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2017 Contestants

2017 Contestants

The Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 pageant is underway! This year four contestants have been accepted to run for the Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 title! The four contestants are: Desirae Jackson, Ali Mullin, Miranda Pybus, and Jadey van der Vlis. Be sure to visit our Pageant page to receive upcoming pageant information and information on where to attend the public events (Horsemanship, Modeling and Public Speaking) as well as the exciting Crowning Ceremonies!

Desirae Jackson, Miss Rodeo Sundre 2014-2015

Desirae Jackson
Miss Rodeo Sundre 2014

Farm raised cowgirl Desirae Jackson is proud to call Sundre, Alberta home. This twenty-year old has been involved with horses since the time she could walk. From competing in Light Horse Shows, High School and College Rodeo’s, as well as being a member on the Sundre Pro Rodeo Drill team, Desirae has dedicated countless hours of her time fulfilling her passion with animals. As a fifth generation farmer, she became an avid member in both beef and horse 4H for nine years, contributing to her agricultural background. A recent graduate of the “Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant” program, Desirae has strong values in the health sector and finds nothing more rewarding than bringing joy to people through rehabilitation. Some of Desirae’s greatest achievements are the Alberta Premiers Citizenship Award, Athlete of the Year and of course, her past rodeo queen titles of Alberta High School Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Sundre.


Ali Mullin, 2015 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Queen

Ali Mullin
2015 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Queen

Long days in the saddle nurtured Ali Mullin’s early passion for the cowboy life. Doctoring cattle, starting colts, and showing home-raised Clay Ranch Quarter Horses led to a keen interest in the equine industry, and a rodeo career spanning junior, high school and college ranks. Originally hailing from Cartwright, Manitoba, Ali now hangs her hat in Redcliff, just outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. A Medicine Hat College honours student, Ali is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Visual Communications. Eventually, she plans to pair that credential with her Agribusiness diploma from Lakeland College for a graphic design career specializing in agriculture, and small businesses. In the meantime, Ali remains involved with her family’s Manitoba quarter horse operation. Holding the title of Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen was incredible, and Ali hopes to have the privilege of continuing to promote the lifestyle that she loves as Miss Rodeo Canada.




Miranda Pybus, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2015

Miranda Pybus
Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2015

Raised on a cattle farm in the small town of Spirit River, Alberta, 22-year-old Miranda Pybus is no stranger to the western lifestyle. Along with her parents and three siblings, Miranda and her family manage 440 head of cow calf pairs. She is a past member of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, where she partook in barrel racing and pole bending. Miranda is an avid volunteer in her community and loves working with young children. Miranda is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta with her Bachelors of Education Degree. She has returned to the Peace Country to pursue her teaching career and looks forward to inspiring the next generation. Miranda has enjoyed the opportunity to educate the youth on the western way of life throughout her reign and will continue to be a role model for the adolescents throughout her teaching career.




Jadey vander Vlis, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2016

Jadey van der Vlis
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2016

Jadey Kate van der Vlis is a 20-year-old with roots originating in the Clearwater County area. Jadey is the second youngest of six children and grew up on her family’s beef farm south of Alhambra, AB. Since day one Jadey has enjoyed all farm-related activities and possessed a love of all things outdoors. Her love of farming and horses eventually led to becoming a member of the Shadow Riders 4H club in Benalto, AB during her final three years in High School. In 2014, Jadey graduated and spent the following year employed at a local veterinarian clinic. During the summer of 2015 she moved to Jasper, AB where she worked as a trail guide at the Jasper Riding Stables. Upon completing her first year of Post-Secondary studies, Jadey spent the summer of 2016 representing the sport of rodeo in holding the title of Miss Ponoka Stampede. Jadey strives to ride the trail of life with strength and dignity.





2016 Contestants

The 2016 Miss Rodeo Canada pageant will run between November 9-11th, 2015. Four beautiful young ladies will be competing for the coveted Miss Rodeo Canada 2016 title: Ashley Akkermans, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2015; Terra Chalack, Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2014; Samantha Stokes, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2014 and Chelsea Stokke, Miss Rodeo Pincher Creek 2014. Be sure to visit our Pageant page in the near future to receive upcoming pageant information and information on how to order tickets to the public events (Horsemanship, Modeling and Public Speaking) as well as the crowning ceremonies!

Samantha Stokes, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2013

Samantha Stokes
Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2014

Samantha Stokes was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2016!

Samantha Stokes is a 19-year-old small town farm girl from High Prairie, Alberta. Recently completing her first year of her Bachelor of Education Degree, she hopes of one day teaching kindergarten. Throughout her childhood, Samantha's strong passion for animals led her in many directions. She was an active member in 4-H for five years and participated in projects such as horse, steer, heifer, market lamb and ewe. She dedicated the majority of her years to holding executive positions such as secretary and then club president for two years. Samantha has also been an active member of the Elks Pro Rodeo Grand Entry team for five years and was honoured when asked to become a director this year and coach the Drill Team. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys working on the community pasture looking after large herds of cattle. Her goal in life is to instill strong morals and values into the children who cross her path on the rodeo trail and share her love for the sport of rodeo and western way of life.


Katy Lucas, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2014

Ashley Akkermans
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2015

Ashley Akkermans was Miss Runner Up!

Ashley Akkermans got her start growing up on on a mixed farm operation outside of Ponoka. This current Sylvan Laker has a passion for the western way of life that is reflected in her art work, involvement working on local ranches, past years in 4-H, and current membership in Pony Club. She is an honors student completing the final year of her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology. Upon the completion of her degree she will pursue a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and utilize her degree to rehabilitate trafficked girls and women. Ashley is an active member in her church and also volunteered as a board member for the Magdalene House Society, a home for the recovery of trafficked persons.


Ashley Abbott, Medicine Hat Stampede Princess 2013

Terra Chalack
Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2014

Carstairs, Alberta is where Terra Chalack calls home with her family's purebred cattle and sport horse operation. Terra will be completing her degree in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge in December 2015. She plans to combine both her degree and strong agricultural background to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. When Terra is not at a rodeo or flying high in the hunter-jumper ring with her warmblood gelding, you can find her showing cattle across the province. Terra has been very competitive in numerous activities and sports including, Carstairs 4-H Beef Club for six years, dance, basketball and volleyball. During the school year Terra volunteers for the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, assisting children and adults of all ages with special needs by making a difference in their riding ability and personal growth. As Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2014, Terra was honoured to have been an ambassador for the Airdrie Ranch Rodeo Association and the City of Airdrie, a community her family has been ranching and farming around for over 100 years. Terra believes that it is important to honour the past of our heritage sport as well as to keep moving the sport of rodeo forward. She is looking forward to promoting and sharing the excitement of Professional rodeo and the story of our western way of life.


Alexis Forseille, Williams Lake Stampede Queen 2013

Chelsea Stokke
Miss Rodeo Pincher Creek 2014

On a train to the Calgary Stampede, a little girl glanced shyly at Chelsea in her glamorous clothing. Chelsea was representing Pincher Creek as its rodeo queen. Enthralled, the girl asked Chelsea why she wanted to be a rodeo queen. In this moment, Chelsea realized she was capable of doing much more to elevate the vital role of ranching in Canada. Living immersed in a ranching community in rural Alberta, participating in 4-H, and pursuing extensive horsemanship training provided Chelsea with a profound appreciation of agriculture. It is this appreciation and passion for ranching that Chelsea hopes to inspire among others. Part of her plan for this involves increased advocacy for equine health while pursuing post-secondary studies in equine science.





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