January 2019- Jaden Holle
December and January were incredible. I spent Christmas in High River with my
family and even got to meet Santa Claus one evening at the High River library. I got
to read Polar Express to the kids and help them out with some Christmas crafts.
I spent New Year’s Eve at the Rise Up Conference in Calgary, a conference for
University aged students to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the
world. I was lucky enough to be asked to share the story of how I became Miss
Rodeo Canada. I discussed how the fear of failure almost kept me from trying at all,
and how I learned that even if my dream had not been fulfilled it still would have
been worth it. Through this journey I have learned that our worth comes not from
what we do but from who we are. It takes courage to follow our dreams and courage
to trust that when we don’t achieve them, there is something better suited to us.
Early January was filled with excitement as I met with Elizabeth from Aria Studios
who set me up with skin-care and make up products and training to use it all! I have
loved having a routine and trying out all of my new products.
I also paid a visit to Smithbilt hats! Not only did Brian from Smithbilt set me up with
a perfectly shaped hat, he even made me a coffee for the visit! Thank you, Smithbilt!
Everything felt real to me when I packed for my very first trip as Miss Rodeo
Canada. On Jan. 11, I headed to the airport bright and early to go to WESA (the
Western and English Apparel and Equipment Market). The rodeo world seemed to
get smaller and smaller as I ran into Michael Solberg’s (Bareback rider) wife, Tayler,
in the airport (twice in a week!) AND Clay Elliott (Saddle bronc rider) on my flight.
My highlight of the trip happened when we first got to Denver. We headed to the
Montana Silversmith showroom where I was presented with my brand-new custom
belt buckle! Thank you so much for this beautiful piece-I could not be more proud to
wear it. Also at Montana Silversmith I got to work on a little project, which I am very
excited to be revealing to you very soon!! Stay tuned!
The rest of the market was incredible. I got to meet several more of my sponsors,
including Dan Post, Wrangler, and Miss Macie Boots. They have some incredible
styles and I cannot wait to be working with you all this year.
The following week I found myself back in Denver where I got to meet with several
of the American State Queens and I was reunited with Miss Rodeo America 2019,
Taylor McNair at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. This was my first
rodeo as Miss Rodeo Canada and it was an honour to carry the Canadian flag and
represent our Canadian athletes for the first time in the arena.
I was also fortunate enough to participate in the 2019 Steamboat Cowboy Downhill
Race, where several Queens and cowboys put our skills to the test on skis and
snowboards! Check out this sweet photo of me catching some air:
(And just pretend it wasn’t shortly followed by this…)
After Denver I drove to Park City, Kansas for their rodeo. I was pleased to see much
of my family in the crowd and also meet with 1983 Miss Rodeo Canada, Kate
Thank you so much to the National Western and Park City Rodeo committees for
including me in your events. They were a fabulous start to my year!
Congratulations to bareback rider Clint Laye from Cadogan, AB for capturing the
aggregate title at this year’s National Western!
See how more of our Canadian athletes did here:
Until next time,
My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the friends and family of Mason Lowe,
who tragically passed away after injuries sustained at a PBR event at the National
Western in Denver.