July 2020- Alicia Erickson
A month where we celebrate the great country of Canada, staying glorious, strong, and free!
The Ponoka Stampede Grounds is where you could find me on this first of July. Although I wasn’t horse-back and watching the showdown round, it was great to spend the day at my second home. We pulled the winning cattle raffle ticket, celebrated with a prime rib dinner, and ended the night with some fireworks!
Rolling right into July I would usually be attending the LaDue Ladies Luncheon, despite having to postpone their event, the LaDue Ladies still honoured their scholarship program and awarded some talented cowgirls with a scholarly bursary. I was honoured to be a part of the “LaDue Class of 2020”, and will be putting the scholarship towards my Bachelors in Social Work.
My hometown museum in Trochu invited me to do a “meet and greet” to celebrate Stampede week. I met a future rodeo queen, who travelled from Bowden to come and meet me. I am so grateful for the appearances that I am able to make during this time, and thank each and every person that go out of their way to make that connection!
July has been a month of thanks, as ATB Financial donated five-hundred dollars for me to give to a foundation of my choosing. I was happy to do an “instagram takeover” for ATB, where I showed followers a day in the life of Miss Rodeo Canada, travelling to Ponoka to do a seniors home visit on horse-back! I chose to donate this money to the Ty Pozzobon Foundation, which focuses on rodeo athletes mental health, and concussion awareness. Thank you ATB Financial!
On July 24th I stopped in at Innisfail Chrysler to get some general maintenance on my truck, and catch up with the dealership team.
Shortly after I was on the road to High River to spend the day back in my C5 Rodeo saddle. Craig Fitzpatrick did the math, and said I must have chased over 300 calves out of the arena that day. There really is no hour of life wasted that’s spent in the saddle.
Our Canadian rodeo athletes have been very successful south of the border, please continue to follow my weekly reports every Monday on our Facebook & Instagram page!
Alicia Erickson, Miss Rodeo Canada 2020