Miss Rodeo Montana 2017 -Sarai McCoullaum

Sarai calls the town of Darby home and is the daughter of Scott and Tara Boulanger and Daniel McCollaum. Her four siblings are Titus, Kye, Zachary and Regan.

This 20 year old blond blue eyed beauty graduated in 2014 from Darby High School where she served as Vice President of the student body. An honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society, she also served as a Senate Page during the 2013 State Legislature. A very athletic young lady, Sarai was captain of both her high school track and basketball teams where she lettered consistently. Her school years were also filled with 4-H and Gymkhana activities where she acquired many awards in the Horse and Market Hog projects. Following high school, she attended Bitterroot College.

Sarai enjoys running the valley trails and fishing the rivers and streams of the Bitterroot Valley. She loves spending time with her red healer Koda and competing on her horse Tuffy. She mentors youth in western riding and speed events. She is a current member of Roots Christian Fellowship and is a Sunday School teacher for ages 5-7. She also loves to practice her culinary skills making her family’s favorite chocolate cake. Sarai’s dream is to become and Occupational Therapist specializing in children with service animals, as well as starting her education in Equine Studies to further blossom her passion for riding horses and learning to use natural horsemanship techniques to accomplish her horse training aspirations.

She won the title of 2016 Missoula Stampede Rodeo Queen. She was also the title holder of the 2015 Miss Rockin’ RC Rodeo Queen as well as the 2008 Missoula Stampede Little Miss. Becoming Miss Rodeo Montana is allowing Sarai to share a love for the sport of rodeo that began at the age of three when she began competing at Junior Rodeos. Rodeo taught her dedication and hard work. She has an innate love of children and would love to serve as a role model and teach them about our western heritage and the sport of rodeo. She would like to be the ultimate ambassador by sharing her knowledge of rodeo with anyone who will listen!




Miss Teen Rodeo Montana -Haelee Essebaggers

Haelee  is the 18 year old daughter of Craig and Dianne Essebaggers from Sun River, Montana. Haelee has held the titles of Miss Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup Princess 2014 and Miss Southeastern MT Rodeo Teen Queen 2016. She received 1 st runner up at Miss Teen Rodeo Montana in 2016.
Haelee is currently a senior at Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls where she has been on the CMR honor roll for four consecutive years. She is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters at her school through the Rustler Buddies program where she dedicates time each week being a positive role model in a young child’s life. Haelee is a 4 year member of the Electric City FFA where she competes in horse judging, livestock evaluation and veterinary science. As a 4-H member since 2012, Haelee enjoys showing her horses in Showmanship, Trail, Ranch Horse, Colt to Maturity, Western Horsemanship, Barrels, English Horsemanship and Equitation classes at various shows. Haelee also competes in 4-H horse where she has had the opportunity to travel to the Denver Western National Roundup in 2014 after her team won 1 st at State 4-H Congress in Bozeman.
Haelee started high school rodeo during her junior year. She has competed in goat tying and barrel racing with her 4 year old horse in both the spring and fall seasons. When Haelee isn’t competing in a rodeo, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, camping, fishing, bull riding, and training horses.
After high school, Haelee will be attending MSU Bozeman in the fall to earn a degree in Equine Science and pursue a specialty in being a horse chiropractor. Through the MSU Equine Science program, Haelee plans to start her career in horse veterinary science and horse chiropractics.





Tawnie is the 19 year old daughter of Lindie Tribby and the late Ross Tribby.  She is currently a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman majoring in elementary education and is also a member of the MSU Rodeo Team.  Tawnie enjoys going to the lake and riding horses.  After college Tawnie plans to become an elementary teacher in small town Montana.







Hailey is the 18 year old daughter of Leslie and Bob Burrows of Vaughn.  She is a graduate of Simms High School and aspires to be a veterinarian.  She enjoys hunting and fishing and the outdoors.   She grew up around horses and was involved in both FFA and 4-H in school.   As the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Princess, she hopes to be someone that kids can look up to, and she looks forward to meeting and working with other rodeo royalty throughout Montana.