• Alicia Erickson

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

Cornelsen (Rumford).





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:

http://www.rodeocanada.com/south-of-49.htm


Until next time,

Jaden


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.

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