South Peace News
Brooke Monteith is the 2017 Miss High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Queen.
She was honoured Aug. 1 on the opening day of the two-day event.
“I’m really excited to be the queen and represent High Prairie at many events,” says Monteith, who was the runner-up in 2016.
“I’ve wanted to capture the title for a while.”
She has a passion for horses and was inspired by participate in the queen program by Samantha Stokes, who was crowned the 2012 High Prairie rodeo queen, Miss Rodeo Canada 2016 and Grande Prairie Stompede queen in 2014.
Monteith, who was the only contestant this year, says she wants to follow in those footsteps and some day seek the title of Miss Rodeo Canada.
“I want to talk to people about our rodeo and the Elks and the wonderful rodeo they present,” says Monteith, the daughter of Lane and Sherry Monteith.
Riding horses since she started to walk, she has been competing in the Alberta Barrel Racing Association for two years. She is in her second year with the High Prairie Wranglers horse team.
“I use to go to Pratt Ranch and ride horses,” Monteith says.
She has also been active with Coyote Acres 4-H Club in High Prairie for five years in the beef and Hereford group and rodeo project.
Graduating from E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie in 2017, she plans to take one year off and determine her future and she considers a career in livestock management and produc- tion.
Monteith decided to run last year because she would like to get the younger generation involved and informed about rodeo.
She wants this to be a stepping stone to become Miss Rodeo Canada.
With the title and crown, Monteith is expected to make several public appearances during the year and receives a $1,000 scholarship from the High Prairie Elks.
Despite just one contestant, the program will continue.
“It’s important to the Elks that there is a representative,” says Leigh Blackhurst, program co-ordinator for the past eight years.
Several young girls toured the town July 31 with Monteith including Miss High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo 2016 Abbey Miller and Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 Ali Mullin, to experience some roles of the queen.
“Lots of great gifts and experiences and meeting new people are rewarding,” Blackhurst says.
She invites young ladies ages 16-25 to contact her to find out more about the program and urges them to consider competing next year.