Former Miss Rodeo Airdrie named Miss Rodeo Canada
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 10:38 am
Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2012 Nicole Briggs has been on cloud nine since she was crowned the 2014 Miss Rodeo Canada on Nov. 9 during the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
“There is still pretty much a buzz going on with me right now,” Briggs said. “It’s kind of hard to believe that it actually happened and it’s all pretty surreal at the moment.”
“I think it’s going to take a while for everything to sink in,” she added.
Twenty-one-year-old Briggs, who is originally from Gibbons, AB – located 40 kilometres northeast of Edmonton – went head-to-head with Miss Rodeo Sundre 2011 Bronwen Bowhay for the Miss Rodeo Canada crown in a five-day competition from Nov. 5 to 9.
“We were judged on horsemanship, public speaking, a personal interview, a written test, and a fashion show leading up to the Saturday (Nov. 9) when they had the crowning during the rodeo itself,” she said.
“All of the other competitions that I have been in have felt like a blur, but at this one, I left every event feeling like I had done a really good job, and I was just hoping that the judges saw things the same way,” Briggs added.
Briggs was named the Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 winner in the middle of the arena on Nov. 9.
“I don’t even know how to describe what it felt like when I heard my name being called as the Miss Rodeo Canada winner,” Briggs said. “I had a lot of different emotions when I found out I won, and I was feeling like that for the rest of the evening.”
Briggs’ win was the second straight at the Canadian Finals Rodeo for a former Miss Rodeo Airdrie winner, as Gillian Shields, Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2011, won the Miss Rodeo Canada crown last year.
“It was very exciting to be crowned twice by Gillian at the event in Airdrie and now at the Canadian Finals,” Briggs said.
“I think this is a great thing for Airdrie as well, as it shows how far the support of the community and rodeo committee can help us when it comes to winning the Miss Rodeo Canada title.”
During her yearlong reign as Miss Rodeo Canada, Briggs will represent the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association at community events and rodeos throughout North America, with her first official appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from Dec. 5 to 14.
“I’m really looking forward to everything that goes along with it, especially the travelling” Briggs said.
“I just want to be a great ambassador and a role model for those that want to be involved in rodeo or want to be a rodeo queen in the future.”
“I don’t know my whole schedule yet as everything is still being worked out, but I would imagine that I would be making an appearance at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo next year as well,” she added.