Stampede royals enjoy CPR finals

You don’t realize how much you love the mountains until you’re without them!

Davana Mahon

Stampede Queen

Special to The Tribune

You don’t realize how much you love the mountains until you’re without them!

As your Williams Lake royalty we started our road trip en route to the 2011 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 4.

Soon after arriving, Stampede Princesses Bobi Bracewell and Alexia Colton and I watched the finals competition for the four contestants who were running for 2012 Miss Rodeo Canada.

The first event was the horsemanship finals, where we found ourselves more than early.

Not only did we forget to change the clock to Alberta time, but we also forgot about the fall time change.

With time to kill, we drove around the local area, which allowed us to find a historic old general store.

We eventually watched the horsemanship finals, the speech contest finals, then the fashion show that was held at the famous West Edmonton Mall.

Aside from the Miss Rodeo Canada competition, your royalty attended several events leading up to the Canadian Finals Rodeo, including the Heritage Ranch Rodeo where we were able to support local teams.

We attended the River City Round Up located in Churchhill Square beside Edmonton City Hall.

We were also able to wander through the Farm Fair, looking at booths, and through the cattle stall, even catching a horse sale, and some cattle shows.

We had the opportunity to meet and talk with the one and only Mantracker.

Throughout the week, everyone enjoyed themselves and likely attended 90 per cent of the western stores in Edmonton.

Finally, time for the CFR!

The girls enjoyed all performances, the great opening acts, including Emerson Drive and Blake Shelton, as well as getting the chance to meet a lot of amazing people.

The 2012 Miss Rodeo Canada, Arleta Bowhay was “crowned in the dirt” at the second performance of the CFR.

We wish her the best for the year ahead.

Best wishes for the future to a great duo, 2011 Miss Rodeo Canada Kezia Morrison and 2011 Miss Rodeo Canada Princess Kirsten Braumandl.

We thank them for all the support and help along the way.

On Nov. 11, we attended the Remembrance Day indoor ceremony held at Edmonton City Hall, and the outdoor ceremony.

At the outdoor ceremony, we laid two wreaths on behalf of The City of Williams Lake, and The Williams Lake Stampede Association.

This was another opportunity to meet some great individuals and families which created a very memorable and emotional morning.

Following the Remembrance Day ceremonies, we were off to the Ladies of Pro Rodeo Fashion Show, where CFR contestants and their families modeled clothing from Lammles, and Welsh’s.

Everyone had a great lunch, laughing the entire time.

The trip to Edmonton wrapped up with the last performances of the CFR.

This trip not only allowed us to catch some amazing rodeo performances, but introduced us to many new royalty as well as many great people, as we were able to connect with them through this great small town, we call Williams Lake.

Wherever we went, it amazed us that we met many people who had either been to the Famous Williams Lake Stampede, camped throughout the area, visited with friends or family, or simply stopped on their way through town.

Edmonton was an experience that will never be forgotten and created many great memories, including memories  about our trusty GPS.  Our GPS helped us through our time of crisis when driving in a city the size of Edmonton.

This was another opportunity to meet some great individuals and families which created a very memorable and emotional morning.

Following the Remembrance Day ceremonies, we were off to the Ladies of Pro Rodeo Fashion Show, where CFR contestants and their families modeled clothing from Lammles, and Welsh’s.

Everyone had a great lunch, laughing the entire time.

The trip to Edmonton wrapped up with the last performances of the CFR.

This trip not only allowed us to catch some amazing rodeo performances, but introduced us to many new royalty as well as many great people, as we were able to connect with them through this great small town we call Williams Lake.

Wherever we went, it amazed us that we met many people who had either been to the Famous Williams Lake Stampede, camped throughout the area, visited with friends or family, or simply stopped on their way through town.

Edmonton was an experience that will never be forgotten and created many great memories, including memories  about our trusty GPS.

Our GPS helped us through our time of crisis when driving in a city the size of Edmonton.