Carstairs native named Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2014
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:38 pm
When she heard her name announced as the 2014 Miss Rodeo Airdrie on July 1, Carstairs native Terra Chalack was in complete shock.
That stunned reaction was still noticeable on her face a few minutes after she was crowned Miss Rodeo Airdrie, as she received congratulation from friends, family, and the five other contestants vying for this year’s crown.
“I wasn’t expecting my name to be called at all, so I really couldn’t believe it,” Chalack said.
“I really think it’s going to take a little while to set in for me,” she added.
“I’ll be heading down to the Calgary Stampede on Friday (July 4) to be in the parade there, so everything’s going to start happening quickly.”
Chalack, who was the Sundre Rodeo Princess in 2010 and is currently in her third year of studies in the Sociology program at the University of Lethbridge, said her experience with the Miss Rodeo Airdrie contestants has been one that she won’t forget and it has made her a better person.
“The experience is almost life changing,” Chalack said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and help bring out your confidence, and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do it.”
“It gives you a chance to grow as a person, and to experience a lot over the course of a month,” she added.
Joining Chalack as this year’s rodeo royalty is Airdrie’s Mazlie Gehring, who was crowned as the 2014 Miss Rodeo Airdrie Princess on July 1.
The 23 year old Gehring, who works as an office manager at Lifemark Physiotherapy in Airdrie, had ridden for the last two years with the Calgary Stampede Showriders but had never competed in any rodeo royalty competitions until this year.
“I wasn’t actually sure if I was going to enter it at it first, as I was really nervous about it,” Gehring said. “Now I’m really glad that I did because this experience has been amazing.”
“I’ve become really good friends with the other five girls, and it’s been amazing to get to know everyone involved with the rodeo here,” she added. “I’m looking forward to representing the city and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo over the next year.”
Canada Day also marked the final day that 22-year-old Kelsey Reinboldt-Lynch of High River served as Miss Rodeo Airdrie, as the 2013 winner handed over the crowns to the new royalty.
“Being involved in the ceremony brought me back a bit to last year when I was named Miss Rodeo Airdrie,” Reinboldt-Lynch said. “It was still a bittersweet moment for me though, as I’ve had such an amazing time over the last year that I would do it again in a heartbeat without being asked.”
“I still have one more event to do as Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2013, as I’ll be competing for the Miss Rodeo Canada title in Edmonton in November,” she added.
“I’m a little bit nervous as the last two Miss Rodeo Airdrie’s (Nicole Briggs and Gillian Shields) have won that crown, but I’m really excited about it.”