A year in the life of a rodeo queen isn’t always the glitz and glam many associate it with.
It’s early mornings, late nights, and busy hours in-between representing the best version of yourself and your rodeo.
For Alli Sauer of Acadia Valley, this year was condensed to six months as the other six were spent overseas in Ireland studying.
During this summer, Sauer has been racking up miles across the province to be an advocate for the sport of rodeo.
“I always grew up being involved with it, not necessarily on a pro-level but within the industry all over the place so just to become the face of that and to bridge the gap between contestants and spectators was something I was really passionate about,” said Sauer.
Growth has been a key to this position as well.
“I’ve grown in confidence from when I started the competition but I would say I still have the same amount of drive and passion I had when I was in the pageant,” said Sauer.
This ambassadorship is what drew her in initially, but the vast connections she has made has been an added bonus.
There were numerous highlights throughout the year but one really stood out to the local rodeo queen.
“Walking across the big stage at Calgary Stampede is one of the best things you will ever do as a rodeo queen and the amount of people that I have met through networking – I’ve created this home in the rodeo industry so that’s a pretty neat thing,” she said.
For a day in the life of a rodeo queen, Sauer begins her day by getting ready which takes roughly an hour to an hour and a half.
Then the time is spent driving to the event where it usually begins with a parade followed by a pancake breakfast.
“It’s just a lot of socializing and meeting with people and living up to the expectations of what your committee expects and hopes you to be at these events. Most of the time it is just [about] being yourself, creating this happy persona but still remaining true to what you believe in,” she said.
Sauer is sad her reign is almost complete but as she eloquently put “All good things must come to an end.”
Once everything is all said and done, Sauer is continuing her education at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with an Agribusiness degree with a minor in field crop production.
Not enough contestants were able to put on a competition for this year but Sauer will still be passing down the crown at the end of the weekend.
The Hanna Pro Rodeo is taking place the last weekend in September.