Teepee Crowns a New Queen
Bezanson local, Dallas Marthaller, was crowned Miss Teepee Creek Stampede this past Teepee Creek Stampede. She will be representing the Stampede for the next year, and sharing in the ever-expanding legacy and history of the Teepee Creek Stampede. Dallas, 15, recently finished her grade nine year at Bezanson School, and will attend Peace Wapiti Academy for high school in the fall.
On representing Bezanson, Dallas said “During the competition, there was so much support coming from the community, whether it was from my school teachers, neighbours, or the sponsorship from Lefty’s Cafe. I am proud to say that I am from Bezanson and I will share it with pride to everyone that asks. I may be representing Teepee Creek, but deep down everything that has gotten me to this point is because of Bezanson”
To become rodeo royalty, Dallas and her two fellow competitors were judged based on horsemanship, public speaking, a written exam, personal interview, fashion show, and overall public appearance. The event ran from July 10th to July 14th, and resulted in Dallas being crowned on the final day at the 102nd Teepee Creek Stampede.
Dallas is also a multi sport athlete, who focused especially on playing school league and club volleyball this year. However, she will be centered around competing in rodeo for her high school years, and says “I’ve made the decision to make my main focus my horses. My passion for the sport of rodeo is a lot greater than it is for volleyball.”
Dallas will now have the opportunity to travel across Canada to represent the Teepee Creek Stampede. Being Queen will sure have its perks! When asked which opportunities she is most looking forward to, Marthaller said, “I am most looking forward to being able to travel and meet more people, interact with more children and share the history of the amazing rodeo I get to represent.”
Dallas says she would recommend competing to any local girls with the same rodeo dreams, furthermore “The hardest part of the competition was deciding if I was ready to take on such a great responsibility. I strongly support everyone interested in competing. I learned so much from just the competition and I grew so much without even having the crown.”
And when asked about the experience as a whole, Dallas said “During the competition there were so many people that approached me that I had never met before. No matter what event I was attending, there was always something for me to be doing and somewhere to be. There were multiple queens that showed the true meaning of what is expected of rodeo royalty, they were all very welcoming and super supportive.”
On behalf of Bezanson, we want to congratulate Dallas on having all her hard work pay off, and look forward to what she will do next as a representative for both the Teepee Stampede and our community!
Written by Emma Doris