• Alicia Erickson

May 2019- Jaden Holle

And just like that, another month as Miss Rodeo Canada is in the books. May started with the Guy Weadick Days media launch in High River’s “Maggie’s Diner.” This famous venue from Heartland was where the poster for the 2019 Guy Weadick Days was revealed. It was also announced that breakaway roping would be included in the rodeo performances! Guy Weadick Days will be happening on June 20-23 and I am looking forward to coming to my hometown rodeo for the Sunday performance.

After that, it was the Miss Rodeo Canada alumni clinic where various MRC alumni came to share their knowledge with some current and hopeful rodeo royalty. I enjoyed listening to their stories and seeing pictures from the past of different crowns, white gloves, and ten-gallon hats. Did you know that the first Miss Rodeo Canada was crowned in 1955? I feel so blessed to have a sisterhood of women that I can go to for guidance and advice.

On May 3, I was invited to “Wood’s and the City,” a fundraising event for Wood’s Homes. It was a wonderful evening of food and fashion in support of children, teen and family mental health services.

I visited my friends at SUN Country and AM 1140 in High River in anticipation of the Stavely rodeo. It was the 62nd Edition of Canada’s First Indoor Rodeo and it was a blast. It was my first time carrying the Canadian flag at a Canadian rodeo. I was able to spend some time with the newly crowned Miss Rodeo Stavely, Kira Schneider. We visited elementary schools in Nanton, Claresholm and Stavely where we chatted with the students about rodeo. When teaching them about the scoring system, I was asked if I had ever made a hundred point ride on a bull? Definitely not! But I did get a high score when I hit the golf course, for my very first time, at the Eddie Cochlan Memorial. I spent the day improving my swing in honour of a man who helped start and fund the annual rodeo back in 1956.

Another special event I attended this month was the Calgary White Hat Awards, which honours different individuals and businesses in the tourism industry. I was honoured to be a guest of Smithbilt, who provides the award recipients with their iconic white hats. I am proud to wear a Smithbilt!

After that, I jetted off to Europe! I started in Slovenia where I rode a famous Lipizzaner horse at the Lipica stud farm. Then, it was another plane ride to London, England. My Mom and I spent my birthday at Buckingham Palace where we attended Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Garden Party! We had a great time and I would love to tell you more about it if I see you on the road. I even left baby Sussex a gift…some tiny cowboy boots and a Wrangler denim onesie, of course! Now little Archie is ready for rodeo season.

I hit the ground running when I landed back in Canada with the Rainmaker Rodeo and Parade in St. Albert. It was my first Canadian parade and it was great to see some family in the crowd. I want to thank the rodeo committee for having me. I had a great time and even met Aaron Pritchett!

The last few days of May brought my first big weekend of the year. I drove to Leduc for the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo. The rodeo itself was great and the competitors meant business. In the bull riding, both Todd Chotowetz and Sage Kimzey rode Northcott Macza bulls for 91.5 points. Way to go, boys! As for me, I enjoyed the Rodeo of Smiles, an event for special needs children that featured wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, and even a bouncy castle! Thank you Leduc for putting on a great event with a Trade Fair, Family Fun Night, and a Dance in the Dirt. It was an honour to be a part of it.

After Leduc, I hit the road for the Grande Prairie Stompede. But you’ll have to tune into next months blog to hear about that!

See you soon,

Jaden Holle

Miss Rodeo Canada 2019

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