August 2018- Brittney Chomistek
Not only has August been an extremely dry month, but it has also been a hot month for a few Canadian Cowboys as they turn up the heat in the rodeo standings.
Three former NFR qualifiers and proud Canadians, Orin Larsen (BB), Clay Elliott (SB), and Tanner Milan (SW) and well as 2018 NFR contender Carman Pozzobon (LBR) held the top spots at the Strathmore Stampede which helps to secure their placings in the race to the NFR in Las Vegas.
Think you have to go to Spain to run with the bulls? Heck no! The Strathmore Stampede is home to Canada’s only Running with the Bulls, where daring locals attempt to mingle with a pen of bucking bulls resulting in some very dramatic encounters! I had such a great time at the Strathmore Stampede, but after an encounter with a yellow jacket, I have discovered I have an allergy to wasp stings!
This month I traveled the furthest North I have ever been in British Columbia, to participate in the Dawson Creek Rodeo – Home of our CPRA President, Terry Cooke. I have always been a prairie girl at heart, but I was blown away by the beauty of this area. Not only does this committee put on a great rodeo, but they also do an excellent job of introducing young fans to the sport of rodeo and the western way of life. Each day an arena full of children participate in a calf scramble with hopes of retrieving a ribbon off a calf, which entitles them to win a bike. Oh how I wish I could have bottled up their excitement, and I’m sure the memories gained that weekend will help produce a new generation of life-long rodeo fans!
Throughout the year I was very fortunate to attend many chuckwagon races that were held in conjunction with local rodeos. Thank you to the Rocky Mountain Chuckwagon Association for hosting me at the Battle of the Rockies Racing Finals. Congratulations to Dayton Sutherland the aggregate winner!
Midway through the month I headed down South, to Washington, to participate in the Kitsap Fair and Rodeo. Here I was reunited with Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo America, and together we attended the rodeo, enjoyed the fair, and toured the exciting city of Seattle. Pikes Fish Market and the famous Gum Wall were highlights of our city visit and I am proud to say I even caught a fish while there! (Checkout my video on the Miss Rodeo Canada Facebook Page ☺) Keri and I each represent our own cowboys, rodeo associations, and country with deep pride. Together, we have worked to educate people in an effort to strengthen the great sport of rodeo and the western way of life. You can imagine our excitement when we heard the announcement of the Maple Leaf Circuit, which will become the 13th circuit of the PRCA! Our visit this month was short, but as always, so enjoyable.
Even though I had an awesome time in Washington, there is no better feeling than touching back down on Canadian soil. After a day and a half at home, with just enough time to wash clothes and repack my suitcase, I was back on the road in my beautiful black dodge truck sponsored by Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Strathmore and headed for Armstrong BC.
Smokey sky and poor visibility could not keep me away from the Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede. This rodeo is the final stop on the Canadian Finning Pro Rodeo Tour and Carman Pozzobon has entered the Finning Pro Rodeo Tour as the Season Leader with 730 points! You will have to wait for my September Diary Journal Entry to see how the Armstrong Rodeo and Finning Tour ends up.
Until next month,
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018