A new year means new titleholders and I would love to introduce to you to each of them individually! First we are starting off with our new Miss Ozark Rodeo Association 2019, Haley Linder! Haley has a big year in store for her as she will be the first Miss ORA to represent the Ozark Rodeo Association at the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant in January 2020!
I am Haley Linder and I am honored to be your Miss Ozark Rodeo Association 2019!
I am currently a Master’s student at the University of Missouri where I am studying dairy calf nutrition and development. I graduated in May 2018 with my Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences from Mizzou as well. After my Master’s, I plan to pursue a PhD with a career goal of becoming a college professor. I am passionate about the dairy industry and agriculture and hope to better the field through education and research.
While I call Columbia, Missouri my home now, I am originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have been a horse lover my whole life and rode hunter jumpers growing up. My first rodeo wasn’t even until college but I am certainly glad that Gabrielle Cuttler, Miss ORA 2017 brought me along to one! I fell in love with this thrilling sport and the people involved in it. Rodeo wasn’t a part of the first 21 years of my life but now it will forever be! It was because of that first rodeo that I was inspired to compete for the title of Miss ORA 2018. I won first runner up and while was disappointed, was reminded that God has plans for us as a month later received an internship offer in CO for the summer. Still, from that first pageant I had so many takeaways from life lessons to new friends to my first ever horse. Being Miss ORA was a goal of mine as I hope to use my title to serve the rodeo and general community and promote my platform of “Back in the Saddle”. My platform is based off my own personal experiences of overcoming setbacks, staying positive, and having faith in God.
I cannot wait to get this year started and see what it brings! I am so excited to serve as your Miss ORA 2019.
Stay tuned to meet Miss Teen ORA 2019, Alexis Mantonya!
Miss ORA Pageant