Craig Smith/About Face Photography Kaylee Billyboy, 2017/2018 Stampede Queen.

Kaylee Billyboy says goodbyes after year as Williams Lake Stampede Queen

Billyboy will compete for Miss Rodeo Canada 2019

Wow! What a year it has been as the 2017 Williams Lake Stampede Queen.

It is hard to believe all that I have been able to do within my year and even harder to believe that it is all wrapping up shortly.

Throughout my travels and at all the events I have attended, I have learned so much, gained lots of experience and got to meet so many people from all over the world. I have created so many fond memories some of which I will never forget.

These memories include things such as the more recent rodeos I was lucky enough to attend.

One of my most favorite rodeos was the 100th annual Falkland Stampede.

This took place the May-long weekend and I got to be a part of so many amazing activities.

Saturday morning, I got to start the rodeo weekend off by helping drive the bucking horses down the main highway of Falkland into the rodeo grounds.

They did this in honour of the 100th annual rodeo to show how they used to bring in the stock during the first years of the rodeo.

This was such an incredible experience and something I was truly honoured to be included in.

After this I got to take part in all the rodeo performances during grand entry and helping push cattle out of the arena. On Sunday I got to also be a part of the parade.

Throughout the weekend, I was provided with a lovely horse name Taylor. She was great, and I could not have asked for a better horse.

The whole weekend I was treated very well, and I got to meet so many amazing people. This rodeo is by far one of my favorites and I will never forget all that I was able to be a part of.

Thank you to the Churchill family and the Falkland rodeo committee for making me feel welcome and important all weekend long.

Following this rodeo, I was able to travel to attend the beautiful Kispiox Valley Rodeo.

At this unique rodeo I got to take part in the grand entry and through out the weekend I got to meet so many new people.

I also got to say goodbye to the 2017 Kispiox Valley Rodeo Queen, Marika and congratulate the newly crowed 2018 Kispiox Valley Rodeo Queen Emma.

The drive up north was very long but definitely worth it as this was a rodeo I always love attending and was honoured to be able to attend as visiting rodeo royalty.

Thank you to the Kispiox Valley Rodeo committee for including me in your fun rodeo weekend.

I also got to attend other rodeos that I have mentioned often over my year as Stampede Queen like the Omak Stampede, Calgary Stampede and Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, as well as the Nechako Valley Rodeo in Vanderhoof, all of which I was honoured to be included in.

I was also extremely grateful to be able to attend events throughout Williams Lake like the Royal Purple Tea, Lakers Car Club Show, Lions Club Mother’s Day breakfast and so many more.

It was great to be involved in the community through so many different organizations.

With all that I was able to do and be part of, I would not have been able to do it without all of those who sponsor the Williams Lake Stampede Royalty program.

I would like to thank the sponsors and my family and everyone and anyone who has helped to make my dream come true.

I am happy to announce that I will move on from this dream and on to another as I run for Miss Rodeo Canada 2019.

This will take place in Red Deer Alberta Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2018 at this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo. I look forward to the opportunities that being a Williams Lake Stampede Queen has provided me.

Thank you all for the endless amount of support I received.

My year as the 2017 Williams Lake Stampede Queen has been amazing and a year I will never forget.

I hope to see you all at the 92nd annual Williams Lake Stampede June 29 to July 2.

-Miss Williams Lake Stampede Queen 2017, Kaylee Billyboy

 

Williams Lake Stampede Queen for 2017, Kaylee Billyboy, volunteers during the 2017 Wildfire Relief Fundraiser at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds this past fall.

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