Second Blog for Nicole Briggs: January 6th, 2014
December marked my first official appearance as Miss Rodeo Canada at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada! I arrived in Las Vegas on December 3rd and my journey began the moment we arrived. The first day consisted of getting settled at the hotel, picking up and naming our rental car (“Jenny”), Grand Entry rehearsal at the Thomas & Mack Center, and attending the Miss Rodeo America Cowgirl Kickoff Party!
During my time in Vegas I was able to attend all of the Miss Rodeo America pageant events including public speaking, the fashion show, horsemanship, impromptus and the coronation. This is something I have wanted to watch for many years and to be able to take it all in was amazing!
Each day in Vegas was filled with autograph signings at each of the western trade shows for our sponsors Wrangler and Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul. Not only did I get to meet people from all over the world at the autograph signings, I even had the chance to sign alongside many of the contestants of the WNFR.
Before each performance of the WNFR, I had the opportunity to spend time and assist at the Gold Card Room. I met and talked with many interesting individuals who have had a hand in helping the sport of rodeo grow to the great sport it has become. Following the Gold Card room I would head to Thomas & Mack Arena for the WNFR grand entry. Hearing my name called as Miss Rodeo Canada and riding into the arena was the most amazing feeling! It was an honour to participate in the grand entry while representing Canada at one of the most prestigious rodeos in the world!
I wrapped up each evening’s rodeo by helping present buckles during the Montana Silversmiths Buckle Presentation ceremony for the go-round winners. I was able to personally spend time with Chenae Shiner, Miss Rodeo America 2013, and the newly crowned Miss Rodeo America 2014, Paige Nicholson, during these presentations.
Some of the other events I had the chance to attend were the Bob Tallman Charity Bowling Tournament where I tried my hand at ten pin bowling and actually witnessed one of our teammates bowl a perfect game! My game was not as pretty! During my Las Vegas stay, I was interviewed by many radio and rodeo personalities, including Will Rasmussen on the stage at the Cox Pavilion before the rodeo on Canada night.
To end my stay, I finally rode the roller coaster at New York, New York! After twelve days in Vegas I arrived back home in Alberta. Being able to be a part of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was a dream come true. I was able to experience so much and I met so many wonderful people!
2013 sure was a year to remember and I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store.
Wishing everyone all the best in 2014,
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014