Naomi Akkermans is a 21-year-old Ponoka cowgirl making her lifelong dream come true by holding the title of Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019. Born on a mixed operation farm outside of the town limits, Naomi was always involved with the Ponoka Stampede. She started with selling programs in the grandstands as a young girl before becoming one of the Wranglers moving livestock on horseback behind the scenes and, her personal favourite part of the week-long event, chasing in the Thundering Herd.

In her youth, Naomi participated in many extracurriculars from competitive swimming and youth group to Pony Club and both beef and horse 4H. She was fortunate enough to show in various English and Western events on her own horses throughout central Alberta. Her horseback endeavours now focus on working with local ranches and running flags at rodeos.

Now in the final year of her degree at the University of Lethbridge, she is an active member of the Kappa Beta Gamma International sorority and the University of Lethbridge Agricultural Club. Her participation within these clubs provided many opportunities for community involvement by volunteering with various organizations such as the Interfaith Food Bank and Special Olympics of Alberta, helping to coach swimming to the athletes.

Throughout her reign as Miss Ponoka Stampede, Naomi looks forward to meeting more people and sharing her passion for rodeo and the western way of life through education. She hopes to use her formal schooling, a Bachelor of Education majoring in Social Studies and minoring in Agriculture as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology, to better her ability to help everyone from every walk of life understand why this is truly the greatest sport on dirt and there is no better place to watch it then the July long weekend at the Ponoka Stampede.

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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 2022.

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successful candidates

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 2022 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 2022 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 2006
  • Shelby Simmonds in 2013
  • Katy Lucas in 2014
  • Ashley Akkermans 2015
  • Jadey van der Vlis 2016
  • Michele Greer 2017
  • Alicia Erickson 2018
  • Naomi Akkermans 2019
Young ladies of Ponoka and districts are encouraged to become involved in the excitement and camaraderie of the search to find the next Miss Ponoka Stampede!