Former Miss Rodeo Airdrie finalist for Canada
Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2012 Nicole Briggs may soon be representing Canada on the international stage as Miss Rodeo Canada 2014.
The 21 year old has been selected as one of two finalists for the national title, with Miss Rodeo Sundre 2011 Bronwen Bowhay also vying for the title.
“It’s a cool feeling. It is something I’ve been working towards for a lot of years. I’m very excited about it,” Briggs said.
Briggs, originally from Gibbons, AB - 40 km northeast of Edmonton - said she has been involved in rodeo her whole life and started riding at the age of three and competing when she was just six years old.
She said she caught the rodeo pageant bug in high school when she won queen at the 2008 Alberta High School Rodeo.
“I’m kind of one of those people that just likes to try everything. I’m not afraid to try new things,” she said of why she began competing.
If Briggs is named Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 in November at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, she said she will need to take a full year off from school at the University of Alberta where she is pursuing an animal health degree.
She said she is willing to make the full-year commitment to being Miss Rodeo Canada because the title would come with amazing opportunities including travelling to Australia and New Zealand to represent Canada in several events there.
“I absolutely love being a part of (the pageants) and representing rodeo,” she said.
Briggs said if she wins, she is most looking forward to riding in the arena each night at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from Dec. 5 to 14.
“It would be an honour,” she said, adding it is something she has always wanted to be a part of.
Until the winner is announced in November, Briggs said she is working hard to prepare herself for the pageant.
“I’m studying a lot and getting to really understand the rule book,” she said.
She added she is also getting on as many different horses as she can because part of the pageant competition requires her to demonstrate her horsemanship on a horse she has never been on before.
She said her experience as Miss Rodeo Airdrie will definitely help her in this competition.
“It was an amazing experience and there is so much throughout that year that helps prepare you for this event,” Briggs said.
“Airdrie was a phenomenal experience.”
If she is crowned the winner of the pageant, she will be the second former Miss Rodeo Airdrie in a row to win the title of Miss Rodeo Canada. Gillian Shields, Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2011, currently holds the Miss Rodeo Canada title.
“I’d love to represent Airdrie (at a national level) and I’d love to do them proud,” she said.
For more information on Miss Rodeo Canada, visit www.missrodeocanada.ca