Rodeo Fashion

Due to the response I’ve had of people asking me where I got certain pieces of my outfit I decided to create a blog post! My outfit for the Filer, ID PRCA was super fun. Not to mention, I got a lot of compliments on it. What girl doesn’t like to be complemented on their outfit? So for all those who are curios I’ve linked each item in my outfit to where I got it from right here on my blog.

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Hat: Charlie 1 Horse http://www.charlie1horsehats.com

Kimono: Buckle http://buckle.com

Necklace: Backwoods Barbie Couture https://www.instagram.com/backwoods.barbie.couture/

Bracelet and Earrings: Triggers Boutique http://www.triggersreno.com

Shirt: Among the Willow Wagon http://www.amongthewillowwagon.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Belt Buckle: Redford Ranch Style https://www.redfordranchstyle.com

Jeans: Miss Me http://www.missme.com

Boots: RitzyGypsy Boutique http://ritzygypsy.storenvy.com

 

Another fun part of my outfit was my hair. On the drive I decided that I was going to learn how to do a fishtail braid. To my surprise I found out it’s actually pretty easy. Just follow the steps below

 

I hope this post gives you some fun outfit inspiration for your future rodeo fashion.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Shasta

Okay so I may be a child at heart! But guys seriously how cute is Shasta?!

I’d been telling Tait that all I wanted for my birthday is a mini horse and he replied numerous times about how dumb that idea was. So you can imagine my surprise when he showed up at the office on my birthday with a mini horse. Yes… I may be spoiled, but so is he so I guess it’s a win win.

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Yes he walked the horse in the building.

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I don’t know who loves him more, me or Texas?

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My new project is redoing a cart so we can go on pony rides.

Stay tuned…. More to come on the adventures with Shasta.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

The Biggest Little City in the World

Reno has been such a fun little trip. The Reno rodeo and BFI provide us with a perfect trip in the middle of June. What’s even better is that between Reno and the NFR we get a nice little rodeo vacation every six months that provides lots of opportunities for SHOPPING!!! Oooops, I mean for watching my husband rope! Yay! We also get to spend time with great company.

Tait and I are extremely blessed to be able to do what we love and hit the rodeo trail. We are even more blessed that we have family that travels all over to watch, support, and cheer us on.

Rodeo is a sport that has both ups and downs. This year Reno was a bit more of a down. However, the downs are what define us as cowboys and cowgirls. You have to be able to take that down, learn from it, and carry on. The bad runs provide us with the perfect opportunity to learn our flaws so that we can turn them into our strengths.

The great thing about rodeo is that there is always another one!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

College Days in Big Spring, TX

I can’t help but reminisce on all the good old college days as I drive through Big Spring on the way to the George Strait team roping today. On one hand those days seem like yesterday, but on the other hand it seems like it was forever ago.

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Packing my stuff, loading my horses in the horse trailer, and driving over 1000 miles to go to college was one of the best decisions I ever made. Wow did I ever do some growing up. This small town of Big Spring taught me life lessons I will never forget, generated friendships that will last a lifetime, and helped me accomplish my dream of moving to Texas on a rodeo scholarship.

Many nights turned into mornings at Out Yonder where every minute was spent enjoying TC Fambro’s musical talent and the company of our rodeo team and family. You can’t go wrong with some shuffle board, two stepping, and Texas country music.

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Neighbors was the pit stop on the way to the practice arena where deep fried burritos, munchies, and dr. pepper helped me to gain my freshman 15. So not healthy, but so worth every pound.

The practice arena was not only where daily practice was held, but became a place that we as a rodeo team could call home. We learned responsibility, whether it was by feeding our own horses morning and night, being at practice on time, opening the chutes, holding a goat, or by lending a hand to a team member.

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Dorm life was certainly an experience I will never forget. The roommates I had became sisters that hold a dear spot in my heart. At times we may have been closer than we would have liked and other times we had a scuffle or two, but in the end we were each others best supporters, cheerleaders, and best friends.

College Rodeo in Texas is unreal. It was everything I thought it would be and so much more. I had an absolute blast competing with the tough competition. What was even more satisfying was realizing that I could hang.

The feeling of stepping off my horse running mock 90 in the rodeo bowl is one I’ll never forget. Especially, because it ended with me eating sh**. But hey I have some awesome photos!

I can’t listen to Adele’s song rolling in the deep without being reminded of our girls practice rocking out and preparing for our school’s college rodeo at the rodeo bowl.

Those two years in Big Spring will always be cherished! Big Spring is the place where I discovered the qualities that make me wonderful and unique. I have always been a motivated, responsible person. I always knew I wanted to go to Texas on a rodeo scholarship and I did. However, I had no way of knowing that Texas would shape me to be me. As responsible and motivated as I am, Texas threw me for a loop and challenged me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. It gave me a whole new perspective on life and taught me to live life to the fullest, take in every moment, and see the good in each experience.

XOXO

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Vote Kyle Jack for the 2016 Fan Exemption!

Why should Kyle be the 2016 fan choice exemption?

I’ll tell you why….. You’ll never find a more loyal, caring, honest person than Kyle. He is known for his big heart, friendly personality, loud mouth (in a good way), and cheery spirit.

Barrel races wouldn’t be the same without Kyle. He keeps everyone laughing, whether it’s by dancing in the arena or making a random comment. If someone needs help Kyle is the first to lend a hand.

If Kyle is a part of your day, you know it will be a great day. His uplifting personality is contagious. You’ll never find a more genuine friend.

Kyle is everyones number one fan. I usually don’t hear people cheering for me while I’m running, but I hear Kyle (I know I’m not alone in this). He sits there runner after runner, race after race, cheering on everyone. Who really has time for that?

The thing about Kyle is that he makes time. It’s now time for us to make time for him and take 30 seconds out of our day to vote. There are only a few days left so everyone get voting.

After years of having Kyle as all of our cheer leader, it’s now our turn to cheer on Kyle! Everyone vote Kyle for the 2016 fan exemption.

You can vote by following this link

http://www.rfdtv.com/story/30250666/2016-the-american-fan-exemption#.Vqm7Pjal7FJ

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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Denver Lovin

I think it’s safe to say that Tait and I had a lot of fun in Denver. We were there for the superior cattle sale, as well as the Denver Rodeo. When we got to Denver we had a standard economy rental car. However, Tait saw a car in the parking lot and fell in love!! Needless to say we upgraded.

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And the whole week he thought he was a nascar driver…… Kinda scary!

The superior sale in Denver is a big deal because they give out awards for the representatives who sold the most cattle as well as other categories. For those of you who don’t know superior is a cattle auction that is on the TV so buyers all over the country can see and bid on the cattle. We had fun at the representative dinner. I’m so proud of Tait, he hasn’t been a rep for very long and he is so young. His dedication is paying off and I know that he will go far. He already has such great successes. It was a great night for these two cattlemen.

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The Denver Stockshow and Rodeo! Wow!! It is such a big rodeo!! We had so much fun!! It’s like Vegas shopping all over again!! I’m not sure that Tait liked that part so much….. lol but I did get this super cute jacket!

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The rodeo didn’t go as well as hoped for. Tait made an excellent run to be winning the rodeo, but didn’t quite give the steer enough of a head start. It was definitely a bummer.

Additionally, I got to go to the Denver mart (WESA) with my bestie from college. It was so fun to be reunited with Bailie. 5 years of separation, over a thousand miles, and we didn’t miss a beat. The friendship this girl and I made is a once in a lifetime deal.

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These are some college days photos because we are slackers and didn’t get any new ones!!! Boy do we look young! It was so much fun to reminisce and catch up. I absolutely love this girl to pieces.

At the Denver mart Bailie talked me into buying the cutest cowhide runner! I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love its new place in my house!

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Overall, Denver was a complete success! We got to hot rod our car all over town, spend time with great friends, shop, and rodeo! All of my favorite things! What more could a girl want?

I’m one HAPPY girl.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My First Roping

Every year for new years we go to Mesquite for the annual World Series roping.This year was a little bit tricky because we had to split up. Tait was in Denver at the rodeo where he had an awesome run and won 4th in the round. He goes back to Denver around the 17th. Yay!  He had one truck and trailer in Denver and I took the other truck and trailer to Mesquite. The problem was that I rope on the horse (Chuck) that he was roping on in Denver. Chuck is the best horse and such a great baby sitter. He makes it so that I literally just have to worry about catching, which is plenty to worry about for me. Tait left in such a hurry for Denver because it was right after Christmas and we still had family staying with us that he didn’t get a chance to help me load the trailer. As I was loading all of our hay and getting the trailer ready for Mesquite Tait sent me a text of the Broncos stadium. That stinker went to a Broncos game without me. I was sure to text back a picture of the hay so that he knew I was having as much fun as he was…. not…..

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Tait is a huge worrier. It’s like bad…. So my whole drive to Mesquite he was sure to check on me multiple times. The worst is it’s only a 3 hour drive so you can imagine how many phone calls I received. I can just hear him saying “Where are ya now?” and I’d reply “five minutes past where I told you when you called five minutes ago.” It seemed that every time I was jamming out to a great song is right when he would call. When I got to Mesquite I got the horses all settled in and the trailer unhooked and set up at the end of the arena so that we could sit in the trailer and watch the roping. It turned out to be super nice and convenient.

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Then I went to my inlaws house and got myself settled in. I enjoyed a nice relaxing evening in the hot tub and watching a chick flick. My relaxing evening was interrupted at 4am when Tait woke me to go pick him up at the arena. He had to drive all night because I needed Chuck for the roping the next morning. He’s such a good husband to make sure I’m mounted on the best horse and taken care of.

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Last year I told Tait that my new years resolution was to start practicing so that the next year (this year) I could enter. I don’t like missing out on the fun so I might as well rope too. I began practicing shortly after and this year I did enter. The roping didn’t go as good as it could have, but it didn’t go as bad as it could have either. I caught way more than I missed and for that I’m happy. Not to shabby for my first roping ever. Besides, I had a blast doing it.

I love to get pictures of Tait roping. When I roped I told him to take pictures of me. He surprised me and actually did a great job, but I don’t think he liked the switch of our roles lol.

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Here are some of my favorite pics that I got of Tait roping throughout the week.

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He is such a great roper and at both ends. It seriously doesn’t matter if he heads or heels because he is so talented at both. We had a blast ringing in the new year in Mesquite, spending time together, and doing what we love. We can’t wait to go back for the next roping at the end of the month.

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~ The Rustic Ranch Wife

World Series Finale

Vegas this year went by in the blink of an eye. It’s a trip that we look forward to every year and it always comes and goes in a flash. We didn’t get to do too much shopping this year because Tait was entered in every roping he could.

The world series finale is so much fun to watch, but takes all day to get through all the rounds. Tait and Ky rope great together and were hoping to win big like they did last year. They were 4th high call coming into the short round (meaning they were the 4th fastest time on 3 steers with one steer to go). The short round is a pretty big deal. There is over $1 million in payouts among the winners. They had all the contestants come in for a grand entry. Tait of course was the cutest, he made sure to give his horse Chuck some pets in the grand entry. The short round started at 50th high call. Talk about some nerves in anticipation. I was a wreck in the bleachers waiting for him to rope. All they had to do is catch and they would have won around $100 grand. When their turn came we all got really quiet and watched closer than ever before. However, luck wasn’t in their favor and they came up empty handed. When it gets to that point it is really the luck of  the draw and they simply didn’t draw a good steer.

Although the roping didn’t pan out how we wanted we still came home with a little earnings, memories that will last a life time, and an appreciation for the world of team roping and rodeo.

Here are some photos from the week….

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I hope you enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife