Shannon McCarthy

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Shannon McCarthy

Shannon McCarthy
Miss Rodeo Canada 2003

Welcome to the 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Finals Rodeo! This year, once again, we will showcase Canadian Rodeo's top competitors in both rough stock and timed events. You will see the world's finest stock and athletes compete for the prestigious title of Canadian Champion.

As a fourth generation cowgirl, I have experienced a lifetime of fine western culture. Being Miss Rodeo Canada has granted me the opportunity to share these experiences with others. Over the past year, as an ambassador and representative for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, I have had the chance to educate people on the rewards of being involved in and supporting rodeo. A sport that promotes our western heritage and represents our Canadian culture. Rodeo provides the opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls from all walks of life to excel on a professional level.

Each rodeo holds a unique Sense of tradition and family. Rodeo associations, volunteers, sponsors, stock contractors and fans come together year after year giving their time, energy and talent to keep the sport alive. Community spirit abounds from these efforts maintaining the strong foundation that is our Western Heritage, a heritage that we celebrate today. I have proudly watched contestants compete against all odds, stock contractors and volunteers work together behind the scenes, sponsors give generously, and spectators turn into lifetime fans.

Rodeo is Canadian; it thrives on patriotism, integrity, dedication and sportsmanship. These qualities are a testament of each individual who believes in rodeo. The western way of life is an integral part of our country. We have every reason to be proud of the accomplishments we have achieved and the possibilities that will bless our future.

There are many legacies of well-known cowboys and cowgirls who have left indelible imprints on the spirit of Canadian rodeo. their courage, honour, and integrity have shown me that their obstacles are merely achievements waiting to happen. Their competitive spirts established the western tradition that we so proudly pay tribute to today.

God Bless and Happy Trails!
Miss Rodeo Canada 2003



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Former Miss Rodeo Canada takes on Annie Oakley role at EuroDisney 

CALGARY (CP) - Miss Rodeo Canada for 2003 has just finished her reign, but there will be little down time for the woman who as a child first climbed into the saddle on one of her dad's pigs.

Shannon McCarthy, 24, is preparing to go to EuroDisney south of Paris where she has landed the role of legendary markswoman Annie Oakley in a show that is one of the most popular attractions at the theme park.

Oakley, the woman Sioux Chief Sitting Bull christened Little Sure Shot, headlined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

McCarthy put in a three-week stint with the show last summer.

"I phoned them up and offered my services, thinking that not only would it be a great opportunity to travel, but a chance to promote rodeo, the western way and Canada," she said.

She wowed 'em all, so she is returning to EuroDisney next spring as the great American show woman, rider and markswoman.

McCarthy's reign came to an end on the weekend at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.

(Calgary Herald)

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Since my reign in 2003 as Miss Rodeo Canada, I have studied Public Relations at the University of Calgary and currently work for Landmark Homes as an Area Manager.

In my spare time, I enjoy team roping, golfing and participating in local runs and walks for the cure through the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.



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