New Queen, Princess Crowned for 2016
Ashley Bateman and Halle Rivinius will serve as ambassadors for the 2016 Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration in their new roles as Miss Rodeo Mandan and Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess. The two were crowned during the Fourth of July professional rodeo in Mandan.
Bateman, 21, is a student at North Dakota State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in animal science with plans for a career in agricultural business. She competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for NDSU in breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing. She also competes in the North Dakota Rodeo Association and is a member of the New Salem Saddle Club. Bateman is a 2012 graduate of New Salem/Almont High School where she was the valedictorian. Her parents are Rocky and Nancy Jo Bateman of New Salem.
Rivinius, 11, is from Carson where she will be a sixth grader next fall. She loves to sing, especially the national anthem at rodeos and basketball games. She also plays the piano, guitar, trumpet and drums and enjoys reading and math. Her other hobbies include knitting, drawing and basketball. Halle competes in barrel racing, pole bending and is learning goat tying and roping. She is also involved in 4-H horsemanship. Her parents are Carey and Ryan Rivinius.
Bateman is the second former Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess to go on to become queen. She won all categories in the pageant: horsemanship, personality and appearance. Amy Landsiedel, Regan, was first runner-up and received the congeniality award from her peers.
In the princess division, Rivinius won the personality and appearance divisions also was named the congeniality winner by the other contestants. There was a tie for first place in the horsemanship division between Rivinius and first runner-up Faith Heim, Bismarck.
Among the many prizes awarded were a queen’s trophy saddle sponsored by Express Yourself Salon and Spa and a princess saddle sponsored by Waddell and Reed, Bismarck. Trophy buckles were sponsored by Great Plains Technical Services and Joe and Sandi LaDuke, Dunn Center, N.D. Bateman also receives a $1,000 scholarship from the BSC Foundation.
Bateman and Rivinius will be asked to participate in speaking engagements on behalf of the Mandan Rodeo Committee, to assist at regional rodeos and to teach youth about the sport of rodeo and activities offered during Mandan Rodeo Days.