Name: Taylor Ann Skramstad
Currently living in: Umapine
High school: Walla Walla High School, graduated in 2013
High school sports and activities: I was a varsity cheerleader, a four-year FFA member, showing horses and swine and competing in the sales competition. I was also a 4-H member and club president. In 4-H, I showed horses, dairy cattle, swine, dogs and cats, as well as sewing, modeling, livestock judging, educational talks, public speaking and demonstration projects.
College: I have an AAAS business administration degree from Walla Walla Community College, where I also did my cosmetology schooling, and have an AAAS cosmetology degree. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a double major in agricultural business and agricultural sciences with minors in animal science and politics.
Current occupation and goals: I am a licensed cosmetologist in Washington. I want to work in the agricultural industry as an advocate for agriculture, and eventually plan to run for a position in the Oregon State Senate.
Past Round-Up or Happy Canyon volunteer involvement: I have ridden horseback in the Westward Ho! Parade as early as I was able to ride in front of my parent’s saddle. My family and I have attended Round-Up for as long as I can remember. I have loaned my main rodeo horse, Foxy, to past Round-Up royalty.
Other rodeo or county fair involvement: I am a third-year rodeo athlete at WWCC this fall, competing in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping. I represented the Walla Walla Frontier Days Fair and Rodeo on the 2012 court. I represented the Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse as a princess in 2010 and queen in 2011.
Community or volunteer experiences: Serving on several royalty courts has provided opportunities to give back through school visits, fundraising events and nursing home visits. I continue to volunteer at the Frontier Days Rodeo as a sponsor flag carrier and I push cattle out in the timed events during rodeo performances and slack. As the 2013/14 WWCC PBL Club president (Phi Beta Lambda or Professional Business Leaders), I helped organize a donation drive of pet food and other pet items. We raised over $1,800 in supplies for the Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla.
Parents: Scott and Kelly Skramstad. My dad is a police officer in Walla Walla and my mom is a clerk for the Walla Walla County Courthouse. They own and operate the Lazy SK Ranch, where my family breeds, raises and trains performance quarter horses. My parents have ridden in the Westward Ho! Parade and attended Round-Up for many years. My dad will be helping director Tim Bennett with security during the PBR. My mom is my main helper and horse handler for my events and my dad also helps when his work schedule allows. They have traveled as far as Reno, Nevada, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, to assist me with my Round-Up duties.
Family involvement in Round-Up or Happy Canyon: My grandpa, Wayne Skramstad, rode in the Westward Ho! Parade, which is one of the very few instances I’ve ever seen him on a horse and is one of my fondest memories. My grandma, Lucille Skramstad, could always be found behind the scenes helping with parade preparation and then taking pictures along the parade route. My youngest sister, Emily, 15, is my main helper at all of our riding practices. She rides and jumps my second horse and helps keep my horses in shape. She has helped court members season a few of our parade horses by riding them in parades with us. My middle sister, Katie Skramstad, 18, helps me keep my court uniform clean and organized, as well as helping me pack for trips. My younger brother Cole, 20, helps when his work schedule allows by warming up and saddling my horses before parades and rodeos.
Favorite rodeo (other than Round-Up): Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. It’s the toughest 10-day long rodeo where the top cowboys and cowgirls compete for the world title. It’s also when the Miss Rodeo America pageant is held.
Favorite Round-Up tradition: The Indian Relay Races! It is such an adrenaline rush to watch, and even as a young child I would interrupt playing with my friends during Round-Up to watch the races.
History with horses: Living on a horse ranch, I have ridden horses since childhood. I have helped my dad start colts throughout the years and now have my own 3-year-old named Hooey that I will use when I have to retire my current rodeo horse. I have been fortunate to have won over 20 rodeo buckles, winning my first one at 7 years old. My current rodeo horse and main princess horse is Foxy, a 17-year-old chestnut mare. She is a two-time Grand Entry veteran. I have also been using Bandy, a 9-year-old chestnut mare currently owned by Merrilee Buroker, who is generously letting me borrow her.
Why did you want to be on the court: I love the values that Pendleton Round-Up stands for, as well as how much enthusiasm all of the board members and volunteers have. Round-Up is full of traditions and Western heritage. As a rodeo athlete, it’s wonderful to have the ability to share a passion of mine while representing such an amazing and well-known rodeo.
Best part of the court experience: I’ve enjoyed every experience this opportunity has given me. If I had to pick one thing, it’s being able to spend this summer with Kendra, Betsy, Kaleigh and Sydney! The relationships we’ve made with each other will last us a lifetime.
Favorite memory of Round-Up: During the centennial Pendleton Round-Up, I was serving as a Pioneer Posse princess and we were able to participate in the serpentine. It was my first time being on horseback in the Round-Up Arena and I remember the amazing feeling of stepping on the grass for the first time while riding Foxy. It was truly a great day!