Looking Back Over Cowboy Christmas

imageThe Ponoka Stampede marked the beginning of the very busy July stretch of CPRA Rodeos! Throughout the week I attended five rodeo and chuckwagon performances, took in the Jace Harty Memorial Bull Riding, attended multiple pancake breakfast and BBQ’s and ran a steer down the long score with Miss Ponoka Stampede, Katy Lucas, during the team roping on the Sunday afternoon!

My entire week wasn’t spent just in Ponoka! I made the drive down to my “home” rodeo, Airdrie, to take in two of their rodeo performances. I was great to be back at the rodeo I represented at the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant!

imageRight after Ponoka, I was off to the Calgary Stampede! The week began with greeting international arrivals at the Calgary Airport, followed by the LaDue Ladies Lunch and the University of Alberta Stampede Alumni Reception. I joined 23 queens from across Canada, the United States and Australia for the visiting royalty program at the Calgary Stampede. We were introduced on stage at the chuckwagons, rodeo and at pancake breakfasts. Myself, Miss Rodeo Illinois, Washington and Iowa even had a chance to spend the day in the mountains, visiting Banff and Lake Louise!

The Teepee Creek Stampede was the next stop on the schedule. I spent four days at the pro rodeo and chuckwagons. Again, I was able to run two steers in the team roping, switching ends from Ponoka and headed, and again had clean runs both times. Maple Creek Saskatchewan marked the next stop for the Cowtown Pro Rodeo.image

The busy July stretch didn’t end there. One day after Maple Creek, I was off to the Daddy of em all, Cheyenne Frontier Days! I spent five days attending the rodeo, night shows, sponsor dinners and even had the chance to do a fly by in front of the stands during the a performance! The moment my plane hit the ground in Calgary I was on the road and off to the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. I spent the first two days with visiting royalty from across Alberta and Saskatchewan, attended pancake breakfasts, BBQ’s and two rodeo performances.

I drove all night following the Friday evening performance in Medicine Hat to arrive in Bonnyville for the Bonnyville Pro Rodeo and Chuckwagons Saturday morning. High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo July 29 & 30 lead me right into the start of August and the Strathmore Stampede! I took in a wonderful rodeo performance, the running of the bulls and the chuckwagons! My last stop was the Big Valley Jamboree where I was invited by our wonderful sponsor Cowan Graphics/Welshes Saddlery to take in the Bulls for Breakfast and watch the headlining acts, Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert from their VIP tent.

August is still going strong with the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede, Lethbridge Whoop Up Days and the Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition as my next few stops!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada

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