Leduc Black Gold Royalty program returns for 2017

One of the biggest and best rodeo experiences of the region is about to get better. The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Association announced...

The Black Gold Rodeo is bringing back its Royalty program.

One of the biggest and best rodeo experiences of the region is about to get better. The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Association announced Dec. 7 the “Miss Rodeo” Royalty competition is returning in 2017.

“The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Association is announcing that we are having a Miss Rodeo competition and we are accepting applications until December 31 so that we have enough time to get Miss Leduc Black Gold Rodeo in place for our June 1 to 4 Rodeo this year,” stated advertising chair Mike Kuefler in a press release.

Contacted by The Pipestone Flyer Dec. 7, Kuefler said the rodeo board heard a lot of fans requesting the Royalty program return. “Because it’s been something we’ve had a lot of demand for,” said Kuefler by phone.

He noted the Miss Rodeo competition was removed from the event years ago, but apparently fans have never forgotten it. He said there have been a number of great young ladies who wanted to see the event return, some from Leduc and others from other communities. So the board decided it was time to bring the competition back. “Everything just fell together,” said Kuefler.

Announcing the Miss Leduc Black Gold Rodeo Royalty Program

In a press release Dec. 7, the rodeo association stated if you are a young woman who loves rodeo, the Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo and Exhibition Association may have an awesome opportunity for you. The association is excited to announce the return of the Leduc Black Gold Royalty program.

Dana Kostick, the chairperson of the Royalty Committee, says “Bringing back the Royalty program is a very exciting initiative. We are building on the energy that the Association has been creating around the community and with the Rodeo. The Royalty program is aimed at celebrating the traditions of agriculture and promoting the sport of Rodeo and the community of Leduc.”

“Taking part in the Royalty program will be a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for contestants.” Kostick continues. “As Rodeo Royalty you will be an ambassador for the sport of rodeo, the Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo Association and the City of Leduc.”

“Our Rodeo Royalty will attend events throughout the year including rodeos, local fundraisers, and ag-related events.” Dave Rock, President of the Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo Association noted, “As a representative of the Leduc Rodeo Association, the winner and her ladies-in-waiting are given the chance to travel to events throughout Alberta, make connections with kids, fans, sponsors, contestants and organizers. They will have opportunities to promote the sport, work with media, network with people, build public speaking and presentation skills, and much more.”

Contestants must be between 20-24 years of age with riding experience and access to a horse and trailer during her reign, which will run from January to December of each year.

Kostick is excited that the first year’s competition will take place in January 2017. “It is a very exciting time to be part of Rodeo and the Leduc Rodeo Association,” says Kostick, “2017 looks to be another great year for Rodeo in Leduc.” The 2017 competition will feature public speaking, interviews, and horsemanship sessions. Applications to take part in the Miss Leduc Black Gold Rodeo competition are being accepted until December 31, 2016. Miss Leduc Black Gold Rodeo will be crowned at a rodeo sponsored community event to be held in mid-February, 2017. Please visit www.blackgoldrodeo.com to view program rules and regulation, application requirements and download the application.