Elizabeth Stampede charges to summit

Local rodeo wins best in class at Mountain States Circuit Finals

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The Elizabeth Stampede took home big wins on Oct. 21 and 22 at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Mountain States Circuit Finals. The Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo won awards for Medium Rodeo of the Year, Bareback Horse of the Year and Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year.
 
The finals were held in Loveland at The Ranch, Larimer County’s major event complex. Each day, the event included rodeo performances with spectators, award ceremonies, and after parties lasting into the night.
 
There are 45 rodeos in the circuit, most of which fall into the small and medium rodeo categories. This is the 16th time the Elizabeth Stampede has won Rodeo of the Year for its circuit.
 
“This award is really special to us because it is voted on by the contestants in the Mountain States Circuit,” said Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo President Traci McClain. “Many of them came to our rodeo this year.”
 
The Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo Royalty were present at the events, cheering on their rodeo. Current royalty and upcoming 2023 Elizabeth Stampede Royalty were present. In an official statement, Josie Thomas (2022 queen), Hannah Thomas (2022 attendant), Kyra Doud (2023 queen) and Isabelle Piche (2023 attendant) shared their excitement.
 
“It was announced last night that the Elizabeth Stampede is the Mountain States Circuit Medium Size Rodeo of the Year,” said Josie Thomas.
 
“Congratulations to our board and all of our rodeo volunteers,” said Hannah Thomas. “Always remember, Life. Liberty. Rodeo.”
 
In addition to the prestigious awards received by the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo, there was also a send-off party for Ashley Baller, current Miss Rodeo Colorado, and former Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo Royalty attendant. Baller is heading off to compete in the 2023 Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas that takes place from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4.
 
“In less than 40 days, I’ll be competing for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2023. I’ve been waiting 14 years for this moment,” said Baller. “I cannot wait to make my state proud. I’m thankful for this opportunity God’s blessed me with and I’m ready for it. Nos vemos en Las Vegas!”
 
To learn about the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo, visit elizabethstampede.com.
 
For more information on the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, visit missrodeoamerica.com.
 
To follow Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller’s journey to Las Vegas and the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, you can find her on Instagram at @missrodeocolorado, or on Facebook.
Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, PRCA, Mountain States Circuit Finals, Elbert County, Colorado

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