Miss Rodeo Montana 2016
MRA FOURTH RUNNER UP
TOP 10 & TOP 5 MRA FINALIST
Calling Simms home, Lindsay is the 22 year old daughter of Vonda Harrison and the late Lonny Garpestad and sister to Nathan Garpestad. Lindsay is a Cum Laude and Sigma Beta Delta graduate of Carroll College in Helena, with two bachelor degrees in Political Science and Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.
Lindsay attended C.M. Russell high school in Great Falls where she was a 2011 Top 5 Graduating Seniors recipient, was in National Honor Society all four years, received a volleyball letter, and was a yearbook editor in 2009-2011. While in college, Lindsay was the recipient of over 10 scholarships, including the Montana Silversmith Pursuit of Excellence and the Bud Dawson and Fred Sanborn Livestock Scholarships, just to name a few. She also held several positions on campus, including ASCC Senator and Student Body Treasurer, Budget Committee Student Representative, and Academic Integrity Committee Student Representative. She was also a competitor for the Carroll College IHSA Equestrian Team competing in Reining, Open Western, and English. In addition to all her other obligations in college, Lindsay held the title of 2014 Miss Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup.
For eleven years, Lindsay participated in 4-H, winning numerous accolades in horse, beef, sheep, dog obedience, and photography leading her to serve as a 4-H leader from 2013-15. Outside of 4-H, Lindsay participated in the Montana State Open Horse Show Association shows resulting in 20 year-end awards. In addition to 4-H and horse showing, some of Lindsay’s other hobbies have included running barrels, pole bending, goat tying, and playing volleyball. Lindsay’s long-time passion for photography resulted in the 2013 Best in Show Great Falls Tribune Photo Contest (1,200 entries) in two divisions along with many other photography best-in-show awards. These achievements helped Lindsay start her own photography business in 2011, which she still currently owns.
In addition to graduating from college, some of Lindsay’s achievements in 2015 include competing and winning the title of Miss Dillon Jaycee 2015. She was also a part of the Montana State 4-H Horse Show planning committee serving as sponsorship coordinator where she raised over $13,000. She was selected as Miss Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup official photographer where she donates her services. Lindsay also worked the Charles M. Russel Art Show and Auction as a volunteer art carrier and served as Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup committee volunteer.
Concerning Lindsay’s career ambitions, she plans to attend law school in Missoula, Montana. In addition to attending law school, she plans to continue growing her photography business. Upon attaining a law degree, she hopes to move back to her family ranch and practice law in the surrounding Great Falls community.
When asked why she wants to become Miss Rodeo Montana, Lindsay says as Miss Rodeo Montana 2016, she would be honored to have the opporutnity to give back to the agricultural programs and organizations that have served generations of her family. As the sixth-generation raised on a Montana ranch, she has been blessed with the opportunity to live the western lifestyle. She would be grateful and eager to promote the western livestyle, rodeo, and the state of Montana, through positive, educational, and professional interactions with everyone she meets. Growing up personally knowing numerous former Miss Rodeo Montana’s, she seeks to honor a long line of hard working, dedicated, and successful Montana women, who have held the title of Miss Rodeo Montana and hopes of Miss Rodeo America. Finally, Lindsay wants to encourage and inspire the next generation of Montana cowgirls and cowboys by promoting the fundamental purposes, practices, and principles that are essentail to representing Montana and the “greatest sport on dirt,” rodeo.