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Medicine Hat Stampede countdown underway as Queen’s contest begins

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Contestants will have their work cut out for themselves in this year’s Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen competition. Held in the lead-up to the annual Stampede, the week of events for contestants will get underway July 10.

The Queen committee has announced the eight participants: Kali Duchscherer, Temara Ebelher, Dionne Freimark, Ava Padfield, Lacey Palichuk, Abby Perrett, Allivia Sauer and Haley Schlenker.
Contestants will take part in the horsemanship event July 12 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to watch, but is asked to bring a Medicine Hat Food Bank donation.
July 13 will see the group standing up to give their speeches at the Cypress Centre Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Stampede office for $25 as supper is included.
The Queen Fashion Show and Tea is July 14 at the Cypress Centre Auditorium at 7 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a donation to the Stampede Royalty Scholarship fund for admission. There will also be a fun carnival celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday as the theme, which starts at 5:30 p.m.
The new Queen and Princess will be crowned at the annual Stampede Kick Off dance in the Cypress Centre Auditorium July 15 at 9:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Following are some more details about each of the contestants:
Kali Duchscherer
Born and raised on the farm just west of Medicine Hat, Duchscherer graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 2016. She attends Medicine Hat College (MHC) pursuing a career in Kinesiology with plans to attend Calgary’s Mount Royal University to complete her education. She considers herself a passionate and compassionate person, caring deeply for nature, family, community and the environment.
Temara Ebelher
Ebelher has lived in Medicine Hat all her life and grew up on a farm 20 minutes northeast of the city. Ebelher has a passion for horses which led her to join a 4-H club. She has always loved the sport of rodeo. She has worked at Lammles Western Wear and Tack since 2014.
Dionne Freimark
Raised on the family ranch east of Medicine Hat with cattle and horses her entire life, homeschooling has made it possible for her to be a part of her family’s ranch on a daily basis. Her love of the ranching lifestyle has enabled Freimark to understand the delicate balance between productivity and wise range management, which has become one of her passions. Freimark’s love of horses  led to becoming an active member of 4-H for six years, which allowed her to hone her public speaking skills. She also enjoys playing the piano and the guitar.
Ava Padfield
Born and raised just south of Medicine Hat, Padfield has always had a love for horses and been passionate about rodeo. One of the key ingredients to the western lifestyle is the sense of community. She is proud to say Medicine Hat is a great stage for this and being a member of 4-H has allowed her to further reinforce the values of volunteering and helping others. Art is another passion and she will attend MHC this fall in pursuit of a Fine Arts Degree.
Lacey Palichuk
Raised on the family ranch near Medicine Hat, Palichuk is the youngest of three children. She is proud to say ranching and the importance of agriculture remains key within her family. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Education at MHC, her passion for teaching was discovered through 4-H as she loves the idea of “learn to do by doing.” She is an active competitor in barrel racing and made her first entrance in the rodeo arena at Ralston when she was five.
Abby Perrett
Perrett moved to Medicine Hat a few months ago and loves living in the city. She started riding when she was young. One of her favourite activities was team roping with her grandfather. Cowboy life and rodeo have always been part of her family. She has ridden in many parades in Raymond as well as the Calgary Stampede parade and has had the privilege of being a member of the Calgary Stampede Showriders. .
Allivia Sauer
Born in Moose Jaw, Sask. and moving to Acadia Valley at the age of four, Sauer was able to live her dream of being the “crazy-horse-girl” and has been involved with and riding horses ever since. She is passionate about agriculture and the western way of life  completing both cow-calf and equine systems green certificate programs through high school, followed by working on the farm every day after classes, completing her first year of the Lakeland College Agribusiness diploma, and most recently starting a job at the local Crossroads Museum in Oyen.
Haley Schlenker
A fourth-generation contestant raised on the family farm west of Medicine Hat, Schlenker has strong country roots that stem back years and she values the western heritage. Her personal goal is to promote and preserve the western lifestyle and share her love for rodeo. Her passion for horses started in the open western show world where she learned the fundamentals. Now, Schlenker primarily focuses on barrel racing. She has been fortunate enough to become a member of the Calgary Stampede Ranch Girls. Currently working as a Psychiatric Undergrad Nurse, she has an interest in mental health and helping others succeed. She will complete her education as a Registered Nurse at MHC in one more year.

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