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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 2018.

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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 2018 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 2018 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
  • Michele Greer 2017
Young ladies of Ponoka and districts are encouraged to become involved in the excitement and camaraderie of the search to find Miss Ponoka Stampede 2018.


23-year-old Michele Greer is a first generation cowgirl hailing from Ferintosh, Alberta. From a young age, Michele has taken every opportunity to adopt Alberta’s western heritage as her own. Her interest in horses influenced her participation in 4-H, which has provided numerous opportunities for horse related activities and community involvement. Michele has spent countless summers volunteering and teaching at various horse camps, with hopes of sharing her passion for horses and riding with the younger generation. This passion carried over into the workforce, holding various barn-hand positions, both at Still Meadows Ranch outside of Sherwood Park, Alberta, and on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association circuit during the summer of 2016.

Michele is a certified personal fitness trainer, and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus. She is a member of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, acting as the Sponsorship Coordinator on the U of A Rodeo Team Executive Committee. After completing her degree, Michele hopes to continue her education in sports medicine. Her goal is the help keep both the human and equine athletes of the rodeo community performing at the top of their game.