• Alicia Erickson

April 2019- Jaden Holle




As a young girl, community theatre was a big part of my upbringing and I attribute a lot of my capabilities to those early years spent on stage. I was so excited when the High River Performing Arts Foundation announced the creation of “The Venue”. A 12K square foot space of collaborative and performing arts right in town. I was honoured to be included in their reveal event where the architectural plans for the space were unveiled. I know first hand how confidence, creativity and courage can come from simply having somewhere to gather and grow. I am so excited to see what this space will be able to provide for the community. More western art, leatherwork or public speaking practice? The opportunities are endless.


On the weekend I headed down to the Calgary Stampede grounds for the Giddy Up Aggie Days Event. At this event, special needs children and their families had the opportunity to enjoy a pancake breakfast, learn about agriculture and even take a wagon ride!


I participated in a photoshoot with Shelby Simmonds, owner of Twisted Tree Photography, at my favourite hat shop, Smithbilt Hats. It was fun to also be able to showcase my new collection from Montana Silversmiths, Miss Macie, Wrangler, Dan Post and my gorgeous truck from Innisfail Chrysler. Aria Studios hooked me up with all of the makeup I needed to make me look photo ready; Liz’s lessons have made me feel confident enough to do my own makeup for a shoot. It was such a fun day, at the end of it; I picked out a brand new moss green hat to add to my collection. I love it, thank you Smithbilt.


From there it was off to see the future of rodeo at the Rocky View High School Rodeo at the Nutrien Western Event Centre. There is some GRIT and DETERMINATION in these athletes…look out world! I was ecstatic to do my first grand entry on Canadian soil (thank you to Jason and Cooper Resch for letting me ride your beautiful gelding, Freckles). I had the chance to showcase my brand new chaps from Keena Hull, CK Leather. I integrated several special details that I am proud to share, so come check them out next time you see me.

During the High School rodeo, I tried my hand at being a timer, okay, I was a back-up timer! It’s harder than it looks. A shout out to the rodeo timers and all the volunteers. Your hard work and dedication make it possible to pursue the sport we all love.


Finally, I ended the month at the Rowan House Fundraiser for Hope & Healing. The Rowan House is an emergency shelter that provides crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. The evening included a wonderful dinner, local musicians and live and silent auctions all for a great cause. Thank you, Rowan House, for including me in your evening and for everything you do to create safer communities.

You can find out more about the Rowan House and their cause at the link below.


https://www.rowanhouse.ca/


With the capabilities of social media I have enjoyed cheering on our rodeo athletes that continue to make us proud south of the border and a special congratulations to the champions of the Broncs and Honky Tonks Rodeo in Medicine Hat, the CPRA’s first full rodeo of the spring.


Next stop, Stavely, Alberta, home of Canada’s first indoor rodeo. Hope to see you there.


~Jaden Holle, 2019 Miss Rodeo Canada


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