“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.” - Michael Johnson. That to me is the best way to describe the 10 grueling, most exciting days of Kerri, Kateri, Nikkole and my reign. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this foursome; we worked well together and most importantly, had many laughs making memories of such a wonderful experience!

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for us was very much like a marathon of pancake breakfasts, riveting speeches, square dances, introductions to dignitaries, kids, politicians and celebrities, and horseback victory laps around the rodeo arena. With 18 functions a day we had very little sleep but it was the western spirit of Calgarians and foreigners alike that kept us going. A big thank you must go out to all those wonderful courtesy car drivers that kept us fashionably on time, stole us away for ice cream and whose patience was appreciated while we practiced our speeches on route from event to event. There are so very many volunteers and staff that work tirelessly before, during and after the Big Show. I feel privileged to have been able to get to know and work with so many of these selfless dedicated people. You have all added something special to this amazing opportunity I have been given.

We had a week to rest up, and then off to Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, followed by the Strathmore Heritage Days and on to Claresholm to help judge at the 4H Southern Regional competition. There is an exciting time coming up with the deadline of the Q & P’s competition just around the corner. I am eager to meet all the contestants and get to know them throughout the many events we will all be attending together. Everyone can get to know us better, as well, with the video interview Amy Smith put together to promote the contest. It can be found on line at: Also, something fun and new this year, we are on Facebook. I invite you come join our fan club and share in our adventures!

Tara

Western Legacy Awards

Calgary is a great place to live, and chances are if you live here you know a few folk who work hard to keep it that way. These generous individuals exemplify the Western Values that are part of the soul of the Calgary Stampede. All of these individuals deserve our respect and appreciation.

Established in 2005 as a provincial centennial project, the Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Awards are entering their fifth year of honouring community members who exemplify western heritage and values. From now until August 21st, please nominate your community hero. The chosen recipients will be recognized at a Gala Luncheon this fall.

Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in promoting or exemplifying western values defined as hospitality, commitment to community, pride of place and integrity. In general, these people will have acted on their visions to create a better community for all, will have helped their neighbours whether near or far, and will have acted honestly and ethically in all their activities. Nominees will live in Calgary and the surrounding area generally bordered by Olds, Strathmore, High River and Cochrane.

The Western Legacy Awards are assessed in three categories:

The Western Legacy Award for Sustained Contribution: the winner will have exhibited extraordinary community support over time.

The Western Legacy Award for Innovation: the winner will have created a single visionary project that speaks to our western values.

The Western Legacy Award for Youth: the winner will be a youth (up to 25 years of age) who has demonstrated his or her commitment to making a difference.

Questions may be directed to Steve Major at 403-298-3643.

Click here for more information on the Western Legacy Awards