Baylee Crawford named NPRA rodeo queen
After working her way up the rodeo circuit, Baylee Crawford of St. Helens is the 2018 Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association.
Crawford, a 19-year-old who graduated St. Helens High School, was a princess in the 2014 and 2015 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. The following year, she was crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon, before competing in Prineville last weekend for a bigger title.
Crawford, the daughter of Tom and Jeanne Crawford of St. Helens, loves to be active in her community.
She was crowned the 2018 Miss NPRA last Saturday, September 23, during the final performance of the NPRA Finals in Prineville.
"Being selected as the 2018 Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association will allow me to be the face of the NPRA's athletes and animals for the year," Crawford stated in a news release from NPRA. "It will grant me the opportunity to educate others about the sport of rodeo, while admiring the beauty of the Northwest along the way."
Crawford was one of seven contestants from throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho who competed in the finals. Contestants for Miss NPRA must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and undergo personal interviews, a written rodeo knowledge test, demonstrate horsemanship, give a school presentation, a mock media interview and perform modeling.
That's not all she snagged. Crawford topped the competition in the People's Choice category, as well as appearance, speech, and knowledge, after competing in the three-day pageant, says Jean McPherson, Miss NPRA director.
Crawford has a background in horsemanship. Having grown up on an 80-acre cattle farm, she started horseback riding in fourth grade and was entering horseback competitions within a few years.
She was active in the county's 4-H horse program for eight years, raising her 16-year-old quarter horse gelding named "Tee."
As part of her Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon title, Crawford has been busy traveling to events, including some out-of-state locales in Las Vegas and Florida. In her spare time, the teen enjoys taking in the Columbia River, adventures with her dogs, Bone and Shredder, and a good book or movie, best enjoyed with pizza or frozen yogurt.
The NPRA is the western United States' largest regional rodeo organization, according to the association. It annually sanctions or co-sanctions rodeos throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.