Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Queen: Mikayla Pinnell
Hello everyone! My name is Mikayla Pinnell and I am currently a senior at Crater Lake Charter Academy in Eagle Point, where I live with parents Bob and Tina Pinnell and my younger sister Kendra. I have lived in Eagle Point since 2005. Once I graduate my plan is to attend Rogue Community College to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business and then attend a four university to study marketing.
Since I can remember I have always had a love for horses. My dreams of having my own horse came true when I was 7 and got my first horse for Christmas. From then on I started to compete in many different equine competitions. I have been involved with the Southern Oregon Hunter Jumper Association since I started riding. My freshman year in high school I started riding on Eagle Point’s Equestrian team and I have been on the District Gold Medalist Drill Team 2014-2016 and State Gold Medalist Drill Team 2015. In 2016 I received the District Performance Champion title.
I am very honored and thankful to represent the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo as the 2017 Queen. One of my goals as the 2017 Queen is to raise awareness of the importance of helmet safety while riding.
Thank you to everyone who made this all possible and a special thank you to my parents for supporting me in this new experience. Now onto the start of a fantastic year of Rodeo!
Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Princess: Larissa Hamilton
Hi Everyone! My name is Larissa Hamilton and I am 19 years old. I graduated in the class of 2016 from Rogue River High School as Salutatorian. I currently live in Rogue River with my parents, Troy and Korey Hamilton. I am currently working towards a major in Wildlife Forestry Engineering at Rogue Community College and plan to transfer to Oregon State University for four years. I was born and raised right here in the Rogue Valley. I was in the 4-H horse division for 8 years and graduated as a 4 year varsity letterman in Equestrian, Soccer, and Basketball. I also had the honor of being president of National Honors Society and president of the Rogue Wranglers 4-H club. I was the Versatility Champion for OHSET, Southern District in 2015 and the Reserve Champion in 2016. I also held the position as Showmanship Gold Medallist in 2015 and 2016.
I am very excited and honored to represent Central Point's Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo. I want to thank everyone who has given the Rodeo Court support and will continue to throughout the year. Without our sponsors, friends, and family, this wouldn't be possible.
Let's have an exciting year of Rodeo!
Rodeo Announcer: Will Rasmussen
A smooth, easy-listening voice, solid knowledge of rodeo and a style that is both entertaining and informative are the mix of elements that make Will Rasmussen one of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s most popular Rodeo Announcers.
His personal knowledge of the sport, sense of humor and timing blend together for a quality presentation that enhances the rodeo and satisfies the fans. “I guess it’s my sense that you need more than just a rodeo,” he says. “People want to be entertained.”
Rodeo Clown: JJ Harrison
10-time Northwest Clown of the Year and National Finals Rodeo Clown. JJ Grew up in the small town of Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian Border. He found an interest in rodeo in high school, which led to his being on the Washington State University Rodeo team. "Go Cougs".............I tried all events but Bull riding was what I really loved... but due to the fact I'm a big sissy... I stuck with Roping" He found success roping but laughs off his career to a really fun road trip. JJ has taught middle school for 8 years and enjoys every second he spends with kids. "I never want to grow up and the best way to do that is hang with kids." JJ has been to over 120 rodeos performances in only 3 years time.
He has become one of the most sought after rodeo clowns in the Northwest and shows no signs of stopping. If you want high energy and constant entertainment in your arena...this is the guy. "I always worry that people will someday realize...it's not an act....it's just who I am...."