Seeing as I will soon be passing my crown, I feel as though I should get one last blog post in.
This past year has been nothing short of a great adventure. As with all life’s adventures, there were some highs and some lows, unexpected turns and a few plateaus, but most of all there were many, many memories made with wonderful people.
As my reign draws to an end many people are asking if I am sad that it’s almost over. I have to admit that after the unforgettable 10 days of the Calgary Stampede, I lamented a bit knowing that I would never be able to relive those 10 days. However, I entered this year knowing that it would inevitably come to an end, so while I could be sad and drag my heels, I have chosen to embrace this season and be nothing short of excited; excited for the next three young ladies who will be crowned and excited about my next chapter of life.
Addressing the Grandstand during the Afternoon Rodeo.
This year’s competition brought out many extremely talented, smart, courageous, and beautiful ladies. I am sure glad I am not a judge; they have a very tough job to do! Whichever three ends up winning will certainly have earned the title.
There is a deep history attached to the Calgary Stampede and the Stampede family reaches far and wide. As a member of the Royal Trio we have the privilege to be ambassadors for this unique organization and all that is encompasses for one short year. I had understood that early on in my reign, however I did not feel its impact until Parade morning. While riding through the streets of downtown Calgary, I was thinking about the millions of people who had traveled from all over the world throughout the years to take part in Calgary Stampede; I was thinking about the Big Four and what they would think of how the Stampede has evolved; I was thinking about Pasty Rogers, the first Stampede Queen, and what her reign must have been like, and I was thinking back to the first Calgary Stampede Parade. When I saw the Palliser Hotel with flags and banners hanging off the railings, it reminded me of the black and white photos I had seen of Stampede Parades gone by. For a moment, those black and white photos came to life and as I rode past that historic hotel I felt as if I was riding into a piece of history, as if in that moment I had become a strand woven into the fabric of time.
Side by side photo with the original Stampede Queen Patsy Rogers.
As I look back now, this entire year the Princesses and I have been weaving our patterns into the fabric of the Calgary Stampede, and in turn the Stampede has forever left its iconic CS on us. I know each of us has become a better person for having been a member of the trio and our year would not have been possible without the support of many people.
Thank you to the Calgary Stampede for being ridged enough to have kept its western roots, but for being adaptable enough to thrive for 103 years, here is to 103 more!
Thank you to the Royalty committee for all your long hours, late night e-mails, days spent away from home, and stead fast commitment to us, we are forever grateful that you gave of yourself so that we could have the experiences we did.
Thank you to our wonderful donors and sponsors. If it wasn’t for your support, our program would not be half the calibre of what it is.
Thank you to my friends and family, I couldn’t have made it through this year without you. Whether I needed a good laugh, a good cry, a hug, or a little tough love, you all were constantly there for me. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Your support and encouragement gave me the confidence to “saddle up anyways” (even if I was scared to death).
Thank you to you, our fans and followers. It is great to have so much support and your kind words do make us smile.
Finally, thank you to Princess Kimberly and Princess Haley for making this year so awesome. Both of you were such great team mates. I couldn’t have asked for better partners or friends than you two. We might pass on our crowns, but we will forever be the 2015 Royal Trio. Thank you for making it a year to remember.
Picking up our custom boots.
As I prepare to make my final ride as Queen Mick, I will do so knowing I am riding out of my reign as Queen and into my next adventure. Here is to what was a great year, and here is to what will be many more.
Thank you for being a part of my reign. See you somewhere down the trail!