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Rodeo royalty hits ring in Warwick

RODEO ROYALTY: Miss Rodeo Canada, Nicole Briggs, will be out and about at the Warwick Rodeo.
RODEO ROYALTY: Miss Rodeo Canada, Nicole Briggs, will be out and about at the Warwick Rodeo. Contributed

WARWICK Rodeo will host reining Miss Rodeo Canada, 21-year-old Nicole Briggs from Alberta, this week.

Once in Australia - or more specifically in rodeo heartland - Nicole will be involved in rodeo promotions, presenting winners and signing autographs.

Nicole is no amateur when it comes to riding.

She is the president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and received the prestigious Cowgirl of the Year award in 2013.

After 10 years as a member with the Gibbons 4-H Light Horse Club, she is now a leader.

Nicole also participates in roping and barrel racing jackpots, the local gymkhana club and shows her paint horses on various circuits.

Nicole strongly believes in paying it forward.

In her spare time, you will find her in the arena working as a riding instructor and inspiring young horse and rodeo enthusiasts.

"Wherever my trails may lead I will remain a genuine cowgirl, living my dream, and aspiring to share our western heritage," she said.

Nicole graduated from Sturgeon Composite High School in 2010.

She is currently attending the University of Alberta and studying a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health, with a major in Food Animals.

She plans to obtain a degree in Veterinary Medicine in the hope of pursuing a career in equine health, specialising in lameness and unsoundness.

Her love for the sport of rodeo has led her to take on many roles.

She is active in the rodeo and ranching world and held the title of Miss Rodeo Airdrie in 2012.

Nicole's goals are to keep the tradition alive in the sport of rodeo and to instil the love and passion of the sport into the hearts of others.

Warwick Rodeo committee chairman Terry Keogh is more than pleased for his committee to welcome and host the visiting rodeo royalty this year.

"During a break in the campdrafting, we'll even ask her to do a cut-out and run a course," he said.

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