2019 Stampede Princess, Keily Stewart
Hello! For those of you that have been following this year’s newly crowned Stampede Royalty, you may recognize me as one of the 2019 Calgary Stampede Princesses, Keily Stewart, along with Princess Courtney Dingreville, Queen Carly Heath and First Nations Princess Astokomii Smith.
These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. The transition from being in the competition to being Stampede Royalty was over in nothing but one night of sleep. The morning after the crowning, we had two appearances on live television; first on Global News Calgary and then Breakfast Television Calgary. At that point we were running off roughly three hours of sleep and pure excitement! For me, reality didn’t start sinking in until we were about three weeks in. Initially, I was just trying to fathom what had happened during the competition and what this year was going to look like. My hometown is Fort St. John BC, approximately a nine hour drive north of Calgary. Now, I am a little ways away from the ranch and family but am very happy to be here! I am very grateful for the support system that I do have in Calgary. My amazing family and friends have made the adjustment easier!
Left to right: 2019 Stampede Princess, Courtney Dingreville, 2019 First Nations Princess, Astokomii Smith, 2019 Stampede Queen, Carly Heath and myself.
Now that we have had a few weeks to adjust and get to know each other, we are starting to settle into our roles. The month of October was packed with training sessions three to four days a week, in addition to our very first events! It has been fun getting to know our committee on a more personal level, the Board of Directors and the Stampede family. We’ve met several members from other committees, our sponsors and the volunteers that help keep everything running smoothly. It has been given us a great introduction and sense of Community Spirit that the Stampede represents. Everyone is very supportive and encouraging, making sure that we are getting the most out of our experience. The training we received has helped us with our preparation for events, as well as instilling us with confidence we need to be great ambassadors for the organization.
The biggest challenge so far has been distinguishing what we want our trio’s legacy to be. We’ve put a lot of thought into this as we feel it is important to have messages, values and purpose to our reign. This is a really great opportunity for us girls to dig deeper and make a difference in our community, inspire others and leave a positive impact. The previous trios have done this well, so it’s only natural for us to want to do more. A legacy isn’t a decision you make, or title you can give yourself, so, we’ve reshaped and refocused our goals. The Royalty committee and former Royalty have been very helpful guiding us as we take on this exciting development opportunity.
The 2019 Royal Trio
I am enjoying my role as a Stampede Princess and getting into the groove of everything and feel very empowered. We have a voice to be heard and it will be heard by reaching different audiences through social media, interviews, appearances and writing blogs.
You make us want to do our very best! Thank you for the immense encouragement and support. I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you.