While we were at the Canadian Supreme over the weekend, the Calgary Stampede crowned their newest Queen and Princesses over the weekend!
Congratulations to these beautiful and talented four women:
Amber Big Plume – 2013 Stampede Indian Princess
Big Plume’s family has been participating in Indian Village for the past 36 years. Big Plume fully embraces her cultural traditions and realizes the importance of passing this knowledge onto future generations and the world. A fancy shawl dancer, Amber is a second year Law and Society student at the University of Calgary with plans to specialize in corporate law for First Nations communities. Each year, the Calgary Stampede Indian Events committee selects a young woman from one of the five Tribes of Treaty 7 (Tsuu T’ina, Piikani, Stoney, Kainai and Siksika Nations) to stand as the official representative of Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration. As an official Calgary Stampede ambassador, the Indian Princess will make over 350 appearances and will educate those she meets about the rich and colourful First Nations culture.
Jessica Williams – 2013 Stampede Queen
Jessica is 21 and lives just outside of Okotoks. She is originally from Arrowwood, Alberta and currently works as a dental assistant in High River. She spends most of her free time riding horses, going on hikes with her family, and camping in the mountains. Jessica is a self-proclaimed “true farm girl” and owns a Quarter Horse named Woody.
Danielle Kakoschke – 2013 Stampede Princess
Danielle is 21 and lives in Calgary, though she is originally from Okotoks. Danielle attends the University of Calgary as a Law and Society major with the goal of attaining her Human Resources Management certificate to complement her education. Danielle spends her free time competing in reining and ranch cutting with her horses and volunteering.
Catherine Morneau – 2013 Stampede Princess
Catherine is 22 and lives at Rafter Six Ranch in Exshaw, though she is originally from Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues, Quebec. She works at a spa in Canmore and spends most of her free time going out on rides with guests at the ranch or working with her horse. Catherine loves being active and spending time outdoors doing many different activities.
The Stampede Royalty act as official ambassadors of the Stampede by promoting western heritage and values within the community and around the world. The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community.
The Indian Princess is a positive youth role model who represents the Indian Village and the tribes of Treaty 7. Along with the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses, the Stampede Royalty promote the Calgary Stampede and the city of Calgary to the world.
Follow the Indian Princess, and the Stampede Queen and Princess though their year at blog.calgarystampede.com/category/stampederoyalty.