April 2020- Alicia Erickson

April showers bring May flowers I think this saying holds a lot of meaning as trying times may lead to beautiful outcomes.

The month of April was a bit different for me, it was challenging - but who doesn’t like a good challenge? Because I cannot currently travel or make face-to-face connections with people, my role as Miss Rodeo Canada changed a little bit. But I can still promote rodeo, our sponsors, and the western way of life by being creative with social media. Not only did April bring showers, it brought my dream saddle and chaps! Vern McDonald with C5 Rodeo makes it possible for Miss Rodeo Canada to design a saddle that will be cherished for the rest of her life. I spent a lot of the month in the arena, and out in the pasture breaking in my new leather masterpiece. One of the other hobbies that I enjoy is painting, so I honoured some of our sponsors through hand painted Easter eggs! My Easter was spent with immediate family over some ham and lots of chocolate mini eggs. Later in the month Terry Andryo with ATB Financial kindly invited me as his guest onto the Dave Kelly Live show, where we discussed the impact that COVID-19 has had on the rural, and rodeo community. I want to thank Terry for acknowledging the great partnership that Miss Rodeo Canada and ATB Financial have. We are so thankful to be a part of Team ATB; they truly support their teammates in every aspect. The last day of the month was one of my favourites, as I took my two horses and headed into town to the St. Mary’s Hospital. I was able to do a two horse, one queen parade and spread some smiles through the windows and the streets of Trochu. They loved seeing the new chaps that Keena Chausse with Ck Leather generously built for me. It was the first time that I got to show case the bright colours, and fringed details of my personalized, handcrafted chaps. Thank you to the health-care workers who made it safe to create this great experience. ~I’m looking forward to May flowers~ Alicia Erickson, Miss Rodeo Canada 2020

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