Airdrie Rodeo Royalty pageant gets underway
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:38 pm
THE ANNUAL COMPETITION TO NAME TWO WOMEN AS MISS RODEO AIRDRIE AND THE AIRDRIE RODEO PRINCESS HAS BEGUN.
Two ladies are vying for the title of Miss Rodeo Airdrie, and will compete against one another in various events, preparing them for a year of volunteering and promoting the Airdrie Pro Rodeo.
This year, 21-year-old Kelsey Reinbolt-Lynch from High River and 24-year-old Taunya Shaw from Sundre are competing.
Reinbolt-Lynch held the 2011 Miss Rodeo Cochrane title, and took part in last year’s Calgary Stampede Royal Trio competition. She decided to return to Airdrie after missing out on a local crown in 2011.
“The idea of being able to represent the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is something that has always been on my mind,” said Reinbolt-Lynch.
Spending a year as the Cochrane queen gave Reinbolt-Lynch a good opportunity to learn what it takes to do the job.
“My year in Cochrane was great, there was a lot of time spent travelling and promoting rodeo as a whole,” she said. “I think there is a learning curve every time you go (to a pageant), and you can always do something better.”
Reinbolt-Lynch is looking forward to the public speaking event, which will be held June 13.
“My favourite event has always been the public speaking. I have always enjoyed listening to other people speak,” said Reinbolt-Lynch.
Shaw grew up in the Sundre area, and says she wants to get involved in the Airdrie Rodeo Royalty because volunteerism is close to her heart.
“Volunteering is a big part of who I am. I think it’s really important to give younger females a strong role model as well,” said Shaw. “I am pretty outgoing and this is something I have always wanted to do.”
Being a farm girl, Shaw says rodeo has always been a part of her life, and looks forward to Airdrie each year as a show her family never misses.
“Rodeo is a big part of the western heritage, and I am a fourth generation Albertan so it’s part of the pastime,” said Shaw. “I am looking forward to Airdrie, and I look forward to it every year. It’s always been close to the farm and the family. We never miss it.”
Shaw looks forward to the horsemanship competition, which will be held June 3, as well as public speaking.
“Horses have always been a big part of my life,” said Shaw. “I am looking forward to public speaking. I am quite strong at getting my point across.”
With only two girls running this year, organizers kept the pressure on, as both girls need to maintain 80 per cent or better in the five judged events to qualify for the crowns.
They will compete in horsemanship, public speaking, fashion show, take part in the Airdrie Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Festival June 22, and the five days of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo June 27 to July 1.