Al was born and raised in the small Canadian town of Keremeos, B.C. He is the youngest of 8 kids from a very fun loving family. The Parsons’ are made up of farmers, guides and outfitters, trappers, and a feedlot. “I guess I was spoiled, being the only one to get to rodeo full time on the road.” Al rode bareback horses for about 12 years, winning a Rookie of the Year along with reserve championships. That career ended happily in Lancaster, California after he married his wife and best friend, Joanie Jacobs, a trick rider that was trained and traveled with the late greats Dick and Connie Griffith.
Al started his announcing career in 1994 when a friend of his called and stated that his announcer for the rodeo failed to show up. The rodeo was 4 hours away, Archie said, “I need someone with a big mouth and a sense of humour – you’ve got 6 hours to get here!” Not wanting to let a friend get caught without, Al loaded up the truck and the new job was under way. After discovering his natural ability, he wen t to college for radio and television broadcasting. They are going into their 29th year of announcing, they will enjoy another 90 plus performances of the greatest sport in the world.
Put a smile on, it adds to your face value. Let ‘r buck!
Piper Yule, known as the young gun of the rodeo industry! This spitfire is 12 year old and is known for her signature ponies and her cowgirl heart and true horsemanship. Together with her ponies they have achieved:
2019 and 2020 Canada Pro Rodeo Act of the Year, 2020 & 2021 Top 5 PRCA Dress Act of The Year Nominee, The Calgary Stampede Trick Rider, Opening Act of 2019 NFR Canada Night and performed 3X at the Canadian Finals Rodeo among various other events. This little girl is as kind as she is tough and comes from the hard grass country in Southern Alberta and is a 5th generation cowgirl; When not roman riding, liberty horsemanship and trick riding; Piper spends her time team roping and competing in cutting and working cowhorse!
Miss Rodeo Edmonton
The Edmonton Pro Rodeo is honoured to have Codi Wilson as our inaugural winner of the Miss Rodeo Edmonton 2023 Competition. We are excited for Codi to take part in the EPR and many other events around the city, and we wish her luck as she embarks on her journey as a contestant in the Miss Rodeo Canada competition. If you are interested in having Codi attend one of your events, please complete a request and we would be happy to check availability.
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Miss Rodeo Canada
Mackenzie Skeels grew up with her family at Anchor D Simmentals just outside of Rimbey, where she is the fourth generation on this farm. Her first cow was given to her and from there she has bought, traded, and raised cattle expanding her herd to 35 head. Her leadership roles through her 12 years of 4-H and the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA), began her journey of promoting the western way of life.
Some highlights for her are winning five national aggregate titles with the National YCSA and competing in the American Junior Simmental Association shows in 2016 and 2018 as the representative from Canada. Furthermore, competing in regional level public speaking with 4-H and being selected to attend the 2018 4-H Canadian Citizenship Congress in Ottawa at Parliament. Skeels also had the honour of being crowned the 2017 Rimbey Rodeo Queen, 2019/2020 Sundre Rodeo Queen and Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022. Mackenzie is thankful for the experiences and knowledge each title has given her.
With her Media Studies and Professional Communications diploma, and current job with Direct Livestock Marketing Systems, Mackenzie is utilizing the skills she has developed to further her passion and involvement in the rodeo and agriculture industry. She plans on continuing to bridge the gap between urban and rural in various ways including educating people on where their food comes from, bringing people back to their western roots alongside connecting them to the original extreme sport of rodeo.
Mackenzie is extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity of being crowned the 2023 Miss Rodeo Canada. Skeels looks forward to all the wonderful experiences that she gets to be a part of this year, as well as is honored to be a part of representing Canadian Professional Rodeo on a National and International level.
With a buzz already being heard around the Canadian Country music scene, Justin Sutton shows no signs of slowing down. After his debut release “North of 49” made its way onto radio stations across North America, Australia and Sirius XM; Justin teamed up with award-winning producer Bart Mckay to bring his latest single “Greyhound”. With this song heading to the airwaves May 9th, A full summer of shows on the schedule and a return to the famous Cook County Saloon stage; Justin Sutton is ready to make an impact with his own authentic country sound!
Elementary school teacher by day. Country music star by night. Giving a nod to the 90’s country and adding in a modern twist to create his own sound, Airdrie’s Brandon Lorenzo recently brought home 2 NACMAI Awards for Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and is an 8-time Country Music Alberta nominee.