By Anna Smith
ugust 25–26 marks the Dunmore Equestrian Centre Little Britches Rodeo Sweetheart competition, a chance for young women from throughout the area to demonstrate skill and charm alike.
13 year-old Hanna Chalifoux, last year’s Dunmore Equestrian Sweetheart, is buzzing with excitement to get back and see all of this year’s competitors.
“It’s gonna be really exciting to meet all the other contestants this year, and see what they’re hoping to do for their reign as a sweetheart,” said Chalifoux.
Chalifoux herself has really enjoyed her reign, and all of the exciting opportunities it’s afforded her since last year’s competition.
“At the beginning of the year, I was invited to the Hanna Pro Rodeo, and I was able to meet all the rodeo contestants, and I was able to be with them for the day. It was super exciting to meet all of them. And then right after the Hanna Pro Rodeo, I was invited to the CFR. And I also got to meet all the Miss Rodeo Canada contestants, as well. And it was super cool to be able to meet all the other visiting royalty. And yeah, it was a really great experience for me this year,” said Chalifoux.
This year, Chalifoux will be enjoying the role of MC for the speaking portion of the competition, as well as demonstrating for the horsemanship portion.
“It’s split into two days. The first day, it’s public speaking and modelling. And then for the second day, we do a horsemanship pattern, and a western pleasure class,” said Chalifoux. “Throughout the two days, we are judged on how we interact with the other contestants and the staff.”
It’s a wonderful experience for anyone with a mind to compete, said Chalifoux, and she assured anyone nervous about participating that “all you have to do is smile, and have fun.”
“It’s a great experience for them to get out there. And really meet lots of interesting people that can show you a lot of amazing things,” said Chalifoux. “And you definitely get to meet a lot of people that you wouldn’t get to meet if you didn’t do this.”
The event will take place starting at 6 p.m. on the 25th at the Safety Buzz, and 9 a.m. on the 26th.