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From Rimbey Farm to Rodeo Royalty: Kaylee Shantz Lassos the Crown

As she prepares to step into the boots of Miss Rodeo Canada 2024, Kaylee is committed to paying her experience forward

Riding high to victory, central Alberta’s rodeo sensation Kaylee Shantz has roped in one of the most coveted titles in the sport!

The 22-year-old, hailing from a family farm near Rimbey, was living the dream as Miss Ponoka Stampede last year, but at the end of the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer, she got a massive upgrade.

Kaylee winning Miss Ponoka Stmpede | Facebook | Ponoka Stampede

She won the coveted title of 2024 Miss Rodeo Canada. Kaylee couldn’t hold back tears of joy when the crown came her way.

“It was all around an amazing experience, and there was a big flood of emotions at the very end there. I was honestly very surprised. I was so grateful and so thankful for the experience,” she told the Red Deer Advocate.

Competing against seven other remarkable women for the title, Kaylee showcased her skills in public speaking, horsemanship, modelling, a written exam, and a personal interview. 

The journey was filled with fun moments and camaraderie with fellow competitors.

“It’s something I will never forget,” Kaylee said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without all of the people who have helped me along the way. I have an incredible village behind me: sponsors, community members, family, and friends. I’ve had unwavering support and can’t thank them enough for helping me along this journey.”

Looking ahead, Kaylee envisions a career in psychology, focusing on child psychology, development, and therapy.

Pictured Miss Rodeo Canada 2023, Mackenzie Skeels and Miss Rodeo 2024 Kaylee Shantz | Facebook | Miss Rodeo Canada

With hands-on knowledge in the healthcare field, including certifications as a Health Care Aide and Occupational First Aid Level 3, she brings a well-rounded perspective to her aspirations.

For Kaylee, being part of the rodeo world has been nothing short of an incredible ride. 

“I’ve been able to gain rodeo family and connections that I’ll have for a lifetime. I feel so blessed to be in the boots I’m in today, and I’m thankful for the opportunities that rodeo has given me,” expressed Kaylee.

She’ll be paying her experience forward by volunteering as the Rimbey Rodeo Royalty co-ordinator, guiding and encouraging others on their journeys.

She’ll be representing her title as Miss Rodeo Canada beginning January 1, 2024, stepping into the large boots of Miss Rodeo Canada 2023, Mackenzie Skeels.

You can keep updated on her upcoming “reign” on Facebook, where she’ll be giving all the newest updates in Canadian Rodeo you’ll want to hear about.

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