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Meet Katherine Merck.

With a finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, you won't find a more educated cowgirl.  Katherine Merck is an entrepreneur, cowgirl, influencer, attorney, and speaker who is dedicated to uplifting other women through her movement #CowgirlsforKindness. 


The founder of Rodeo Advantage, the first and only comprehensive rodeo consulting business serving rodeo committees, rodeo contestants, and rodeo queens, Katherine won the title of Miss Rodeo America 2016 less than two years after entering her first rodeo queen pageant. A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association timer, rodeo committee member, and rodeo athlete, Katherine sits on numerous boards including the Miss Rodeo America National Advisory Council and the Miss Rodeo Idaho, Inc. Board of Directors.


 Katherine advocates for the agricultural industry in all areas of her life. Licensed to practice law in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, her practice focuses on legal issues involving property rights, tax and estate planning, local and federal government involvement, and other areas of law affecting ranchers, farmers, and other landowners. 

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Recognition & Honors

Cowgirl Magazine's 30 Under 30

Recognized as a leading woman in the Western industry. 

2019 RockN W Report Girl Boss Awards

Nominated in four categories and winner of Cowgirl CEO

PRCA Contract Personnel - Timer 

Selected to time 2020 Circuit Finals Rodeo and 2019 Steer Roping Circuit Finals Rodeo

Miss Rodeo America 2016

Personality Winner

First Miss Rodeo America from Washington

Miss Rodeo Washington 2015

Appearance Award       Horsemanship Award

Knowledge Award        Personality Award

Presentation Award      Speech Award


Washington State House of Representatives Resolution 2016-4659

United States House of Representative Congressional Recognition, 2015

Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo 2014

Horsemanship Award   Photogenic Award

Written Test Award

Miss Rodeo Idaho, Inc. 

Advisory Board Member 

Gem State Stampede

Rodeo Committee Member

Miss Rodeo America National Advisory Council 

Co-Chair of Media Committee &

Rodeo Royalty Seminar 2017, 2018

Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo 

Rodeo Performance Openings &

Queen Coordinator 2017, 2018

Cervi Championship Rodeo 

Pivot Girl Coordinator at Rodeo Houston 2017, 2018

American Quarter Horse Association

Lifetime Member, Reining & Ranch Riding Competitor

National Reining Horse Association

Competitor since 2003

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