Wild ‘N’ Wooly Rodeo Team

The Wild ‘N’ Wooly Team did not disappoint at the WRRA World Finals in Loveland, Colorado. This group of amazingly talented cowgirls dominated! Each one was study, sure, and confident. It’s invaluable to have trusted team members who are always looking out for you. Way to go Rachel, Joette, Stormie, and Denise!

Wild 'N' Wooly at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Wild 'N' Wooly at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Wild 'N' Wooly at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Wild 'N' Wooly at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Moments Before the Rodeo

There is a side to rodeos that many don’t know about. It’s the quiet moments before the competition. Be it sharing a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll with your teammates or giving your daughter a tight squeeze as the hubbub slowly begins. Each one is a sweet slice of life that makes you feel an itch of nostalgia and a yearning for the next ride.

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

Life Moments at the Rodeo / Crafted in Carhartt

The ever talented Wild ‘N’ Wooley team is wearing: The Women’s Minot Shirt & Slim Fit Nyona Jean.

Cowgirl Joette Donnell

Meet Joette Donnell. She possess the heart and soul of a cowgirl, right down to her homestead. That’s right, Joette lives in a real homestead. It’s only been owned by one family before it came into Joette and her husband’s hands. The home and surrounding land is rich with history and strong family ties.

Now when you’re a cowgirl, you have to act the part. That means waking up early every morning to feed the animals and waiting to rest your bones till all the chores are done well after sundown. And as you know the buck doesn’t stop there. You have to dress the part as well. Joette sure has that covered. She owns 36 awe inspiring pairs of cowgirl boots, and each is filled with personality. On top of that, she’s won over 30 belt buckles.

In case you didn’t know, belt buckles are one of the many coveted prizes for competing, and Joette has been in the game since she was 5 years old. Now that’s a cowgirl through and through.

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Joette is wearing the Amoret Vest. This little bundle of warmth will keep you cozy and still give you enough movement to get all those chores done. It’s water-repellent and reversible, so you get all the more opportunity to wear it often. It’s on sale-click here!

Carhartt Women's Amoret Vest

 

 

Carhartt Force Performance T-Shirt

Don’t be deceived. This is not an athletic shirt. Yes, it’s designed to wick sweat and fight odors, but Carhartt Force takes it a step further to blocks stains. When you spend your days working on the ranch, you don’t need a gym. Mucking stalls and lifting saddles is where you put in your reps, and it’s a heck of a lot more fun. Doing your job is the greatest fitness routine you could ever perform. It’s good for you, good for the land, and good for the critters.

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Childhood on a Ranch

A spirit of freedom flourishes in kids that grow up in the country. There’s a maturity that comes with doing chores and caring for animals, not to mention, a wisdom that comes from soaking up nature. The sun rises and sets. You depend on the land and the land depends on you.

What was your country kid experience like? Share you story with us at craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com.

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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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