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!
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!
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.
Sweeping view after sweeping view, Montana is rightly referred to as The Treasure State. Mountain Sky Ranch sits perfectly perched just above Yellowstone River, extending across Paradise Valley and up the surrounding foothills. Take one step onto the ranch, and you feel like you’ve time-traveled to the days of the Wild West. It’s no wonder. The ranch dates back to the late 1800s as a stopping point on the Lonesome Dove cattle drive trail all the way from Texas.
Meghaan Lieber and Julie Tate, wranglers at Mountain Sky, ride around the property with the greatest of ease, herding dozens of horses against the backdrop of the American Frontier. If it sounds overwhelmingly majestic, that’s because it is. These girls, skilled and sharp, don’t mind the mud on their boots or the sweat on their brows. That’s all part of the glory of the job. Horse wrangling is hard work. Watching them ride made me realize that the romanticized notion of the Old West lives on. Meghaan and Julie know the land well. It’s like a close friend; the more familiar you get, the more secrets and hidden trails you discover.
An adventurous spirit is a prerequisite to living and working in this great state. Whatever the weather may bring, no matter which animal is near, come hell or high water, you have to be able to face it headstrong, without flinching. A Montana woman, now that is someone deserving of admiration.
Meghaan is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Dodson Shirt and Carhartt Women’s Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree; and Julie is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest/Sherpa Lined, & Carhartt Women’s Slim Fit Nyona Jean
Remember Claire from Willowbrooke Farms in Michigan a few weeks back? Her story is featured in the Carhartt Spring 2014 Lookbook. Posted above are a few more behind the scene shots of Claire and Dixie. Make sure to check out the sneak preview of the Spring line here. The Jasper Jeans are available now! With Work-Flex™ durable stretch technology, they are perfect for a work day that’s filled with bending, crawling, and climbing. You may have heard about Carhartt Force already. Its stain resistant and moisture wicking material make it perfect for work. It will soon be available in a polo T-shirt with a great shape and color.
It’s official, the 1889 Slim Double Front is my new favorite work pant.
These dungarees have a slim flit with a mid rise that sits just below the waist.
The contoured waistband prevents gapping in the back,
so you can bend over to work without a care in the world.
With utility pockets and hammer loop, you’re ready for action.
And don’t forget the double layer of fabric on the front of the legs.
These pants can really take a beating.
I’m all for great work pants that fits in a feminine way.
shop this look: Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Pant, Annapolis Shirt, & Wellington Boot
Horses can be the best of friends. Just ask Claire.
She’s been riding since childhood.
Claire has seen the bond between girl and horse firsthand.
It’s a relationship of mutual respect, trust, and love.
Now she and her horse Dixie participate in competitions all over Michigan.
Claire knows that horses will always be a part of her life.
Check out Claire’s outfit here: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Kenai Parka, Norfolk Henley, Slim Fit Nyona Jean, & Wellington Boots