On the Road to the Rodeo

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The hero of our Crafted in Carhartt song as of late is cowgirl, Rachel Smith. I followed her on her journey to Loveland where she and the rest of the Wild and Wooly rodeo team competed in the WWRA 2015 World Finals. Rachel and teammate Stormy set off on the adventure from Kim, Colorado.

Getting yourself and your horse to a rodeo is no easy task, especially with some precious kiddos and a pesky Carhartt photographer along for the ride. This car trip was a blast, and the taco truck pit stop wasn’t too shabby either. What’s your favorite road trip snack?

Have any funny road trip to the rodeo stories to share? Feel free to email me at craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com.

Being Cute Isn’t Easy

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When I was young, I hated wearing clothes that my mom said I couldn’t get dirty. Didn’t we all? Well this super cute Tee for girls doesn’t fit into that category. If your little ones see a patch of dirt as a playground, let their curiosities run free as they wiggle their tiny toes in the dirt.

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She Might Be A Ranch Kid

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Rachel told the sweetest story about her daughter, Jessa. These are her words below.

Jessa was running around with a purse on each shoulder, heading towards the door.

Jessa says: “G’bye Mommy!”
Me: “Bye! Where are you going?”
Jessa: “shopping”
Me: “Have fun. What are you going to get while you are shopping?”
Jessa: “Um…umm…salt and mineral.”

She might be a ranch kid.

The Hero, The Cowgirl

Cowgirls, much like you’d think of those cattle herders in the late 19th century, are strong and steady-handed. They too have a stoic heir about them when they’re on the job, dauntless in the way of weather, wild animals, and the unknown.

In the days leading up to the WWRA 2015 World Finals, I followed rodeo team leader, Rachel Smith, around as she prepared for the competition. When I showed up, I realized that I wasn’t going to be Rachel’s only shadow. Her 2 year old daughter, Jessa, was always in tow.

Jessa is a beautiful young girl, ferocious and funny. She always wanted to help and always wanted to be on a horse. If you were to ever meet her, you wouldn’t believe she’s been on the earth for such a short time. The bond between Jessa and Rachel was so strong, even though both are filled with such independence.

Something else I think goes unknown by too many is that the unflappable nature that dominates ranch life can melt into such a warmness. Rachel, this awe inspiring woman of strength, has so many facets. She knows the land and the animals like no other, she is a brilliant wife and mother, and she’s great to have a conversation with. In my mind, she’s a hero. May women of her nature be remembered as Americana in years to come.

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