Hello everyone! I am beyond ecstatic to have been given this amazing opportunity of representing my province at the national level; something I had never even dreamed of doing! I am so excited to share this incredible experience with you all, and I hope I am able to give you as much of an insight into my life as I can!

I am an only child who was born and raised in a small town in Manitoba. I grew up in a Christian home with two very loving parents who raised me up to be a woman of faith, and I have since learned to make it my own. From day one, I was introduced to the world of horses, and since then, my love for any living creature under the sun has only grown at a wild and rapid pace. My mother owns a boarding stable, and as a toddler, she made sure I had sat on the back of a horse as many times as possible. By the age of 5, I was taking riding lessons and growing more and more confident in my skills. My passion for horses only grew, and I was soon participating in our local Pony Club, competing in shows, and riding in clinics.

As the years went on, I continued to develop my skills in jumping, but soon found myself beginning to fall more and more in love with the art of dressage. I dedicated myself to learning and mastering all that I could, and the results of our hard work spoke for itself in the show ring.

Sadly, I couldn’t remain a kid forever, and I soon found that I had outgrown my beloved pony, Keegan. It was shortly after that that I found my next horse, Liebe, who would then be my partner and teacher in dressage for the next 8 years. In that time, I learned lots about patience, determination, hard work, diligence, and courage, just to name a few. Together, we excelled and impressed people with what we had accomplished.

Sadly, in October 2017, Liebe suffered a severe injury and passed away. I was heart broken, but I knew my influence in the horse world was not over. I had seen the impact horses had on people, and how people, in turn, responded to horses. I had witnessed emotional improvements, as well as physical and mental improvements to people who rode, or were even just in contact with horses, and I decided I wanted to be a part of it.

Though I also have a passion for the arts, modelling and acting, I had never thought I would ever enter myself into a pageant, and, to be honest, I wasn’t even aware that pageants were being held in our province. But in April, 2018, I found myself standing on a stage and competing for the title of Miss Manitoba World with other amazing girls from around the province. Though I did not win, I was offered the opportunity to be a titleholder, which I unfortunately had to turn down as I had previously committed myself to volunteering on a missions trip the very same week as the national pageant. In that one weekend, I experienced way more than I had expected to, but the two things that stood out to me the most was the incredible influence one could have as a titleholder, and also how close I felt to the girls I was competing with. I truly experienced a sense of sisterhood that I had not expected to feel in such short time. I quickly realized this was something I wanted to continue to be a part of, and shortly after, I made plans to compete once again for the title in the following year.

This year, I was honoured to receive the title of Miss Manitoba World and I can’t express enough just how thrilled I am to be competing in Toronto in about one month’s time. I want to use my influence to raise awareness for the impact horses have on people, both mentally and physically, in the form of equine therapy (also known as equine-assisted therapy). Since Miss World Canada’s official charity is the Children’s Wish Foundation, I want to help people, specifically children, with disabilities find healing through the miraculous impact of equine therapy. I am thrilled to be able to do so at the national level in Toronto this summer, and I can’t wait to see what new and amazing experiences I will have the privilege of being a part of!

Thank you for reading, and I hope to update you all again soon!

Love, Alicia

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