Airdrie Pro Rodeo crowns 2013 queen on July 1
Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 10:38 am
Passion and a desire to volunteer helped Airdrie’s new rodeo queen take the crown.
The 2013 Miss Rodeo Airdrie winner Kelsey Reinboldt-Lynch, of Calgary, said she is expecting a busy year but is excited for the adventure.
“I’m just really excited for the full year to represent Airdrie, the rodeo and the community,” she said.
The 2012 Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen competed in the Miss Rodeo Airdrie competition in 2011 and said she decided to compete for the title again because she enjoyed the process.
“I loved the program the first year and the people,” she said. “The community was so welcoming to me.”
This year’s Miss Rodeo Airdrie competition was different from years past with a last minute withdrawal from contestant Tanua Shaw.
“It was due to unforeseen circumstances,” said Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association Queen Committee Director Leanne Grenier.
Shaw was in the competition right up until the first day of the rodeo on June 27.
“It’s unfortunate,” Grenier said of the situation. “In the past since 2001, we’ve actually crowned both a queen and a princess.”
“It was definitely a different thing because it doesn’t happen very often,” Reinboldt-Lynch said.
“I spent the whole competition trying to get to know her,” the queen added. “I fully prepared myself to be a part of a duo so it’s a little odd being by myself.”
Grenier said the royalty as a pair makes a bigger impact at events and allows good friendships to develop.
“Kelsey will have a challenge upon her but is definitely up for the challenge,” Grenier said of this year’s queen.
The competition ran through the month of June and the contestants were tested in their public speaking skills, a written exam, personal interviews, a fashion show, multiple impromptu questions and secret judging during the rodeo show that displayed the contestant’s horsemanship.
“Right from the start, I’d say the (component) I was most nervous about was the fashion show,” the new queen said. “But in the end, it was probably one of my favourite parts.”
For contestants to be considered for the title they must score a combined mark of 80 at the very minimum.
Reinboldt-Lynch came out with a score of 91.
“I was very excited to hear I’d done so well,” said Reinboldt-Lynch. “It was an amazing feeling.”
Grenier said when looking for rodeo royalty, the committee is interested in women ages 19 to 24, “that have passion and want to volunteer and be a part of a community and organization that I feel is pretty strong.”
She said the experience of being a member of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Royalty gives winners the chance to travel and experience things most women their age don’t have the opportunity to. Grenier added the experience creates lifelong friendships for participants and creates a solid foundation for their future endeavours.
Reinboldt-Lynch said she is most looking forward to getting to know the community during her reign.
She said she is excited to volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and area and also wants to get involved with the clean up and rebuilding of High River, her home town.