There are three candidates vying for the 2015 Stampede Queen and Stampede Princess positions.
This year’s Stampede Queen Michelle Ball and Stampede Princess Matina Durfeld will turn over their crowns to their successors in a ceremony taking place Saturday evening at the Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus.
The three candidates provided the following profiles of themselves as part of their training which includes public speaking, horsemanship, and knowledge of rodeo and the community. Each candidate also finds a sponsor.
The doors at the Williams Lake Campus open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and the coronation ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance by contacting Alexis Forseille at 250-267-7232, or by contacting one of the contestants, or through cash purchase at the Stampede office .
Paige Brinoni, Miss Titchener Contracting
My name is Paige Brinoni. I am 18-years-old. I have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge about horses, our community and the Famous Williams Lake Stampede.
My family has a long history of community involvement.
Since 1990 my great grandfather Ralph Overton has been a life-time member of the Williams Lake Stampede.
My parents and grandparents routinely volunteer for community and school events and have encouraged their children to give back to the community.
At age four I started dancing ballet and have danced for 12 years. I participated in the Fine Arts Festival and performed Shakespeare and poetry pieces. I was involved in school through leadership, mentoring, and sports.
I started riding at age two and received riding lessons. I have earned tons of experience helping train horses and working with children in horse camp programs.
I enjoy working with children and have volunteered with the Canada Day Celebration, street parades, Boys and Girls Club, mentoring, leadership, the CDC swim and horsing around, and other multiple community events.
I am excited to participate in this year’s Williams Lake Stampede and feel that the skills and friendships I build here will help me become a more confident young woman, helping me reach my goals throughout life.
Cheyleigh Sand, Miss Daybreak Rotary
My name is Cheyleigh Sand, I am 17-years-old and was born and raised in Williams Lake. I am currently in Grade 12 at Lake City Secondary School and have worked part time at Warehouse One for nearly two years.
I love my animals, especially horses and dogs. I have three small dogs at home; their names are Belle, Sophie and Baby.
My hobbies include horseback riding, relaxing at the lake, watching my favourite YouTube videos, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.
My family has taught me the importance of volunteer work in our community and I have volunteered for several different community organizations starting when I was about 10 years old.
I love being part of community events and seeing so many people’s hard work all come together for the enjoyment of others.
I hope to one day work in the film and television industry and travel to many different parts of the world.
Stephanie Warnock, Miss Minton Creek Ranch
My name is Stephanie Warnock and I was born and raised in Williams Lake. I have an undying love for the country lifestyle of the Cariboo.
I got my first horse by trading my motorbike for her at age eight. I bought my current horse, Trooper, as an unbroken two-year-old when I was 15-years-old.
He is my greatest pride as I broke him to what he is today all by myself.
I have a genuine love of horses, the rodeo, and a desire to be involved in this lifestyle. Stampede Queen is a position that gives back to the community in the way of countless volunteer hours at events and I am up for the challenge and demands of this offering of my time and energy.