My name is Courtney and I’m one of the 2019 Calgary Stampede Princesses this year, alongside fellow princess, Keily Stewart, Queen Carly Heath and First Nations Princess, Astokomii Smith.

Courtney Dingreville, 2019 Calgary Stampede Princess

2018 was an amazing year and I am really excited for the upcoming year ahead of us! As a trio, we have a lot coming our way and a lot to look forward to – not the least of which is getting to share this opportunity with you. We have been growing as individuals and as a trio since September!

 

With March of 2019 underway, I wanted to take some time and share some of what we’ve been up to the past four months to help inspire the next seven months still to come!

We’ve been extremely blessed with this opportunity. Through these roles we’ve been able to meet different people from all walks of life and travel to different places. Each experience is unique, and what an experience it’s been!

2019 Calgary Stampede Princess, Courtney Dingreville, 2019 Calgary Stampede Queen, Carly Heath and 2019 Calgary Stampede Princess, Keily Stewart

We’ve crossed a few ‘firsts’ off our list in the last few months – we attended our first pancake breakfast on Remembrance Day, alongside the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces for the 100th year celebration of the end of the First World War.

Our first parade was with the Calgary Grey Cup committee in Edmonton to help kick off the amazing Grey Cup Festival – our very own Calgary Stampeders went on to win against Ottawa that Sunday!

We had our first overnight trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Red Deer, which was celebrating its first year in its new location. We watched 2018 Stampede Princess, Jaden Holle, be crowned 2019 Miss Rodeo Canada as well! The CFR was the first rodeo that we attended as a trio and it –certainly won’t be the last!

 

We can also add our first plane ride as the Stampede Royalty to the list as well! One of our sponsors, WestJet, flew us to the National Finals Rodeo in fabulous Las Vegas!

 

The Royal Trio in Las Vegas!

We also completed our first photo shoot with Edward Ross, an amazing photographer! We’ll be sharing those beautiful photos all year!

 

We also were fortunate enough to talk to the students at St. Francis of Assisi Academy about the importance of chasing after your goals. The kids were amazing and let us be a part of their classroom to read some stories with them.

 

We took part in the Alberta Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies to cheer on the Albertan athletes. Their spirit, energy, and kindness was infectious!

 

The Calgary Fire Department was nice enough to invite us to their boot camp. We learned a lot that day about what our first responders are prepared to do for us everyday – from search and rescue in some seriously stressful situations to moving through a confined space with equipment. In the relay we learned that we definitely need to work on our cardio.

 

We got to be a part of the Push Challenge and ride in a bobsleigh down the track at WinSport. Our Canadian athletes also taught us how to get a good start in skeleton, but we might need some practice.

 

To sum it up, it’s been amazing so far! Looking back on all of the things we’ve been able to do, I am so excited for what’s coming next. I am lucky enough to have some truly amazing girls with me to go through this incredible opportunity with. Keily, Carly and Astokomii are amazing representatives and wonderful people to spend time with. While 2019 has only just begun, I know it’s going to be an incredible year.