Looking back on the summer of 2013, I am so lucky to have travelled and met many exceptional individuals. I still have not slowed down and have been staying busy this fall.

I was able to change things up from Rodeo, and was hosted at the World Professional Chuck Association Finals in Rocky Mountain House the third week in August. There I even had my try at Wild Pony Racing! Definitely an experience I’ll never forget, and I think the crowd enjoyed it too. GillianWildpony A huge Thanks to the WPCA for allowing me and the sport of Rodeo to be a part of their finals.

That weekend I also was extremely honoured to be at my hometown Rodeo of Didsbury. I was able to ride in the parade and visit with all of those who supported me.Didsbury Parade Very neat to be there.

 

 

 

 

Next I headed to Whoop Up Days in Lethbridge. I have gotten to know this committee throughout this year, and they have treated me so outstanding. I am definitely going to cherish my time with them and will be back to visit!

I travelled over to beautiful British Columbia for the Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition. This was my last CPRA Rodeo as Miss Rodeo Canada. Very bitter sweet to finish in Armstrong.Zuchinni race The fair had amazing world class food and there were some many events and festivities going on around the fair. The night Rodeo was a blast to be apart of. The crowd was sensational and the bright lights at night made it extra neat. I want to extend my gratitude to the committee and my awesome host family, Doug and Kristine Henry for the amazing experience.Armstrong

Let ‘er Buck! Before I knew it I was in the state of Oregon for the famous Pendleton Round Up! A few PRCA State Queens and I had the chance to explore the beautiful state. We we able to meet the Governor, see the coast, tour the Pendleton Underground, go boating, and of course the Rodeo! Ler er buckThis Rodeo was so neat. The entire atmosphere of the entire exhibition was phenomenal. Watching it all take place on that grass football field was so different than anything I have ever seen! I especially enjoyed the Ladies Barrel Racing, watching girls run an average of 29 seconds. A huge thank you to the Miss Rodeo Oregon board for hosting me during this amazing week!Pendleton

I had the privilege of helping out with the Hell or High Water Rodeo held in Millarville this past weekend. It was nice to see some familiar faces before we all start gearing up for CFR, and help those affected by the flood. This just goes to show the the Rodeo community is not only there for each other, but anyone that can use a helping hand.

 

Today I am in store for a long flight. Off to the land down under, Australia!

 

Happy Trails!

 

Gillian Shields

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