May 2021 - Alicia Erickson
Updated: Jun 4
I’m calling the month of May the calm before the storm, as we see athletes legging their horses up, contractors getting stock in order, and rodeo committees working their hardest behind the scenes in hope for a potential 2021 Canadian rodeo season.
The Miss Rodeo Canada organization has been working behind the scenes as well, planning and coordinating with our partners to host a 2021 competition. We are so excited to share that we are going ahead with our regular pageant components, being hosted by the incredible Baymont Inn & Suites Red Deer - more details will be released as they become available!
Our organization sponsors have continued to be nothing but supportive during my two year rein, and Montana Silversmiths always provide the official jewelry of Miss Rodeo Canada. I was so pleased when a large box was dropped off at my front step, to open and find the elegant blue boxes filled to the top. As always, I’ll continue to share the newest pieces, my favourites, and the Montana moments that happen throughout my year on our social!
One of my first events going forward into July is the LaDue Ladies Luncheon, and although it’s going to look a little bit different this year being held virtually, it is bound to bring out the cowgirl spirit in everyone. I was so appreciative to be in the LaDue class of 2020 as one of the scholarship recipients, and put the monetary funds towards paying off my Justice Studies Diploma. I can’t wait to see which driven young women are awarded for the 2021 essay submissions, as the scholarships are such a blessing and help alleviate stress in gaining an education. Tickets for the event can be purchased at https://ladueladieslunch.ca
Going forward into the rodeo athletes summer run, I can only think positively, that we can pull together and host some rodeos in the upcoming months. It truly takes an army, and many of us don’t see the hard work and many hours that most (as volunteers) are putting into planning and adapting to the rules set in front of us. Along with rodeo folk being the most dedicated people I know, we can also be very stubborn, and I think those two traits work in our favour sometimes. In sticking to the traditional traits of the western lifestyle, I just know that something great will come out of all these trying times.
Looking forward to potential summer rodeos, and seeing you all very soon!
- Alicia Erickson, Miss Rodeo Canada 20/21