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Contestant Courtney MontgomeryCourtney Montgomery

Home Town:   Cusick, Washington
Year of Birth: 1994


What activities / organizations are you involved in?

In the rodeo arena, I am a very active volunteer carrying flags for the Newport Rodeo, Cusick Rodeo, Clayton Rodeo, Davenport Rodeo, Cheney Rodeo, and the Omak Stampede and Suicide Race.  During the off season, I have enjoyed volunteering at the Will Rogers Saddle Company Little Buck Gaming Series for the last five years and being a 4-H leader and horse superintendent assistant in Pend Oreille County.  I am also a continued advocate or Tough Enough to Wear Pink helping to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.  Something new that I have had the opportunity to be a part of with my new position at CarMax is with our CarMax Cares program where we volunteer at local events one of which recently was the Santa Express through the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.  I truly enjoy the rewarding experience being a volunteer can have.

Have you been a contestant in any other royalty contests?

Yes, I have had the opportunity to represent three fabulous rodeos including the Clayton Pee Wee Rodeo as Princess in 2010, Newport Pro-West Rodeo as Queen in 2011, and Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo as Queen in 2013.  I have also participated in four other rodeo royalty contests where I have won speech awards, people's choice awards, modeling, personality, volunteerism, and knowledge awards.  Each contest was a wonderful learning experience where I have placed as 2nd runner-up in the Miss Teen Rodeo Washington pageant in 2012 and the Miss Pro-West Pageant in 2013, as well as 1st runner-up in the Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Pageant in 2014 and Miss Pro-West Pageant in 2014.  Rodeo is a sport built on a foundation of tradition and history as was the city of Spokane and to be a representative of this history, a role model for the younger generations and the connection between the cowboys and cowgirls and the spectators is an important job that I am ready to take on; to share my love for not only this amazing sport but the beautiful Lilac City we all call home.

What are your future goals?

Looking into 2015 and my future, my first goal is to have the opportunity to represent the Spokane Interstate Rodeo as Queen.  Rodeo is deep in my roots and a part of my life that I hope to continue by getting back to the clover leaf pattern when I am able and ready; as well as continuing to volunteer carrying sponsor flags around the area.  To support my rodeo addiction, I currently a working as a service advisor for CarMax where I have many opportunities to move into management in my future with the company.  I am also looking into taking advantage of CarMax's tuition assistance program to gain a degree in advertising and communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Why would you like to become Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo?

The rolling thunder can be heard for miles.  The bright lights catch the glimmer in the horse's eye as she hunkers down in the chute, the glint of sweat as the cowboy climbs aboard and you can feel the anxiousness of the gate man waiting for the cowboy to nod his head.  Boy, oh boy, who wouldn't want to be a part of the adrenaline-pumping action-packed show that is the Spokane Interstate Rodeo.  I know I would be honored to represent the volunteers, sponsors, and athletes of Spokane and the Columbia River Circuit as the 2015 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Queen.