Wednesday, 03 August 2011 14:53

Raymond student is crowned rodeo queen

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By Jamie Woodford
A Raymond High School student was crowned Rodeo Queen at the recent Alberta High School Rodeo Association’s (AHSRA) provincial finals.

Seventeen-year-old Dakota Passey was up against two other Alberta girls in the event that Passey described as “a beauty pageant minus the swimming suits and the talent, and you add in horse riding and a written test.”

In addition, each girl competed in horsemanship, which included: a horse riding routine, a flag pattern ride, and a presentation ride; modelling; speeches; a question-and-answer period; and a personal interview with rodeo judges.

“I actually ended up winning every category, so that was exciting,” said Passey.

As queen, Passey faces a busy summer of royal duties.

She was present at the Calgary Stampede in July, as well as the Sundre Pro Rodeo and the Ponoka Stampede.

In August, Passey will compete in the Canadian High School Rodeo finals in Virden, Man., and at the end of July, she was at nationals where the top four competitors in each rodeo event will descend on Gillette, Wyo.

“I’ll be competing against girls from 47 States, five Canadian provinces, and Australia,” noted Passey. “I’m really excited. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I was a little girl looking up to my cousin who was Miss Rodeo Okotoks, so this has definitely been a dream of mine for a long, long time.”

That’s not the end of the royal road for Passey. She’s got her sights set to become Miss Rodeo Canada, but she will have to put that dream on hold for a while.

“I have to take a couple of years off because I’m too young,” explained Passey, adding competitors have to be at least 19. “But I do hope to end up riding for Miss Rodeo Canada ... that is my big goal.”

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