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Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Queen Application

Young ladies 18 to 23 years of age interested in joining in on the exciting opportunity of becoming the next Miss Ponoka Stampede will be required to have assets that include: horsemanship, public speaking, some knowledge of rodeo, an outgoing personality, and the ability to attend events and make appearances. Resumes or any questions should be directed to the attention of the Queen Committee at Fax 403-783-5858 or email: Applications from those who wish to take part in an experience of a lifetime will be accepted until 4 p.m. on April 1st 2017.

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Successful candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee and then will have the opportunity to meet and greet citizens of all ages in and around town, while attending many delightful events throughout the community in the busy weeks that lead up to the thrilling seven days of rodeo action, concerts, wagon races, parade and hoopla that always goes with the Ponoka Stampede. All of the ladies vying for the 2017 Stampede Queen title will be hosted along the way by a congenial Stampede Queen Committee, which includes members of the community and the PSA.

Miss Ponoka Stampede 2017 will receive a trophy saddle, trophy buckle, wardrobe and the possibility of competing for Miss Rodeo Canada. The new queen will also become a colorful ambassador of the Ponoka Stampede and the town and county of Ponoka at numerous other rodeos, parades and other special events throughout Alberta and beyond. Her ongoing adventures in the rodeo world promises to be both challenging and rewarding, as well as a great inspiration for whatever future endeavors she may choose to pursue.


Along with countless new attractions such as Canada's largest midway, dances, and much more the Ponoka Stampede committee decided to invite participants to vie for the honor of becoming the first Rodeo Queen in 1948, with Bertha (Santee) Courser receiving the coveted crown.

Many former Ponoka Stampede Queens over the years still live in and around the district, have married and settled down to raise their families, but are still very much involved in the great and growing sport of rodeo. The list includes:

  • Mary Ellen (Jones) Wilson 1956
  • Jean (Dodds) Twa 1959
  • Sheila Stickney (Koller) 1966
  • Shannon (Boles) Howorko 1984
  • Cheryl (Robson) Daines 1985
  • Lynnette (Scott) Galloway 1986
  • Shelley (Houston) Dyrland 1987
  • Colleen (Bexson) Coleman 1988
  • Rhonda (Hartman) Miller 1989
  • Tracy Crawford 1990
  • Angie (Lundgren) Andersen 1991
  • Karen (Black) Skeels 1992
  • Michelle Williams 1993
  • Jessie (Randles) Scott 1994
  • Diana (Davies) Austad 1995
  • Jody (Bougerolle) Leach 1996
  • Brook Robertson 1997
  • Karina Tees 1998
  • Kim Hughes 1999
  • Nadia Content 2000
  • Bobbie Jo Sauder 2001
  • Brianna Ernst 2002
  • Mandy (Angelveldt) Dux 2003
  • Cody Jo Lawes 2004
  • Crystal Albers 2005
  • Nichole Campbell in 200
  • Shelby Simmonds in 2013
  • Katy Lucas in 2014
  • Ashley Akkermans 2015
  • Jadey van der Vlis 2016
Young ladies of Ponoka and districts are encouraged to become involved in the excitement and camaraderie of the search to find Miss Ponoka Stampede 2017.


Jadeyn Kate van der Vlis is a 20-year-old with roots originating in the Clearwater County area. Jadey is the second youngest of six children and grew-up on her family’s beef farm south of Alhambra, AB. Since day one Jadey has enjoyed all farm-related activities and possessed a love of all things outdoors.

Her love of farming and horses eventually led to becoming a member of the Shadow Riders 4H club in Benalto, AB during her final three years in High School. In 2014, Jadey graduated and spent the following year employed at a local veterinarian clinic. During the summer of 2015 she moved to Jasper, AB where she worked as a trail guide at the Jasper Riding Stables. Upon completing her first year of Post-Secondary studies, Jadey spent the summer of 2016 representing the sport of rodeo in holding the title of Miss Ponoka Stampede.