And it all Begins…

I still can not believe I’m the new 2013 Stampede Queen!!!! I’m so excited for this year and can’t wait to see what is in store. We already have begun the transfer from hick farmgirl to proper ladies, with brand new make up, nails, clothes and so much more thanks to all our sponsors. To help you all get to know us better we each partnered up with a Stampede sister and did a quick interview. I had the pleasure of asking Catherine Morneau, one of the Stampede Princesses a few questions.
What is your first memory of seeing the Queen and Princesses / Indian Princess?
Back in 2011 when I went to my first Stampede, I remember seeing the Royal Trio welcoming the crowd at the Grandstand and also riding during the grand entry. It looked so exciting to be part of the Royalty ! :)
If you’re able to teach your Stampede sisters one thing, what do you want that to be?
As the “frenchie” of the Trio I will make sure to give my Stampede Sisters some French lessons during the upcoming year :)
If you could donate a million dollars to one charity, which one would it be? If I could I would give money to different ophan/adoption/foster family organisations. I had an amazing childhood with a loving family and I wish every child in the world could have the same.
What is your horsemanship background?
I grew up on a big acreage with few horses and started riding at 5 years old. I did some barrel racing for fun until I was 12 and after that I decided to compete in Western Pleasure. I love competing but I also really enjoyed trail rides. No matter if it’s with friends or by myself, going for a horseback ride its just a way for me to relieve stress and relax. Since I moved to Alberta, I discovered a new discipline  “Cowboy up challenge”, it is so exciting! You have to do different obstacles with your horse as fast as you can. So now, I’m working hard to get my horse ready to compete in it !
What is one crazy adventure you have been on?
Now that I’m part of the Calgary Stampede Royalty, nothing that I’ve done seems really crazy ! HaHa… It’s nothing crazy but one day at Rafter Six when we got up to go feed the horses, there were a group of wild horses from the Stoney Reserve on the ranch. So we saddled up our horses and went to chase them on the field, in the forest, across the river and back to the reserve. That was one of the most exciting days of my life. I really felt like a cowgirl that day chasing those wild horses around !!! :)
Now you know a little bit more about our fun filled frenchie of the group.This coming weekend we are heading to the Canadian Final Rodeo in Edmonton and get to watch the crowning ceremony for the new Miss Rodeo Canada. We are very excited to attend and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Time to Meet 2013 Stampede Royalty!

What an incredible few months have already gone by! I am so excited to be one of the 2013 Calgary Stampede Princesses and cannot wait for the amazing year ahead! We have been so fortunate to have such a wonderful Royalty Committee and a fantastic group of Sponsors that have been so generous with their time and donations in helping our Trio develop into polished and poised Calgary Stampede Ambassadors! As a start to our year we have decided to interview one another to learn a bit more about our new Stampede sisters and I was fortunate enough to interview our 2013 Stampede Queen, Jessica Williams.

 

What is your first memory of seeing the Queen and Princesses / Indian Princess?

 My very first memory of the Stampede Queen and Princesses was when I was just a little girl and my whole family went to the Calgary Stampede Parade. I remember seeing the Trio and some Stampede Alumni riding down the street in there fancy clothes and knew one day that I wanted to be a part of Stampede Royalty too.

If you’re able to teach your Stampede sisters one thing, what do you want that to be?

 One thing I want to teach my Stampede sisters is how to properly eat a famous Stampede pancake. You see, the trick is to put peanut butter on the pancake first then drench it in syrup! Mm mm good!!!

If you could donate a million dollars to one charity, which one would it be?

 I would donate the money to World Vision organization. World Vision is a charity that helps children and families who suffer from poverty. As a child growing up my parents always sponsored a child from World Vision and we would have his or her smiling picture on our fridge at home reminding us of how we were able to help out someone in need. So if I had that money to send to that organization I know they would utilize it very well.

 What is your horsemanship background?
I grew up on a farm and have ridden horses my entire life. I was a member of the Arrowwood River Wranglers Horse 4-H Club for 10 years and through that I started doing Western and English showing in open and 4-H shows. I then ventured out and showed in the American Paint Horse Association and after that I was ready for some speed and excitement in my riding life so I started doing Reining with my Quarter Horse. I love horses and they will always be a part of my life.

What is one crazy adventure you have been on?
Just last summer my sister and I went on a trip to Texas to visit a friend. During our stay a local took us out to an area where we were able to catch some alligators. It was one of the most fun and scariest things I have ever done! We ended up catching a 7 foot gator and let me say, what an adrenaline rush!!

 

 So now you know some interesting facts about our Stampede Queen, Miss Jessica, the next time I will be writing to you will be after the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, AB this coming weekend! I have never been to the CFR and am looking forward to attending such an exciting event!

 I have also decided to add something a little unique to the end of my blogs….Every time I write to you I will have a George Strait song of the week just to add something fun and new! I have been a long time George Strait fan and potentially by the end of the year you will be a huge fan just like me!

 This weeks song- “It Just Comes Natural”….One of Mr. Strait’s classics and one of my very favorites! Enjoy and give it a listen this week :)

 

 

It is time for you to get to know Danielle better ! :)

Catherine Morneau, 2013 Calgary Stampede Princess … wow that still seems unreal to me! I am so excited for this coming year! But I’m also excited to share it with three amazing girls that had the same dream as me, including our Indian Princess Amber Big Plume. I always wanted a sister and I know by the end of the year I will have three of them. Sharing excitment, laughs and emotions will be part of our everyday life as Stampede Sisters and we have already started to get to know each other better over our last month together and I know we are going to become best friends. We already gave each other nicknames and can`t spend a day without texting each other!  Danielle, our 2013 Calgary Stampede Princess as well, is a gorgeous and intelligent girl but is also hilarious! The way she tells a story always makes me laugh! Here are some stories about Danielle to help you to get to know her better!

What is your first memory of seeing the Queen and Princesses / Indian Princess?

When I was five years old I went to my first Calgary Stampede Rodeo and that is when I first saw the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio. As they entered the arena for the Grand Entry I was fascinated by their glitzy outfits, fast horses and huge smiles! That one rodeo was the starting place where my dream to become a member of the Royal Trio began. From then on the passion and desire to be a representative of the Calgary Stampede appealed to me after numerous trips to the Calgary Stampede itself as well as meeting former members of Royalty through the local 4-H club. Learning of their experiences from the Royalty competition and opportunities it provided for them, my passion to pursue this aspiration continued to grow with me over the years and led me to where I am today!

If you’re able to teach your Stampede sisters one thing, what do you want that to be?

One thing I want to teach my Stampede sisters is about my love for NCAA football!! I am a huge football fan and when I’m not doing school work or riding my horse I try to make time to watch my favorite Texas college football team play! By the end of the year I’d like to say that my Stampede sisters will be avid Texas football fans just like me! Go Longhorns !

If you could donate a million dollars to one charity, which one would it be?

If I could give a million dollars to one charity it would be the Children’s Hospital, ‘Make a Wish Foundation’. I have always had a heart for children and their desire to pursue their passions. I believe that putting a smile on a child’s face can make a world of a difference in their lives, regardless of the situation. Therefore, an organization that enables those smiles to be spread to countless children is a cause worth supporting and one that I hold dear to my heart.

What is your horsemanship background?

I have completed eight years of 4-H training and have achieved Level 7 certification, which is the highest horsemanship level. I have also competed in Western Pleasure and English open horse shows as well as competed in western performance Reining for two years on the Alberta Reining Horse circuit and the NRHA circuit. I recently was very fortunate in succeeding in the Reining discipline as I qualified and competed at the Reining Canadian finals in Brandon, Manitoba as well as at the World Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma two years in a row. This past summer I also competed in Ranch Cutting as I wanted to try something new! Once my Royal Trio duties are complete I will continue to compete in the western performance world as competing has always been a passion of mine.

What is one crazy adventure you have been on?

 A few years ago while building our new house at our farm, my Dad asked my sister and I to clean up around the construction site. As much fun as cleaning up garbage and pieces of wood was, I convinced my sister to take a ‘break’ amongst our cleanup duties to go down into our valley and see our horses. Once we found our horses, I again convinced my little sister to jump onto our pony with me, without a halter or bridle…To both of our surprise, our 26 year old pony unexpectedly started to run off and started bucking! Both my sister and I fell off… however, she landed like a cat on her feet, unharmed, while I, the klutz in the family, landed on a mole hole and rolled down an embankment, breaking my arm…. To say the least I had a lot of explaining to do after that crazy adventure as it was not one of my finest moments but it most definitely went down in the history books as one of my crazy adventures!

Thank you to Danielle for sharing these answers with me. I am sure if you get a chance to meet Danielle at different events like Happy Trails, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Grey Cup or many other events throughout the year you will see how lovely and amazing she is too!