MISS RODEO CANADA 2012
Arleta Bowhay

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Biography

Arleta Bowhay

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

A life of strong personal, moral and agriculture values defines Arleta Bowhay. Home schooling enabled participation in her family’s mixed farming operation and volunteering in the community.

Arleta is an accomplished pianist and singer. She attended camps for several years followed by being a staff volunteer. Arleta’s 10 year involvement in 4-H has been an integral part of her personal and professional development, resulting in her being a gifted public speaker winning many awards. Her involvement included beef, horse and canine projects. Arleta held numerous 4-H executive positions including club President.

Arleta has been exposed to rodeo her entire life. Her dream came true when she was crowned Miss Rodeo Sundre 2009, a responsibility she took very seriously. Her confident warm personality and natural leadership strengths brings many mentorship opportunities. Arleta plans to complete her Olds College Business Administration program majoring in marketing and looks forward to a professional career as a communications representative where she can apply her business acumen, vibrant personality and western heritage.

 




Social Media

Links: Arleta's Final Ride at the CFR (Video)
News: Metro - Newspaper
Crowning Video: The Sun - October 10, 2011
Youtube: Interview with Bob Tallman - August 5, 2012
Interview - Rock 104.5 with Arleta Bowhay - November 21, 2011
Rodeo Queen Crown "like winning lottery" - November 10, 2011
Questions and Answers with Outgoing Miss Rodeo Canada - Arleta Bowhay - November 7, 2012

 



Diaries

And Now the End is Near...

Well my year is coming to an end and it has been amazing. Over these last couple months, I have been able to attend a few different fundraisers, trail rides, and community events. I was at my last rodeo of the year in Hanna, Alberta and had a great time!

Now I am gearing up for the 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, where I will be carrying the Canadian flag during the performances as well as taking part in many other events during the week. During the CFR, the 2013 Miss Rodeo Canada pageant will also be taking place, where three lucky ladies will be competing for the title. I will be passing off my crown during the November 10 afternoon performance of the CFR.

I would like to thank everyone that has helped me throughout my year. To all my sponsors that have treated me so well and have helped me with anything I needed along the way, I express my deepest gratitude. Thank you to our rodeo sports medicine team that helped me get back in the saddle again. And to the CPRA, thank you so much for letting me represent our great sport of rodeo this past year. It is a year I will not soon forget!

God Bless,

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 


The Land Down Under

Well August has been a busy month for me; I am finally feeling better and am able to get back to my duties. I travelled down to Darwin, Australia for the Darwin Championship Rodeo. This was a trip that I will remember forever. Thank you to Kim and Andrew Wright for having me and the MRC Vice President, Anne Lamers, stay at your wonderful house and for all the adventures you took us on. We went swimming and feeding the Crocs, saw Wallabies, and fed wild fish! Also, a big thank you to the Darwin Rotary Club for sending me to Australia and for making me a part of their rodeo.

When I flew home, it was straight off to the Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days where I spent 5 days with an awesome committee and a community that just welcomed me right in. I had a couple of days off to quickly do my laundry and repack then I headed off to the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, BC. I have visited this rodeo once before, but it has grown so much that I was just blown away. Not only is this a great rodeo with an outstanding crowd, but their fair is amazing. The committee was super friendly and happy that I could make an appearance, which makes my job so much better! I was honored to attend and hope I can go back and take it in again sometime.

Next up will be a few gala events and the Hanna Pro Rodeo, and then my term as Miss Rodeo Canada will come to an end. I am excited to give another girl this amazing opportunity and look forward to what life has in store for me.

God Bless,


Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


One Busy Summer

The rodeo season is well under way and I have been super busy. I got to take part in my home town rodeo, the Sundre Pro Rodeo June 22-24 and I had an amazing time. They were all so excited to have me there and treated me so well. I was very excited when during the Saturday afternoon performance the MRC President, Jocelyne Lambert, presented me with my brand new crown that was sponsored and made by Montana Silversmiths.

From Sundre I headed off to the Ponoka Stampede for a week where I took part in every performance, parade and many other different functions they had. They had a great committee that made the event a lot of fun for me and put on an amazing show.

After that I attended the centennial year of the Calgary Stampede. About 40 rodeo queens, myself included, were in the parade, the rodeo, and the grits rodeo. Miss Rodeo Australia and I went down town to City Hall for an interview and talked with lots of people from all walks of life.

Next came the Teepee Creek Stampede for 4 days in the wild where I had an amazing time with the committee and got to see all the different events they have in their rodeo.

I was supposed to fly out to Cheyenne but I have been put on bed rest for two weeks from a back injury. So I have a little time off but will be back in full swing in time for the Medicine Hat Rodeo.

God Bless,

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


A Hectic July

Well my summer is coming to a close and I can say it has been an amazing one at that.

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 100th year of the Calgary Stampede this year, I rode in the parade alongside many of the other queens and princess from Canada and the United States. We then spent a day touring around different pancake breakfasts in the city. Then we headed over to the stampede grounds and were introduced on the big stage during the rodeo. Following the performance, we were taken over to the chuck wagon barns and were given a tour and some history behind how this sport started and how it has grown over the years. The following day we went to the Giddy Up Gritz Rodeo, where we met lots of wonderful children and signed autographs. I was blessed to have had this opportunity to take part in such a well-known rodeo across the world.

Off to the Teepee Creek Stampede I went for 4 days in the wild. I have never attended this rodeo and was very excited to go and also to take part in there queen contest. I had so much fun learning about and seeing all the different events they have like the Turototor and the Rawhide Race. I want to say thanks to Gary Heart for allowing me to ride his horse again. To the committee for having me attend their rodeo, and a huge congrats to Telsa Shaver the 2012 Miss Teepee Creek Stampede Queen.

Following Teepee Creek I was supposed to attend the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Medicine Hat Stampede and Exhibition, and the High Prairie Rodeo but unfortunately I was put on bed rest for three weeks due to back issues. I would like to say a huge thank you to Brandon at Prairie Therapy for all his help in getting me in to the correct doctors and specialists that got me up and going as soon as possible, and for continuing to work with me doing physio to make sure everyone is back in place and stays that way! I will forever be grateful for what they have done for me.

God Bless,

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


One Busy Rodeo Season

Well June has been an amazing month. I was fortunate to  attend some of my favorite rodeos that I have grown up going to, to cheer on my dad and this year it was a bit of a switch up as he comes to cheer on myself and my big brother Carson.

I made the drive to Brooks, Alberta, where I had the privilege of attending the Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo on June 9-10.  I had the pleasure of riding in the parade alongside some other Alberta rodeo royalty. From there we headed to the rodeo grounds and were able to help with the Little Britches Rodeo. We helped with the mutton busting, chicken race, and the crowning of the new Little Miss Britches Rodeo Queen.  This was the very first little britches I have ever watched and I was so impressed with all the young upcoming rodeo kids that Alberta has. From there, I, along with other rodeo royalty was treated to some down time and pizza thanks to the Kading family. We even were able to hit up the rides for the first time this year for me. Then it was rodeo time again, we took part in grand entry and did chase out of the stock. The Brooks Kinsmen rodeo committee was awesome and I am so grateful to have had the privilege to attend this wonderful rodeo. I was able to stay an extra night in Brooks so that I could visit the residents of the Newbrook Lodge.  It was a great opportunity to listen to  some great stories and answer their many questions about what it is I do as Miss Rodeo Canada.

I had the great pleasure of attending the 52nd Innisfail Professional Rodeo at the Daines Ranch in Innisfail, Alberta from June  14-17. I helped with slack, grand entry, chase out of the stock, and the parade. I also was able to be on the side lines cheering on my big brother and cousins as they compete in the wild cowing milking. Thank you to the R&R Inn and the Daines Family for looking after me while I was in Innisfail.

On June 20th I made an appearance on Edmonton Global Morning News with Jennifer Crosby to talk about the Alberta Lung Association’s Swap to Stop pilot project where they have selected three rodeos this summer to provide an opportunity for people to swap out their tobacco product for a smoking sensation product and provide a some education on the risks of smoking and use of chewing tobacco.  Miss Rodeo Canada is a proud partner of this initiative!

Next, my home town rodeo the Sundre Pro Rodeo. This was a very busy weekend as I was not only there as Miss Rodeo Canada but I was also riding on the drill team. Friday started off with visiting a number of the Miss Rodeo Sundre sponsors. Rodeo time, I mounted my drill team horse and was ready for the performance to begin. Following grand entry I switched horses for my very first presentation ride as Miss Rodeo Canada in my home town arena, and I was not ready for the amount of cheers the town of Sundre let out as they announced me.  Then I got to watch my little sister Bronwen do her last lap carrying our great flag as Miss Rodeo Sundre, as tonight she would be passing on her crown to a new lucky lady. The rodeo is under way and it is now time to crown the new Miss Rodeo Sundre 2012, Bronwen did her farewell lap and there I was big sister watching from the fence and I think I may have cried more than she did. She passed her crown new Miss Rodeo Sundre is Cayley Martyn.   The next morning we are off to the parade and I was honored to be able to be the parade marshal and ride once again my home town parade. At rodeo time there were lots of other visiting royalty their alongside me and we have a great day, helping with chase out, dropping and picking up the barrels, and signing autographs for lots of kids.  On behalf of Montana Silversmiths, Miss Rodeo Canada President Jocelyne Lambert presented me with a new MRC crown, a big thank you to Montana Silversmiths for sponsoring and designing the new beautiful crown that I will wear with great pride and honour.  During the Sunday performance, a young girl by the name of Cassie Kidd, who has grown up with my family for the past 5 years, I just tell people she is my adopted little sister, rode along side of  me. Cassie believes that all girls are rodeo queens as that is all she has seen with myself and sister her whole life. She rode her favorite horse Billy and carried a little Canadian flag, she followed me as we trotted around the arena and I don’t think her smile could have gotten any bigger or be any more !  It was by far one experience I will always rememberand be so grateful I was blessed to do.

Following Sundre, I was off to the  76th Ponoka Stampede from June 25- July 2. A press conference on Monday started the week off and then over to the rodeo grounds for a tour, and get my horse settled in to his new home for the week. Rodeo started on the 26th  and everything was amazing I can’t even start to tell you everything that I was honoured to take part it. Some of my highlights were grand entry, chasing the stock out, assisted with draws for the cattle, chuckwagons races, pancake breakfasts, the great parade and so many other events and activities. I was fortunate to meet and take a picture with country music artist, Billy Currington and watch his awesome concert.  I assisted with the grand opening of the new Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, watched some of the mounted shooting that was taking place during the week. I was fortunate to assist with the presentation of the buckles, jackets, and halters to the winners of the Stampede. There were so many amazing people that I met during the week and I will forever be grateful. A big thank you  to Dale Olsen and Don Hart

Thank you to the many sponsors and supporters such as Wrangler, Stetson, Montana Silversmiths, Home Hardware and the individual rodeo and royalty committees that continue support the Miss Rodeo Canada program.

This month has been amazing and I look forward to the rest of my summer

God Bless,


Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


Kicking into High Gear

Rodeo season is well underway and my home life has come to a stop! I have been a busy rodeo queen and I am loving every minute of it. May has taken me to a few different sides of Alberta to rodeos that I have never been able to attend before, so I have been having so much fun seeing and being a part of everything.

I started May off by attending an event in Airdrie. This event was a Black Tie Funny Money Casino; all of the money raised from this event went to help the Airdrie Royalty with the different costs that come along with our job as rodeo royalty. There was a lot of royalty there with me, Miss Rodeo Okotoks, Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen and Princess, Miss Rodeo Sundre, and Airdrie Rodeo Queen and Princess. We were each placed at different tables where we dealt black jack. I had never played or been a dealer before but oh man was it a lot of fun! We had a silent auction that went all night long and we finished the event off with a live auction in which the people used the funny money they had won throughout the night to pay for the items. Over all the night was a huge success for the girls and every one had so much fun!

My next stop was the Stavely Pro Rodeo from May 10-12. This was the first time I have ever attended this rodeo, and I have heard so much about it that I was super excited to go. I had an awesome time there with the newly crowned Miss Rodeo Stavely, and Miss Rodeo Okotoks all weekend and then Miss Rodeo Airdrie and Airdrie Rodeo Princess, and Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen, Sundre Rodeo Princess for one performance.  It was a great rodeo with lots of people which made it an awesome first rodeo of the season for me!

I then went to the Big Horn Rodeo and Parade in Caroline, AB on May 19. This was my first parade since I had been crowned and I was honoured to be the honouree parade marshal.  I got to attend this rodeo with my little sister and the current Miss Rodeo Sundre 2011 Bronwen Bowhay. Brony and I only get to do about two rodeos together before she passes on her crown so it was really nice to be able to do the parade and rodeo with her. My brother and cousins were competing in the rodeo so it was also nice to watch and cheer them on from the side lines as they all were at CFR cheering me on in November.

Off to the Grande Prairie Stompede I went from May 22-27. I have wanted to go to the rodeo for years and years. It is one you hear a lot about and see so many great rodeo queens come from. I have never had the chance to go into northern Alberta before, but I got to see a lot on my 6.5 hour drive to get there! I know that does not sound like much to many of the other cowboys and cowgirls that travel around on the rodeo circuit but man, it was a long drive for me! It all turned out great and I got to see lots of country side on the way and I can now say I know where Grande Prairie is and all the towns along the way. We had a full week as I got the opportunity to be one of the two main judges for the 2012 Grande Prairie Stompede Queen. We had two girls that ran and both girls did an outstanding job. In the end it was exciting to help crown Miss Amy Foisy as the 2012 Stompede Queen. I also got to take part in many different sponsor visits, town events, and rodeo functions during the week. We rode in the grand entry for both the chuck wagons and rodeo performances and I was honoured to carry our great flag for every nation anthem during my stay at the rodeo. The rodeo and the queen committee were very welcoming and I cannot say enough good things about them!

I went to the Sundre and Bergen 4-H Achievement day and sale on May 28. This was exciting for me to be a part of as this was my first year not showing at it in 10 years. It was a little weird being the person on the outside watching and handing out the ribbons and trophies to everyone rather than being inside the ring showing, but it was nice to be able to support my sisters and the rest of the members on their big day.

My last rodeo of the month was the Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo on May 31- June 3.  I had a blast at this rodeo as the drill team that I worked alongside was so much fun. Our past Miss Rodeo Canada Princess, Dana Hanson, rides on the team and one of my day judges from the Miss Rodeo Canada competition, Kathy, is the leader of the team and they were just so much fun and so easy to work with all weekend. I flew our flag at every performance and chase out stock. I also rode with the drill team at intermission to show off the rodeo sponsor flags. During the weekend I took part in the Fashion Frenzy fashion show, where I modeled outfits from three of the vendors that were at the trade show that weekend. I had my hair and make-up done for me that day before the show started which was really nice. I also attended the Salem Manor Nursing Home in Leduc and had a chance to visit with all of the seniors and talk to them a little about what it is I do as Miss Rodeo Canada 2012.

All in all May has been an amazing month and a great way to start of my busy rodeo season as Miss Rodeo Canada 2012!

God Bless,


Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


Helping Out Back Home

April was another slow month for me, but that is alright because soon I will be really busy!

I went to the Sundre Fish and Game Fundraiser; I have been attending this event for about three years now so they were really excited to have me back as Miss Rodeo Canada. I helped sell tickets for a few of the different draws that they had and I handed out all of the awards for the hunting categories. I also had my picture taken with the president of the Sundre Fish & Game Association for the newspaper. It again was a wonderful success and was well attended.

I was very excited to be at the Mane Event in Red Deer where I joined the Canadian Cowboy Country booth and signed lots of autographs for the large number of kids that were there for this wonderful weekend. They also had me hand out the awards to the champion trainer from the trainer challenge. I gave Martyn Black a beautiful pair of custom sliver engraved spurs.

I still like to help out with the Sundre Royalty Pageant when I have the chance, and I was able to help and MC their contestants steak dinner and fashion show this year. They girls did an awesome job of modeling and impromptus. They all did an awesome job of their opening number where they did the “Bubba Dance”.

And that wraps up my April. I am very excited to start the rodeo season and all the other events that the rest of my year has in store for me!

God Bless,


Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 


Gearing Up for Rodeo Season

March has come and gone and it was a really good month. I spent some time at home and caught up on everything before my busy season starts and I won’t have this free time!

I appeared the Central Alberta RV show in Red Deer where I greeted people as they came in to look at the beautiful RV’s that were up for sale. I signed lots of autographs for many of the kids that were there with their parents. I got a chance to look around at all the different RV’s and I was so surprised at how fancy some of them were!

My next event was the Dovercourt Cowboy Church. This church did a great deal for my brother when he attended the Young Pro Tour, so I was really excited and honored when they asked if I would come and speak to their congregation. I spoke about my duties as Miss Rodeo Canada 2012 and they had a few baptisms while I was there, so I chatted with a couple of the girls and shared a bit of my story with them. They were all very excited to see and meet me and everyone treated me really well.

I attended Olds College last year to start my post-secondary education, and this year they were very excited that I had the opportunity to be MRC. Every year they have a Gala Fundraiser for the school, and I was asked to take part this year as a special guest and past student. They had a wonderful night filled with lots of different entertainment and great food.

My last event of the month was the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. I was very excited for this event as I had actually met most of the contestants at rodeos last year. I was able to help hand out the buckles and awards to all the champions, and I signed autographs at the Alberta Equestrian Federation Booth, one of my many great sponsors.

Looking forward to Rodeo Season!

God Bless,


Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 


Arleta's February Update

First off, I must apologize; I am a little late on giving you all an update on what I have been up to these last couple months!  January was a super fun month for me as I was able to attend the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, CO, where I had the opportunity to represent Canada in the opening ceremony.  Along with Miss Rodeo Colorado and Miss Rodeo North Dakota, I got to carry their National Western Stock Show Flag.  I was also honoured to run sponsor flags during the intermission.

I also attended the Denver International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market (WESA). It was amazing to be able to assist at the Roper & Stetson booth. I got some time to walk around, and I did spend more money than I had planned but I found some wonderful jewelry, belts, and a hat that I just had to have!

The Airdrie Pro Rodeo Royalty also had an opportunity to attend the WESA Market; I had a wonderful time showing them around the market and having breakfast with them.  It was great to hear about how their year has been going so far.

I would like to thank Roper and Stetson for everything they have done for the Miss Rodeo Canada program: Miss Pat Thompson & Mr. John Cavey for hosting us at their VIP booth at the rodeo and Jodie Martin, the Denver Queen Coordinator, for providing me with an opportunity to represent Canada in the arena. All in all, a trip I will remember forever. I was able to fly down to Texas after my Denver stay to attend the Young Pro Training camp where I sat in on lots of sessions and got to do some team roping. I attended this camp as just Arleta Bowhay and had a wonderful time along with my brother and mother. Then, I had to jump on a plane to be back in time to attend the Alberta Feeders Convention in Red Deer, AB where I was able to help with the annual STARS fundraiser.  I was amazed at the support from different associations and the huge amount of money we raised for STARS. And with that, my January wraps up and into February we go.

February was a pretty slow month for me. I have been able to just hang out at home during the week, helping do different things around the farm as well as have some free time before rodeo season starts – when I won’t get much free time at all! Weekends were a lot busier.  The first weekend of February I attended the Alberta Agriculture Association Society in Edmonton, AB where I brought Agriculture Minister Evan Berger out in the opening ceremonies.  I also got to meet and visit with different MLAs from across Alberta.  I had some time to hang out and visit with the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Queen and Princess as they were also attending the event. The following day, I was at the Country Road RV show in Olds, AB where I got to hand out balloons to kids and help sell hot dogs for clients that were looking at RVs. This is my third year helping at the RV show, so it was nice to be able to see old faces and have some wonderful conversations.

The Second weekend I attended the Sundre Trapper’s Banquet and Fundraiser in Sundre, AB.  Along with the Sundre Pro Rodeo Queen and Princess and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Queen and Princess, I helped sell raffle tickets.

Third weekend I was able to take part in Sundre’s Winter Fest at the Sundre Museum, where I greeted people as they came in the door and I also worked a couple different fundraiser stations.  I got to work this event with Miss Rodeo Sundre - Bronwen Bowhay who just so happens to be my little sister so it was a lot of fun!

And the fourth weekend I had off from queening but was honoured to be able to judge the Mountain View District 4-H area in public speaking.  I had an interview with Western Horse Review which was a lot of fun. And that wraps up my month of February and we are moving along into March!

God Bless

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 


Arleta's January Update

Well another month has come and gone. January was a blast! I was able to attend the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, CO. I got to represent Canada in the opening ceremony by carrying the Western National Stock Show flag as well as running sponsor flags during the performance. I met several of the state queens that attend and help with the rodeo, and I also met Miss Pat Thompson and sat with her in the VIP area during the performances. Unfortunately, we missed meeting Mr. John Cavey but I was able to send him a picture and wish him all the best!

I attended the WESA Market where I had the opportunity to help Roper/Stetson showcase their new lines. I got to try on and model some of the upcoming lines so that clients could get a better feel for the clothes, not just see them on a hanger. This also gave me a chance to meet and visit with some clients as well. It was great to find out what goes on behind the scenes and see all the hard work the Roper/Stetson crew puts into everything.

One afternoon I was able to stop by the Montana Silver booth. They are one of my major sponsors and it was nice to visit and thank them in person for all they have done and continue to do for the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant. I am happy to say that I have received my Montana Silver Smith Buckle and am overjoyed with the amazing workmanship. I will wear it with great pride!

The Airdrie Pro Rodeo Queen and Princess came down to attend the Rodeo and Market on the Saturday. We all went out for breakfast that morning and then headed over to the market, which gave me a chance to show them all the booths and where to find some good shopping. It was great to have the opportunity to give the Canadian girls a little taste of some of the things you get to do as Miss Rodeo Canada. So, all in all this was a trip that I will not soon forget and I am very grateful to Jim Nevada and everyone else at the Roper/Stetson booth for making me feel right at home while I was there.

I also attended the Alberta Feeders Convention in Red Deer, AB this past weekend. I, along with Miss Rodeo Sundre, helped hand out tickets and prizes during their annual STARS fundraiser and wrap up dinner. For over 21 years, the organization has held a fundraiser for STARS, with a grand total of $321,773.51 raised to date. This year, they raised $30,000.00 in just one night! It was an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization and their cause.

February will be a busy month too as I will be attending many different events in my home town of Sundre, AB. I will also be at the Alberta Association of Agricultural Society function in Edmonton, AB and the Olds RV Show in Olds, AB. I’m looking forward to all of these upcoming events and hope everyone January was as awesome as mine! God Bless.

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 


Arleta's December Update

 Well, we are now in the New Year and I am very excited for all the adventures I will have the opportunity to experience.  I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and friends.  It was great to be able to visit and get updated on their lives. They sat me down and said, “Arleta, we need to do a question and answer period.” Ha ha!  They started asking me a bunch of questions to learn what my job as Miss Rodeo Canada entails. It was awesome to be able to share with them what my new duties are.  They are very excited to learn about all the opportunities I have in 2012.

I got to go down to Las Vegas to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the beginning of December. This was a trip I was most excited for after winning my title, as I have never been to the WNFR before. Being able to ride in every grand entry, hand out the go-round buckles to the cowboys & cowgirls and visiting with all the old time competitors before every rodeo made my trip something I will never forget.

I keep getting asked what part of the trip was my favourite part.  You know it's hard to pick, as everything was so incredible. Being able to ride every night representing Canada was a huge honour and definitely a highlight of my trip, but I would have to say that going to the Gold Card Room every night before the performance, visiting with all the old competitors and hearing their amazing stories of past rodeo adventures was my favourite part. They all welcomed me with open arms and really made me feel at home. Wayne Brooks and I handed out different door prizes every night and we always had a great meal donated to us from various hotels in the Boyd Gaming group of companies.  Boyd Gaming sure did an awesome job hosting the Gold Card Room each night.

Just about every day I got to go to different trade shows around the city and visit the Roper, Stetson, Wrangler, and Montana Silversmiths booths to do autograph signings.  Most times I had one or two cowboys with me signing as well. It was a thrill to have everyone so excited to see someone from Canada down there. I had lots of folks saying I have a really cool Canadian accent, and that I didn’t say "eh" as much as most Canadians they had met!

I also got to go and watch most of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. It was very interesting to see how they run their competition. They had 28 ladies running for the title so as you can imagine, it is a much bigger production then we have in Canada! I got to know Mackenzie Haley (Miss Rodeo America 2011) quite well as we worked together everyday doing different events. She was getting ready to pass down her title to the new Miss Rodeo America 2012; I heard nothing but great comments about the incredible work Mackenzie did during her reign.  I truly believe this as she was a very warm, welcoming young lady that loved what she was doing!

Overall, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was something I will never forget and an experience I am so grateful to have had.  Now, I’m off to the National Western Stock Show in Denver on January 12th and will there representing Canada. At the end of the month I will be attending the Feeder Associations of Alberta Convention in Red Deer, Alberta and the Country Road RV Show and Sale in Olds, Alberta.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year!

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 


Arleta's November Update

A dream I have been waiting for years to do finally came true on Nov. 5, 2011. This was the day that I got to start the competitions for Miss Rodeo Canada 2012 and meet three other amazing ladies that have been doing an awesome job representing their rodeos over the past years. I could not have asked for a better bunch of girls to have gone through the competition with, as we all got along so well and had a blast doing everything we did.

Megan Luider, Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen, the lady that when we were all starting to power down on the drive back at night got her second wind and made us all laugh and come back to life. Samantha Callioux, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede, an amazing lady that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with two years at the Sundre Rodeo and she always had a smile on her face and someone I thought so highly of. And Kenna Lockwood, Miss Rodeo Okotoks, a beautiful lady that I had never met before but we got along so well and I had so much fun with. She always had my back helping me get in and out of my dresses or reminding me to put my poppy on. I truly think I have made three new and amazing friends from this competition and can only hope the best for every one of them!

Our week went by so fast, we all said it seemed like we just got here, and Nov. 10 crowning day was already here. We were so busy everyday doing different appearances and competitions that our days flew by. Here is a short and brief idea of how our week went.

Saturday Nov.5 we all arrived at Borden Park to find our awesome horses that we would be riding in the River City Round Up, then we signed autographs, walked around city hall, and visited with different people.

Sunday we had our horsemanship at Top Notch Arena where we had the opportunity to ride their reining horses for the competition. We each did two reining patterns, one flag pattern, and a presentation ride. We also each got to do an impromptu question. We later returned to Sutton Place Hotel and we did our written test portion of the competition.

Monday we had our personal interviews also at the Sutton Place Hotel, where we all sat down with three different judges and they asked us a bunch of different question to see how we would deal with things, and to just learn a little more about each one of us girls.

Tuesday we got to do our speeches, a promotional piece for our communities and rodeo, and an impromptu. We each had family and friends that were able to make it out and cheer us on.

Wednesday, the day we all referred to as "the fun day", we got to be in a fashion show at West Ed Mall. We each got to model an outfit from Urban Woman, Lammles, and we each brought our own dresses to model. Then that night we each got to do our presentation ride during the first performance of the 2011 Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Thursday, the day we have all been waiting for, the new Miss Rodeo Canada 2012 was announced. Walking out into the arena was what we had all been waiting for all week. As we all stood there waiting, I can just remember thinking, “Is this really happening?”. We all held hands as we waited to hear what name Les McIntyre was going to call.

I was overwhelmed with joy, tears, and extreme happiness when Les said "Arleta Bowhay Miss Rodeo Sundre". To hear my name being called as the new Miss Rodeo Canada is a dream come true. I am the very first Miss Rodeo Sundre to ever be crowned Miss Rodeo Canada, so that is something that I am very honoured to be able to do.

The next three days were packed full of appearances, interviews, pictures and being able to carry the Canadian Flag at each performance. I am very excited and honoured to be the new face/ambassador of Canadian Professional Rodeo. And I will do my very best to do my country and the sport of rodeo proud.

I will be heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the next couple days and will be down there representing Canadian Professional Rodeo. I am very excited and honoured to be going down and can't wait to be a part of the whole finals.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Tara Gamble, for all her time that she put into making the competition run so well and be an amazing experience for all of us. Thanks to Jocelyne Lambert, for taking on the role of President of MRC and being my new boss for the year haha. To all the rest of my MRC committee I am looking forward to working with you all. And a big thanks to all my amazing sponsors, some being Roper, Stetson, Wrangler, Smithbilt Hats, Montana Silver, and all the rest of the greatly appreciated sponsors!

I’d like to say another big thank you to my family. Mom and dad, thanks for always believing in me. Carson, Bronwen, and Dayla, thank you for always helping me out and cheering me on. To the Sundre Pro Rodeo, thanks for sending me to the competition and also believing in me. And thanks to everyone else that supported and cheered me on during my journey to Miss Rodeo Canada.

I look forward to informing you all of my experiences at the National Finals Rodeo after I return!

Arleta Bowhay
Miss Rodeo Canada 2012

 

 

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