Miss Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
Hello friends, I am Makenzie Matthews, better known as Kenzie!
On July, 28th 2018 the proudest moment of my life took place as I was crowned your 2019 Miss Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo Queen.
About 23 years ago, I was born in Longview Washington. I am the oldest daughter of Shaun and Joni Matthews. My sister, Makayla, and I couldn’t have asked for better parents. We grew up in the quaint town of Grays River Washington, which is about an hour west of Cowlitz County, and along the Columbia River.
I attended Naselle Grays River Valley school from kindergarten until I graduated in 2013. After graduation, I attended Clatsop Community College, and then transferred to Lower Columbia College (LCC). In June 2019, I will graduate as a Registered Nurse (RN). I plan to work as an RN while obtaining my Masters in Nursing. My ultimate goal is to work in a managerial role within pediatrics.
Grades, sports, hunting, fishing, family and 4-H have been very important to me throughout school. I was a 4-H member for 13 years and continue to volunteer at events to this day. At 8 years old, I was blessed with my first horse, Chief. He was a 28 year old gelding who took great care of me for 3 years. I saved my money up and bought myself an 8 year old quarter horse mare named Fiona. She was a huge challenge for me and tested my limits, but she made me a better rider.
I finished out my 4-H career with her and still have her. After spending 11 years of hard work with Fiona, I am extremely grateful to work with a new horse called Chey. I have had her since October 2017 and love her more every day. I couldn’t imagine a better horse to share this experience with!
2019 is going to be the best year of my life! I plan to attend as many parades, rodeos, community events as possible! I am going to promote the western way of life and, more specifically, our fantastic rodeo to the best of my ability.
Here's to the friends to come, the knowledge that will be gained, and the memories as I fulfill my duty as Queen Kenzie. Chey and I hope to see you on our journey as we proudly represent the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.