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!
Carhartts always pair well with chaps and fringe.
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.
These spring evenings can be chilly, so bundle up. Grab a Cedar Sherpa Jacket while you still can!
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.
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!
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.
Your kids are always watching with both eyes wide open. They see the hours and hours of labor you pour into every day. They soak up the love you have for them and all of the souls in your care. Consider it the richest of compliments when they copy your every move. Those are precious moments—hold on to them tight.
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?”
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.
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.