Calgary – The search for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses culminated this evening with the crowning of three young ladies. The Agrium Western Event Centre hosted the final riding competition and the ultimate crowning of Stampede Meagan Peters and Princesses, Brittany Lloyd and Lizzie Ryman.
“Each year we are thrilled to see the amazing young ladies apply for this wonderful opportunity,” says Kathy James, Stampede Royalty committee chair. “It is always difficult to choose just three to represent the Stampede for the year. We are confident Meagan, Brittany and Lizzie will be incredible ambassadors.”
Meagan Peters – Queen
Meagan is 23 years old and is from Chestermere, Alberta. She spent 4 years with her local 4H club, and rode for the Calgary Stampede Showriders for 3 years. She is a successful hairstylist and enjoys riding horses, camping, fishing and skeet shooting.
Brittany Lloyd – Princess
Brittany was born and raised in Calgary, where she spent her time competitively show jumping horses and exploring the Canadian Rockies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder and competed on the intercollegiate circuit in Western horsemanship. She currently works in the communications field here in Calgary.
Lizzie Ryman – Princess
Lizzie was born and raised in Calgary. Since she grew up spending a lot of time on her grandparents’ farm, she has a passion for horses and western traditions. Lizzie is entering her fourth year of Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University and would like to become a police officer. She enjoys riding, hiking, hunting, running and training Muay Thai.
For the past month, the contestants participated in riding skill competitions, speech competitions and a number of unique events where the ladies were able to mingle with VIPs to showcase their social skills.
The Stampede Royalty act as official ambassadors of the Stampede by promoting western heritage and values in the community and around the world, making more than 400 appearances during their reign. The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community.
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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