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March 2023 - Mackenzie Skeels

March was a month of firsts, it was the first time that I had ever been a part of cowboy curling at the CrowsNest Pass skijoring. This is something that was definitely a highlight for me.

For those of you that have not watched cowboy curling it is quite entertaining. One person that is on a horse pulls another person who is on an inner tube (the curing rock) around a corner and launches them at the curling targets on the ground. Whoever is closest to the center target wins like curling. I must have made a pretty good rock as my team ended up winning first place! Only one pylon was harmed during the launch. 

March was also the first time that I got to visit the team at CFCW. It was so cool to get a tour of the radio station and see all of the behind the scenes of Alberta's County Legions station and Miss Rodeo Canada's longest running sponsor. Thank you so much to CFCW for having me and allowing me to be a part of the team for the day.

Later on in the month our Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni association hosted our annual

clinic where we had some incredible young women come to enhance their skills in becoming rodeo queens. The future is bright and I am so excited to watch each and every one of them continue to grow and run for their desired titles and hopefully Miss Rodeo Canada one day! During the clinic we touched on important aspects of being a rodeo queen such as sponsorship,

goal setting, social media, photography, makeup and hair, impromptus, public speaking, modeling, horsemanship, and rodeo history. We were so lucky to be able to have this clinic hosted in my home away from home at the Red Deer Baymont Inn and Suites. During my time in Red Deer I got the opportunity to cheer on the Red Deer Rebels at the Peavey Mart Centrum at Westerner Park, which is the location our Canadian Final Rodeo also calls home. I even got to wear my new Janine custom creations Pendleton coat during the game. Thank you so much to ATB for having me be a part of this event in your box, it was a great game to come and watch! Lastly, before I headed back home, I visited my local Peavey Mart to pick up some gardening supplies and film some spring content.

Later on in the month I made my way to Lammles in Old’s and got to hang out with Melissa and Geoff as they got me all ready for the upcoming rodeo season. I also was pleasantly surprised by Dan Post Boots Company as they sent me a pair of new boots to keep me trendy during my time as Miss Rodeo Canada. From there I headed to Innisfail Chrysler and got to pick up my beautiful new Dodge Longhorn 1500 truck! I am so thankful for Innisfail Chrysler's continued support of the Miss Rodeo Canada program, and I am so excited for all of the places “Stickers” and I will go! Be sure to tune in for next month as the Canadian Professional rodeo seasons officially will be kicking off. 

With Gratitude, 

Mackenzie Skeels

Miss Rodeo Canada 2023

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