HOME OF CHAMPIONS ROYALTY
Home of Champions Rodeo is proud to introduce our 2023 Royalty
Queen: Alli Allen
Calling Sheperd home, Alli Allen is a twenty-three year old Montana native where she grew up on a feedlot. She developed a love for the American Quarter Horse and the sport of rodeo at a very young age. Alli Continues to compete in barrel racing and is learning the ropes out of the heading side of the box. She owns a AQHA Stallion, SE Big Time Corona, and alongside her mom they raise Quarter Horses with the rodeo pen in mind.
After high school Alli continued her education at Sheridan College. She works as a legal secretary and plans on finishing her bachelor’s degree at Montana State University Billings. Her ultimate goal for her education is to attend law school and become an attorney.
At the age of twenty, Alli developed a seizure disorder after receiving her sixth concussion, just over a year after enduring a traumatic brain injury. She strives to raise awareness for brain injuries and seizure disorders. Alli hopes to inspire others through actions and to be the voice that tells others that they can do anything that they put their mind to.
Alli is passionate about rodeo and the western way of life, she is excited about the opportunity to promote both and would like to thank everyone who has helped her along the way. Let’s Rodeo!
Princess: Willow Ritter
I am Willow Ritter, and I just turned 13 years old. I am proud to be the 2023 Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo Princess. I have always loved Rodeo, and everything about it. I am now training for the Jr. Rodeos where I’ll be focusing on barrel racing, breakaway roping, and pole bending.
I love roping and taught myself roping a lion figurine in my back yard.
I want to be a large animal vet when I grow up and have been interning for the past three years with Dr. Casey Gruber and the Red Lodge Vet Clinic.
My family splits our time between Red Lodge, MT, (where my mom owns her first store: Moo Country), and Leiper’s Fork, TN. The second Moo Country is in TN, and my dad plays guitar professionally with several bands there.
“Cowboying” is in my blood – my great grandfather was an auctioneer, President of the Murray Grey Cattle Association, and started the “Western Livestock Reporter” that is still used to this day to buy and sell cattle. My grandfather is a cowboy as well, and he started the first “Western Ranch Supply”. We are now getting ready for my first horse and have a couple great prospects – one actually named Willow!
I’m looking forward to the year ahead and everything rodeo!
See you soon at the Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo in July!
Miss Teen: Emilie Torgerson
I am Emilie Torgerson and I am the 2023 Miss Teen Home of Champions. I am thirteen years old and I live in Bozeman, MT.
I was born in Red Lodge, and have been to every Home of Champions Rodeo during my lifetime. I began my love for rodeo royalty when I met Talli Mariah Carmalt, the 2014 Miss Teen Rodeo Montana. She was so kind and complimented my pink chaps, and I was hooked! At the age of 8, my grandmother bought me my first horse KitKat. The following year I tried out for the Miss Home of Champions Little Miss title and won. I held that title for 3 years and every year just gets better.
I have participated in rodeos this year around the great state of Montana, including the Bozeman Stampede with the Home of Champions Queen, Alli Allen and White Sulfur Springs Labor Day Rodeo with Miss Last Chance Stampede, Amber LaCross, Miss Rodeo Montana Briann Grimshaw, and attended the 2023 Miss Rodeo Montana Pageant.
I am currently taking riding lessons that helps me become a better rider and helps prepare me for upcoming rodeos and back country surprises. Besides riding KitKat, I also enjoy traveling with my family. We go mountain biking, hiking and swimming in freshwater lakes together. I love my 15 chickens and will be raising another 25 chicks this fall and a new six-month-old kitten named Hank the cow dog.
Thank you to the Red Lodge Rodeo Committee for your continued support.
I look forward to spending more time with my Home Of Champions Queen, Alli Allen, and Home Of Champions Princess Willow Ritter.
“It’s a great opportunity, it really helps me in other areas of life like public speaking, communication all the little things. I have a passion for riding too so I kind of bring all that together and it’s perfect for me.”
~ Ali Kuntz Miss Teen Rodeo Montana
RODEO ROYALTY PAGEANT INFO
July 1- July 4
July 1 : Pageant Luncheon – The Pollard Hotel – Hemingway Room 1:00PM
July 3: Horsemanship – Red Lodge Rodeo Grounds 8:00AM
July 4: Coronation – Red Lodge Rodeo Arena 2:30PM
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