Alicia Erickson crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2020

Miss Rodeo 2019

Trochu native Alicia Erickson has been crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 after her win on November 1st at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer. Alicia was representing the Ponoka Stampede, as the 2018 Miss Ponoka Stampede. Erickson competed against four other contestants, from Hanna, Sundre, Moose Mountain, and Medicine Hat.

Contestants for Miss Rodeo Canada were judged based on horsemanship, public speaking, personal interviews, a written exam of rodeo history, modeling, overall personality, and crowd engagement. Part of the knowledge portion is horse knowledge and science, history of the CPRA and Miss Rodeo, and knowledge of the event contestants.

Although Erickson lived in town while growing up, she fell in love with horses at a young age, and convinced her parents to put her in riding lessons. She found an old newspaper clipping of her mother as the Trochu Race Meet Queen and wanted to be just like her. From there, she says “I grew and made connections to be able to be involved in this sport that later I would find out would change my life for the better, and it’s something I’ve been so passionate about and has kept me on the straight and narrow for all these years.” Erickson’s main sport was barrel racing, something she continues to enjoy as a hobby.

Now, as the representative for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Erickson will have the opportunity to travel to up to 500 events this year across Canada, the United States, and potentially even Australia. Once her year is up she will head back to school to obtain her Social Work Degree from Medicine Hat College, previously graduating from Bow Valley College in Calgary with a Youth Justice Diploma.

To those rooting her on she says, “the amount of support and encouragement I’ve felt from the town of Trochu and people from Three Hills has been incredible, and without support and kind words and encouragement from home and friends and family, it makes it hard to be positive. Knowing that I had all of these people behind me wanting me to do well and believing that I could succeed was just the driving force behind what made me do so well and made me be myself and compete to the best of my abilities, so I’m just so thankful for the support I’ve had. I’m also very very excited to be able to go out and represent Trochu and Canada on a world scale but I always know where my roots are and I’m very excited to be able to do a lot of community events.”