I can not believe a year has come and gone. Feels like just yesterday Catherine, Danielle, Amber, and I were crowed the 2013 Royalty. Now the 2014 competition has begun and only a few weeks left of our rein.

Stampede was such an amazing experience, but a well needed break was very nice to have. After a few days off to sleep and unwind we were right back at it with rodeos, events, fundraisers, and tourism conferences. One event we were asked to attend was a Youth Ag-Summit. 120 youth from 20 different countries all gathered in Calgary AB to discuss the topic “Feeding a Hungry Planet.” It was great to see the youth of the wold so excited to discuss farming and ranching and working together to try to solve a problem. With the population of the world growing so rapidly, being able to feed everyone will become a concern. Everyone was so excited to be in Calgary and visit the Stampede Grounds. My Stampede sisters and I had the honor of white hatting everyone at the Summit. They were all thrilled to be given a real cowboy hat!

Another event we attended was the Okotoks Ag Society Outdoor Concert. The performers were Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Emerson Drive, and Doc Walker. This is the second year the Ag Society has put on this event and because of the floods, all proceeds from the concert went to the flood relief in the Foothills. Of course the evening of the event it had to rain all day long, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Attendance was still great and the concert went off without a hitch. We had the pleasure of helping out with the live auction that happened between acts and everyone was being more than generous with bids to help out the victims of the 2013 floods.

Our next event will be the last rodeo we attend as Stampede Queen and Princesses. It is the Charity Rodeo in Millarville and I’m very excited we get to be a part of it. It has been amazing to see all the communities work together to help out. With my parents living in High River and my job also being there, these kinds of events we go to have a special place in my heart. I encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls.

My journey as the 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen has been a journey of a life time. I have made amazing new friends and done things I never would have dreamed of doing. Good luck to the top ten girls left in the 2014 competition. I wish the three that get crowned all the best. YA-HOO!!!