Stokes recovering at home

Miss Rodeo Canada Samantha Stokes
Miss Rodeo Canada Samantha Stokes

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

When High Prairie’s Samantha Stokes won the Miss Rodeo Canada title on Nov. 13, 2015 one of the first things she looked forward to was her ride at the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Aug. 2-3.

Her ride is in jeopardy; however. Two recent accidents have her recovering and hoping for the best.

“I’ll take it easy,” says Stokes. “I’ll try my hardest.”

Stokes was involved in a motor vehicle accident June 9 while on her way to Brooks. The accident left her with a concussion. Weeks of recovering paid off as she rode at Teepee Creek Stampede July 14-17.

Everything looked good for Stokes to realize her dream until July 21, when she took a fall from her horse while practicing for the grand entry at the local rodeo grounds. She fell on her shoulder, then the horse stepped on her ankle leaving a big bruise.

As a result, Stokes is back at home recovering.

“We’ve cleared my events for next week,” says Stokes, adding she did not attend the rodeo at Medicine Hat.

Next on the list is High Prairie.

“I’m extremely excited to come to the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo,” she says, adding she welcomes everyone to attend the town’s biggest annual party.

As for the ride she anticipates, Stokes is being her positive self.

“I think it will be OK,” she says. “My concussion is still not completely healed. I’ll just rest.”

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