MISS RODEO CANADA 2017
Miss Rodeo Canada 2017
[Photo by Nicole Marie Photography]
Roping and riding across the Canadian Prairies is where you will find Ali Mullin. This cowgirl got her start in the equine industry by ranching with her parents on their Manitoba quarter horse operation. Doctoring cattle, starting colts, and showing home-raised Clay Ranch Quarter Horses led to a keen interest in the horse business, and a rodeo career spanning junior, high school and college ranks. Besides rodeo, Ali was involved in a variety of sports and activities in her time as a student at Cartwright High School. Hockey, fastball, track and field, singing and 4-H filled her schedule. After high school, Alberta's opportunities in rodeo and post-secondary education caught her eye. In 2014, she graduated with honours from Lakeland College and a diploma in Agribusiness - Marketing Communications - as well as Cowgirl of the Year and High-Point Cowgirl honours from the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Since then, Ali has relocated to Redcliff, west of Medicine Hat, Alberta and has discovered a passion for Alberta's sunny south. Currently she remains involved with her family's quarter horse program back home in Manitoba, where her parents still ranch. Ali is in her second year of study at Medicine Hat College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Visual Communications. Upon completion of her education, she intends to begin a graphic design career. Ideally, Ali would like to focus her work in those areas that she has a personal passion for, being small businesses, the equine industry, and other agricultural advertising. Having the opportunity to represent the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede as the 2015 Queen was an honour, and a fantastic experience. Ali will inevitably continue promoting the sport and lifestyle that she loves so much; being able to do so as Miss Rodeo Canada would be an incredible privilege.
Miss Rodeo Canada 2017
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Miss Rodeo Canada has a very busy schedule. She attends between 400-500 events a year. Each appearance may consist of a day filled with numerous events. The following is Miss Rodeo Canada 2017's schedule to date.
Sponsor Visits - Roper Warehouse - November 18, 2016
Sponsor Visit - Smithbilt Hats - November 18, 2016
Photo Shoot - Ian Neill - Airdrie, Alberta - November 18, 2016
ATB Financial - Partnership Visit - November 18, 2016
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Las Vegas, Nevada - November 27, 2016 - December 11, 2016
- Miss Rodeo America Pageant
- PRC Gold Buckle Gala - Wrangler - South Point Hotel - November 28, 2016
- Grand Entries - WNFR - Thomas & Mack - Dec. 1-10, 2016
- PRCA - Back Patch Ceremony - MGM Hotel - November 29, 2016
- PRCA Luncheon - MGM Grand Hotel - December 1, 2016
- Autograph Signings - December 1-10, 2016
- Gold Card Room - Dinner - Thomas & Mack Centre - December 1-10, 2016
- Bob Tallman WNFR Charity Bowling - Gold Coast Hotel - December 3, 2016
- Calgary Stampeder NFR Reception - South Point Hotel - December 3, 2016
- Sponsor Visits - Montana Silversmiths - December 5, 2016
- Nevada Children's Hospital Visit - December 5, 2016
- Sponsor Visits - Roper with Jim Nevada - December 7, 2016
- Spurs and Spikes Golf Tournament - Bali Hai Golf Club - December 9, 2016
Denver, Colorado - January 11-17, 2017
- Denver WESA Market with Roper (Sponsor)
- Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame - January 12, 2017
- Montana Silversmiths Sponsor Visit - Buckle
- National Western Stock Show and Rodeo
Canada Night - Rodeo - January 15, 2017
- Cowboy Downhill Ski Race - January 16-17, 2016
Canada Cowboy Ski Race-Mount Norquay, Alberta - March 18
Medicine Hat Broncs & Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo - April 7-9, 2017
CFCW Fundraiser-Rivercree Casino Edmonton, Alberta - May 27
Grande Prairie Stompede-Grande Prairie, Alberta May 31-June 4
Medicine Hat WPCA Chuckwagon Race -Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede- June 15-18
High River Rodeo-Guy Weadick Days-High River Rodeo Grounds-June 21-25
Ponoka Stampede - June 27 - July 3, 2017
Ladue Ladies Luncheon- July 6
Calgary Stampede Parade- Calgary, Alberta- July 7
K-Days-Edmonton, Alberta- July 21-23
Cartwright Rodeo-Cartwright, Manitoba- August 5-6
Short Go- Strathmore, Alberta August 7
Olds Octoberfest Rodeo-Olds Rodeo Grounds- September 14-16
Canadian Finals Rodeo -
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Attending the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado was an amazing start for 2017. While there, I was involved in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association performances in many different capacities. Helping out with the Mutton Busters, carrying sponsor flags, and presenting our beautiful maple leaf during the opening ceremonies were experiences to remember.
Being a good two months into my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada, I still have the occasional "wow" moment: a time I must physically stop and think, "Wow. I'm really Miss Rodeo Canada." This month, the wow moment was on Canada Night at the NWSS. Riding with my hosts, Miss Rodeo Colorado - Kelsie Winslow, and Miss Rodeo America - Lisa Lageschaar, I had the privilege of carrying the Canadian flag for the opening ceremonies. Every light was black, save for the bright spotlight on the flags we held in the centre of the arena. Stepping forward with my flag for the Canadian anthem, I felt absolute awe. That role, in that place, at that time... such a simple moment, and everything was perfect. I was so humbled.
While in Denver, I was sure to take in the festivities of the Western and English Sales Association Market. To see so many western exhibitors in one place was a thing of dreams! Of course, I stopped for visits at a few favourites: Roper/Stetson/Tin Haul, Wrangler, and Montana Silversmiths. My marketing brain even got some special fun at the revealing of Tin Haul's new boot and clothing lines for the year!
Towards the end of a busy week, it was time for a trip to Steamboat Springs for their 43rd annual Cowboy Downhill Ski Race! If you�ve never seen it, this particular event is just as entertaining as you might imagine: dozens of rodeo cowboys and queens populate the slopes, complete with chaps and hats. Now, growing up in Manitoba, I had a brief introduction to skiing during a couple of school trips in junior high. As an estimate, the outing at Steamboat was about my fifth time on skis, and admittedly, the ski jump on the course did get the better of me! Fortunately, I was un-hurt, and the organizers and sponsors of the Cowboy Downhill Ski Race were thoughtful enough to prepare an amazing prize package for the prestigious title of Best Wreck that I was thrilled to win! For this championship, I received my very own sets of skis and bindings, a GoPro camera, and Beats headphones, to list a few items. I've already been out practicing, and am doing my best not to repeat THAT championship next time!
A happy 2017 to all of you, and I look forward to meeting you down the rodeo trail this year!
Miss Rodeo Canada 2017
As 2016 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting. For me, the main transition has been adapting from life as a small-town Manitoba cowgirl,
to the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen, and most recently, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017! Even now, I'm not accustomed to the title, but am excited
for all that is in store over the next months. If December has been any indication, great things are coming!
The big story this month was my first international trip as MRC, taking me to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! Having never been to Vegas, let alone to the WNFR, I was ecstatic to wrap up my semester at Medicine Hat College, and get started in my new role.
Arriving in Las Vegas after dark meant the lights of "The Strip" were all in their glory! Thank goodness I had Nicole Briggs (MRC Board member, and MRC Alumni 2014) to coach me through the maze of slot machines that we had to navigate at the MGM Grand Hotel. Our third teammate was Katy Scott (Miss Rodeo Australia). I met Katy at the Canadian Finals Rodeo last month, but was able to get to know her better after staying together for two weeks in Las Vegas! In the days preceding the rodeo, we took in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. It was a nice change, seeing a competition from this new perspective, instead of being a judged contestant! Miss Rodeo America 2016, Katherine Merck, crowned Miss Rodeo Texas, Lisa Lageschaar as the new Miss Rodeo America 2017. Lisa will be my international counterpart over the coming year, and I am so thrilled to get to know her as we work together to promote our sport and lifestyle!
Once the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo began, our routine became fairly regular: autograph signings by day, and rodeo performances by night. Each evening, we enjoyed supper in the Gold Card Room - a space reserved for the Gold Card members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. I was more than a little star struck at this incredible privilege! After eating, it was time for grand entry. The very first time I rode down the famously long "tunnel" to enter the Thomas & Mack Arena at the WNFR is a snapshot in my mind. I will cherish it as an honest to goodness dream come true. Next, we watched the rodeo: sometimes from the stands inside the arena, or on a straw bale in the warm up tent, and sometimes on the television in the hotel room, with some much-needed Chinese food! Afterwards, we helped present the Montana Silversmiths Championship buckles to the go-round winners at the South Point Hotel and Casino. It felt so special to be involved in the different parts of such a prestigious rodeo.
Between appearances, we managed some tourist time! We took photos at the Las Vegas sign, walked "The Strip" and even squeezed in shopping at the tradeshows, set up for the ten days of WNFR. Living in Las Vegas for two weeks, I still wasn't ready to leave. The stream of entertainment and activity led me to the resolution that I will just have to go back... and maybe even make the WNFR trip an annual one!
Safely landed in Edmonton, I made a few sponsor visits within the city before returning to Medicine Hat. Now in Manitoba for the holidays, I'm relaxing and getting ready for the New Year! Merry Christmas, everyone, and all the best to you and yours in 2017!
Miss Rodeo Canada 2017
[Photo by Nicole Marie Photography Co] Crowning Announcement at the Canadian Finals Rodeo - Ali Mullin, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017!
Talk about a whirlwind!
The weeks leading up to the 43rd annual Canadian Finals Rodeo were a blur, but they were nothing compared to the rush of the Miss Rodeo Canada Competition itself.
In preparing for the stay at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton, I spoke with many alumni. Each of them advised that I was in for a week of extremely high pressure, matched only by the incredible amount of fun and amazing memories that were in store. Thankfully, it did not disappoint!
During the contest, we visited a number of delicious local restaurants, and many other generous Edmonton-based sponsors. We enjoyed trips to the West Edmonton Mall, the Stollery Children's Hospital, FarmFair International, and of course, the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Coliseum. All the while, as contestants for the title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, we were subject to adjudication by various public and secret judges, as well as friends, families, and fans of the rodeo community.
After evaluations concluded in the main scoring categories (personal interview, horsemanship, public speaking, written exam and modelling) the official crowning ceremony took place in the arena dirt, during the November 12, 2016 afternoon performance of the CFR. That experience is one that I still struggle to describe. The single most popular question I received afterwards was, "What emotion did you feel when they announced that you had won?" The truth is, it's simply impossible to pick one emotion. That goal was something I had worked towards for years. It was something I had planned for months, and hoped for in every breath and every thought for countless weeks.
Thrilled? Nervous? Relieved?
In that single moment, hundreds of hours of preparation came to fruition, and a huge dream became reality for me. In short, I felt everything and I felt absolutely nothing, all at once. I was heavy as a tonne of bricks, and light as a feather. No words can accurately describe a feeling quite like that.
Of course, I know that the time I spent preparing for competition was matched by three other individuals. Alongside Desirae Jackson, Jadey van der Vlis, and Miranda Pybus, I grew individually, and had the pleasure of seeing them flourish. Though only one person can receive this particular title, I know that each of these talented ladies will conquer the world, and hold many prestigious titles of her own!
Thank you to all of my supporters, particularly those in Manitoba, Medicine Hat and surrounding area. You got me to competition week. Thank you to my beautiful fellow contestants for being my teammates all the way to the finish line. I look forward to a great year, full of once in a lifetime experiences, that I am so excited to share with each of you! I am incredibly thankful to be able to count you all as my friends, and I am honoured and humbled to be awarded the title of Miss Rodeo Canada 2017.
Miss Rodeo Canada 2017