July 2018- Brittney Chomistek
Some Canadian Cowboys must have been good this year, as Christmas came early on the final day of Ponoka in the bonus round! After seven full days at Canada’s Richest Pro Rodeo, it was very exciting to watch the final day which resulted in a bit of shifting in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Standings.
My next stop was Cowtown for the World Famous Calgary Stampede. I was able to kick off the rodeo with a ballroom full of guests at the La Due Ladies Luncheon. I was so honored when the organizing committee of this event surprised me with a very generous scholarship to help further my education after I complete my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada. I am so grateful for the support I have been shown by this organization and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
The Calgary Stampede is steeped in history and one of my favorite places to visit on the grounds is the culturally rich setting of the Indian Village. After watching a parade of Indigenous dancers, Cieran Starlight; the Calgary Stampede First Nation’s Princess, hosted a traditional gathering in Cieran's family tipi. Here we were treated to fry bread, berry soup and tea, while sharing the company with other women. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the Treaty Seven Culture and the history behind their tipi. Thank you Cieran for this experience!
About ten hours North of my home is a small hamlet named Teepee Creek. Don’t let the size of this community fool you, because they know how to put on a show! From sun up to sun down they have activities going on. Some of the entertainment included a Pro Rodeo, Heavy Horse Competitions, Mounted Shooting, Chariots and Mini Chucks, 12 and under Miniature Pony Chucks, Wild Cow Milking, Dean Brody, The Road Hammers, and Helicopter Rides to name a few! They even have a stretch Limousine with horns to transport the cowboys to and from the airport!
C5 Rodeo is well known for many reasons, the most popular one being the World Champion Bareback horse named Virgil. But did you now they are also a major sponsor of the Miss Rodeo Canada program? C5 Rodeo, along with Lammle’s, has sponsored my gorgeous trophy saddle. They also organize the World’s largest one header rodeo at K-Days in Edmonton.
At this rodeo it was very emotional as a Canadian legend announced his retirement from Bull Riding. I got to know Scott Schiffner this year, as we both have been generously sponsored by ATB. Even though Scott is slowing down, he is doing it with a bang and won K-Days!
Scott, you are a classy cowboy, dedicated family man, and will always be remembered in the sport of rodeo. I wish you the best in the next chapter of your life.
At 4am after K-days, I headed to the airport and hopped on a plane to see “The Daddy of ‘Em All”, at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Here I was reunited with Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo America, and many of the State Queens. A 30 foot score line, 900 foot arena, and fresh cattle made the timed events a bucket list rodeo to attend! After a day and a half in Cheyenne, I met up with my dad and drove through the night to attend the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede.
Words cannot describe how welcoming it was to be back for my home town rodeo. Not only was the weekend filled with family, friends, sponsors and some of my biggest supporters, but once again Kessler Rodeo treated the fans to an entertaining rodeo.
Be sure to follow the Miss Rodeo Canada Facebook and Instagram pages to watch my journey and see photos from some of the road trips I have been on.
See you at the next rodeo!
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018