Parade Marshall Announcement

The Rotary Club of Cardston is very pleased to announce the 2015 Parade Marshall for the Cardston Heritage Days Parade: 

Monica Wilson

Monica Wilson grew up on one of the largest ranches in B.C. where she learned at an early age how to break and train horses. She was one of the founders of the B.C. High School Rodeo Association. She eventually moved to Cardston and began her successful rodeo career. She has been very influential in the rodeo world and in bringing gender equality and professionalism

Monica is a very accomplished Futurity Barrel Horse Rider and Trainer. She turned professional in 1990 and competed at 9 consecutive Canadian Finals Rodeos in the Ladies Barrel Race and competed in two $50,000 Final Rounds at the Calgary Stampede. Over the course of her career, she was a many time Champion Barrel Racer in the CCA, FCA, and Chinook Rodeos.

In 1996, Monica received the Calgary Stampede’s Guy Weadick Award — the first woman since the organization began in 1969. 

This award is presented annually to the one chuckwagon or rodeo competitor who best embodies what the cowboy stands for, and who best typifies the spirit of the Calgary Stampede. It is based upon ability, appearance, showmanship, character, sportsmanship and cooperation with other cowboys, the arena crew, the media and the public.
— Calgary Stampede Website

In 1999, she was the first woman to win the Cowboy of the Year award from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. which is awarded for ability, leadership and rodeo accomplishments.

Monica has been very involved in administration positions within rodeo sports including secretary for the Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association for 12 years. She was the Ladies Barrel Racing Director for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association for 13 years. Among her greatest achievements at the CPRA was being instrumental in securing ladies equality at the CFR and at the Calgary Stampede. 

In 2003 she was honoured by being invited to judge the Miss Rodeo America contest in Las Vegas. She is the only Canadian to have ever been asked to complete this prestigious task.

Monica is a very successful horse woman and today trains barrel horses and hosts workshops and clinics for beginners in the sport at the Westwind Rodeo Academy here in Cardston. She is the also the Administrator of the South Country Barrel Futurity and hosts this successful event every spring.