Dillon’s Johnson named queen

Tuesday, September 20, 2022


During Dillon’s Labor Day festivities, Harleigh Johnson of Dillon was crowned the 2022 Miss Dillon Jaycee Rodeo queen.

After contemplating running for several years, the board is thrilled she jumped in because she has enough natural talents and ability to take Dillon through Montana- to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Lindsay Garpestad, Miss Dillon Jaycee 2015, and a third generation Miss Dillon Jaycee, who placed Top 5 at Miss Rodeo America, said that Harleigh has so much natural potential- she could become our state’s first ever winner of America. Lindsay lended her own talents as Emcee of this year’s Dillon Pageant.

The one day event consists of 4 rounds of judging in multiple categories. Contestants must prove they can ride their own horse- a set pattern with and without a flag. They must speak on stage, given 5 minutes to prepare a 1.5 minute cohesive speech on a given topic. They are placed directly in front of judges for a 10 minute interview. And lastly they are given a written horse and rodeo knowledge test. A contestant is awarded points in Personality, Horsemanship, Speech, and Appearance. Even if we have a single contestant, she must place high enough get the title. Harleigh excelled in all events.

Currently a senior studying at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Harleigh is majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science (Pre Vet), with a double minor in Pre Health and Rangeland Ecology and Management. At school she is involved in her sorority Tri Delta, Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers, is an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and holds an on campus job. The past two summers she completed internships in Salmon, Idaho at the U of I research Ranch and in Boardman, Oregon at Beef Northwest Feeders that provided many great experiences.

Growing up, Harleigh was an active member of the Dillon Hi-Lighters 4-H club where she served as a county ambassador and club officer and raised Market Lambs and participated in Horsemanship and Colt to Maturity projects. She was also an active member and officer of the Beaverhead FFA, and received the American degree last October.

Harleigh was a member of the Dillon Junior Fiddlers and rode with the Ramblin’ Rose Drill team in high school. She will be graduating this spring with her bachelor’s degree and will attend graduate school in the fall. Harleigh is very excited to represent the Dillon Jaycees’ promoting Rodeo around the state this coming year and we can’t wait to see how far she will go representing the Jaycees, the Dillon community, Montana and the Western Way of Life.

Submitted by Dillon Jaycee Rodeo Queen Board.