Brittany Meen won the Miss Grande Prairie Stompede crown in 2013, and now has her sights on the national title.
The 19 year old will be competing in the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant in three weeks, and although she’s one of the youngest competitors, she says she’s ready.
“I’m definitely going in to win; I’ve been really excited. This has been my goal since I started; this is what I want, this is my dream, so I’m really excited for it. It will be an experience, and if for some reason I don’t, I know that I tried my best, so that’s the important part.”
Meen has been competing since she was 14, and was crowned Miss Teepee Creek Stampede in 2011.
She has spent the year since representing her hometown at different events and mentoring the new queen, as well as attending last year’s pageant as a spectator, which she says has helped her prepare.
“It just got me extremely excited for what I’m about to do. I think I would be way more nervous if I hadn’t went down last year and gotten to experience it all, because walking in to that arena and seeing all the people and just watching the CFR itself is a whole experience and I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by it.”
Contestants are judged on everything from their horsemanship and public speaking to a written exam.
A support rally is being held at the Stonebridge Hotel on October 24th.