Tenley Warburton has been crowned as the newest Miss Strathmore Stampede.

Warburton is a 17-year-old cowgirl who just finished up her senior year at J.C Charyk School and is heading off to Red Deer in the fall to pursue a degree in education.

"My goal is to become a high school social teacher," says Warburton.

She says the competition has a rich history.

"There's only been one that won Miss Rodeo Canada and it's been kind of a gap in between. There was Cayley Peltzer in 2016 and then it took a little bit of a gap. And then Martina Holtkamp in 2022, Ellen Van Noordenburg in 2023, and then myself in 2024."

Warburton comes from Hanna, Alberta and lives on a ranch with her family where they run a cow-calf operation along with tons of horses, chickens and dogs. She's been involved with the 4H program for 10 years as well.

"I've become the South 4H ambassador, I went into 4H public speaking pretty heavy and came out as provincial winner last year," added Warburton.

According to Warburton, there was a lengthy procedure to win the title of Miss Strathmore Stampede.

"The process included horsemanship, equitation class, kind of do a little pattern sort of thing. And then we had our public speaking, so speeches, impromptus, we had the written test and interview."

The Strathmore Stampede will run from August 2-5.