Welcome Elgin Stampeders!
Proudly representing your 75th Elgin Stampede is Rowdy Israel, the 15-year-old daughter of Nicole Israel. Residing in the quiet little eastern Oregon town of Dayville, Rowdy is well known for her community involvement, her love of horses and rodeo!
Rowdy gained her confidence early on participating in several Grant County parades dressed as a rodeo queen, however her real queen career started when she was just 6 years old, participating in her first pageant event through the Lil Miss Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) queen for a day program in Prineville, Oregon. Rowdy participated in this program every year from 2012-2015. In 2014 Rowdy held the title of Lil Miss Grant County for the Grant County Fair & Rodeo in John Day Oregon. In 2017 Rowdy won her title as the Lil Miss (NPRA) Northwest Professional Rodeo Association - Eastern Oregon region Queen. She traveled and made several appearances throughout Oregon at NPRA rodeos and parades, enjoying every minute of this exciting experience. Rowdy decided to go on to compete for her next title and in 2019 Rowdy won the title of Jr Miss Rodeo Oregon. This opportunity put Rowdy back on the road representing the state of Oregon, traveling over 15,000 miles that year going to over 30 different rodeos in Oregon, Washington, Idaho & Nevada, but there was one rodeo that was her favorite… The Elgin Stampede!
If you don’t know Rowdy, you may have seen her this past summer on her beloved mount Peanut, a 26-year-old registered Black and White Paint gelding or perhaps mounted on Ricky her 15-year-old sorrel Quarter Horse gelding racing around at the Elgin Stampede Playday Rodeos, competing in the breakaway roping, barrels, poles, and goat tying events. Rowdy participated competitively in the Elgin Stampede Playday rodeos and was a top competitor in the Cinnabar Mountain Playday rodeo series in John Day Oregon, the Cayuse Jr Rodeo series in Milton Freewater Oregon, the Paisley Jr Rodeo in Paisley Oregon, Lakeview Jr Rodeo in Lakeview Oregon, Haines Jr Rodeo in Haines Oregon and was a first-year competitor in the Oregon High School Rodeo series.
Before Rowdy took off down the rodeo road she enjoyed competing in English and western equitation, hunt seat/jumping, showmanship and the trail course in her local 4-H horse show program in John Day, Oregon. When Rowdy isn’t traveling to her next rodeo or event she enjoys country trail riding, hiking in the wilderness, snowmobiling, atv/dirt bike/utv riding. She enjoys time with her family and friends along with her two beloved dogs Diesel and Bexley, her cat Boots and her palomino paint mini horse Tonto.
Rowdy has been active in the Dayville School from 2012-2021, then moving on to her sophomore year of high school at an online private academy. Rowdy enjoyed the sports of volleyball and basketball with Dayville School from 2015-2021. She participated in several Dayville community clean ups and helped with planning several school activities. In 2020 Rowdy held the position of student council sergeant of arms and in 2021 held the position of student council Vice President. In 2020 Rowdy also was the Vice President of the Dayville FFA chapter and in 2021-current holds the President title of the Dayville FFA chapter. Completing in Ag Sales and public speaking, along with going to State convention are some of Rowdy’s favorite FFA experiences so far. Upon graduating high school Rowdy would like to continue her education and become a dental hygienist, along with pursuing her dream of becoming a professional breakaway roper and of course…Miss Rodeo America! Who wouldn’t want to do that?!
Rowdy feels beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to represent and be a part of the prestigious 75th annual Elgin Stampede Rodeo, rodeo committee, rodeo court and the Elgin community. Pull your hats down tight Elgin Stampede rodeo fans because this year is going to unbelievably amazing!