She came from a long line of cowboys and now the current Miss Rodeo Claresholm will be heading out to the Canadian Finals Rodeo event to compete for the title of Miss Rodeo Canada.
Jaden Holle says, she's heard stories of her family competing in rodeo events and now she gets to join this legacy.
"So I did grow up here in town (High River) and I heard stories, my grandpa used to compete in rodeo. He was a tie-down roper and chuckwagon driver and my dad was a heeler. I never got to see my dad compete, but I would hear stories and see photos of my dad, this big cowboy. I grew up and wished I could be a cowgirl too. My parents put me in 4-H because they knew this was a dream I had and for a long time, I didn't know If I would ever truly be a cowgirl. Just in recent years of going after my dream and being more involved in rodeo, I think at some point it clicked, and I said 'I don't have to pretend to be a cowgirl, because I think I am one!'".
The Canadian Finals Rodeo is being held from Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 4, and Holle says she'll be competing against five other competitors for the crown.
"For the Miss Rodeo Canada Competition, we are judged on several different components. There is a horsemanship component, where we get on a horse that they lend us and ride a couple patterns. There is a public speaking component, so I've written a speech. There is a couple of different impromptu questions that they will ask us throughout. There is also a personal interview and a modelling component."
Holle says she's a little nervous, but glad that she can represent her small town in such a large competition.
"To be at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, that's the pinnacle rodeo event here in Canada, so that's exciting. I think naturally I'm a little nervous, but I think it's because this is a big dream and I realize that this is a big deal to potentially be the ambassador for the professional rodeo in Canada. It's so fun to represent a small town having grown up in one and I'm so proud to be carrying that title."
The winner of the title will be crowned on Friday, November 2.
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