MISS RODEO CANADA 2016
Samantha Stokes

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Biography

Samantha Stokes

 

Samantha Stokes
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.

Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 

 

[Photo courtesy of M. Szabo Photography]

 


 

Calendar of Events

Miss Rodeo Canada has a very busy schedule. She attends between 400-500 events a year. Each appearance may consist of a day filled with numerous events. The following is Miss Rodeo Canada 2016's schedule to date.

Canadian Finals Rodeo - November 11-15, 2015

Global TV Interview - November 15, 2015
Londonderry Dodge Chrysler - Sponsor Visit - November 23, 2015
Sponsor Visit - Roper Warehouse, Smithbilt Hats - November 24, 2015
Photo Shoot - Ian Neill - Airdrie, Alberta - November 24, 2015
High Prairie Santa Claus Parade - November 27, 2015
Home Hardware Autograph Signing - November 27, 2015
Designs by Tam - Autograph Signing - November 27, 2015


Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Las Vegas - Nov. 28, 2015 - December 13, 2015


Sponsor Visits - (Dodge, Northlands, Global, CFCW, Chateau Lacombe) - January 14, 2016
Radio Interview - CFCW - January 14, 2016
National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and Western Marketplace - Denver Colorado, - January 15-18, 2016

Stollery Children's Hospital Radiothon - Edmonton - January 20, 2016

Groundhog Day - Balzac, Alberta - February 2, 2016
Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies - Edmonton - Feb 5, 2016
High Prairie Senior's Lodge - February 10, 2016
Photo Shoot - Poster Promotion - February 10, 2016
Ponoka Elementary School February 12, 2016
Silver Spurs Rodeo - Florida - February 14-23, 2016

Coyote Acres 4-H Club Public Speaking - Master of Ceremonies - Feb 27, 2016
The American/Video - Dallas, Texas - February 28-29, 2016

High Prairie Minor Hockey - March 18, 2016
Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation Annual Fundraiser - March 19, 2016
Grande Prairie Stompede WPCA Tarp Auction - March 24, 2016

St. Andrew's School Visit - April 12, 2016
Roper Warehouse Sale - Welsh's - Edmonton - April 16-17, 2016
Alberta Equestrian Federation - Autograph Session - Mane Event - Red Deer, Alberta - April 23, 2016
Indoor Rodeo - Radio Interview - April 29, 2016
High Prairie Agricultural Society - Indoor Rodeo - April 30 - May 1, 2016


High Prairie Indoor Rodeo - May 1, 2016
CFCW Listener Appreciation Night - May 6, 2016
Grand Opening - Triangle Hall - May 7, 2016
Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni Pageant Seminar - May 13-15, 2016

Leduc Black Gold Rodeo - June 2-5, 2016
Miss Rodeo Canada - Unavailable - June 14 - July 1, 2016


La Due Ladies Lunch - July 7, 2016 - Calgary, Alberta - (Ashley Akkermans representing Miss Rodeo Canada)
Teepee Creek Stampede - July 14-17, 2016
Medicine Hat Stampede & Exhibition - July 27-31, 2016 (Ashley Akkermans representing Miss Rodeo Canada)
Strathmore Stampede - July 30-31, 2016 (Ashley Akkermans representing Miss Rodeo Canada)

High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo August 2-3, 2016
North Peace Stampede (Grimshaw) - August 7, 2016
Omak Stampede - August 10-14, 2016
Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine - Photoshoot - August 17, 2016 - Ad

Armstrong Pro-Rodeo (IPE) - August 31 - September 4 - Video
Holland - September 5-20, 2016
Spirit Reins Ranch, Nova Scotia - Parrsboro, Nova Scotia - September 22-29, 2016
Ranchman's - Cinch Pro-Rodeo - Sponsor Draws - September 29, 2016
Cinch Pro-Rodeo Series Finals
- Calgary - September 30-31, 2016

Montana Silversmiths Photoshoot - October 4-6, 2016
Hockey Tournament - High Prairie, Alberta - October 8, 2016
Australia - October 18-31, 2016

Canadian Finals Rodeo - Edmonton, November 6-14, 2016


 

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Diaries

 

EXPERIENCING THE PROVINCE


Samantha and her MRC VehicleThis past month has been getting very busy and I have been booked every single weekend! Our gorgeous Miss Rodeo Canada Dodge Ram has been getting the miles put on it let me tell you! As each of these busy events pass I find myself making new connections and friendships all across the province.

This month I’ve been working on tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big stretch of CPRA rodeos to begin. I started off with a wonderful Roper Stetson and Tin Haul Warehouse Sale at Welsh’s in Edmonton. This event was very beneficial to our program as we were able to get the word out on these reliable and durable brands. As Miss Rodeo Canada I only wear Roper, Stetson and Tin Haul apparel throughout my year and feel confident to advertise this to all who I encounter on the rodeo trail.

Next, I was off to the Mane Event in Red Deer to visit some well-known sponsors of our program and build relationships with potential ones. Experiencing the Mane event for the first time was a lot to take in but I was so impressed with the noticeable effort that goes in to making this event happen. There are shows and information booths on almost any equine discipline you can think of. Having all of this information available to the public was so refreshing and will allow the equine industry to continue to grow in the right direction.

My next event that I attended was the High Prairie Spring rodeo which was a huge success! I was kept very busy all weekend long with radio interviews, grand entries, and mutton busting. We also using the MRC truck to bring in barrels! Autograph signings, 50/50 sales, and photoshoots are some of the many things I also participated in throughout the weekend! It is always a great time returning to High Prairie and I feel so incredibly blessed to live in the area that I do.

The following weekend I was at the 840 CFCW Listener Appreciation Night held at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton! 840 CFCW has been a major sponsor of Miss Rodeo Canada for many years! The passion for life that the staff of this radio station portrays to all around them is truly inspiring for me. I love being able to connect with them any time I can as they are truly genuine. This was a great fundraiser for Miss Rodeo Canada as well as those suffering from the fires in Fort McMurray. I’m always glad to see money going towards the horrific event in Fort Mac and my heart goes out to all those affected.

Lastly, I finished off this busy month with the 3rd Annual Miss Rodeo Canada Alumni Pageant Seminar held in Olds! This was my third time attending the clinic. This year I had a bit of a different perspective as I was a teacher, not a student!  I was so pleased with the number of ladies that attended this year. They were all so eager to learn how to properly represent the sport of rodeo and western way of life. This clinic is incredibly beneficial and covers all aspects of each pageant component. I strongly recommend this to any young woman who is wishing to hold a professional rodeo queen title.

Just as I was thinking this month couldn’t get any better, as I was driving home from the clinic in Olds, my home town of High Prairie welcomed me back in to town with a sign on the outskirts that read “HOME OF MISS RODEO CANADA SAMANTHA STOKES” and a life size photo of myself. At this point after a long drive of 7 hours to get home, I found myself very emotional as I sat and took in this amazing sign. To some this may be just a sign, but to me it is so much more and I will be forever grateful to the Town of High Prairie for all they have done for me.

God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 


 

MONTH IN NORTHERN ALBERTA


Hockey Provincials - Samantha Stokes, Miss Rodeo Canada 2016March has been a wonderful month meeting old friends and committees, having good laughs and reminiscing about my prior years of rodeo queening. In 2014, I held the title of Miss Grande Prairie Stompede and was fortunate enough to return back to Grande Prairie, twice this month, to help out with their annual Chuck Wagon Banquet as well as their Tarp Auction.

On March 19th, I spent the evening at the Five Mile Hall for the Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation Annual Fundraiser. This organization has been a crucial part of my success these last few years. Their sponsorship and unconditional support, despite which title I held, truly warms my heart. The next weekend I was back working with the Stompede Board at their Annual WPCA Tarp Auction where I was fortunate enough to meet, and get a photo with, every WPCA driver and their sponsor for the website. Hearing the history of this amazing sport, and hearing the competitors tell their stories, was so moving. I was honoured to be a part of this event.


Keeping with the theme of old friends, I was then in my home town of High Prairie for their hockey provincials. I was asked to write a speech for the opening ceremonies to encourage the youth in our small town that anything is possible. This is a topic I absolutely loved and so did the audience. Now I didn’t just stand out on the cold ice to do this presentation!  My introduction consisted of a red carpet, flashing lights, and a very warm introduction from the MC to their home town Miss Rodeo Canada. Every time I return home my heart melts a little more to the kindness I receive.


God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 


 

THIS MONTH, LET'S TRY SOMETHING NEW!

Samantha Stokes and Palm Trees

March has been a month of firsts for me: first time in an ocean, first time on a zipline, first time holding an alligator, python or a tarantula. It was my first time in Dallas and in Florida. I also got to go to Disney World! The list goes on and on and so do the memories.

I was in Florida from February 14th to the 23rd for the Silver Spurs Rodeo. This was one of the absolute best trips of the year so far! Not only was my host family the sweetest southern family I could have asked for, but I also got to make a lot of close friends through the rodeo royalty in the United States. Miss Rodeo America, Katherine Merck, and I stayed with the same host family for 10 days and our schedules corresponded with all the visiting State Queens as well (may I add this schedule was a blast!) Our host mom and Queen coordinator, Laura Kessler, had our schedules packed with exciting new things every day! We always went to 2 or 3 schools daily, educating them on the sport of rodeo. I find this very fulfilling as I am going in for an elementary school teacher after my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada is completed. Medieval Times, Gatorland, Cocoa Beach, Lake X and Disney World were just the icing on the cake for the trip!

One evening in Florida the visiting royalty and I went to an amazing little village called Give Kids the World. Give Kids the World Village is a 79-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that provides week long, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Since 1986, more than 143,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in this whimsical Village, unlike any other place on earth. This place was simply indescribable and brought tears to my eyes many times throughout the night. I participated in Halloween night in the village and the kids were on cloud nine! There were ice cream bars open from 7 am- 10 pm, unlimited candy, any costume they pleased, and lastly we had a huge Halloween party for them. This is a night I will never forget and I am so incredibly thankful for the people who volunteer to run this organization. They make dreams come true every single day for these sweet children and it is so heartwarming.

After Florida, I flew back to my hometown of High Prairie to MC my 4-H Club’s Public Speaking competition. I was so honoured to return back to the club to MC as Miss Rodeo Canada after I had been a member for the last 5 years. That evening I flew all night to get to the one day rodeo in Dallas, Texas: THE AMERICAN! The American is the largest one day indoor rodeo in the world. This was such a neat experience and such great publicity for the Miss Rodeo Canada Program, as it was all televised. I spent this day with Miss Rodeo Texas, Nikki Woodward, carrying sponsor flags in the ring before each rodeo event. The atmosphere in the arena that day was full of nerves and excitement as everyone cheered for their favorite competitor. I love how it doesn’t matter where you go in the world the true meaning of rodeo and the western way of life is always the same: treat others with kindness and respect, help out anyone who needs a hand, and keep it a family focused sport.

Again, I simply could not do these trips without my amazing sponsors: Wrangler, Montana Silversmith, Roper, Stetson and Tin haul. These sponsors dress me for success every single trip and I am so grateful for their continued support.

God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada

 

 


 

AN EARLY SPRING IT IS!

If you are getting tired of this cold and long winter I have great news! Balzac Billy declared spring was coming early on Groundhog Day! This news brought smiling faces to all who attended this event in Balzac on February 2nd.

February has been filled with nothing but excitement so far, for all that has happened and all that is yet to come! On February 5th I attended the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies Convention in Edmonton where Farmers and Ranchers across the province had a chance to propose questions to Premier Rachel Notley, Ministers and MLA’s as well. Having a chance to witness this event was so interesting for me as I love politics and keeping up on the latest issues that affect the western way of life. I escorted Rachel Notley up on stage and had supper at the Minister’s table. This was an event I will not soon forget!  I am so thankful for the opportunities this title presents!

I am now packing up my suitcase once again and heading to Ponoka for a school visit.  Next, I will be flying out to Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo! I never know what to expect from these events or who I am going to meet but I absolutely love it! I will carry the knowledge I gain from these experiences with me for the rest of my life.

I want to say a huge thank you to all my wonderful sponsors who continue to make these trips possible for me! Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul, Wrangler, Montana Silversmith, Smithbilt Hats, Arbonne, and many more! Without these amazing people I wouldn’t be able do to what I love this year as I represent the sport of Rodeo to the best of my ability!

God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 


 

 

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2016!


Proudly carrying the Canadian FlagMy first event of 2016 was the Denver Market and Stock Show! Hitting the Ground running is exactly how my week started when my  flight arrived in Denver at 6:30 pm and I was scheduled for the Grand Entry at 7:30! We made it through baggage claims, got ourselves a rental car and we were off! This busy schedule didn’t stop there as bright and early the next morning we attempted to navigate our way through the Denver WESA Market. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a huge market where many western stores from across Canada and the United States go to buy their inventory for the year. There were floors and floors of stores and I was lucky enough to get to take a look through all the styles that will be hitting the market this spring!

My days in Denver consisted of being at the WESA Market in the mornings, where I met up with many of our amazing sponsors and going to the Rodeo Performances in the evenings. I met up with Jim Nevada, our Roper Stetson and Tin Haul Sponsor. Jim treated me to a tour of their set up. I also met with Montana Silversmiths where I received my Miss Rodeo Canada Belt Buckle! This was an amazing moment for me. I was fortunate enough to order some beautiful Montana Silversmiths jewelry for my year. Meeting with Wrangler was another neat experience as I got to look through the 2016 magazine of their new fashions that have not yet been seen and order some of the apparel! I cannot wait to rock some of the new styles they will be dressing me in!

The Rodeo was held at an amazing facility with a huge crowd! I loved their energy and I was so honoured to be there on Canada night. They actually named Miss Rodeo Canada as an honorary guest. I rode in on the stage coach and waved while they read my bio to the crowd. On the other evenings I carried sponsor flags, helped organize children for mutton busting, and mingled, meeting so many new people.

After I flew home from Denver I attended a very emotional event at the Stollery Children’s Hospital where I answered phones and took donations for their radiothon. I listened to many heartfelt stories on the phone and realized that my worst day could never possibly measure up to what some of these sweet children go through. They are so positive and I had many young children call in to donate their own birthday money, or money they raised in the neighborhood, to help children just like them. I won’t forget this day anytime soon.

Before I head to Florida to embrace some warmer weather I would like to also thank the sponsors who contributed to my trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this past December.

Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul - Hotel Sponsor, Clothing and Boot sponsor

Wrangler - Clothing Sponsor

Montana Silversmiths – Jewelry and Belt Buckle Sponsor

The Co-operators, Buffalo Agencies Ltd, Linda Nanias - Meal Sponsor

CPRA and PRCA – Special Events

Miss Rodeo America Committee - MRA Pageant Events


God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada


 

 


 

PALM TREES WRAPPED IN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Samantha Stokes, Wrangler NFRDid I really just spend 16 days of freezing cold December in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada? Have I already been Miss Rodeo Canada for over a month? Where has the time gone? Some highlights for this small town farm girl were seeing her very first palm tree and riding in the National Finals Rodeo Grand Entry.

Our schedules were packed and busy from day one, but every event I went to I found myself making new connections and friendships that will stay with me forever. A typical day in Las Vegas consisted of multiple autograph signings for my wonderful sponsors (Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul, Wrangler, and Montana Silversmith), along with attending various components of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, having supper in the Gold Card room, representing Canada in the WNFR Grand Entry and going to buckle presentations at the South Point Hotel.

My wonderful organization allowed me to do much more than what was already booked as well. I was fortunate enough to get on an episode of Pawn Stars and see some of the actors. My family and I have been watching the show for quite a few years so it was neat be able to be behind the scenes on set! Keep an eye out for me on Season 12! While on the theme of unique experiences; have you ever gone 260 km/h in a car? Talk about an adrenaline rush! I got invited by our General Manager of Pro Rodeo Canada, Dan Eddy, to go to a NASCAR racetrack and be a passenger in one of the cars! I am very thankful to have such a wonderful Rodeo family who try to include me in as many events as possible.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Jim Nevada, who generously sponsored not only some beautiful apparel for me to wear down in Vegas, but also a room at the MGM Grand. The MGM was by far the largest hotel I have ever stayed in and I felt so astonished upon entering that I needed to facetime my family to show them what they were missing. Once again I feel beyond blessed to be given the opportunity of a life time by being Miss Rodeo Canada. Next stop is Denver, Colorado!
I cannot wait to see what this next year has in store for me! Happy New Year Everyone!

God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 


 

MEET SAMANTHA STOKES - MISS RODEO CANADA 2016!

Samantha Stokes - Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

[Photo courtesy of Ian Neill Photography]

NOVEMBER 2015 DIARY

Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Stokes and I am honoured to be your newly crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2016.  I am still in shock that I am able to leave my life here at home to represent the sport of rodeo and western way of life for an entire year!

I was born and raised on a farm thirty minutes north of High Prairie. Receiving this title was one of the neatest things I could have ever done for our little community. Their support has been unbelievable, so much so that I am participating in the first annual “Samantha Stokes Day” on November 27th, where a day full of activities is planned.

I’ve been working at fulfilling my dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Canada for many years and to hear my name called on the night of the crowning made my knees weak and heart beat more than it ever has before. I believe you should never give up on something you can’t go a single day without thinking about. Passion should drive your soul. At 19 years of age, I decided to let passion do just that and it has rewarded me with three prestigious queen titles.

Throughout my reigns of Miss High Prairie and Grande Prairie, I was fortunate enough to have role models such Gillian Sheilds, Nicole Briggs, and lastly Katy Lucas. These ladies not only know the true meaning of being a rodeo queen, but also a friend. Their continuous enthusiasm and support for every girl who became part of the rodeo royalty family, whether she represented one of the biggest rodeos in Canada or little old High Prairie, was truly inspiring to me.

My experience competing for the title of Miss Rodeo Canada was one I will remember for the rest of my life. We as contestants were treated like absolute gold and I have not only the Miss Rodeo Canada board to thank for that but all of our beloved sponsors as well. It is thanks to people like them that young girls, such as myself, can dream bigger than anyone thought imaginable and have it come true all in a matter of seconds down in the ring at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
I am thrilled to say my next stop is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada!  Thank-you to Wrangler, Stetson, Tin Haul, Roper, and Smithbuilt Hats for making sure this small town girl looks like a true Queen in Las Vegas!

God Bless,
Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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