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Brittney Chomistek - Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
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Miss Rodeo Canada & Murray ChryslerApril, 2018

As the pro rodeo season picks up in Canada I had the pleasure of appearing at my hometown Spring Rodeo...

The Medicine Hat Broncs and Honky Tonks Indoor Rodeo and Trade Show.

It featured three sold out rodeo performances, with top rodeo athletes paired up with some of the finest Kesler Rodeo Stock. My community welcomed me home with open arms, congratulated me, and wanted to hear about my journey so far. It is always exciting riding into the arena and looking up to the stands to see the many rodeo fans. But its even more heart warming to see the familiar faces of my Mom, Dad, Grandparents and friends smiling back at me. I am fortunate to have so many wonderful people supporting me.

At the Saturday Evening performance of the Medicine Hat rodeo, representatives from Murray Chrysler in Strathmore swapped out my sorrel quarter horse for the most beautiful, brand new, black, Dodge 4x4, 1500 series Ram truck you have ever seen! This flashy ride will be very visible both on the highway and at rodeos!

Prior to my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada I was a student in the Elementary Education Program at Medicine Hat College. My goal is to become a grade 1 or 2 teacher in a rural school. This month I was fortunate to get to once again have the opportunity to educate children. Instead of teaching math, social studies or language arts, I was able to help educate children on the western way of life and the great sport of rodeo.

The Calgary Stampede hosted Aggie Giddy Up Days, which was designed to provide old-fashioned family fun while teaching nearly 10,000 Calgary students about the rural lifestyle, agriculture, and where their food comes from. It was a pleasure to be a part of this amazing event as children of all ages had an opportunity to experience many aspects of country living including watching a farrier in action, attend a rodeo, milk a goat, or observe a working dog competition. Seeing the many smiles as children enjoyed learning about agriculture, reminded me why I love my job as Miss Rodeo Canada. Not only did this educational opportunity connect the Urban and Rural communities but many visitors were also introduced to the world of Rodeo Royalty! Together with the Calgary Stampede Royalty (Jaden, Lindsay and Jessica), Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen (Jessie), Hanna Pro Rodeo Queen (Jessica), and the Pete Knight Rodeo Princess (Kelsey) we had a great time attending all of the Aggie Giddy Up Days festivities!

So far, my year as Miss Rodeo Canada has been filled with a variety of activities and great memories. As I look at my calendar of events, it looks like it will be a very busy summer attending many rodeo events and I cannot wait to be heading down the rodeo trail in my black dodge truck. Be sure to come say hello and introduce yourself if you happen to see me at any event!

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

   
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Miss Rodeo Canada - puck dropMarch, 2018

As March cruised by, I cannot believe I’m already a quarter of the way through my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada!

Each month, I have been greeted with new adventures and friends along the way making this year so memorable.

Since a young age I have been very involved in my community of Medicine Hat. This month I enjoyed participating in a ceremonial puck drop for the Medicine Hat Tigers along with the local Rodeo Queen and Princess, Lacey and Ava. We enjoyed meeting with other Tiger fans while supporting athletes in a different kind of arena.

As winter in Canada continues on for yet another month, I was fortunate to escape the cold, head down south for another rodeo and soak up a bit of warm weather at the same time. Waiting for me there was a fellow sash sister, Miss Rodeo Arizona, Katie Gheen, who welcomed me into her home and shared some amazing experiences with me during my stay.

In addition to attending all performances for the Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Rodeo, I was able to participate in a few local activities before heading back home. The OdySea Aquarium, was so beautiful. Katie - Miss Rodeo Arizona, Haley - The Turquoise Circuit Queen, and I experienced an underwater adventure in their stingray pool. We were able to walk on the bottom floor next to graceful creatures swimming with ease in a breath taking environment.

MRC - Cdn Cowboy Ski RaceThe three of us were also guests at the IFly, a simulated skydiving facility where we practiced the art of skydiving while floating in the safety of an air tube. I have realized that the ability to maneuver yourself around, while the wind creates a tunnel around you, is a fairly difficult challenge to master. I found myself spinning around in a circle with no control, but thankfully I had the help of a very qualified instructor.

After interrupted flights, airport delays, and a crazy airline schedule, I returned home and repacked for a quick trip to Mount Norquay for the Canadian Cowboy Downhill Ski Race. This entertaining event required rodeo competitors, royalty and family members to race through a slalom course and compete in a Stampede Ski Race with hopes of winning the coveted title of the Champion. Not only did the ski race allow the rodeo family to once again have a fun get together, but it also raised funds for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team and the Ty Pozzobon Foundation. Both of these organizations focus on the health and safety of our rodeo athletes and I was honoured to be a part of this fundraising event while having an amazing time.

Now that my Montana Silversmith crown has had a few trips to the United States, it is now time to head to a Canadian rodeo. See you at the Medicine Hat Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo!

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

   
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Miss Rodeo Canada - FloridaFebruary, 2018

February was filled with outdoor winter activities, wedding dresses, sand, alligators and rodeo!

The month started off with fresh air and an outdoor activity. Despite the cold temperatures, I was very pleased join the crowd of on February 2 to celebrate Groundhog day at the Blue Grass Nursery and Garden Center, South of Airdrie. Here I witnessed first-hand as Balzac Billy emerged from his burrow and predicted an early spring for Albertans.

The next day I was off to Red Deer to model some amazing wedding dresses at the 14th Annual “With this Ring” Spring Bridal Gala. It so was enjoyable to watch many brides-to-be plan their exciting day shopping for dresses, accessories, facilities and honeymoons. The spectacular dresses I wore were perfectly accessorized with my pewter Stetson boots and cream Smithbilt hat!

Skijor is a unique western winter activity featuring cowboys, horses, a skier, and a whole lot of speed. A crowd of enthusiastic spectators braved the winter conditions wearing fur, leather and fringe to cheer on their favourite competitors at the Calgary Polo Club. I was thrilled to carry the Canadian flag in front of the giant Smithbilt Hat parade float at the 2nd Annual Canadian Skijor competition. Be sure to check out their Facebook page where you will see photos of a few familiar rodeo faces who were both participants and spectators at the event.

Rodeo Royalty & Florida WildlifeAfter getting stuck in the snow (twice) in Katy Lucas’s yard, I hopped on a plane, left the frigid Canadian weather behind and headed to the sunny state of Florida for the Silver Spurs Rodeo! On this trip, I was treated to true Southern hospitality by my host family and reunited with Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo America. Together, with over 20 other visiting rodeo royalty, we visited numerous schools educating children on the sport of rodeo, explored the everglades on an air boat, relaxed on the beach, and got acquainted with some of the local wildlife at Gatorland!

One of the highlights of my trip was the Silver Spurs Special Rodeo. Here I was teamed up with an amazing young lady, named Jordan, who I helped coach through numerous adapted rodeo events. Jordan and I shared many laughs and memorable moments together. After a bit of encouragement, I was even able to persuade her to sit on a horse with me. Then it was off to the Silver Spurs Professional Rodeo in Kissimmee – The largest rodeo East of the Mississippi! I represented the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association at the three performances and thoroughly enjoyed this well run rodeo. But all great things must come to an end and after a quick trip to Disney World, I returned home to Medicine Hat and was once again greeted to a minus 41-degree wind chill and a winter weather warning.

As a student in the Elementary Education program at Medicine Hat College, bullying is something that I take very serious. Unfortunately bullying has become a common occurrence for all ages in schools, at the workplace and over the internet. On February 28, I joined forces with ATB Financial and I proudly wore an ATB pink shirt to show my support for ending bullying and promoting positive healthy relationships. On this day, I visited some elementary school children, who made a pledge with me, to help “Lead the Charge against Bullying!” I hope the open discussions today, regarding the issues of bullying, will help create a safe environment for all children in the future.

As Miss Rodeo Canada, I am so fortunate to have some of the most amazing sponsors. Throughout my year you will see me all decked out wearing the latest fashions from Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul, Wrangler, Lammle’s, Smithbilt Hats, Prairie Wolf, and Montana Silversmiths. This month a large package arrived for me from Montana Silversmiths filled to the top with velvet royal blue boxes containing the latest jewellery styles in bright silver, rose gold, gun metal and natural stones. This company has been a very strong supporter of the Miss Rodeo Canada program for many years. Not only does Montana Silversmiths provide my uniquely designed crown and trophy buckle, but they also supply all my gorgeous jewelry that you will see me wear throughout my year.

For a complete listing of all the generous Sponsors who have made the Miss Rodeo Canada program a success, please visit our newly constructed and interactive Website at www.missrodeocanada.ca.

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

  Note: While I was visiting the beautiful State of Florida, tragedy struck in a neighboring city with the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. My prayers and condolences go out to the families of the victims of the horrible act of violence.
   
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Brittney Chomistek - National Western
January 2018

January is a time for resolutions, new beginnings and the 2018 Rodeo Season!

My first rodeo of the year as Miss Rodeo Canada was the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado. I was very proud to carry the Canadian flag in the arena beside Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo America and Alex Hyland, Miss Rodeo Colorado. Although I wasn’t there on the nights he rode, I was excited to hear that Zeke Thurston, the 2017 World Saddle Bronc Champion from Big Valley Alberta, took home the top spot at this rodeo.

While in Denver, I also had an opportunity to visit with a few of the major Miss Rodeo Canada program sponsors including Roper, Stetson, Tin Haul, Wrangler and Montana Silversmith at the western sales market. I was also able to get a sneak peek at all the new styles for next year and I can’t wait to see many of them at my local Lammle’s store. While visiting the Montana Silversmith booth and admiring all the gorgeous jewelry, Don Johansen and Judy Wagner presented me with the most beautiful, personalized, Miss Rodeo Canada Buckle that is custom designed by Montana Silversmith each year. The next time you see me, be sure to look at it!

Miss Rodeo Canada - Cowboy Ski RaceThis month I also had the opportunity to participate in the 44th Annual Steamboat Cowboy Downhill Challenge. If you have never heard of this event, check it out on YouTube – I guarantee you will be entertained! The day featured over 100 cowboys and rodeo queens wearing chaps and cowboy hats, competing in a unique and wild ski race consisting of a dual slalom, jump, roping challenge and saddling a horse in record time. The day concluded with all the competitors racing down the hill and over a jump at the same time! The last time I was on a snow board was in grade 6, so as you can imagine, my greatest accomplishment of the day was completing the course in one piece!

I would like to thank the National Western Stock Show Committee and Steamboat Cowboy Downhill Organizers for making me feel so welcome. 2018 started off great in Colorado and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Happy New Year’s everyone!

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

   
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Brittney Chomistek - WNFRDecember 2017

December was an exciting month, filled with neon lights, glitz, sequins and most importantly, watching 9 Canadian cowboys represent our country at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas!

I arrived in Vegas one week early with multiple suitcases, ready to attend all the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Events. I have to say, it was much more relaxing being an observer of a pageant than a contestant! The competition was very strong and I am pleased to congratulate Keri Sheffield, Miss Rodeo Florida, who rose to the top as the newly crowned Miss Rodeo America. I enjoyed getting to know Keri at many of the WNFR and sponsor events - and I can’t wait to meet up with her again in January.

Nothing can compare to the Canadian pride I felt each night, as the announcer introduced Zeke Thurston carrying our national flag into the arena and leading our Canadian contingency in the grand entry. These nine athletes were ranked amongst the top 15 cowboys in the World in each of their events, and the Canadian fans waved their flags with enthusiasm when our cowboys competed! December also celebrated a National Day of the Horse, which I thought was very appropriate as Virgil, the amazing Canadian grey horse owned by C5 Rodeo, was recognized as the 2017 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year!

Throughout the WNFR, Emma Deicke Miss Rodeo Australia, and I were involved in many promotional activities. We helped host the MGM Hotel and Casino’s Gold Buckle Viewing Theatre during rodeo performances, presented Montana Silversmith Go-Round Buckles at South Point each night, and signed hundreds of autograph sheets at the Roper, Wrangler, Stetson and Montana Silversmiths tradeshow booths. I loved the opportunity to meet with many rodeo fans, while promoting a few of the Miss Rodeo Canada program sponsors. My travels throughout the year would not be possible without the generosity of these major supporters. Be sure to follow the Miss Rodeo Canada Facebook page to see posts featuring these and other MRC donors.

After returning home from the WNFR, I was able to enjoy a relaxing Christmas in Medicine Hat surrounded by loved ones and wonderful friends. I am so grateful for everyone who helped make 2017 such an amazing year for me and I wish everyone the very best in the next year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada 2018
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

   
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Brittney ChomistekNovember-December 2017

The 2017 Canadian Finals Rodeo is an event I will never forget.

I am Brittney Chomistek - the newly crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018 and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association for the next year.

I would like to begin by thanking the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede for allowing me the experience and opportunity to represent such a great organization during the Miss Rodeo Canada Competition. It was an honour to once again wear your crown and banner for the pageant in Edmonton.

The MRC Competition leading up to the Canadian Finals Rodeo was a whirlwind of activities as we were judged on horsemanship, public speaking, rodeo exam, personal interviews and modeling. The week was filled with many special memories and wonderful friendships. Emily, Kyla, Michele, and Caylee... I enjoyed getting to know each of you a bit better and I had so much fun with all of you at the same time.

November was a month consisting of many endings and new beginnings. On November 10, 2017, I walked in to the Northland’s Coliseum representing the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede for the last time. That night, at the Friday rodeo performance, I was fortunate to have been crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2018 and I am so excited about this new beginning. The 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo was quite emotional as it was the end of an era, with Championship Sunday being the final CFR performance ever to be hosted at Northlands Colliseum in Edmonton. During the closing ceremony, past rodeo competitors and champions were invited into the arena to join the celebration as 13 Canadian Champions were introduced at the Coliseum for the final time. Even though this tradition ended, I am looking forward to seeing where our 45th Canadian Finals will be hosted in 2018.

Congratulations to our 2017 Canadian Professional Rodeo Champions!
Seth Hardwick - Bareback Riding
Layton Green – Saddle Bronc Riding
Garrett Smith – Bull Riding
Jason Thomas – Steer Wrestling
Logan Bird – Tie-Down Roping
Levi Simpson – Team Roping Header
Jeremy Buhler – Team Roping Heeler
Carman Pozzobon – Ladies Barrel Racing
Ky Marshall – All Around Cowboy
Morgan Grant – High Point
Connor Hamilton – Novice Bareback
Dawson Hay – Novice Saddle Bronc
Luke Ferber – Boys Steer Riding

Once the reality of my exciting week set in, I was able to meet with a few of my sponsors including Aria Studios, Roper Stetson Tinhaul, Wrangler and Smithbilt Hats to prepare for my first official trip in December. Thank you very much to the many sponsors who have generously supported the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant and title. For a complete listing of all Miss Rodeo Canada donors please visit MissRodeoCanada.ca

Brittney Chomistek
Miss Rodeo Canada
Website: MissRodeoCanada.ca

   
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