On Nov. 12, Miss Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Queen Ali Mullin was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mullin’s parents, Dan and Colleen, of Cartwright, Manitoba, Canada, are long-time Canadian Quarter Horse Association members, and Mullin got her start in the equine industry by ranching with them on their Manitoba Quarter Horse operation. Mullin can now usually be found roping and riding across the Canadian prairies.
Ranch activities like doctoring cattle, starting colts and showing home-raised Clay Ranch Quarter Horses led to a keen interest in the horse business, and a rodeo career spanning junior high, high school and college ranks. Besides rodeo, Mullin was involved in a variety of sports and activities in her time as a student at Cartwright High School. Hockey, fastball, track and field, singing and 4-H filled her schedule. After high school, Alberta’s opportunities in rodeo and post-secondary education caught her eye.
In 2014, Mullin graduated with honors from Lakeland College and a diploma in Agribusiness – Marketing Communications – as well as Cowgirl of the Year and High-Point Cowgirl honors from the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Since then, Mullin has relocated to Redcliff, Alberta, Canada, west of Medicine Hat, and has discovered a passion for Alberta’s sunny south. Currently she remains involved with her family’s Quarter Horse program back home in Manitoba, where her parents still ranch.
Mullin is in her second year of study at Medicine Hat College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Visual Communications. Upon completion of her education, she intends to begin a graphic design career.
Ideally, Mullin would like to focus her work in those areas that she has a personal passion for: small businesses, the equine industry and other agricultural advertising. Having the opportunity to represent the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede as the 2015 Queen was an honor, and a fantastic experience.
Mullin will inevitably continue promoting the sport and lifestyle that she loves so much. Being able to do so as Miss Rodeo Canada will be an incredible privilege.
Congratulations to the other contestants for Miss Rodeo Canada 2017:
- Desirae Jackson, Miss Rodeo Sundre 2014
- Miranda Pybus, Miss Grande Prairie Stompede 2015
- Jadey van der Vlis, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2016