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Former Medicine Hat royalty new Miss Rodeo Canada

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Ali Mullin, Miss Medicine Hat Stampede in 2015, was crowned the new Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 at the Canadian Finals Rodeo earlier this month. Ali Mullin, Miss Medicine Hat Stampede in 2015, was crowned the new Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 at the Canadian Finals Rodeo earlier this month. Photo courtesy www.nicolemarie.photo

What was two years in the making has come to fruition for Redcliff’s Ali Mullin, when she earned the Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 title at the Canadian Finals Rodeo Nov. 9-13.


Mullin, who was the 2015 Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen and just passed her crown over in the summer, will now wear a new crown representing the Canadian rodeo community.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Mullin about the win, in a phone interview Nov. 14 as she travelled back to southeast Alberta.
Representing rodeo is something Mullin has always had her sights set on. Originally from Manitoba where her family still resides on their quarter horse ranch, she moved to Medicine Hat to pursue her post-secondary education in visual communications at the college. It was the combination of the program at the college and the rodeo royalty program that attracted her to move to the city.
Her year-long reign prepared her for the national rodeo title competition that included horsemanship, public speaking, an interview, a written exam and modelling, but what did take her by surprise was just how busy the week of events would turn out to be and the pressure of doing it all while being judged.
“It’s a really long, busy, high-pressure week. Lots of girls told me to prepare for that, but it’s something you can’t really prepare yourself for mentally or physically,” explained Mullin. “But, it’s a really fun week and I was happy to do so many different things and I met some really cool people. I was surprised by how many people I met before the competition.”
She was grateful for the group of women she competed with for the title.
“They were all really talented and good-hearted and it was nice to be in that environment for the week,” she added.
The crowning took place on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Mullin started in her role of representing Canadian rodeo almost immediately. There was a reception at the hotel where the four contestants were staying and prizes were awarded. Then it was back to the CFR for the Saturday night performance and Mullin carried in the Canadian flag while riding a horse during the national anthem. She was also kept busy visiting sponsors and attending an after-party event. The final day of the CFR saw her again connecting with sponsors, having some photographs taken and helping with the presentations of championship buckles and prizes to rodeo winners.
Now back in Medicine Hat, Mullin will work through the logistics of school before heading to her first big appearance at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas the beginning of December for 10 days. She is in her second year of a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Visual Communications through Medicine Hat College.
She took on a slightly lighter load for this semester so she could better prepare for the November competition, as she is only taking three courses. There will be no final exams to prepare for, but Mullin does have to complete three large projects to meet class requirements.
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“I’ll finish up this semester and then play it by ear,” she says, about whether she will be able to return to classes in January for the winter semester. She may have to hold off returning to her program until after her reign as Miss Rodeo Canada is completed. After her graduation from the college, Mullin hopes to use her education to pursue a career as a graphic designer specializing working with agricultural or small businesses. It pairs nicely with the Agribusiness diploma she earned at Lakeland College.
Prior to the competition when the Prairie Post interviewed Mullin earlier this fall, she admitted she was still trying to figure out how her education would fit in to the title, should she win.
“I think college will still be there. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if I’m fortunate to win. I would get to travel across North America promoting the awesome sport of rodeo,” she said then.
To say Mullin is pleased to be able to represent the sport of rodeo around the world for the next 12 months is probably an understatement. She is passionate about rodeo and the western lifestyle and culture.
She’s also passionate about meeting new people and interacting with others. She appreciates the support she has received from the area and those with the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. She is the seventh former Medicine Hat Stampede royalty to represent rodeo on the national stage.
Mullin credits that support to why she won what was to her, one of the best awards of the Miss Rodeo Canada competition.
“I was fortunate to win the People’s Choice Award this year,” she says. “That is voted for on Facebook. It was the fans in Medicine Hat, and my friends and family back home in Manitoba (who put me there). It meant a lot to me to win that one.”

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