Williams Lake Stampede Queen Alexis Forseille and Stampede Princess Terris Billyboy (fourth and fifth from left) joined royalty from across Canada and Miss Rodeo Canada Gillian Shields (third from left) in participating in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Finals Fashion Show in Edmonton in November to raise funds for the CPRA Sports Medicine Team and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Williams Lake Stampede Queen Alexis Forseille and Stampede Princess Terris Billyboy (fourth and fifth from left) joined royalty from across Canada and Miss Rodeo Canada Gillian Shields (third from left) in participating in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Finals Fashion Show in Edmonton in November to raise funds for the CPRA Sports Medicine Team and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Stampede royals fashionable in Edmonton

November! Williams Lake Stampede Royalty were at the Canadian Finals Rodeo!

November! Yes that meant for most of us to quickly get our winter tires put on before the snow truly flies but for the Williams Lake Stampede Royalty that meant yet another wonderful and grand adventure. This time to the Canadian Finals Rodeo!

I, Alexis Forseille, was fortunate enough to be taken to Edmonton on Nov. 8 to join Princess Terris Billyboy, and our chaperones Brigette Peel and Jamie Tannis for an action-packed weekend at the CFR.  Upon my arrival in the snow-covered city we quickly made our way to Rexall Center to take in the Thursday night rodeo which was the second performance out of six taking place over the weekend.

Luckily for us, Terris and Brigette had already been in Edmonton for a week and knew the ins and outs of getting to and from Rexall Center by the LRT transit.

When we reached Rexall Center I was absolutely blown away with it all. From the opening act of the night, Chris Young, to the very end of the bull riding and everything in between, it felt like an incredible dream to be watching the finals in person.

Thursday night was the evening of the season leader saddle presentations which we happily enjoyed watching after the rodeo. I remember thinking that if Thursday was any indication of how the weekend was going to play out we were in for one wonderful treat!

Friday started out with an early morning preparing ourselves for a busy day helping out at the Red Carpet Rodeo Fashion Show. The fashion show is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Ladies of the Canadian Rodeo Association. All proceeds go towards the CPRA Cowboy benefit fund and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team. The luncheon was simply extraordinary to attend. Terris and I helped sell tickets for the Gold Buckle Table where if your name was drawn you won an eight person formal table setting and the table you were sitting at was moved to a table beside the runway with additional prizes to be won.

After our selling duties were done we enjoyed a lovely catered lunch and a great fashion show. The rest of the day at the event consisted of us helping to sell boas for the ladies to be entered into more prizes and Brigette making it all the way up on to the stage with the heads and tails hat game. We met several of the co-ordinators for the event and many of the Miss Rodeo Canada co-ordinators as well. It was a great experience and I would without doubt like to attend the function again!

When we had completed our duties at the fashion show, we quickly changed and headed to West Edmonton Mall to build ourselves each a Build-A-Bear. Mine ended up being called Queenie, while Terris’ was called Princess.

The staff really enjoyed having us build our bears and they were wonderful helpers during the process. When our bears were complete we had to quickly head over to Rexall Center for the Friday night rodeo action!

During the rodeo the 2013 Miss Rodeo Canada competitors were introduced with a presentation ride of each girl. The rest of the rodeo was just as wonderful to experience as the night before with many arena records being tied right before our eyes! When the rodeo was over we decided before heading home to watch some live music and fortunate for us, it was Gord Banford! Our busy Friday had been perfect.

Saturday at the CFR has a one o’clock and a seven o’clock rodeo. At the first rodeo we watched Jillian Shields be crowned as the 2013 Miss Rodeo Canada! After watching the crown be passed over, Terris, Brigette, Jamie and I, quickly hurried to the reception where Terris and I welcomed guests at the door while taking ticket money and hanging coats.

We also met up with Sharon MacDonald and Kirsten Braumandl to watch the beautiful reception and the ladies who ran for Miss Rodeo Canada receive their awards. With the completion of the reception we decided to go to the Farm Fair, which has many trade booths to go through and a special area for kids.

To sum it up, the Farm Fair is one big shopping spree! We toured through it and managed not to break the bank accounts before heading off to the second rodeo of the day. The Canadian Cowboy of the Year was awarded to Scott Schiffner who rightfully deserved every piece of it. You could tell the pressure was beginning to get to the cowboys and cowgirls during the second to last rodeo. However, even with the amounting pressure the rodeo was still just as amazing to watch!

Sunday Nov. 11, we woke up bright and early to bundle up as much as we possibly could, before walking over to the Edmonton City Hall for their Remembrance Day ceremonies. We participated in the very cold ceremony by laying wreathes on the cenotaph. Terris laid the wreathe for the Williams Lake Stampede Association and I laid the wreathe for the City of Williams Lake. The ceremony was very well done with many dignitaries and many city representatives laying wreathes while a large crowd watched the proceedings.

After warming up we took the LRT to Rexall Center to watch the last rodeo of the 2012 Canadian Rodeo Finals. The place was packed with rodeo fans and the energy was at an all-time high. Some of the most amazing rides and some of the greatest runs of the weekend unfolded before us as many cowboys laid all they had on the line to win their respective titles. Immediately after the rodeo the champions were rewarded their buckles and saddles in the arena. We watched the awards being given to some very deserving cowboys and cowgirls then headed over to the Farm Fair for one last browse through.

I would like to thank Willie Crosina for inviting us to attend his CFR tour dinner at the spaghetti factory and the reception afterwards. It was a great way to connect with everyone that travelled with Willie to the CFR from Williams Lake and surrounding areas. The dinner seemed to top off a wonderful week!

From my experiences this year, I am already looking forward to the next time I attend the CFR!

I would like to thank everyone who helped make our experience at the 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo extraordinary!

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

Members of the Tl’etinqox First Nations are awaiting word of when they will receive their second dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
‘We need the second round’: Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse questions vaccine roll-out

It’s been 42 days since Tl’etinqox First Nation members received their first dose of Moderna

A drive-thru restaurant and beer and wine store is being proposed by Broadway Landco Management Ltd. for the former Chemo RV site at 1704 Broadway Ave. South. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Drive-thru restaurant, beer and wine store proposed for Williams Lake

Owners of property at 1704 Broadway Ave. South have applied for a zoning amendment

Avalanche Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for the Cariboo Mountains effective through the weekend. (Wes Gregg photo)
The city of Williams Lake has received provincial funding for a proposed boardwalk connecting the RC Cotton Trail to the River Valley Recreational Trail. (City of Williams Lake rough visualization of the proposal)
$550,000 provincial funding announced for Williams Lake boardwalk trail

The boardwalk will connect the new RC Cotton Trail to the river valley

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

Most Read