Miss Rodeo Okotoks, Aaron Courchesne, at the High River Senior Pro Rodeo April/08.
SC and PS work.
NOVEMBER 2008 UPDATE Courtesy Okotoks Western Wheel!
Miss Rodeo Okotoks captures Canadian crown in Edmonton
She’s living her dream.
For Aaron Courchesne, Miss Rodeo Okotoks 2008, her dream was realized on Nov. 4 when she was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2009.
“I’ve been striving for this for about seven years, when I entered my first rodeo queen pageant,” she said. “Even if I wasn’t going to be queen I knew I was going to rodeo. I knew that it was something that is never going to change about me.”
Courchesne, 24, loves rodeo. She loves the spirit and camaraderie of the sport.
“It’s the only sport where, if your horse is hurt, you can jump on your competitor’s horse — they help each other so much.”
Her goal this year, as Miss Rodeo Canada, is to inspire young people.
“I want all kids to know that even if rodeo isn’t their passion, to find their passion and run with it. Never let anyone tell you to quit. If you want to do it, just go for it.”
As an ambassador for rodeo, and for Canada, Courchesne will put in her fair share of appearances across the country, in the United States and overseas.
She’ll attend more than 300 events over the year.
She’ll be educating the public, inspiring young minds and signing autographs, trying to motivate rodeoers and ensure the tradition of rodeo stays strong.
“You are judged on your speaking abilities, your horsemanship, their appearance and you take a written exam on rodeo knowledge.”
Courchesne had some help from her favorite equine.
“Everyone from Okotoks will remember my Palamino mare, Hope,” she said. “(Hope) was one of my queen horses, and I gave riding lessons on her and I barrel raced on her. She’s definitely one of my best horses.”


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  • Mia1
    Mia1about 6 years ago

    This is awesome and I love the hats in the photo. Great work and shot.

  • Thank you my dear Mia.

    – Al Bourassa

  • donald beynon
    donald beynonabout 6 years ago

    great image i agree the hats make this image work very well.

  • Thanks Donald, I appreciate your input.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergabout 6 years ago

    Smart One. Could you submit it to TimeStops©, an equestrian eMagazine? BubbleMail me.

  • Very intriguing Paul. I have sent you a BM for details.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Micki Ferguson
    Micki Fergusonabout 6 years ago

    I love the way you did this. It has a very cool nostalgic feel to it. The selective color is very well done.

  • Thank you so much Micki. Glad you like it.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 6 years ago

    Well done Al……..great concept and result.

  • Thank you so much Adrian for making me the featured artist of the week.
    It was an unexpected surprise to see that this morning.

    – Al Bourassa

  • flame7
    flame7about 6 years ago

    Great effect Al – I love that palomino!! He/she is stunning!

  • Thank you so much Kelly. Being featured was quite a surprise.

    – Al Bourassa

  • flame7
    flame7about 6 years ago

    Oh.. congratulations for being featured on Horse & Rider!!!

  • Michele Duncan IPA
    Michele Duncan...about 6 years ago

    Great post edit Al! I like the dream like state!

  • Thank you Michele, I was quite pleased with the result.

    – Al Bourassa

  • flame7
    flame7about 6 years ago

    And well deserved Al !

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsabout 6 years ago

    Another great job of combining images~well done!

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