Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition
We are proud to welcome the first ever Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition from October 31 to November 2, 2019. The event goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo event: providing the youth in rodeo an opportunity to showcase their talents, and compete in the same setting as their idols.
Five contestants will compete in a number of categories over the three day competition. Participants will be judged on horsemanship, public speaking, modelling and personal interviews taking place at Westerner Park.
The lucky winner will not only take home the title of 2019 Rising Stars Rodeo Queen; she will also be down in the dirt after the Saturday afternoon performance, presenting winning buckles to the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals go-round winners.
2019 Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Contestants
“My name is Gracie Chapple, I am 16 years old from Fort St. John, BC. I will graduate from North Peace Senior Secondary in Fort St. John, BC in 2020 with a dual credit in the trade’s program. I then plan to further my education within the United States and compete on a college rodeo team while attending school. I was crowned BC High School Rodeo Queen in June of 2019. From there I went on to compete in Rock Springs, Wyoming at the National Finals. This is an experience I will never forget, rodeo is a sport that bonds people and communities by building traditions and celebrating our western way of life.
I am honoured to travel representing BCHSRA as their provincial Queen. My experience is different than most, I started my rodeo career later in life, I was raised within the equestrian world mostly riding English and then competing as a National level Irish Dancer up until 2 years ago when I decided to join BCHSRA. My adverse background has shaped me into a well-rounded and outstanding ambassador for the western lifestyle and my hope is to inspire other young girls to do the same.”
“I am a 16 year old, grade eleven student who is currently attending George Mcdougall High School. I grew up on my family’s farm 13km west of Airdrie, where I was exposed to the western lifestyle from a young age. Before I could even walk, you could find me riding horses with my mom out in the pasture. I joined Pony Club at the age of 5 where I learned the fundamentals of horsemanship, and competed in dressage and showjumping. At the age of 12 I began rodeoing, competing in Junior High School Rodeo and multiple junior rodeo associations throughout Alberta.
In addition to rodeo, I have been a member of the Balzac 4-H Beef Club for the past 7 years, where I have become passionate about showing cattle and public speaking. My experiences led me to follow in my sister’s footsteps to becoming a rodeo queen. In 2015 I earned the title of Little Miss Rodeo Airdrie which sparked my desire to share the western lifestyle and the sport of rodeo with others.”
“Horses have always been a large part of my life, ever since I could walk I have been riding, the first time I was on a horse I was 2 years old. I have been a member of the Midnight Express 4H Horse Club for 6 years now, I have won two reserve champions and one over all champion through the past 6 years. Last year I also ran for the Pete Knight Rodeo Royalty, although I was not successful, I really enjoyed representing the western way of life to those who might not be aware of it. Even though I was not successful and was not crowned I still went back the next day to the pancake breakfast and parade I was later invited to join the royalty at grand entry and help with mutinbusting.
Other than horses I have many other passions such as archery, I have been to the provincial archery competition twice in the past two years and have placed in the top 5 both years I have attended. Wrestling is another very large passion of mine that I have been partaking in for the past 4 years and I hope to continue.”
Thursday, October 31
8am-12pm | Agricentre East
“Evie Neubauer is a fifth generation Neubauer raised on her family farm just outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Evie’s hobbies include competitive sports, such as volleyball and basketball. She also enjoys playing the piano and anything to do with being on the back of a horse. Agriculture and the western way of life is embedded in Evie’s roots. Her family grows a variety of different crops and raises commercial cattle. In 2017, Evie was crowned the Dunmore Equestrian Centre Little Britches Sweetheart and learned the importance of carrying on the spirit of western culture, history, and livelihood.
Evie has been a member in a few 4-H clubs, including beef and light horse. In 4-H, she expanded her public speaking capabilities and community involvement. While she participated in 4-H communication days, she placed first at club, district and regional levels. Evie hopes that the Rising Stars competition can increase her confidence, public speaking, as well as people and horsemanship skills. She would like to wish all of the competitors the best of luck!”
“I am Ember Schira, I am 14 years old and in grade 10. I live in Weyburn Saskatchewan. I have been around horses all my life starting with 4-H but moving over to barrel racing and rodeo now competing in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying. This year I have the honour of representing the Saskatchewan High School Rodeo as their 2019-2020 Rodeo Queen.
My interests include musical theatre, and competitive wrestling. My wrestling career has been very successful last year I earned the Saskatchewan Winter Games, and Provincial champion titles. I have participated in 3 musical productions and been cast as a lead role in all 3. If I could have one wish come true it would be to end the stigma around mental health.”