Well my Stampede sisters and I completed the most intense, exciting and memory filled adventure of our entire reign as we successfully survived the 2013 Calgary Stampede!! Although our Stampede adventure was filled with quite a few early mornings, more pancakes than we knew what to do with, adrenaline filled grand entries and many late night fireworks, my Stampede Sisters and I wouldn’t have traded the experience of being a part of the 2013 Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for the world!
One memory that stands out in my mind from our ten day adventure was doing our final grand entry on showdown Sunday. After over a week of doing grand entry at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth -which, by the way, had been fueled with many nerves and butterflies over the course of the week! haha- our last ride into that big arena and hearing our names called for the final time was nothing short of a bittersweet memory and I will cherish forever. Ever since I was old enough to remember the Queen & Princesses riding in the grand entry at the Calgary Stampede I knew that I wanted to have that same memory and experience as the many privileged girls before me. I finally got to add that memory to my list during the 2013 Calgary Stampede and I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for the opportunity to have been able to partake in such a memorable event.
I would also like to take this time to thank the countless volunteers, employees and participants that made the 2013 Calgary Stampede such a successful and unforgettable event. Not only did the Calgary Stampede put on another year of amazing experiences and events, it did so despite the weeks precursor to July 5th that put the city, community and surrounding areas into a tail spin. The City of Calgary and those within surrounding communities came together in the wake of the flood to show everyone just how resilient the city and the Calgary Stampede can be. I was very proud to represent the Calgary Stampede as an ambassador before the flood, however, after the events that have taken place, I believe that this Stampede has meant more to Calgarians and those within the community than any other year. I believe that the Stampede coming together to put on another great year of events provided the rays of hope for many within the community that needed it during this time. It is that simple characteristic that justifies just how truly proud I am to represent the Calgary Stampede and this great city.
Although the major milestone of being a part of the 2013 Calgary Stampede has been completed in our journey as the 2013 Stampede Royalty I know we have many more adventures to come! Make sure to keep checking our Twitter and Facebook page for updates about upcoming events we will be attending, and I hope your Stampede experience was just as memorable as mine!
Have a great week!
PS- The George Strait song for the week is “ How Bout Them Cowgirls”- as a tribute to my Stampede Sisters successful ten days of grand entry!