MISS RODEO CANADA 2014
Nicole Briggs

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Nicole Briggs

 

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

Nicole Briggs is 21 years old and was born and raised on a farm in Gibbons, Alberta.  It is here her rodeo career began.  At the age of five she was given her first pony and it wasn’t long after that she began swinging a rope and chasing steers. At nine she competed in her first rodeo, fell in love with the sport and never looked back!

Nicole graduated from Sturgeon Composite High School in 2010. She is currently attending the University of Alberta completing a BSc in Animal Heath with a major in Food Animals. She plans on obtaining a degree in Veterinary Medicine in hopes of pursuing a career in Equine Health specializing in lameness and unsoundness.

Her love for the sport of rodeo has led her to take on many roles. Nicole is active in the rodeo and ranching world and held the title of Miss Rodeo Airdrie in 2012.  She was honoured to represent the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association and the City of Airdrie during her reign.

Nicole is the President of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and received the prestigious Cowgirl of the Year award in 2013. After ten years as a member with the Gibbons 4-H Light Horse club, she is now a leader.  Nicole also participates in roping and barrel racing jackpots, the local gymkhana club and shows her paint horses in various circuits.

Nicole strongly believes in paying it forward. In her spare time, you will find her in the arena working as a riding instructor, and inspiring young horse and rodeo enthusiasts. “Wherever my trails may lead I will remain a genuine cowgirl, living my dream, and aspiring to share our Western Heritage”. Nicole’s goals are to keep the tradition alive in the sport of rodeo and to instill the love and passion of the sport into the hearts of others.

 

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Calendar of Events

Miss Rodeo Canada has a very busy schedule. She may attend between 400-500 events a year. Each appearance may consist of a day filled with numerous events. The following is Miss Rodeo Canada 2014's schedule during her reign.

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Global TV Interview - November 10, 2014
Gibbons 4-H Light Horse Club - Sturgeon District Awards Night - November 15, 2014
Couture Fashion Show - November 27, 2013
Smithbilt Hats - November 27, 2013
National Finals Rodeo - Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, Nevada

Leduc's The One 93.1 - Radio Interview - January 2014
Stollery Children's Telethon - January 22, 2014
Balzac Billy - Groundhog Day Celebration - Airdrie - February 2, 2014
With this Ring Bridal Gala - Red Deer - February 2, 2014
Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies Association - February 7, 2014
Canadian College Finals Rodeo - March 27-29, 2014

Silver Spurs Rodeo - Kissimmee, Florida - - February 22-March 26, 2014
Champions Challenge Rodeo - Scottsdale, Arizona- - February 27 - March 1, 2014

RAM National Finals Circuit Rodeo Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - April 4-7, 2014
Mane Event - Alberta Equestrian Federation - Red Deer, Alberta - April 27, 2014
Lethbridge Agricultural Days - April 29, 2014

Chateau Lacombe Hotel - May 5, 2014
Children's Stollery Hospital - Edmonton Visit  - May 5, 2014
Miss Rodeo Canada Photo Shoot  - Ian Neill Photography - Didsbury, Alberta - May 6, 2014
CFCW Listener Appreciation Concert  - May 21, 2014
Outdoor Photo Shoot - M. Szabo Photography - May 22, 2014
MRC Pageant Seminar - Airdrie, Alberta - May 23-25, 2014
Grande Prairie Stompede - May 27-29, 2014

Leduc Black Gold Rodeo - May 30- June 1, 2014
Kinsmen Pro Rodeo - Brooks, Alberta - June 6-7, 2014
Innisfail Pro Rodeo - June 13 -15, 2014
Sundre Pro Rodeo - June 20-22, 2014
Airdrie Pro Rodeo - June 27 - July 1, 2014
Ponoka Stampede/ Video / Roping Photos - June 25- July 1, 2014

LaDue Ladies Lunch - July 3, 2014
University of Alberta Alumni Reception - July 3, 2014
Calgary Stampede Visiting Royalty Day / Parade / July 3-7, 2014
Tee Pee Creek Stampede - July 10-13, 2014 / Video with Ryon Tittel / Video with Mike Beers /
Cowtown Pro Rodeo - Maple Creek, Saskatchewan - July 14-16, 2014
CFCW Spotlight Interviews- July 18, 2014
Cheyenne Frontier Days, Fly-By, Cheyenne, Wyoming- July 19-22, 2014
Medicine Hat Stampede - July 23-25, 2014
Bonnyville Pro Rodeo _ July 26, 2014
High Prairie Elks Rodeo - July 29-30, 2014


Strathmore Rodeo - August 1-2, 2014
Big Valley Jamboree - August 3, 2014
Dawson Creek Rodeo - August 7-11, 2014
Lethbridge Whoop Up Days - August 18-24, 2014 / Global TV Interview
Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition - August 27-31

TransCanada Corp. World Triathalon Grand Finale - September 1, 2014
Cattle Round Up - Red Deer - September 5, 2014
CCMA Banquet - Edmonton - September 7, 2014
Pendleton Round Up - September 9 - 13, 2014
Day at the Ranch - ALRB BBQ - September 28, 2014

Cinch Pro Rodeo Series Finals - Calgary, Alberta - September 30-October 1, 2014
Australia /Team Roping / - October 6-26, 2014

Black Tie Bingo - November 1, 2014
Canadian Finals Rodeo - November 5-9, 2014
Ladies of the Professional Rodeo - Fashion Show
60th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon

 

 

 

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Farewell


Nicole Briggs - FarewellAs a lifelong dream comes to a close, I look back over my year and reflect on the people, events and memories which were bestowed on me as Miss Rodeo Canada 2014. One never believes that dreams are attainable; that what you think is impossible is within your grasp. With hard work, ambition and a love for the sport, dreams really do come true. I now reflect upon my year as the First Lady of Canadian Professional Rodeo - fondly and proudly. This is truly a year I will never forget.

As Miss Rodeo Canada, I have to say this year has been nothing short of amazing! I have attended over 500 appearances and over 100 rodeo performances throughout Canada, the United States and Australia. As I say farewell, I must acknowledge all of those people who have made this year possible for me - both in and out of the arena.

I cannot thank my parents enough for the support, words of wisdom and encouragement not only this past year but the many years leading up to it. Without their guidance, encouragement and love for the sport of rodeo, I would not be the young woman I am today. I love you so much and thank you!

Thank you to all my sponsors, the rodeo committees who invited me to their rodeos and events, the host families who opened their doors and hearts, and to the cowboys and cowgirls who lent me a horse during this year. To my friends - both new and old, fellow rodeo queens and rodeo family, thank you for helping me complete this incredible journey. You have my respect and gratitude.

Without all the volunteers serving on the Miss Rodeo Canada Board of Directors, this year would not have been possible. Thank you for your time, hard work, dedication and for making my year so extremely successful.

To Miss Rodeo Canada 2015 - I wish you an incredible journey filled with love, laughter and memories. Carry on the passion for the sport of rodeo held by many others before you and enjoy the ride. I welcome you to an experience that will last a lifetime.

You have all loved and supported me since day one, and I wouldn't have made it this far without each and every one of you. I thank you for sharing my dreams. It has been a long journey up to and during my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada. My rodeo queen days may be over, but my love of the western heritage and my love for the sport of rodeo will continue. There are new memories to be made, new dreams to be reached and through that, new arenas to ride.

Nicole Briggs




CFR is fast Approaching!

It's hard to believe I am nearing the end of my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada 2014! October is coming to a close and it sure went out with a bang!  The month started with the first Grassroots Finals Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta.  I had the opportunity of carrying the Canadian flag, chasing out stock and visiting the VIP area. After the rodeo my chaperone and I boarded a plane to Australia! Our first destination upon landing was in the beautiful City of Hobart, Tasmania. We toured this fascinating state and took in its gorgeous scenery.  We visited the Tasman National Park and the historic Port Arthur (one of Australia’s first prisons established in the 1800’s). In Hobart, we visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and had the chance to see many of Australia’s wildlife including kangaroos, koala bears and the Tasmanian devil. We even had the opportunity to feed a few of the 87 kangaroos on site!

Three days later, we made our second stop in Melbourne, Victoria. During my stay in Melbourne we drove the Great Ocean Road, viewed the 12 Apostles and took in the gorgeous scenery along the coast.  The City of Ballarat was our next stop. Here we visited Sovereign Hill, an old town created like those in the gold mining days.  These historic buildings come with people who portray characters from the past. There was a baker, a blacksmiths and even a doctor!  I even had a chance to practice some team roping and breakaway roping at our host home!

From Melbourne we flew into beautiful Port Douglas, Queensland where we had the chance to visit the beach and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef thanks to Quicksilver Tours and the Hibiscus Resort and Spa!  Scuba diving was amazing – we fed fish and were introduced to many of the reefs aquatic life forms.

Nicole Briggs - Coral Reef - AustraliaSurfers Paradise on the beautiful Gold Coast was our next stop.  We spent a day in Surfers Paradise walking the beach, shopping and taking in a breathtaking view from “Q1,” one of the tallest buildings that rises seventy seven stories high!  Our final night in Surfers Paradise was spent at the Australian Outback Show! We were sponsored by the Outback Show’s corporate partner, the Calgary Stampede. The show portrays the working Australian Outback as well as the story of the famous Australian racehorse, Phar Lap.

Our final destination was the Warwick Pro Rodeo. In Warwick, I spent 4 days partaking in grand entries, school visits and sponsor visits. A huge thank you to the Warwick Show and Rodeo committee for treating us like gold! I had the opportunity to try “campdrafting”.  This event is a unique Australian equine sport that is a mixture of what we call “cutting” and “working cow horse” events.  I even got to team rope during the Friday night performance of the rodeo and barrel race during the Saturday night performance!

On our return to Canada, we had the chance to visit the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.  At a stopover in San Francisco, we visited downtown San Francisco and have lunch on the wharf.

I am now looking forward to the CFR and the 2015 Miss Rodeo Canada pageant in November.   As my year comes to a close I have to thank all the sponsors, rodeo committees, host homes, the Miss Rodeo Canada Board of Directors and the CPRA for all of their support and for making my year as Miss Rodeo Canada such a huge success. I will take the memories I've made this year and treasure them for a lifetime.

See you down the trail,                                                                                                                        

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

The Days are Winding Down

Where did the summer go? I have now officially reached the final month of my reign!  It is hard to believe how fast this year has passed by!  So many wonderful people, places and events have made my year so special.


I have made a lot of stops since the last time I checked in! I attended the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede with the Miss Grande Prairie Stompede rodeo royalty and Miss Teepee Creek Stampede! We enjoyed 4 full days of sunshine, attending the fall fair, the parade, rodeo performances and chuckwagon races. Following Dawson Creek I had one quick week off where I spent time with family and friends riding in the mountains at the Ya Ha Tinda. It was a nice recharge before heading out to what was a very wet and muddy Lethbridge Whoop Up Days! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the slack and rodeo performances!  I also attended multiple breakfasts, BBQ’s and media interviews during this time.

The Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede brought me to the month of September.  I rode in the parade, took part in every rodeo performance under the lights, and had a ton of fun with the wonderful people, committee and 4-H’ers at the fair during the day. Directly following Armstrong’s IPE, I was honoured to help present medals at the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Finals awards ceremony in Edmonton. There were champions from all around the world!
Not long after I attended the Cattle Round Up in Red Deer.  The Round Up is a fundraising event for the Central Alberta Healthcare Foundation. One of the highlights of September was attending the Canadian Country Music Awards Fanfest and Awards Gala here in Edmonton. I had the opportunity to meet some of Canada’s greatest country music artists including Tom Cochrane, Brett Kissel, Dean Brody and Michelle Wright!


Then I travelled to Pendleton, Oregon for the famous Pendleton Round Up. This could be my favourite US rodeo so far! Pendleton is one I have wanted to attend for years and it sure was something seeing the rodeo on the grass! I also had the chance to tour this historic city, seeing the Pendleton Wool Mills, many museums and the underground city. I watched some of the slack and attended two rodeo performances, including the finals.


October is my final month and it shows no signs of slowing down! October kicks off with the Grassroots Finals in Calgary and finishes off with three weeks in the beautiful country of Australia!


We are getting closer to the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the 2015 Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant. I encourage everyone to take a look at our website, www.missrodeocanada.ca, which includes information on our 5 contestants who are competing for this year’s Miss Rodeo Canada title.  Everything will take place in Edmonton.  Everyone is welcome to come and watch the girls competing!  Come cheer on the ladies, attend the fabulous fashion show and modeling event or even meet past Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni at their 1st reunion!  Be sure to check the website for all the details!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

JULY RODEOS

Nicole Briggs and Katy Lucas - Roping at Ponoka StampedeThe Ponoka Stampede marked the beginning of the CPRA rodeos in July.    I attended 5 rodeo and chuckwagon performances throughout the week. I also attended the Jace Harty Memorial Bullriding, multiple pancake breakfasts and BBQ's. Memories were made as I ran a steer down the long score with Miss Ponoka Stampede, Katy Lucas, during the team roping on the Sunday afternoon!

My entire week wasn't spent just in Ponoka! I made the drive down to my "home" rodeo in Airdrie, to take in two rodeo performances. I was honoured to attend the rodeo I represented at the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant!

After Ponoka, I headed to the Calgary Stampede! The week began with greeting international arrivals at the Calgary Airport, followed by the LaDue Ladies Lunch and the University of Alberta Stampede Alumni Reception. I joined twenty-three queens from across Canada, the United States and Australia for the visiting royalty program at the Calgary Stampede. We were introduced on stage at the chuckwagons, rodeo and at pancake breakfasts. I also had the opportunity to tour with Miss Rodeo Illinois, Washington and Iowa to our beautiful Alberta mountains visiting Banff and Lake Louise.

The next two stops were the Teepee Creek Stampede and the Cowtown Pro Rodeo in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Thank you to all the rodeo committees and guest homes who have made these rodeos such special events and who are helping me  memories I will never forget!

I am excited to be attending Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Medicine Hat Stampede, Bonnyville Pro Rodeo and High Prairie Elks Rodeo which will end a wonderfully July!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

TRAVELLING TO THE RODEOS!

June has been a great month so far and I know it is only going to get better! After stops in Grande Prairie and Leduc, I was off to Brooks for the Kinsmen Pro Rodeo. I spent June 6 & 7 in Southern Alberta taking in two rodeo performances, slack, a parade and the Little Britches Rodeo.  During the Brooks Rodeo, I was accompanied by Miss Rodeo Airdrie, Pincher Creek, Hanna, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat and Taber! We braved the cold and rain at the parade Saturday morning.  We also made a quick stop along the parade route for coffees at Tim Horton’s – they were quite shocked to see a few horses at the drive-thru window!  We were blessed after the parade finished as the clouds moved on and the sun started shining! That afternoon we attended the Little Britches Rodeo. We helped out with the many events they held for the kids including a calf scramble, mutton busting, barrel racing and a greased pig competition.  Once the rodeo was over, the visiting royalty participated in an ad-hoc greased pig competition.  I’m proud to say after a fast, wild chase I managed to capture a pig!  Mom was happy it did not come home with me!

Katy Lucas and Nicole BriggsThe weekend after Brooks, I attended the 54th Annual Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo in Innisfail. It was no surprise that the skies opened up and it rained before the first performance on the Friday night which made it a muddy crowd pleaser!  I attended all four performances.  I took part in the Innisfail Rotary Rodeo Parade Saturday morning and had the honour of carrying the Canadian Flag behind our RCMP during both grand entries. Although we had rain the Friday night, the other performances were filled with sunshine! I would like to thank Jack Daines and the Daines family for inviting me to their wonderful rodeo!
I also enjoyed the Sundre Pro Rodeo from June 20-22nd. I arrived Friday afternoon and spent the day with the 2014 Sundre Rodeo Royalty contestants before they announced their new Miss Rodeo Sundre Queen that evening.  Congratulations to the new 2014 Miss Rodeo Sundre, Desirae Jackson, and Sundre Rodeo Princess, Jessica Craig.  It was wonderful spending time with all these wonderful young ladies.  We attended an ATB Financial BBQ and visited with the residents at the Sundre Seniors Home.  We also attended the pancake breakfast and parade on Saturday morning and had a great time (and sunshine) for all the performances!

June is flying by! I will be attending the Ponoka Stampede until the beginning of July.  The next couple of weeks also include the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampede and Teepee Creek Stampede. 

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

* Watch these two young ladies team rope at the Ponoka Stampede on June 29, 2014!

 

IT'S RODEO TIME!

Nicole Briggs

It has been a very busy last two weeks! Since my last entry, I have only had 4 days off! The summer stretch began May 21st with the 790 CFCW Listener Appreciation Concert held at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.  CFCW has been a major sponsor of Miss Rodeo Canada since 1975. They graciously allowed us to hold our annual Miss Rodeo Canada Silent Auction during their event to help raise money for the organization. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and introduce Brett Kissel on stage as well watch the majority of the concert from backstage! Following the concert I was able to meet many of the CFCW listeners as well as Gord Bamford, High Valley and the Boom Chucka Boys!


The next day I spoke at the 1st Annual Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant Seminar, put on by Kirsten Braumandl, Gillian Sheilds and other past MRC Alumni. We had seven ladies take part in the three day seminar covering all aspects of a rodeo royalty pageant.  We were fortunate enough to have Brandon Thome from Prairie Therapy and a member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team, Ted Stovin (discussing animal welfare, media and hat shaping/building/care), Justine Gardner (skin care and makeup) and Sara Rutley from Energy Equine (discussing horse wellness and anatomy). Of course many members of our Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni were on hand to speak on various pageant issues – their experience was invaluable as they presented to the seven attendees on various aspects of a queen competition. The history and knowledge presented by these keynote speakers made for an amazing seminar! 


The very next day I was packed and ready to attend my first CPRA stop of the year -- the Grande Prairie Stompede! I was able to spend three days in Grande Prairie alongside, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede, Miss Rodeo Airdrie and the two contestants competing for the new Grande Prairie Stompede title!  I had the honour of attending the Bust-Out BBQ to kick off Stompede, the parade, many breakfasts, barbeques and radio interviews. Amongst the rodeo activities, I was able to attend the entire Miss Grande Prairie Stompede Pageant and had the opportunity to watch the horsemanship, emcee the fashion show and judge the personal interview portion of the pageant. Thank you to my Grande Prairie hosts for a wonderful time!


Following the Thursday night performance of the Grande Prairie Stompede, I was excited to be back on the road heading to the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo for Friday morning activities! I started the Leduc Rodeo by attending the Leduc Rodeo of Smiles. There were over 150 special needs kids in attendance and we all had an amazing time. It was great to be a part of such an event. Leduc went by very fast! I had the honour of carrying the Canadian Flag before each rodeo’s performance, helped carry sponsorship flags with the amazing Leduc Black Gold Riders, and chased out stock.

June looks to be a very busy month as well! My next stops include Brooks, Innisfail, Sundre, Ponoka and Airdrie!  I hope to see you on the trail!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

A BUSY APRIL AND MAY!


Following my visit to Oklahoma, I attended the Mane Event in Red Deer.  One of our generous sponsors, the Alberta Equestrian Federation, were in attendance and I had the opportunity to visit with the fellow AEF members and sign autographs by all those who dropped by.  I was then off to Lethbridge for their Annual Aggie Days. I spent two days signing autographs and meeting with many elementary students who attended to learn more about the agriculture industry.
In May, I met with our generous hotel sponsor, the Chateau Lacombe, in Edmonton.  

Stollery VisitThe same afternoon, I had the wonderful opportunity to brighten some children’s day!  I attended the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and got to visit with some of the patients. I spent the afternoon playing with many of the children.  I had the opportunity to attend “the beach” (a magical place for story time visits) and got to read them a wonderful story.  For those children unable to leave their rooms, I was able to make individual visits to brighten their day.  This was a highlight for me as I got answer their fairytale questions. They were so inquisitive, and I believe their smiles outshone mine!

June now marks the beginning of what will be a very busy summer! The next couple stops include the Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant Seminar taking place in Airdrie, followed by the Lethbridge Whoop Up Days Media Scrum and my first two CPRA stops; Leduc Black Gold Rodeo and Grande Prairie Stompede.

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

 

 

RAM CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. I spent April 8-13 with 18 state queens and Miss Rodeo America. During our stay we were able to visit the Express Ranches Clydesdale Barn ...and the Oklahoma State Capitol where we were introduced in front of the Senate and House of Representatives. We also had a tour of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and of Guthrie, OK.

One of the highlights of the trip to the RNCFR was the Shotgun Sporting Clay Shootout at the Oklahoma City Gun Club! We were placed in teams consisting of 2 contestants and 2 queens. Although our team didn't come out on top, we had a great time and shot a total of 63 out of 100 clays.

During the RNCFR which ran April 10-12, we attended all 5 performances and carried Circuit and Sponsor flags. I also signed autographs, greeted guests and helped in the fan zone. Congratulations to all the RNCFR Champions!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014



OKLAHOMA!

The last time I checked in I was sitting by the pool in Sunny Florida! It has been a busy month of March since then, completely filled with rodeo!

After Florida, I flew straight to Arizona where I attended Parada del Sol in Scottsdale. There were quite a few Canadian friends in Scottsdale and it was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces in and out of the arena. I spent five days with Anne Lamers in Phoenix, soaking up as much sunshine as I could get before heading back home to Alberta. I landed in Edmonton March 1st and was welcomed back to Canada with a bone chilling temperature of -44C.

Flag PresentationI spent the majority of March attending the final Canadian College Rodeos of the season competing and trying to make the Canadian College Finals in Edmonton at the end of the month.

The hard work throughout the season paid off and I qualified in the team roping, goat tying and breakaway roping at the Canadian College Finals Rodeo (CCFR) in Edmonton, Alberta, March 27-29th. I also had the opportunity to carry the Canadian Flag as Miss Rodeo Canada during the opening ceremonies each night. It was a busy weekend juggling Miss Rodeo Canada events at the Farm and Ranch show, CIRA President duties and competing in three events!

I am excited for the next trip on my journey as Miss Rodeo Canada! Next week, I will be on a plane back to the United States for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

CHEERING ON CANADA FROM FLORIDA!

Canadian MittensThis is my last day here in Sunny Florida and this has been another amazing trip! Again this year we broke the record number of visiting rodeo royalty at the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee! I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with 23 wonderful ladies from across the United States. For the past week I have been taking in all Florida has to offer with Miss Rodeo America and the State Queens. We were busy doing school visits, signing autographs, riding, and visiting sponsors at the rodeo.

My Miss Rodeo Canada journey allowed me to leave the Canadian cold to spend the last week of February in some warmer climate. The first stop was Kissimmee, Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo.  I attended the rodeo with Miss Rodeo America and twenty-three State Queens. During the rodeo we were busy riding, visiting sponsors and helping with the exceptional rodeo; a rodeo for children, ages five to twelve, who have various disabilities.  We had so much fun bonding with the children.

 This trip wasn’t all business though.  In our spare time the rodeo queens had a chance to get to know each other further by experiencing some Florida fun!  We went air boating, zip lining, rock climbing and had some close encounters with the Florida wildlife – we got to know some rather large alligators!  A full day was spent at Cocoa beach laying in the sand and taking the beautiful sights of the ocean, something this Canadian girl does not get see to very often! I even had the chance to sample some of the delicacies Florida has to offer including alligator and catfish – and yes, it was tasty!

I have to give a special thank-you to the Kessler family for organizing this amazing trip, for being a great host family and giving us memories to last a lifetime!

After Florida, I flew straight to Arizona where I attended Parada del Sol in Scottsdale.  There were quite a few Canadian friends in Scottsdale and it was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces in and out of the arena.

For my next stop, I will be attending the Canadian College Finals Rodeo (CCFR) in Edmonton, Alberta, where I will have the opportunity to carry the Canadian Flag.  I will also be competing in the team-roping, goat tying and breakaway roping as I have qualified for events this past season!

Not long after the CCFR I will be on a plane back to the United States for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

FLORIDA BOUND!

The month of February has already been a great one and it’s only going to get better! I started the month off with a busy weekend. It began bright and early in Airdrie at Bluegrass Nurseries for Groundhog Day. I joined Miss Rodeo Airdrie as we watched Balzac Billy wake up and predict an early spring!

Right after the Groundhog Day event in Airdrie I was headed north to Red Deer. Four Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni and I took part in the With This Ring… Bridal Gala, modelling the latest in bridesmaids and wedding dresses! I had an amazing time taking part in the two fashions shows.

The following week I was off to Edmonton for the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies Convention. During the afternoon, Miss Rodeo Airdrie and I took in the trade show and the many booths, including interacting with some reptiles. That evening I had the opportunity to meet Premier Alison Redford, the Minister of Agriculture, Verlyn Olson, and many other government dignitaries.

Next stop: Kissimmee, Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo!

 Happy Trails,


Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It’s hard to believe a month has already gone by since I was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada and there was no better way to spend this time than at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! Our plane landed in Las Vegas early December 3rd.  I spent every day at each of the Cowboy Christmas and various trade shows signing autographs for our wonderful sponsors Wrangler and Roper/Stetson/Tin Haul. In between signings, I was able to watch all categories of the Miss Rodeo America pageant as well as the coronation where Miss Rodeo Mississippi, Paige Nicholson, was crowned the new Miss Rodeo America.

Each evening was filled with appearances at the Gold Card Room before the rodeo where I had the chance to meet and talk with people who have had a hand in helping the sport of rodeo grow to the great sport it has become. Following the Gold Card room I was introduced in the Thomas & Mack Arena during the WNFR grand entry. Riding into the arena was the most amazing feeling! It was an honour to ride and represent Canada at one of the most prestigious rodeos in the world!  I wrapped each night helping with the Montana Silversmiths Buckle Presentation ceremony for the go round winners.

Twelve days later I arrived back at home in snowy Alberta. I had a trip of a lifetime and met so many amazing people and made so many great memories! Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!

Wishing everyone the all the best in the New Year!

Happy Trails,

Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

MEET THE NEW MISS RODEO CANADA!

Nicole BriggsMy name is Nicole Briggs and I am honoured to be able to represent Canadian Professional Rodeo as the newly crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2014.

We began the pageant on November 5th and were hosted by the wonderful Chateau Lacombe Hotel. During the next few days we competed in a public speaking competition, personal interview, written test, horsemanship and a fashion show.   This was the first year in which our modeling competition was part of the Ladies of Canadian Professional Rodeo fashion show.  I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this event.

I had a week I will never forget with a wonderful young lady, Miss Rodeo Sundre, Bronwen Bowhay. This year was also special as this was the first year in which all three national queens were together in Canada.  I was able to spend time with Miss Rodeo Canada 2013, Gillian Shields,  Miss Rodeo Australia, Mallory Doyle and Miss Rodeo America, Chenae Shiner.

Hearing my name called as the new Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 was an unbelievable feeling. Having the opportunity to hold this title is a dream come true and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends, community and committee. Thank-you!

A special thank-you to the Miss Rodeo Canada board and to all the Miss Rodeo Canada sponsors. Without them, none of this would be possible!

I am very excited to begin my journey representing Canada and the CPRA at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Happy Trails,

 Nicole Briggs
Miss Rodeo Canada 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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