Miss Rodeo Canada Crowned

Miss Rodeo Sundre, Arleta Bowhay was crowned the new Miss Rodeo Canada tonight at the 38th Canadian Finals Rodeo on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Four finalists, all hailing from Alberta, competed for this prestigious title.

Northlands congratulates Bowhay on becoming the Canadian ambassador for the sport of rodeo. The newly crowned Queen will travel to over 400 events all across Canada and around the world. Her first stop will be at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas where she will be joining Miss Rodeo America on December 1, 2011.

Since 1955, a new Miss Rodeo Canada has been crowned annually. Each Queen, including 2010 winner Kezia Morrison, has been a role model for young girls everywhere and provided an invaluable service to the community through their work at numerous charity events.

Click here to watch the Edmonton Sun’s interview with Arleta.


First Run Jitters


Laura James and Stretch. Photo by Bernie Hudyma.

Just a few days ago, we spoke with CFR contender Laura James about her upcoming first performance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. We caught up with her last night after the performance to review her run. As it turned out, a few nerves, the ability to focus, and a horse who behaves like a “champ,” are the ingredients that carried Laura James through her first Canadian Finals Performance.  Just off the mark of earning her first CFR cheque, James 7th place finish landed her in the middle of the pack – a good start to a competition featuring some of the top names in professional barrel racing.  Here’s what she had to say:

“I had a few first-run-at-the-CFR jitters, but stayed quite calm and pretty focused for the main part.  Stretch went in there like a true champ, like he always does, and worked good. I needed to be a little more focused and with him, to help us be a bit sharper.  We ended up 7th which is crying hole, but it was so much fun!  Can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow night! I am just so happy to be here and to be competing against such great girls.”

Way to go, girl, we’re looking forward to seeing you again this evening! Catch more CFR action from last night, including an interview with last night’s barrel racing winner, Lindsay Sears, at the Breed & Sports News blog.