G3 Events: Grit, Glamour & Goals - A Night at the Marquis


Credit: Tara McKenzie Fotos
Better late than never, right? (Story of my life when it comes to blogging these days!) Last weekend my best friend/fellow girl boss/spirit animal Brigitte Meyer of Vitality Equine basically told me, without any question, that I was attending the Grit, Glamour and Goals - A Night at the Marquis event held in Red Deer, AB alongside her. I had heard about the event, but it had sold out before I could get tickets, but Brigitte managed to snag some and away we went! Billed as, "one of the best girls night Alberta has to offer", we were definitely not disappointed!


Brigitte & I, we had so much fun!
(okay maybe too much fun.. shout out to Billy Bob's)
The event was the brain child of Brittany Forsyth, Cassie Hausauer and Rayel Daines. The event was intended to

"celebrate the modern western woman, to bring people together, to encourage, celebrate and support one another, and for a night of fun and motivation." 

Ten of the top boutiques from Alberta set up store fronts for some amazing shopping, there was a fantastic fashion show, and a delicious roast beef dinner accompanied with wine at the table. Tara McKenzie was photographing the event, and I've used some of her photos in my blog today because I simply forgot to use my phone at the event! G3 Events also had people drop off grad dresses for Cinderella's Closet, a charity that provides dresses to girls that can't afford their own. PLUS, had a scholarship set up for a young woman in the rodeo committee that is furthering her post secondary education!



One of my favourite looks from Renegade Ranchgirls

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Not spending all the money I don't even have was very, very tough. I did buy one small squash blossom necklace from Renegade Ranchgirls but otherwise did very well. I will say that at the end of the night, after some of my fellow attendees had indulged in some wine, it looked like the credit cards were coming out in full force. You go girls. Truthfully though, I LOVED the vast array of different western fashion that was on display, both within the boutiques and the women that were shopping in them. Often, I find the common gripe with Canadian cowgirls is the lack of trendy fashion up here, compared to somewhere like the NFR at vegas. G3 Events introduced me to some amazing boutiques in the area that are pushing the envelope for western fashion, and showing everyone that Canadians can look on point too! Furthermore, one of my absolute favourite parts of the entire event was seeing so many beautiful, different, eclectic styled women showing off their outfits, having fun, and letting loose. Everyone, whether a friend or a stranger, was complimentary towards each other, laughing and mingling. I got the chance to catch up with some old friends, and meet some new friends, and all the while got to do it in a super fun western outfit while feeling really good about myself, and also empowered. Who can complain about something like that?!


The amazing, Amberley Snyder, enthralling the audience

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The highlight of the night, however, was the inspirational speaker, Amberley Snyder. If you aren't familiar with Amberley's story, she was a highly competitive and successful barrel racer, when in 2010, a rollover in her truck left her without function of her legs, and in a wheelchair. Remarkably, she was back on a horse in 18 months, and has since gone on to race at The American, and is back just as competitive as she ever was before. I won't divulge too many details, because if you get a chance to go see her speak, you honestly really should. Her story is absolutely incredible, and her drive to push herself, get back on the horse (her slogan), and become a competitive rider who trains her own horses, had me in awe. One thing I really took from her talk was a quote she displayed that said, "Attitude is a Small Thing That Can Make a Big Difference." Here is a cowgirl that woke up to her entire life changed in a blink of an instant, but she loved horses, and she loved competition, and she found a way to be on top again thanks to her attitude about life. It just shows you the power of attitude, and intention, ESPECIALLY when it comes to horses. Anyone that rides knows that horses pick up on your attitude before you even walk into their stalls to halter them. Hearing someone like Amberley speak on her journey really reminds you to check that attitude, and bring positivity, strength and light into your life.

Another favourite look from the fashion
showthis one from Classic Rodeo in Nanton!

Credit: Tara McKenzie Fotos

So here's to G3 Events, thanks for putting on such an amazing event that empowers and celebrates western women. I know myself, and everyone that attended, can't wait for the next one!

Here's some links for you #BossBabes to check out if you want more information:

G3 Events Facebook Page

Lipstick & Cowgirl Boots

^ This is a must read blog for those of you who have never read it. Cassie was one of the creators behind G3 Events, and I linked to a review she posted about the night, be sure to give her a follow!

Amberley Snyder

Tara McKenzie Fotos


Comments

  1. What a fun night! Wish there was something like this in my area. And, I've followed Amberley for a while now and she's amazing. What inspiration she has become, despite her circumstances!

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  2. What and inspirational and motivating event that showed what strong caring woman can accomplish when they passionate about building other woman up and giving recognition to great causes. Amberley was absolutely amazing and inspiring. I can Waite for the next event.

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  3. What and inspirational and motivating event that showed what strong caring woman can accomplish when they passionate about building other woman up and giving recognition to great causes. Amberley was absolutely amazing and inspiring. I can Waite for the next event.

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  4. What and inspirational and motivating event that showed what strong caring woman can accomplish when they passionate about building other woman up and giving recognition to great causes. Amberley was absolutely amazing and inspiring. I can Waite for the next event.

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  5. What inspiration she has become, despite her circumstances!


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