Urban Cowgirl

All photos by Adrien Guyot.

From High Prairie, Alta., Samantha Stokes has been travelling almost non-stop in her role as Miss Rodeo Canada. In fact, she will be fresh off a plane from Australia when she makes her final appearance at the Canadian Finals Rodeo this year!

She took some time out of her busy schedule to visit Edmonton and help us celebrate the city that has hosted the Canadian Finals Rodeo for 43 years. We took her to the heart of downtown, where a cattle drive once marked the beginning of the CFR, to iconic landmarks that visitors flock to when they are in town to watch the competitors, and to a mural painted by a local artist celebrating the vibrancy of the city. What’s next for this talented young woman? She hopes to finish her Bachelor of Education, become a Kindergarten teacher and continue to promote the sport of rodeo and the western way of life.