Tips From the Top Horse Rodeo Winner

Here are a few pointers from Joette Donnell, the winner of Top Horse at the 11th annual WRRA finals:

“Winning at a competition is the ultimate reward for all the time you put in practicing and money you spend traveling. It’s a lot of work to make it to the top of any sport. I will never feel like I have actually made it that far, but each successful competition I do well at, I feel like I am one step closer to being at the top. I have been blessed to have a family who is very good at training horses and competing in roping events. I have tried to take full advantage of my opportunity to learn from them. Dad used to enter ranch rodeos with my brother, JT, and I when we were in middle school and high school. We had a lot of success. I am very proud that my father would allow us to enter with him, he always had a group of grown men that would enter with him any where he wanted to compete.

Winning Top Horse was a great accomplishment! I am so proud that they chose B.P. and I. It took both of us as well as the Wild and Wooly team to achieve the honor. I love the ladies on our team! They have great work ethic and positive attitudes. That goes a long ways when you are trying to fulfill a dream.

I believe anyone who would like to win Top Horse needs to consistently work hard at their trade. They must ride all the time and keep their horse tuned up as well as themselves. They also need to perfect their roping and sorting skills in order to be on the top of their game. It doesn’t happen over night. Having a team that pulls their weight and beyond, is also a big benefit. It makes competition easier when things are going well. Your horse is much easier to show to the judges when everything your team accomplishes is fairly smooth and doesn’t leave a negative memory in the judges mind. As the saying goes…”It takes a village”, well that is true in so many facets of life. I believe anyone’s “village” helps them to accomplish their goals and realize their full potential!” -Joette Donnell

Best Horse in Show, Joette Donnell / Crafted in Carhartt

Best Horse in Show, Joette Donnell / Crafted in Carhartt

Best Horse in Show, Joette Donnell / Crafted in Carhartt

Best Horse in Show, Joette Donnell / Crafted in Carhartt

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.

Joette and B.P.

After such preparation, the Wild and Wooly team finally made it to Loveland, Colorado, where the rodeo was held. With just a enough time to squeeze in an early morning warmup, Joette and B.P. watched the sunrise from the empty outdoor arena, slowly turning laps in the brisk air.

It was such a peaceful moment between horse and rider that I felt lucky to be there. No words were spoken. It was quiet. Perhaps those were the only quiet minutes of the hectic and fun weekend. They were connecting and enjoying all that crisp morning had to offer, charging up for the competition ahead.

Early morning warmpup with Joette Donell and B.P. / Crafted in Carhartt

Early morning warmpup with Joette Donell and B.P. / Crafted in Carhartt

Early morning warmpup with Joette Donell and B.P. / Crafted in Carhartt

Early morning warmpup with Joette Donell and B.P. / Crafted in Carhartt

Joette is wearing the Carhartt Women’s Crowley Jacket.

The Hamilton Flannel

One of our favorite cowgirls, Joette Donell, wears Carhartt regularly. Something you have to appreciate about a solid work shirt is that it can be soft to the touch, yet tough enough to stand up to wear. The Hamilton Flannel does just that. It’s 97% cotton so it’s cozy, and 3% spandex so it can flex with you as your move. That’s ideal when you’re riding and roping. Take it from cowgirl expert herself.

Soft Yet Tough Hamilton Flannel Shirt / Crafted in CarharttCountry Life For Me / Crafted in CarharttSoft Yet Tough Hamilton Flannel Shirt / Crafted in Carhartt

 

Take a closer look at The Hamilton Flannel for yourself here:

Soft Yet Tough Hamilton Flannel Shirt / Crafted in Carhartt