• Alicia Erickson

June 2019- Jaden Holle



June was my busiest month yet!


I started the month in Grande Prairie, home of Keddie’s Western Wear and Tack,

who generously sponsors luggage for Miss Rodeo Canada. I participated in the grand

entry and was excited to be there for the crowning of the 2019 Queen, Emily

Roessler and Princess, Emily Henschel, Congratulations. Grande Prairie put on an

exciting rodeo with a 90-point bull ride from Jacob Gardner and a 3.7 second team

roping run from Dawson and Dillon Graham. I will fondly remember this rodeo as

the place where I participated in the wild pony race for the first time. I’ll let you

decide if it was a qualified ride!


On my way home I stopped in at 840 CFCW to let all you listeners know where you

can expect to see me during the summer rodeo run. Make sure to tune it to find out

where I’ll be!


Next was Calgary for the ATB Spruce Meadows Cup. I had a fun night taking in the

1.55m class from the Canada House along with special guests of ATB. Beezie

Madden took home the cup, which was special, as my own trainer had been working

with her for the summer.


Along with the weekend came the Brooks Kinsmen rodeo. Miss Rodeo Sundre,

Jayden Calvert, Medicine Hat Stampede Queen and Princess Haley Schlenker and

Abby Perrett and the Dunmore Equestrian Centre Little Britches Rodeo Sweetheart

Tenley Warburton all attended. Together we visited the local school, danced and

sang at the nursing home and participated in the Little Britches Rodeo. I found out I

am quite good at catching greased piglets!


Later that week I headed to Airdrie, Alberta, home of the Canadian Professional

Rodeo Association. I spent the day with the CPRA staff taking entries for the Airdrie

rodeo, learning about payouts, memberships, stock draws, and everything there is

to know about sanctioning rodeos. After that day, I have a new appreciation for

everything it takes to put on a rodeo and all the moving parts. Thank you to the staff

for your willingness to teach me and to you, the rodeo community, for all of the

work that you do to keep the show running.


Innisfail Chrysler is my generous truck sponsor, so it was an honour to head to the

Daines Ranch for the Innisfail Pro Rodeo. I was officially presented with my truck in

the arena and was proud to show it off as the barrel truck during each performance

and in the local parade. The rodeo was a nail biter as steer wrestlers Matt Mailer,

Clayton Moore, and local Landon Beardsworth all clocked in an impressive 3.9

seconds for a 1-2-3 split. My favourite moment was watching Stacey Ruzicka tear up

after her 15.927 second barrel pattern, as she realized she took first place, beating

Jackie Ganter’s 15.928 second run by only one one hundredths of a second!


In preparation for Guy Weadick Days, I visited Black Diamond school and two senior

homes in High River. I could feel the excitement from everyone as rodeo weekend

approached. Several of the seniors remembered me as a young girl, and it was

exciting for them to see me now as Miss Rodeo Canada.


The Wainwright Chamber of Commerce hosted me in their beautiful city. I had a

busy day between breakfast at ATB, visiting the senior’s home, the local school and

several businesses. I toured the military base, the local museum and of course I

always feel at home when I attend the rodeo! I had the best view watching the

rodeo from the back of the bucking chutes. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce

for your generous hospitality.

It was a quick visit in Wainwright, as I had to take off to Sundre to celebrate the 40th

Anniversary of the Sundre Pro Rodeo. It was a special rodeo for me as it was the

hometown of my late great grandfather Roy Noble, who was part of the committee

that originally brought the rodeo to town. It was his legacy that inspired me to

pursue the western lifestyle and I was so grateful to hear stories about him and my

Uncle Jim who were both well beloved in the rodeo community. On Sunday, in

honour of the anniversary, dozens of Miss Rodeo Sundre alumni galloped into the

arena to do a grand entry once again. As they all assembled into the arena, it was

clear to see the rich history this town holds. The rodeo ended on a high note as

Edgar Durazo rode Calgary Stampede’s 557 Master Splinter for an impressive 92

points.


Finally, I found myself back in my hometown for High River’s Guy Weadick Days. It

was so special for me to carry the Canadian flag during a rodeo I had grown up

attending. It was the perfect end to a busy weekend.


The very next day I was off to Ponoka for Canada’s largest pro rodeo. I’ve sat in the

timed event box as a thundering herd of wild horses piled into the arena, I galloped

my horse past a grandstand full of cheering fans and I’ve watched some of the

world’s best athletes compete from inside the arena. Results will be in soon, and I

am excited to see who takes home the championship buckle from the Ponoka

Stampede. Stay tuned to see how it all turns out.


It has been a great and full month, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. See you soon!

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