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2014 Crooked River Roundup Queen Megen Hopper has also reigned as the 2011 Jefferson County Queen and the 2012 Deschutes County Queen


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF RM IMAGES - Megen Hopper is the 2014 Crooked River Roundup Queen.

It could be said that Prineville’s Megen Hopper has won the Triple Crown for rodeo queens.

“I earned my first title in 2011 for Jefferson County and in 2012 for Deschutes,” said Hopper. “This year I will represent the Crooked River Roundup in Crook County as its rodeo queen.”

Hopper is a 2012 graduate of the Redmond Proficiency Academy and  20-year-old daughter of Marty and Pam Hopper. An eight-year member of horse 4-H and a four-year member of the Oregon High School Equestrian Team, Hopper has earned competitive awards at the district and state level. She also served as the district’s student representative as a high school junior and senior.

To earn the Roundup queen title, contestants are required to reside in Jefferson, Deschutes or Crook counties, own their own horse, and take part in horsemanship and personal interviews and respond to a set of impromptu questions.

Hopper’s affinity for horses came at an early age when, in middle school, her grandparents moved to Central Oregon from California, bringing their horses with them.

“My mom grew up with horses, so it was a natural for me to get involved,” said Hopper. “Besides 4-H and the school’s equestrian team, I have participated in a lot of area barrel races.”

Hopper takes her role as Roundup queen seriously.

“Many people think that being queen is just a pretty girl on a horse,” she said. “In reality, we have to be comfortable with public speaking and not be afraid to put ourselves out there.”

As an ambassador for the Crooked River Roundup, Hopper will travel to over 14 Northwest rodeos representing the Roundup and Crook County.  Her travel is made possible by the generous support the CRR Queen Program receives from Stahancyk, Kent & Hook and other local businesses and community members who donate and purchase items at the annual CRR Queen Coronation held in the spring.

In her spare time, Hopper tends to her three horses and participates in barrel races, play days, team sorting, and team penning activities.

“When I’m not with my horses I enjoy working with my two dogs, teaching Sunday school, fishing, camping and just hanging out with my family,” said Hopper. “This past year I had the opportunity to give back to the Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET)  by helping coach drill and gaming at Summit High School.”

For the upcoming Roundup, Hopper will act as host to rodeo queens from around Oregon, as well as the event’s sponsors.

“I will be dressed in my outfit and be introduced to the crowd and do a lap around the arena with my horse at a decent speed,” she explained.

When her queen duties are complete, Hopper plans to return to school at Blue Mountain Community College to continue her studies.

She also plans to compete with her barrel horse, participate in a few rodeos and do some roping with her rope horse as well.

But, this weekend’s duties have her full attention.

“The favorite part of my role as queen is seeing little kid’s faces light up,” she said. “I love it when I make eye contact with that one kid and give them a wave and see that smile on their face.”



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