2017 Pete Knight Queen
Brayden Oblak & Princess Kelsey Uittenbogerd
My reign as Queen has taken me down many roads, introduced me to amazing people and helped my horse Disco and I mature as a team. It is hard to imagine that five months has passed by so quickly since the crowning at Pete Knight Rodeo in the mud soaked arena. I have had many amazing adventures and memories to last a lifetime in my role. Here are a few I would like to share with you.
The trip to Omak Washington representing our town was a whirlwind journey. It took rodeo royalty to a new understanding for me after sharing stories and participating in numerous activities both inside the rodeo and outside in the town. A highlight for me was the preparation and details surrounding the long standing famous suicide race. The people of Omak were very generous and the horses that were loaned to us for rodeo and parades were amazingly huge thoroughbreds, much taller than my bay quarter horse back home.
Just when I thought it could not get any hotter than Omak, we attended the Medicine Hat rodeo and activities. This was the hottest event of the tour for sure and thanks to my dad and our chaperones we were kept hydrated and managed to fulfill all our duties. By this time my horse was a well seasoned parade and grand entry horse. Not even the fireworks could set her off.
Strathmore was very exciting and being a part of the running of the bulls was very memorable. So many generous people at these events opening up their homes and providing superior hospitality. I truly appreciate all the behind the scenes work that is required to organize and execute on rodeo and related events. Not to mention the support from the town to recognizing rodeo royalty as a vital role in promotions.
Now not only have these rodeos been a blast but I had a chance to meet some of the most well mannered, respected and beautiful women in Alberta. These women are the contestants of Miss Rodeo Canada 2018; Michele Greer, Kyla Williams, Brittney Chomistek, Cayley Peltzer, and Emily Marston, along with Miss Rodeo Canada 2017, Ali Mullen. These girls have helped me along my way and it makes me so happy to see all of them at each rodeo I attend. They are true ladies and always wear a smile on their face whenever I see them. They made some of the hottest days of rodeo bearable with their bright and uplifting spirits and they've made this year one to remember. I am so proud of all of them and I wish them all luck in whatever life brings them in the coming year.
As my reign nears the six month mark I am very thankful for all the support I have received from family and friends to those sponsors in our town. Special note to Bev MacArthur, KelseyReinboldt-Lynch and RandeneSt. Amour for all their guidance and tutelage.
- Brayden Oblak
My reign so far as Pete Knight Rodeo Princess has been nothing but incredible. I have loved every minute, either it was making a new connection, learning something new or talking to a little girl about her big dreams. I cannot thank the people around me enough or ever thing they have done, a chaperone who was fixing my hat or holding my horse. I would like to Thank all the sponsors because without them there is nothing. Throughout the journey I have been to rodeos, parades, community events and many more appearances representing the Town of Crossfield and Pete Knight Rodeo. Traveling as an Ambassador for rodeo has taken us all the way to Medicine Hat, Alberta and Omak, Washington USA making them the best trips because of the friendships and the education we provided to people about the sport of rodeo (even if it was over 35 degrees. We hope that everywhere we made appearances either in our home town or not we left an impact in at least on personís life.
- Kelsey Uittenbogerd