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.
In 5th grade, Denise got the best present a kid could ever hope for, a white pony for Christmas. Can you imagine the sheer joy that must have beamed from her face? Since then, she’s been a creature of the outdoors and a lover of animals.
As they prepped for an evening ride, the setting sun dripped all over Denise and Janis Joplin. (The latter is her horse, not to be confused with 60’s singer/songwriter.) That’s when it occurred to me that there is a good bit of magic in every horse, not just Christmas ponies.
Denise is wearing the Minot Shirt in the photos above. It’s flexible and comfortable enough so that she can ride and rope with ease. Take a closer look here.
The Wild ‘N’ Wooly rodeo team are roping experts. Cowgirl Joette Donnel has a few tips to share about practice before any competitions.
Keys to Roping Practice:
- Focus on keeping your horse correct.
– riding good position
– keep your horse keyed in on your cues, this is important for changes in speed and direction
- Working well with your teammates.
-Understand your teammates and how they will respond to changes during your run.
- Being aggressive and accurate with your roping.
-Precision equals success
Get a hold of this team in action!
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!
“I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.” -Linda McCartney
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.
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