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Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2016

Contestants

  • CONTESTANT 1

    Bailey Veteto

    Bailey Veteto

    Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2016

    Horsemanship, Appearance, Photogenics

    Bailey Veteto is the 15 year old daughter of Justin and Jill Bailey, and the late Jeff Veteto, and older sister to Sterling Bailey. Bailey hails from Big Timber, MT.

    Bailey is a sophomore at Sweet Grass County high school in Big Timber where she has been on the honor roll or high honor roll for five consecutive years, maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or above. She was awarded the Presidential Academic Achievement Award for two years and as a freshman, received two Academic All-State awards for outstanding achievement in athletics and academics. She has been a part of the Science Olympiad, Academic Olympics, and Mathletes competitive teams. As an active member of 4-H since 2011, Bailey has enjoyed much success in various horseshow classes such as Top Horse Showman, Western Equitation, and Western Horsemanship as well as numerous other projects like leather project, beef, and veterinary science. Since joining Big Timber FFA her freshman year, she has participated in horse and livestock evaluation, received her Greenhand Degree, and was awarded FFA Reserve Beef Showman at the Sweet Grass County Fair. Bailey’s favorite sport is cheerleading, where she lettered as a freshman.

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  • CONTESTANT 2

    Carley Thune

    Carley Thune

    Personality

    Carley Thune is the 17 year old daughter of Mark and Brenda Thune and the older sister to Colton Thune. Carley hails from Miles City, Montana.

    Carley is a senior at Custer County District high school in Miles City where she has been on the honor roll for several semesters. Carley has held the title of Little Miss Home of Champions in 2011 and Miss South Eastern Montana Rodeo Teen Queen in 2014. She is an active member of 4-H and FFA, serving as her 4-H club vice-president in 2014-15 and is currently the Miles City FFA Chapter Secretary. Carley’s hobbies include rodeo, barrel racing in the OBRA series, FFA for five years, 4-H for nine years, hunting, fishing, volleyball, ranching, judging horses, art, music, and showing cattle, lambs, and horses.

    After high school, Carley plans on attending Dawson Community College to study animal science, agriculture business, and equine therapy. She also plans to participate in rodeo while there. She wants to work after college on a ranch and own one in the future.

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  • CONTESTANT 3

    Haelee Essebaggers

    Haelee Essebaggers

    Speech, Projection and Presentation

    Haelee Essebaggers is the 17 year old daughter of Craig and Dianne Essebaggers and sister to Bridger and Cambrie Essebaggers. Haelle hails from Sun River, Montana.

    Haelee is a junior at Charles M. Russell high school where she has been on the honor roll for the past two years. In 2014, Haelle held the title of Big Sky Rodeo Roundup Princess. As an active member of Electric City FFA and Cascade County 4-H, she has enjoyed honors like being a member of the first place horse judging team at the Montana 4-H Congress, permitting her to compete at the Denver Western National Round Up. She also earned the 2013 and 2015 Cascade County 4-H Intermediate Horsemanship Year-End Championship as well as receiving her Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degrees. Some of Haelee’s other hobbies include horseback riding, camping, bow hunting, volleyball and other sports, track and field, bull riding, barrel racing, horse showing, snowmobiling, fly fishing, working cattle, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to watch rodeos.

    After graduating from high school, Haelee plans to attend college at MSU Bozeman for veterinary school and equine science. She also plans to attend Bozeman’s farrier school and colt breaking courses. She hopes to have her own chiropractic business and be a horse veterinarian.

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