Montana's First Lady of Rodeo...

Miss Rodeo Montana 2016

Contestants

  • CONTESTANT 1

    Elyssa Leininger

    Elyssa Leininger

    Calling Billings home, Elyssa is the 22 year old daughter of Dean and Christina Leininger and is sister to Evan Leininger. Elyssa is currently a junior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings pursuing degrees in both Biology and Art.

    While at Billings Central Catholic high school, Elyssa was on the honor roll, Academic All-State for swimming in 2009 well as 2011-12, was in National Honors Society in 2011-2012, received the Billings Central Psychology Award, received MSMTA piano competition highest score for two consecutive years, and graduated Cum Laude. She held the positions of vice-president and president of her 4-H club and won many accolades at the Montana Fair in Billings, including Grand Champion Market Lamb, Best in Show Art, Western Horsemanship Champion, Showmanship Champion, and numerous other horse show championships. While in college, Elyssa has made the Dean’s List fall semester 2014 and spring semester 2015. She has received the Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarship, NILE Foundation Scholarship, Ann Millikan Memorial Scholarship, Rocky Mountain College Presidential Scholarship, Virginia M. Snook Art Scholarship, and Anne S. Weeks Scholarship. Elyssa enjoys barrel racing, roping, open and Montana Quarter Horse Association horse shows, breaking colts, raising and showing lambs and chickens, trail riding, sculpting, painting, drawing, archery, hunting, fishing, playing piano, Taekwondo, competitive swimming, community service, leading 4-H, and spending time with her family.

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  • CONTESTANT 2

    Katie Lynn Kraus

    Katie Lynn Kraus

    Congenialty, Photogenics

    Calling Livingston home, Katie Lynn Kraus is the 20 year old daughter of Ted Kraus and Carrie Kraus and is sister to brother Danny. Katie Lynn is currently a junior at Montana State University in Bozeman pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science.

    While in high school, Katie was on Park high school’s honor roll all eight semesters. She also received a letter in soccer and softball. In 2008, she held the title of Park County 4-H Rodeo Senior Princess. Later on she went on to receive the titles of Miss Southwest Montana Pro Rodeo Queen 2013 and Miss Livingston Roundup 2015. While in 4-H, she held many position in her club. Upon being accepted to MSU, Katie received a College of Agriculture scholarship and later received the A.B. Cobb III Memorial Scholarship. Currently Katie enjoys horseback riding of any nature, working out, going to school, and spending time with friends and family in the great Montana outdoors. She also is on the IHSA Equestrian Team at MSU, competing in both western and hunt seat and serves as the Publicity Officer for the team.

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  • CONTESTANT 3

    Lindsay Garpestad

    Lindsay Garpestad

    Miss Rodeo Montana 2016

    Written Test, Horsemanship, Appearance

    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.

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  • CONTESTANT 4

    Lorna Job

    Lorna Job

    1st Runner Up

    Speech, Personality, Projection and Presentation

    Calling Billings home, Lorna is the 20 year old daughter of Robert and Joane Job and sister to Teresa and Nicole Job. Lorna is a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman pursuing degrees in both Equine Science and Biochemistry.

    While a student at Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Tuolumne, California, Lorna was a sophomore Rotarian Scholastic Gold Medalist and a CSF lifetime member. She also held the title of Mother Lode Round-Up Queen. While in college, Lorna has received the Front Porch scholarship and was an honors students at MSU for the 2014-15 academic year. Lorna enjoys cowboy dressage, reining, training dogs, hunting, fishing, trap shooting, baking, cooking, softball, skiing, country line dancing, and singing.

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