Miss Rodeo Canada Competition
This year, three young women will compete for the ultimate crown in rodeo – Miss Rodeo Canada.
The contestants will be judged in many areas including horsemanship, public speaking, and rodeo knowledge. Miss Rodeo Canada 2022 will make hundreds of personal appearances across the country.
In a grand finale, Miss Rodeo Canada will be crowned November 5 during the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Visit the Miss Rodeo Canada site for all information.
Miss Rodeo Canada Contestants
Naomi Akkermans – Miss Ponoka Stampede
Naomi Akkermans is a 23-year-old Ponoka born cowgirl making her lifelong dream come true as Miss Ponoka Stampede. Born on a mixed operation farm, Naomi has been fully immersed in rodeo and agriculture her entire life through Pony Club, horse and beef 4-H, and volunteering at numerous rodeos and ranches. She has spent many years travelling to promote the industry she is so proud to be a part of. When she isn’t on the rodeo trail, Naomi is the general leader of the East Ponoka 4H Beef Club and uses her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge to teach sixth grade. She longs to build a classroom that integrates agriculture and knowledge about food production into everyday learning. Naomi loves to use her formal education and passion to connect with others and believes that only through connection can learning take place.
Jayden Calvert is a 22 year old cowgirl from Drayton Valley, Alberta where she calls the MT Bar Ranch home. Her family raises purebred and Speckle Park influenced cattle. She graduated from the University of Alberta earlier this year with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Animal Science. At the U of A she was an active member in the Agriculture Club, the Livestock Judging Club and the CERES Alberta Women’s Fraternity, for women with an appreciation of agriculture and the rural way of life. Jayden is currently employed at Bow Valley Genetics near Brooks Alberta where she works in the Semen Lab. Growing up, Jayden was extensively involved in the 4-H program as both a horse and beef member. She showed horses in a variety of disciplines and exhibited beef cattle at junior and open livestock shows.
Rayelle Smith – Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen
Rayelle Smith, of Medicine Hat, Alberta is a 21-year-old cowgirl who loves chasing cows and sunsets on her little yellow cow horse. Rayelle is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience. Upon completion of her degree, Rayelle plans to attend medical school and achieve a medical degree specializing in surgery.
In 2019, Rayelle was crowned Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen. During her time there, Rayelle thoroughly enjoyed the hours spent volunteering at senior homes, school visits, and non-profit organizations. Not only did Rayelle enjoy volunteering during her reign, but she also had the opportunity to work at FL Ranch riding colts.
Despite Rayelle not having the opportunity to grow up in the rodeo community, she was often a spectator who dreamed of being more involved. Smith has realized an individual does not need to be born into it in order to advocate for the sport of rodeo and western way of life.
Thursday, November 4
10:30am | Peavey Mart Centrium
2:00pm | Baymont Inn & Suites, 4311-9th Ave
Both events are Free to attend!
Friday, November 5
10:30am | Cambridge Hotel
Tickets, call Patty at 403-945-7383
6pm – 9:30pm | Peavey Mart Centrium
Included with your Friday Canadian Finals Rodeo Ticket
Farewell, Miss Rodeo Canada 2020-21!
When I won the title of Miss Rodeo Canada, I had a picture in my head of what I thought my reign would look like. When one year turned into two, and the state of our world kept changing, I quickly learnt to “drop the reins” and have trust in serving my purpose in this role.
People often ask me if I feel like I got the short end of the stick with being MRC throughout a pandemic, but honestly, I am thankful. I was chosen to represent our country and Canadian rodeo athletes from the slopes of Colorado to the first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Arlington, Texas, from St. Cloud Florida across the United States to Red Bluff, California, along with being the first Miss Rodeo Canada to make her mark in Guymon Oklahoma, and Reno, Nevada. I’ve sung the Star-Spangled Banner and O Canada on national television and in over 20 different rodeo arenas.
You see, when faced with challenges, it made me work ten times harder to overcome them, continuing to move forward, always finding a way to share rodeo’s story and support our athletes.
Resiliency and dedication — that’s how I would describe the 2021 CPRA season. The sponsors, committees, fans, athletes, and personnel aren’t letting anything stop our sport from persevering through.
When I start a task, I see it through to the end, leaving my mark as the first Miss Rodeo Canada to serve a two-year term.
Miss Rodeo Canada 20/21