals to assist with the awards presentations. Han will begin her duties immediately, attending events in Great Falls, Lewistown, and Billings in the next few weeks.