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Jayden Calvert - Miss Rodeo Canada 2022

I spent the beginning and end of May in the Drayton Valley Omniplex!

Innisfail Chrysler May 1st was the sunny Championship Sunday at the Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo and my local rodeo committee graciously left the arena dirt in our communities indoor ice skating rink for our beef 4-H members to use for their Achievement Day Show and Sale on May 30th!

In between my visits to Omni 1, I could be found cruising around the province in my Ram 1500 Sport from Innisfail Chrysler! My second stop for the month of May was the Taber Spring Classic Pro Rodeo!

Thank you once again to The Loft on 50th coffee shop and Legend Rodeo Stock for hosting me in the community of Taber for two exciting nights of electric professional rodeo! Its always a pleasure to hang out with the talented ladies of the Wildrose Cowgirls Trick Riding Team and legendary entertainer Ricky Ticky Wanchuk! I didn’t have to wait long to see those contract personnel again, as they met me at the other end of the province at the Grande Prairie Stompede May 25th to 29th! We were kept busy in the Peace Country with the Classroom in the Dirt program, rodeo matinee performances and evening shows complete with calf scrambles, wild pony racing and WPCA chuckwagons.

Taber RodeoCongratulations to the newest inductees to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame that we honoured on May 14th at a beautifully executed banquet in Strathmore! In the builder category we recognized Dallas Mackie from the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo committee. The Cassidy Family’s champion steer wrestling mount Willy was inducted as an outstanding animal. Contestants from both ends of the arena; Todd Boggust, Guy Shapka and Robert Bowers received their inductions. Jordie Thomson and Tom Barr were acknowledged in the legends category for their incredible contributions to our sport. These individuals represent the 2020 class of inductees, and we were finally able to host an evening to celebrate them. We are looking forward to inducting the next group of legends, builders, contestants and animals in the fall of 2022.

My calendar is full for the month of June as I will be hanging out with at least one new rodeo committee in a different part of Alberta each weekend! My weekdays will be spent visiting schools, seniors’ homes, and my generous sponsors. I have several special events to attend to occupy my days leading up to each rodeo. I am also looking forward to being the first Miss Rodeo Canada to judge a cattle show, as I am adjudicating the showmanship competition for the Flagstaff 4-H district beef clubs in early June!

Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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Miss Rodeo Canada Jayden CalvertThere’s well over 1000 Leslie Dawn Photography MRC 2022 autograph sheets hung up in the homes of young rodeo fans after the events of April!

The month of April played host to the beginning of our very full Canadian Professional Rodeo season! I helped to make sure that everyone in our western world was aware of the strong comeback of Canadian Pro Rodeo at the Horse Expo Canada over Easter weekend! Representatives from the CPRA office and I spent three days educating the public on our 2022 event schedule and handing out cool Canadian Finals Rodeo merchandise!

Earlier in the month I attended a District 2 high school rodeo in St. Paul and the iconic Calgary Stampede Tarp Auction! Even though The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is not a CPRA event, I look forward to seeing how the Stampede makes a historical comeback this July! Congratulations to Jenna Peters and Sikapinakii – the ambassadors for the Calgary Stampede this summer!

The Dawson Creek Spring Breakup Rodeo was my first Canadian Pro Rodeo of 2022! What an incredible feeling it was to carry our beautiful maple-leaf banner on horseback around a blacked-out arena for the first time on Canadian soil! Magical! I can’t wait to return to Dawson Creek, BC this summer for the 100th anniversary of their exhibition and stampede!

Drayton Valley Pro RodeoI was much closer to home at the end of April. The Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo was very memorable because I had the opportunity to take part in rodeo action on the same arena floor where I had spent most of my life playing ringette and showing 4-H animals. Every day I hauled my horse Otto to the Omniplex from my family’s beef operation north of town. Another local cowgirl, the Alberta High School Rodeo Queen Tawnie Thompson, and I spent the days leading up to our hometown rodeo promoting the performances around town and building anticipation at elementary schools!

I met a lot of wonderful people in April – from at home in Drayton Valley to Dawson Creek, St. Paul, Red Deer and Calgary! And yes, there was a time in April that I ran out of my Leslie Dawn Photography MRC 2022 autograph sheets, but I was just happy to connect with so many new and returning fans of Canadian Pro Rodeo!

Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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March 2022 has come and gone which means it is officially spring!

Spring is the season of new life, and so far, it has brought lot of beginnings. From bull fighting schools to bull sales, March took Miss Rodeo Canada on brand new adventures that are still extremely relevant to our western industry!

Thank you to Brett and Amy Monea for welcoming me to the Ultimate Bull Fighting Experience in Rimbey, AB on March 6th with members from 4-H Alberta! I’d also like to thank the young people of Lakeland College’s Student Managed Farm for the invite to their 2nd Annual Round-Up Sale on March 26th. A huge congratulations must be expressed for their successes this school year in raising and marketing quality livestock of both bovine and equine varieties! These two events presented me with the opportunity to connect with youth in agriculture and promote the importance of their continued education and exposure.

It was an honour to be invited to attend the inaugural Cowboy Kicks charity event in the Peavy Mart Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer. The home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo hosted a triumphant fundraiser for the Westerner Foundation and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team with patrons donating generously and all attendees having a fantastic time! The highlight of my evening on March 18th was meeting Canadian country music icon, Brett Kissel! He was the headliner that night. I’m sure Cowboy Kicks will return year after year, and I highly recommend buying tickets!

Innisfail ChryslerA trip to Red Deer means that I get to enjoy the hospitality of the Baymont by Wyndham hotel. Thank you to Corey and his team once again for the pleasant stay! My appearances in March also created the perfect setting to show off my freshly shaped Smithbilt hats and shiny Montana Silversmiths belt buckle!

Just in time for spring I picked up my 2022 Ram 1500 Sport from Innisfail Chrysler! The truck is beautifully decorated with the logos of my highly valued MRC 2022 sponsors and Cowan Graphics generously donated this service. Watch for me driving across the west when I officially hit the Pro Rodeo Canada trail in April! I am looking forward to the St. Paul High School Rodeo, Horse Expo Canada, Dawson Creek Spring Breakup Rodeo and Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo next month!

Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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Jayden Calbert - FloridaIt’s the shortest month of the year but I made the most out of February!

I escaped winter in Canada for a whole 8 days when I travelled to Kissimmee, Florida for the 148th Silver Spurs Rodeo! There were only three performances of the large, indoor, southeastern circuit rodeo but they were well attended by Floridians and vacationers eager to witness some professional rodeo action!

Did you know that Orlando, Florida is #1 visited city in the world? For the weekend of February 18th to 20th it was basically the rodeo queen capital of the world as 36 local, state, and national queens were in town for the Silver Spurs Rodeo! We spent “Queen Week” visiting elementary schools in St. Cloud and Kissimmee, and enjoying popular attractions like Gatorland, Wild Florida and Cocoa Beach!

Florida has reptiles!In the past, Miss Rodeo Canada would take two trips to Florida during her year, but I will not be returning to the hospitality of the Kessler’s family home as the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo will be given a facelift in 2022. The inaugural NFR Open powered by RAM is where champions from all 13 circuits of the PRCA will gather and it will take place in July at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs. Kissimmee, FL will miss hosting the overall circuit championships in April, but it is exciting to see our sport evolving and new traditions being made! Canadian rodeo fans will need to make the trip to Colorado to watch our Maple Leaf Circuit representatives rope and ride amongst the best in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.

February beach timeFor now, I will be staying close to home with local appearances occupying my time until the Canadian Professional Rodeo season kicks off! My first rodeo is in Dawson Creek April 21st to 24th! Remember to visit https://www.missrodeocanada.ca/book-mrc to request Miss Rodeo Canada at your event!

Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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Canadian CowboysJanuary was a month of firsts!

I embarked on my first international adventure with the Montana Silversmiths crown, I accompanied our national flag into a rodeo arena for the first time as MRC, and I initiated friendships with my 2022 American sash sisters!

After a quick trip to Calgary to pick up my brand new 20X Smithbilt hats, I left for the Lone Star state with my traveling partner and new Miss Rodeo Canada board president, Tracy Keith.

An eventful day of air-travel was witnessed by the followers of the Cowboy Channel Instagram page as I took over posting stories on January 13th. Our day concluded at the Cowboy Channel studio where I was interviewed on the Western Sports Roundup by Amy Wilson. We celebrated our arrival in Fort Worth, Texas with a fantastic meal that we shared with Miss Rodeo Canada 2015 and Cowboy Channel broadcaster, Katy Lucas.

We spent the weekend at the Western and English Sales Association market in Dallas where I met with sponsors like Wrangler, Montana Silversmiths and Dan Post Boots! Congratulations to Wrangler on their 75th anniversary!

I attended the National Western Stock Show in 2015 as a delegate from 4-H Alberta and to say I was excited to return to the Mile High City would be an understatement! Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederickson and Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller were gracious hosts and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the rodeo performances, especially on Canada night! The 47th Annual Cowboy Downhill Ski Race was an experience I will not soon forget and thankfully I will always have pictures to prove that I attempted the dual slalom. I am happy to report that no bones were broken, and no crowns were crushed on the mountain in Steamboat, CO!

Cowboy DownhillMiss Rodeo Colorado asked me if I had fully accepted that I had accomplished my lifelong goal of becoming Miss Rodeo Canada, because it hadn’t registered for her yet that her dream had officially come true. My realization of my accomplishment came with the new overwhelming sense of pride I have for my nation, its athletes, and our sport. There is nothing I love more than watching Canadian cowboys, cowgirls and stock perform while simultaneously promoting the businesses and organizations that make it all possible for us. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the institution of Canadian Professional Rodeo, and I feel so blessed to have 11 more months to do so!

Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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Jayden CalvertHello! I’m Jayden! Nice to meet you!

On November 5th, 2021 my lifelong dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Canada came true as my name and Miss Rodeo Sundre title were announced during the third performance of the 47th Canadian Finals Rodeo.

The maple leaf shaped Montana Silversmiths crown and I will hopefully have a full and productive year in 2022, but the adventures have already begun for me! I had the opportunity to attend the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when cowboys and cowgirls were welcomed back to fabulous Las Vegas for 10 days of celebrating the champions of our sport. I was able to attend the final few events of the Miss Rodeo America pageant and congratulated MRA 2022 Hailey Frederiksen in person! I also got acquainted with some of Miss Rodeo Canada’s state-side sponsors like Montana Silversmiths, Dan Post Boots and Fellowship of Christian Cowboys while browsing the famous Cowboy Christmas market. December 9th was Canada Night at the WNFR and I had the privilege of doing a presentation lap during grand entry as MRC 2020/2021 Alicia Erickson was busy delighting the crowd at the Thomas and Mack with her rendition of our national anthem. That was an honor I will never forget!
           
Miss Rodeo Canada - NFRThe rest of December involved meeting more of our valued sponsors like Liz at Aria Studios and having a photoshoot with Leslie Dawn Photography! We are excited to have these partnerships continue in 2022. My holiday season began with participating in the Cochrane and Area Events Society’s Stuff-a-Bus campaign where I assisted Santa Claus himself with spreading Christmas cheer on December 11th.
           
My first official trip as Miss Rodeo Canada will be to the WESA Markets in Dallas, Texas in January and I can’t wait to escape the cold weather for a weekend! From Dallas I will fly to Denver, Colorado for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.
           
I am looking forward to meeting you all down the rodeo road in 2022!
           
Jayden Calvert
Miss Rodeo Canada 2022
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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