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Cowgirls Cowgirl Living with Runway Flair

Spring Issue 2012


Planning the Perfect Country Wedding Spring Cleaning your Tack Rooms and Barns Rodeo Royalty Season Tips from the Queens

Close up with NFR Barrel Racer, Fashion Model Angie Meadors


Cowgirls In Style Magazine specials

On The Cover

24 Planning a


perfect Country Wedding

We feature different types of wedding ideas from traditional white and pastel, country denim, and western rustic wedding ideas. Also, a checklist for the bride and groom and some fun accessories for the wedding.

34 Angie

Meadors Fashion Model and NFR Barrel Racer


24 Planning a Country Wedding 34 Meet NFR Barrel Racer/ Model Angie Meadors 40 Rodeo Pageant Season... Tips from the Queens

40 Rodeo QUeen

46 Spring Cleaning your Barn and Tack Room

46 Spring Clean

Cover Credits: Angie Meadors Photographed by: Steve Lucas Photography Courtesy of Cowgirl Tuff Company Angie is wearing the Cowgirl Tuff jean “Believe and It’s Possible”

Tips Get pageant tips from national Queens



Your Barn and Tack Room

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24-33 Photo By: Amberlee Christie

In Every Issue Features In Beauty

In Business

In Entertainment 16 The ACA’s fashions

52 Around the Barrel with Candy Rodewald

In Fashion

Cowgirls Social

14 Spring Makeup Tips 15 Cowgirl Manicure

18 Cowgirls Spring Fashion Forecast 20 Latest Styles from the Biggest Brands

50 Cowgirl Swank

In Rodeo

54 ACA’s, MRA

In Travel

58 The Western Wanderer visits Garnet, Montana

In Equestrian

37 Bling Your Horse. 38 Horse Training 101

How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls

44 Cowgirls 45 Making a Difference

Summer Issue Coming June 2012 • • • • •

Summer Fashions Summer Vacations Celebrity Fashions Online Dating The Cowgirls Historical Foundation • The Jean That Is Right For You • Much More!

In Every Issue 7 Cowgirls Mailroom 8 A Cowgirl’s Voice 9 What’s New 10 E-Cowgirl 11 Calendar Cowgirls 17 Country Buzz

Coming June 2012

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Cowgirls Mail Room

See what people are saying about Cowgirls In Style Magazine

Comments from our winter issue. We’re glad you are enjoying Cowgirls In Style magazine! Thanks everyone! Just got my magazine in the mail! LOVE IT! Thank ya’ll so much! ~Elizabeth, Texas I shared you with GREAT Cowgirls in SE Iowa plus all my Cowgirls all over the country!!!!! Something we’ve all been missin! ~Karry I loved the article on Patricia in your last issue! ~Nancy My daughter is in love with this magazine! ~Nicole

Loved the MRA Fashion desginers article!! Thank you for your magazine! ~HD

Great to see McKenzie on the cover! T.F.

Love, love, love your magazine! So happy we have something for us country girls! C.S. Texas

I love the idea of giving cowgirls a voice! This magazine has been long overdue! There are so many cowboy magazines. It’s now our turn! Sue Washington

Love this magazine! I wish we had something like it in Italy! ~Nicole

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from the editor

Cowgirls In Style

A Cowgirl’s Voice...

Spring 2012

C.I.S. Editor-In-Chief Susan Gentry with 2011 Miss Rodeo America, McKenzie Haley at the MRA Pageant in Las Vegas

Magazine Susan Gentry Founder Editor-In-Chief Jeannie Flynn Assistant Editor Robert Gentry Assistant Editor


owgirls In Style magazine has been having a lot of fun! From the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and the NFR, to the American Country Awards Red Carpet! We’ve gotten around! We loved the fashions at the MRA pageant and the ACA’s! We are so thrilled with the cover of this spring issue and the opportunity to feature, barrel racer/model, Angie Meadors. We call her, “the woman of all trades.” So fun to read her story. Also, it’s that time of year where many women are trying to get ideas for the perfect country wedding. Whether you are the one with the upcoming wedding, or you are looking for your daughter, or you’re just looking for ideas for the a future wedding, we have compiled some photos and information for some fun wedding ideas. We have included the more traditional look, the denim look and a rustic, style wedding.

Check out our new Rodeo Queen’s Corner look! We have featured Miss Rodeo America 2012, Mackenzie Carr and also unveiled our new logo with Miss Rodeo Illinois 2011 Brooke Owen, who won Most Photogenic in the MRA Pageant. We have also included tips from some of the top Rodeo Queens from around the country. Get ready to spring clean your barn or tack room! We’ve included some ways to easily organize your tack room. We also included ideas of how you can have a tack room with limited space!

Contributors Tim Carson Cort Flynn Sarah DeGroot Devanie Gentry Lois Hunt Art/Production/Layout Country Productions Advertising Quinton Charles

Send editorial submissions to: For Advertising: Country Productions P.O. Box 841 Washington, UT 84780 Email:

We appreciate all of your Cowgirl support and for letting the Cowgirl voice ring clear! Until next time, we hope to see you all on the trail!


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Copyright 2012 Country Productions/Cowgirls In Style Magazine. Cowgirls In Style does not assume liability for articles, products or services advertised within.



eredith Lockhart of Thistles West and Merezia Custom Rodeo Queen MacKenzie Carr was named Wear is announcing a name change Miss Rodeo America 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. for her companies to Meredith Lockhart Collections ( Customers will have one location for all of Meredith’s collections. Her beautiful, award winning unique MacKenzie is from Vernonia, Oregon. She received the crown on December 10, 2011 at handmade western and crossover fashions, the conclusion of the week-long pageant held wedding dresses, bags, belts, masks and jewin Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the elry will be featured. Fashion customers will be able to see Meredith’s winning rodeo queen Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. fashions and those customers can easily see Read more about MacKenzie in our Rodeo her accessories and fashions all in one website. Queen’s Corner along with tips from her and Bobbi Jeen Olson, the 2012 face of Meredith Lockhart Collections will be featured in many other Rodeo Queen’s around the country. fashions and accessories on the website.

e -Cowgirl Cowgirl Blogger |Devanie Gentry

Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Inspiration for your Country Wedding


hile looking for some information to include in our Country Weddings feature article, I came upon an informative website and blog... Rustic Wedding Chic has become the wedding blog of choice for brides planning a rustic or country wedding. Launched in May of 2009, Rustic Wedding Chic inspires and guides couples with a daily muse of photography and information along with a curated directory of resources, the very popular “Ask Maggie” feature, a “How To” with DIY projects, etiquette advice and helpful articles. Rustic Wedding Chic loves to showcase “real” weddings- filled with creative, dreamy and inspiring photos. Editor and founder, Maggie Lord, a self confessed wedding junkie since the age of 13, loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her lakeside wedding at her family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin, she started blogging. Now has become a leading online resource for rustic & country weddings and acts as a daily muse for

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brides, couples and wedding enthusiasts, offering an online venue for idea gathering and inspiration. In addition to being the editor of Rustic Wedding Chic Maggie is also a contributing author for various other online and print publications and is sought after as an expert on rustic & country weddings. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received a Master’s Degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and young son.

Rustic Wedding Chic (Gibbs Smith publishing) their book will be coming out in August and offers over 160 pages of country and rustic inspiration along with Tips From The Wedding Pros,

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In Beauty

Cowgirl Beauty Tips

Makeup Trends for Spring 2012

From The Cowgirl Dirt Team Written By Sarah DeGroot

It’s time to update our cowgirl look with the latest fashion trends in makeup. Two opposing spring trends are in the air. Much of the winter’s trends are being carried over into spring in a subdued form including metallic eyes and red lips. However, if you want a completely fresh look, forget the red lips and go with the new soft, sun-kissed look that is pink and peachy. Coming out of winter dryness, skin needs special care to achieve the natural look. Work at hydrating your face to get your skin as close to perfect as possible. Following a good skin-conditioning regimen, apply foundation thickly focusing on the center of the face. The trick is to create the perfect “nude” canvas that a hint (or a pop) of color can be added to. Lip colors vary this season. If you love red lips and always tend toward red, stick with it. However, if you are ready for something new, try the new rosy or nude lips. Pink is universally becoming to women as long as you pick a pink with complementary undertones to your skin. One or two shades darker than your lips is a good nude lip color. Cheeks this spring are imitating the sun-kissed and rosy natu-

ral glow. Apply bronzer under your cheekbone and continue with a coral or plum blush on the cheek. Don’t forget to smile while applying your blush. Not only do cheek colors need to look natural, but the location needs to look natural too. Eye colors are focusing on pastels in keeping with the clean look of spring. Metallic, smoky eyes are still very popular in light gold, green, and silver. Before applying eye shadow, apply concealer or cream eye shadow to encourage a long lasting affect without smudges. For a fresh and natural metallic eye, apply lightly to add just a hint of color. One area of the face that cowgirls should not forget this season is the brows. Brows are going thick and brushed up. Choose a brow or eyeliner pencil one to two shades lighter than your brow to fill in your brow with extra color. If you don’t go with the new thick brows, remember to keep your brows well groomed. To achieve these new trends in makeup, check out Cowgirl Dirt’s Rawhide Organic Facial Serum, Deep Sea Masque, Powder Foundation, Concealer, and Silverado Cream Eye Shadow. Every cowgirl featured needs cowgirl makeup.

Cheeks this spring are imitating the sun-kissed and rosy natural glow. 14 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

Cowgirl Dirt 3122 Annie St Bozeman MT 59718 Phone: 855-711-3478 See Coupon Code on Page 19

Manicures for the Cowgirl? Glamming up your nails Cowgirl Style...


ooking for a change in your style, but not sure what? French manicures have been in style for years, but lately nails have become anything goes. We happened upon a blogspot that featured cowgirl/ Western nail art. It’s featured at

The nail designs feature a bucking bronc, red checkered tablecloth with barbwired, cowboy boots, cowboy hats and more. We know many cowgirls don’t have the time to get their nails done, or the cowgirl lifestyle has too many demands for polished nails. But for those of you who want to dress it up a bit, check out the nail art below. Kick it up!


In Beauty


Cowgirls In Style magazine was invited to the American Country Awards Red Carpet! Check it out!

Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Fox

Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry

Kristin Chenoweth

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Jordan Sparks

Lauren Elaina

Jamie Little

Shawna Thompson


Country Buzz

Winning Ed McMahon’s Internet Star Search in 2002 and advanced to the Hollywood round of American Idol in 2009. “She’s wow! With great vocals-great song!”


t first glance, Mallorie Haley may seem like just With great vocals-great song!” says Mary J. Blige. another pretty face. No doubt about it, the girl turns heads but once she opens her mouth to Demonstrating great promise as a writer and an unwavsing you’ll soon discover this is one beautiful ering determination to achieve her ultimate goal of beyoung lady with the talent to back it up. Her exceptional coming a recording artist, Mallorie made the move to Nashville in 2007. She quickly developed voice, remarkable writing chops and musiMallorie is strong relationships within Music Row’s cianship will keep you looking and listening. everything country tight nit community of songwriters. She Mallorie was born in Winner, South Dakota music listeners have also caught the attention of several music where it quickly became apparent that this been waiting to hear. business executives. “Mallorie possesses a unique yet familiar vocal style-it’s intrigulittle girl had stars in her eyes. Mallorie began a lifelong journey to a career as a country music recording ing and fresh, but still she stays true to the genre. She’s artist by singing the National Anthem at National Finals truly the complete package and I am proud to be able to Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then there’s been work with her!!” commented Porter. Multiplatinum prono looking back. Her exceptional vocal skills have given ducer, Carson Chamberlain remarked, “She has a unique her the opportunity to sing to thousands of fans opening sound that is refreshing in today’s climate.” for numerous well known artists including George Jones, Crystal Gayle, Deirks Bentley and Kenny Chesney to name a few. Mallorie continued paying her dues and honing her With a sultry yet traditional vocal style combined with reskills while singing at festivals and rodeos all over the Mid- markable writing skills not to mention undeniable beauty west in addition to the Texas Rangers baseball games and inside and out, Mallorie Haley is everything country music the Johnnie High Music Review. Notably, she won Ed Mc- listeners have been waiting to hear. In the words of Simon Mahon’s Internet Star Search in 2002 and advanced to the Cowell, “She’s fearless, great fun, great energy! I like her!” Hollywood round of American Idol in 2009. “She’s wow! Enough said!

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In Fashion


Fashion Forecast Spring 2012 Written By Devanie Gentry

Colors for spring are luscious Tangerine tango, margarita, cockatoo, starfish, sodalite blue and driftwood...


pring has always been a season for pastel colors and light colored fashions, but this spring you can add bright colors to your pastel color wardrobe.

Fashion designer, Meredith Lockhart says, “My forecast for Spring Fashion trends lean toward the romantic looks of flowy skirts and tops that are feminine. I love the look of a layered maxi skirt and a well fitted top or a brightly colored ruffled top with a straight skirt in a neutral tone. A favorite thing of mine for spring is to start with an off white fabric or buckskin and add tons of embroidery in bright springy colors then add, for instance, a handkerchief hem skirt and a top of the Flamingo(pinkish coral) under a jacket. All finished off with a great decorative belt, boots and jewelry with some turquoise in it! A touch of bling on the top or the skirt with Swarovski crystals is a must! The accessory forecast is for colors such as Sagebrush, Angora, Cinder and Flamingo, just to name a few with Baja being my favorite.”

Spring Colors Palette Tangerine Tango colored boots

‘My forecast for Spring Fashion trends lean toward the romantic looks of flowy skirts and tops that are feminine.’

-Meredith Lockhart Fashion Designer

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“Some of the colors for spring are luscious Tangerine Tango, Margarita, Cockatoo, Starfish, Sodalite Blue and Driftwood,” says Meredith. Of course, everybody, whether you are a western fashonista or not, needs a great pair of boots, belt or bag. Western fashions are still to be seen in the mix of High Fashion Couture runway shows everywhere.”

A sodalite blue colored ring with sterling silver is a great fashion accessory. Dress it up, or wear it with your favorite denim outfit.

Meredith’s wedding dress color forecast for spring is to get away from the traditional white or off white. Break out of the mold and go bolder with colors like Pistachio, Rose Hips, Flamingo or Innocence(a pale pinkish color). View her pink and white wedding dress in our weddings feature section.

In Fashion


Use accent colors of Tangerine Tango, Sodalite Blue, Cockatoo or Cabaret(hot pink) with a dress of champagne or natural white(slightly off white) silk. These beautiful, bright spring colors are accentuated in a spring bridal bouquet.

If you are looking for more wedding fashions, styles and ideas, read our featured Country Weddings section. We have included pastel, denim, rustic and spring wedding ideas. Look no further to plan a beautiful country wedding. Cowgirls In Style has placed it all in this convenient, beautiful spring issue. ,

For more country wedding fashions, styles and ideas, look in our special country wedding feature. you will find pastel, denim, rustic and spring fashions... Spring 2012 |

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Latest Cowgirl

In Fashion

From the BIGGEST Cowgirl Brands

Cowgirl Tuff News...

000158 Yellow burnout jersey tee with crystal button vneck. Large brown velvet wings and silver foil. MSRP

000146 Red long sleeve zip hood. French terry fabric with thick black yarn stitching and silver foil/ black designs. MSRP $85.00


• Mother’s Day Promotion (select stores): The week before Mother’s Day, purchase $100 of Cowgirl Tuff product get $10 off; Purchase $150 get $20 off, purchase $200 get $30 off. Father’s Day Promotion (select stores): The week before Father’s Day, purchase $100 of B. Tuff product get $10 off; Purchase $150 get $20 off, purchase $200 get $30 off.

Rodeo Star Medium wash with whiskering/sanding. Brown stitching, brown barbed wire stitching on back pockets with star/buckin’ horse and plaid details. MSRP $99.99

000151 Black tank dress in jersey stretch. Women’s cut and finished seams. Charcoal/white paisley print and crystals. MSRP $55.00

• NGU Wear: Debuting in stores May and June is our NGU Wear line. This includes hoodies, lounge pants, fleece shorts, sundresses, tanks, fleece capris and swimsuits!

Try on a pair of “Rodeo Star” Cowgirl Tuff’s, comfortable and stylish jean

For more information:

Cowgirls In Style Pick Our pick is the Cowgirl Tuff black and purple sweatshirt. With purple being a color for spring, this is reversible and can be worn black with purple art, or purple with black art. Perfect for spring. Black/purple long sleeve slub jersey reversible zip hood. Purple art on black side. Black art on purple side.

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• Jewelry: Available now, we have 3 styles of dog tags with the sayings “Never Give Up”, “Believe” and “Cowgirl Tuff”. They retail for $20.00.


In Fashion

Get Your Cowgirl On...

Wrangler News... • Enjoy the many bright spring colors that Wrangler has to offer. From their turquoise, fuscia, pinks and sherbet orange. Pick out a pair of shorts to match their tanks and t-shirts. • Check out Wrangler’s Booty Up Jean. The Booty Up jean features unique darts , seams, stitching patterns and fabrics all designed to visually lift the rear for the shape women desire. They have under sewn -seams, slanted side darts and repositioned back pockets. Get a pair for spring! • Don’t forget the accessories to go along with your outfit. The belt, the jewelry, the handbag and the boots or rhinestone flip-flops.

For more information:

Style: Western

Style: Women’s Western Wear, style #: LWD264M Details: Pieced dress, Turquoise solid top with paisley bottom, Studs at center and on straps, 100% cotton MSRP: approx $50

Fashion Shirts -Just Released, style #: LW2431M Details: Tailored with performance sleeves, Front and back yokes with embroidery, Waist darts, Rhinestone snaps, 100% polyesterMSRP: approx: $64

Style: Women’s Western Wear, style #: LWD266M Details: V-neck floral embroidery at sleeve and bottom hemline, 100% cotton MSRP: approx. $50

Style: Rock 47 by Wrangler, style #: WHC58HT Details: 23” inseam with cuff, 99% cotton/1% spandex, Hot Rocks wash MSRP: approx. $82

Cowgirls In Style Pick Our pick is the Wrangler Sherbet Orange Jersey Tank Style# LJK570O Rock 47™ Collection. Tank with One Point Western Yokes with Studs. Double Needle Long Gun Metal Stitches at Yokes. 100% Cotton Jersey.

Style: Rock 47 by Wrangler, style #: LJK240M Details: Scoop neck, Stripe, Lace appliqué at sides, 60% cotton/40% polyester MSRP: approx. $50

Style: Women’s Western Fashion Shirts – Indian Summer, style #: LWK268M Details: Aztec print, 100% cotton MSRP: approx. $30

Spring is here! Wrangler has beautiful tanks, dresses and shorts in spring colors. Check out all of their fashions on their website

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Country Weddings Pastel Ideas.............. 24

Denim Ideas ............ 28

Rustic Ideas...............30 Check out our wedding accessories page... 31

Country Weddings

Happily Photo by: Amberlee Christie

Ever After...

Plan the perfect Country Wedding that will make your Once Upon a Time come true...


lanning that perfect wedding can sometimes become overwhelming. We have compiled information for different styles of Country weddings.

The next couple of pages show photos of ideas for a beautiful wedding using pastel colors. The pastel wedding is more of traditional colors which can tie in with a beautiful country theme. It breathes of romance . Different shades of pinks and creams, greens and yellows can make for an exceptionally exquisite wedding. If you would like to go another direction than pastel, the bright yellows, tangerine tango and the light blue/green cockatoo color are set to make your wedding an updated, beautiful spring wedding. In our Spring Fashion Forecast column, we include the spring color palette of fashionable colors which are bright and cheery. These colors can add to your decorations, cakes, bouquets, tablecloths and much more. A deep fuscia will add a little pop to the bright spring colors of any bouquet or flower arrangement. Included in our weddings feature, are the rustic wedding and newer style of denim wedding ideas. Happy wedding planning! 24 | Cowgirls In Style | spring 2012

You’re a country girl, why not show your love for the country lifestyle in your announcements or thank you’s? These photos taken by Amberlee Christie, showcase the “Lasso Your Sweetheart” theme and the photo below shows the love a cowgirl has for her boots. A great way to bring in the country theme as well as show the romance of the moment.

Photo by: Amberlee Christie

Cupcake wedding cakes are all the rage. Flowers on cakes and cupcakes bring in the romance, and country feel. These daisy cupcakes are a perfect addition to a country spring or summer wedding.

Photo by: Amberlee Christie

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Brides with a Delicate Touch of Pink...

Who said brides have to wear white? This gorgeous bridal gown with a touch of pink is designed by Meredith Lockhart. View her ad on page 32.

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Bride’s Checklist Eight to Six Months Before...

Four Weeks Before...

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Announce engagement! Choose location Consult Clergyman/judge Develop a budget Decide on entertainment

Six to Four Months Before...

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Decide on wedding colors Decide on who will be bridesmaids and bridesmaid attire

Four to Two Months Before... • • • • •

Mail invitations Contact newspaper/announce Purchase reception favors Plan wedding party favors Gown alterations

Three Weeks Before...

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Arrange reception decoration Decide on hair style Buy groom’s gift Check on wedding party Ready your new location

Two Weeks Before...

Select Menu • Plan decorations • Select wedding cake design • Select floral designs Book photographer •

Make hair/nail appointment Plan honeymoon wardrobe Give final guest count to caterer Finalize with wedding planner

Two Months Before...

One Week Before...

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Finalize guest list Select/order invitations Address invitations Items for bridal registry Book a physical Shop for wedding rings Finalize honeymoon plans Set up bridal portrait ses-

Purchase traveler’s checks Pack for honeymoon Inform attendants of rehersal Review reception plans

Photo by: Amberlee Christie

Wedding Day ...

Groom’s Checklist

Enjoy!! Don’t forget the Thank you’s after!

Eight to Six Months Before...

Two Weekss Before...

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Announce engagement! Consult Clergyman/judge

Six to Four Months Before...

Buy Bride’s gift Confirm wedding rehersal Make haircut appt.

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Compile invitation list ONE Week Before Select best man and groom • Give bride gift party apparel • Select honeymoon destination • Groomsmen gifts • Final fitting Four to Two Months Before... • Pack for honeymoon • Finalize guest list • Plan rehersal dinner The Day Before • Search for new home/apt. • Make blood test appointment • Check luggage. go to bed early • Tell someone honeymoon itenerary, have Two Months Before... them check home while • Arrange guest accomodations gone. for out of town guests

Four Weeks Before... • • •

Set date to get marriage license Pick up wedding rings Confirm formal wear

Your Wedding Day • •

Get to ceremony ON TIME! Bring rings/license Congratulations!

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Weddings by Sat’n Spurs Written By: Tim Carson

Photo By: Carlos Mata


igh noon wedding… what is more American than country-salt of the earth couples preparing for this day? So it goes that when the western community wants to show off their fashion statements, they want it to express who they are.

Maybe kick off your trusted blue jeans and slip into one of our denim bridal dresses. Sat’n Spurs created the first denim wedding dress in 2001, and they have expanded the line to 26 choices. Sat’n Spurs has since expanded their denim line into garters, accessories and elegant laced jeans. Top of your blue jeans wedding dress with a veiledwhite cattleman hat along with lace victorian boots. 28 | Cowgirls In Style | spring 2012

Photo by: Carlos Mata

Traditional lace dresses have been the main staple for western weddings, and there is no doubt that they are a part of Americana and going nowhere. The Tucson and The Cheyenne shown above, offer the elegance traditional lace dresses have. The Sante Fe (shown in the middle of the photo above), shows a different style of dress that can be used for attendants, or for the bride at her bridal shower.

Slip into one of our denim bridal dresses. Sat’n Spurs created the first denim wedding dress in 2001, and they have expanded the line to 26 choices.

Sat’n Spurs have added a new line of laced jeans for more casual occasions like your bachelorette or engagement party. Cowgirls have a hard time finding something to wear on this occasion because it is a little too formal for jeans, but sometimes not formal enough for an evening gown. This line of jeans is trimmed in beautiful wedding lace; black and white. They can be found in the “Dressed in Denim” category on the website.

Accessories: Picture your white-draped linen tables plated and ready for your guests to sit. What can we do to westernize your table? Sat’n Spurs carries 4 ½ “ polyresin boots to put miniature liquor bottles in and place in front of each plate. So how about a centerpiece? They also have a 14” polyresin-boot planter that looks great as a centerpiece for your tables accented with beautiful flower arrangements. Another option is using their clear-acrylic cowboy hat bowls upside down filled with ice and your favorite beverage.

Sat’n Spurs have added a new line of laced jeans for more casual occasions like your bachelorette or engagement party. One thing a bride loves is to personalize her wedding. Sat’n Spurs does this as well. They can personalize your luncheon or dinner napkins with your name, date and choice of western design. They pride themselves on their great customer service, helping you to create your perfect wedding. From formal wear to table decorations, Sat’n Spurs has the products that will create memories dear to your heart… ‘til death do us part.

Want More Information? Bring the ranch straight to your table with either their 2 ½ “ or 5 ½ “ hay bales. Sat’n Spurs also carries eight western confetti designs all in your favorite colors. You can view more accessories on the weddings accessories page.

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A Rustic Wedding Compliments of Abe & Jessica Fehr Photos by: Jennifer Dennison

Brides... don’t forget the boots!

Western Cake with leather looking frosting trim is sure to be a hit. Adorned with red roses to add a touch of color...

“Welcome to our

Weddin’ “ sign on the gate to welcome the guests.

Jessica found a place on her parents property, hung her teepee and fancied up a bed roll cowboy style, for a romantic wedding night... Rustic center pieces... Every table had different items on it that were taken out of the bride’s mother and grandmother’s house 30 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

Wedding Accessories Bridal Flip Flops Perfect for your wedding day

3 Hay Bales Perfect table decorations Sizes: 2 ½ “ or 5 ½ “

These bridal jeans are perfect for the casual occasions like your bachelorette or engagement party. They are trimmed in beautiful wedding lace; black and white.


Bridal Shower and Honeymoon Personalize your luncheon or dinner napkins with your name, date and choice of western design.

A surprise for your honeymoon. These cute aprons will surely catch his eye! Find more styles The Annie Oakley at ...

The Southern Belle

A great way to toast the happy couple with these Women, Wine and Equine goblets.

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Written By: Susan Gentry

Photo by: Steve Lucas Photography


ngie Meadors, model, NFR barrel racer, horse trainer and hair stylist, is there anything this woman can’t do? The talented trainer has competed at and won many of the nation’s most prestigious rodeos and futurities across the U.S. and Canada. Not only is Angie an accomplished barrel racer, she is also a sought-after model who is now the model and spokeswoman for the Cowgirl Tuff Company. Here are a list of some of the magazines Angie has been featured in... * Seventeen * Western Horseman * America’s Horse * Women’s Pro Rodeo * Vogue * Country Weekly * Barrel Horse News * Ropers and Riders Calendar Cover Girl (1995 through 1998) * Horse and Rider * Featured on High Gear Rodeo Trading Cards

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Q’s & A’s Cowgirls In Style: Tell about yourself? Angie: I have a great family that I’m very close to. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. My grandpa and dad worked on the Alaskan pipeline. My family is from Oklahoma. We have always had horses and cattle. My grandpa roped and my dad team roped for fun. My mom always loved horses, but was never a barrel racer. I have one younger brother that I am very close to. I’m so very proud of him and look up to him in so many ways. He has a few horses, a cattle ranch and a construction business. CIS: Tell about your animals? A.M. My animals..... I love them all. I have a Shih tzu named Rascal that travels everywhere with me. I think more people know Rascal than me. He loves going to the rodeos with me. He is a little “Social Bug.” He has all his rodeo dog friends and people that he visits every time we go somewhere. I also have a Mini Sicilian Donkey named Coolwhip. My boyfriend Kollin VonAhn bought him for me at the Kansas City petting zoo while we were there for the rodeo. He is the funniest thing ever! He makes me laugh everyday.

CIS: Where are you from? A.M.: I grew up in a small country town in Oklahoma. Wetumka, Ok. I now live in Blanchard, Ok. CIS: Did you grow up in the country? A.M.: Yes. I grew up in a small Oklahoma town. Population 1500. Maybe. There is a four way stop in Wetumka and that’s about all. If you blink you will miss the town. The grocery store is on one corner of the four way, the bank on another, gas station on the other and a Dairy Queen on the other. Not much was ever going on. We were a good 45 minutes from the closest Wal-mart or any other decent sized town. Growing up, I remember doing a lot of riding horses, four wheelers, dragging main street and sitting on the tail gates of pickup trucks with friends at the Dairy Queen watching the traffic pass by. We never locked the doors, everyone knew everyone and everyone’s business. I was your typical small town girl, I guess you could say, but had big dreams for me and my horses. I was known in my small town as ‘Angie the horse girl.’ I now live in the country but it’s really close to the city. I still have the country feel, but, can be at the airport or restaurant in 10 minutes. So that makes it nice. CIS: When did you start riding horses? A.M.: I started riding horses before I could walk. My parents had a palomino pony that I went everywhere on. I rode her in parades, play days and pretty much spent all day just riding and playing on my pony. I had neighbor kids that had ponies and we played ‘cowboys and indians’, had races, and went on trail rides. I can remember in the summer we would ride our ponies, then when we would get hot we would tie them up to a tree and go swimming for a bit, then get right back on and do it again. I was always a kid that when it came dinner time and time for a bath, my mom always had to come outside and make me come in. I was a tom boy and loved to be outside with my animals. I now own one horse, which seems really weird, but for several years now I have trained futurity horses and rode horses at the rodeos for other people. I bought a two year old last June that I own myself. I’m training him and planning on taking him to the futurities. I’m planning on getting a few more of my own horses started in the next few years.

CIS: When did you start barrel racing and what got you started? A.M.: I was probably 4 or 5 when I started barrel racing at the play days and local

Angie competeing at the 2011 NFR in Las Vegas Photo by: Mike Copeman Photography

Angie competes as a professional barrel racer and is also the spokeswoman and model for Cowgirl Tuff company Photos by: Steve Lucas Photography

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junior rodeos. I attended a Martha Josey barrel racing school and had a few friends that barrel raced that I would practice with. I joined the MRCA association, the Oklahoma Barrel racing, and a few more local associations. I set goals for myself at those and when I accomplished those I would move up to tougher competition. I then joined the CRRA and IPRA rodeo associations and started going to rodeos. I remember my mom had a suburban and we had a 4 horse stock trailer that rattled so bad when we pulled in that I was embarrassed to pull in because it was so loud. I made the year end finals at those associations and won Rookie of the Year in the CRRA association. From then on, barrel racing was what I loved and I knew that I was going to do it. I wasn’t sure how, but I was going to be at the National Finals Rodeo as one of the best in the world someday. Some people encouraged me and some discouraged me. I didn’t care, I was so driven that I bought my WPRA card in 1989 and my mom, dad and I hit the road. Looking back now, I think we were just too stupid to know any better. (laugh) It was definitely a learning experience the first year. I ended the year just out of the top 15 but after that in 1990, I qualified for my first NFR at 14 yrs old. It was absolutely a DREAM COME TRUE! I was there. With Charmayne James, Marlene Eddleman, Martha Josey and many other great barrel racers that I idolized. I was fearless back then and so excited to be at the Super Bowl of Rodeo. I had finally made it! I had very supportive parents along with very supportive grandparents that raised me to believe that if I wanted something, to go for it. They were always there telling me I could do it even though it wasn’t always perfect. They always expected me to treat it very serious if I was going to do it at a professional level. I had to put my horses first and foremost above any high school or teenage thing that might come along. Like going to do teenager things before taking care of my horses was a NO NO. I had to make good grades in school and take care of my business. If I didn’t want to do that, I could always go home and be a normal kid, but that was never in my vocabulary. CIS: Why do you barrel race? A.M.: I think my love for horses and the bond between a barrel racer and her horse. I love the competition and that it’s a speed event. CIS: When did you qualify for the NFR and your history? It was 1990, I was 14 yrs old. I have qualified 7 times, aboard 5 different horses. CIS: When did you start modeling? I would have to say my modeling career started because of horses and barrel racing. The first year I qualified for the NFR, Wrangler called me and asked if I would be interested in modeling for them on a photo shoot they had coming up. Of course I knew Wrangler was a big sponsor of the rodeos and endorsed many of the cowboys and cowgirls, but I wasn’t really sure why they wanted to use me for a model. I had absolutely zero experience, but I thought it would be fun, so off we went... me and my mom. From then on, I started doing more and more for Wrangler. I ended 36 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

up having a 20 year relationship with Wrangler as a model and spokesperson. That’s something I’m proud of. The more I modeled, the more I got calls from other things outside the western industry. Doors opened that I would have never believed. I was featured in Seventeen Magazine for modeling and barrel racing. I was also featured in Norwegian Elle Magazine. After about two years of doing it on my own, I got an agent. I’ve now worked for many different clients and companies, worked on movie sets... It’s really fun because its such a different lifestyle for me. To get to go to so many beautiful locations and meet so many interesting people is really fun and eye opening for a small town country girl. It’s a lot like acting. Sometimes you have to become someone you’re not or play the role, which can be fun. It’s really cool when you get to meet people like Collin Farrell and Scott Cann. That’s probably my highlight. I’m just glad when I met them that I could remember to speak. (laugh) CIS: Who are you currently modeling for? A.M.: Cowgirl Tuff Company. In April of 2011, Cowgirl Tuff Company and I teamed up. It has been an incredible journey so far. They are a great group of people to work with. I truly believe in what they stand for. Not to mention, I love their clothes! CIS: What else do you do work wise? A.M.: Besides training horses and rodeoing, I am also a hair stylist. I worked in a salon for almost 6 years before going back to rodeoing. I’m not working in a salon right now because the horses have most of my time. I loved it though, it was fun and got me out of the barn for the day (laugh). Right now, I’m working on getting some barrel racing clinics going for 2012. That will be another exciting adventure. CIS: What are your hobbies? I absolutely love to be at the beach or the lake. I love to water ski, snow ski and just be around the water in the sunshine. If I’m home during the summer and have a day or two off, I love to be at the lake with my family and friends. There is nothing better. CIS: Favorite style of clothes? A.M.: I like the Funky Cowgirl style. I like to dress up, but I’m definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I love custom cowboy boots, cool belts and western jewelry. I think if you have those things you can dress up anything.

More Information? For more information on Angie, go to her website at:

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Horse Training 101 By Dana Hokana

Tips for Keeping Your Cool While Riding the Resistant Horse


believe that we h a v e all felt the challenge, “How can I keep my cool on this horse?” We all have the potential to lose our temper. The problem with losing your temper is it magnifies the problem, making the horse even more resistant to the task. Horses respond best to clear messages. When they are wrong, show them clearly and correctly. When they are right, clearly reward. I like to spend a lot of time showing my horse a maneuver and working on his acceptance to that specific maneuver. There comes a time when I have to demand it. Maintaining acceptance is crucial. If I feel that he has honestly learned and knows what is expected, then he needs to be willing. I should not have to beg for obedience. Everyone’s personality is different so is their patience level. The goal is to stay within that level while riding. Be firm (without anger) when appropriate and soft when needed. I will give tips and strategies to enhance your understanding of your horse and how to work through difficult times. Tip #1 – Consider all factors that may affect your horse’s attitude.Let’s start by considering factors that make it hard for your horse to focus on you while training or riding. It may be he has to just deal with it, but these factors still play a part. It is good to be mindful and know what can affect your horse. • Factor #1 – Your horse’s energy level This is so important! A fresh horse reminds me of a kid that 38 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

ate a bunch of candy. They are uptight, ready to go and have trouble focusing. If your horse is too fresh to focus, consider lounging or turning him out to expel unwanted energy. Then start your workout. If your horse has a lot of energy and you cannot wear him down, consider what you are feeding him. High carbohydrate, high sugar feed may provide more energy than he needs. Adjust his feed to fit his work level and event you show him in. Too much high energy feed can make it hard for the horse to focus. • Factor #2 – Hormones or heat cycles If you are riding a mare, be observant of her behavior when she is in heat. Almost all mares change when they are cycling. Some get excessive energy, others become dull and sticky or mad at your legs. Certain mares get angry at other horses. If you are riding a mare that becomes very difficult you may try putting them on Regumate. Some of our show mares are on Regumate to keep their attitude consistent during show season. The most common situation I find is that my mares have a lot more energy when they are in heat. Stallions are also greatly affected by hormones. • Factor #3 – Young or green horse Another factor to consider is the age of your horse. Young horses have a shorter attention span than older horses. They also don’t have the self discipline and patience that older horses acquire. Young horses require repetition. They learn by consistency. It takes hundreds of times to perform a maneuver before it is ingrained in their mind for them to become broke. I teach my young horses self discipline by leaving them tied for periods of time. I might also ride them at different times of the day and constantly change their routine. I may ride them at a meal time or in the evening. I try not to get them dependant on a routine. Shows are unpredictable and I may have to compete during a meal time. A horse can become very upset by this. They must realize that they still have to behave no matter what the time of day or what the circumstance is. • Factor #4 – Poor Attention Span or a spooky horse Some horses have a poor attention span. Often they are horses that spook or ones that want to look at things. This personality type may be genetic; some of it could also be a learned behavior. You can teach your horse to be spooky. This happens through body language and subtle signals through your body that there is something to worry about as you approach a scary or challenging object. If your horse feels your fear, this tells him that it is a big deal and he may react or spook, which causes you to react even more. You may be unconsciously causing a pattern of learned behavior. Become aware of your signals. Breathe and relax

while approaching intimidating obstacles. When he reacts, act as if it is no big deal. Keep going back and forth by the object until he can relax. Stop your horse by the scary spot, stand there until you hear him breathe and relax. Do not overreact! If you are able, tie them out in different places and leave them there until they can relax can stand quietly. • Factor #5 – Negative past experiences This is a really important factor, because if you have a horse that you did not own during all of his training he may have some negative reactions to your cues or pressure, it might be because of his past training. As an example, if he overreacts when you pick him up in the face and he becomes unreasonable, it may be that someone who rode him jerked him or scared him. You can undo negative past experiences with time and patience, but the first step is diagnosing the problem. To repair damage you must turn the bad experience in to a good one or in the least an okay experience. • Factor #6 – Soreness If your horse is sore somewhere he will have trouble focusing. If something just doesn’t feel right, seek the help of a professional. An uncomfortable horse can not be expected to give you his best.

a bigger problem. Many horses are angry because someone mistakenly diagnosed the problem and then attacked the whole horse instead the body part that refused. Your horse can not control his circumstance but you can. Create an environment where he can learn. Where he can receive what you’re giving him. Evaluate yourself and how you are asking and teaching, “your delivery” so to speak. As you work as a team you slowly build a relationship and you will create enough authority in the relationship that you can take him into difficult places. He will still listen to you and obey your cues. Keep your emotions in check and you will go farther with your horse.

Tip #2 – Do not get emotional I have a saying, “stay out emotionally.” This can be very difficult and I know that all too well. Most people show or ride because they enjoy their horses and it means a great deal to them. When you are riding a horse and you can not figure out what is going wrong or he is fighting you, it is easy to get upset. This can turn into anger, which your horse can feel. Your emotions truly come out in your cues in how you communicate with your horse. If your horses is unwilling or refusing you, try to approach it like it is his problem, not yours. Separate yourself emotionally. Your horse is making his choices and he can have the consequences. If you feel that your horse has bad past experiences, does not understand, or is confused, then take your time. Isolate the problem or refusal and deal with that one thing until you break through. I have been on horses for long periods of time until I had a break through and started to get to the other side of my problem. Sometimes breaking through in a small area paves the way and builds the relationship (or respect), until he goes ahead and gives up the fight. Tip #3 – Isolate and work on the body part that is refusing you This goes back to understanding and diagnosing the problem. I often see people label a horse as ‘bad’ or being a ‘jerk’. That tends to promote you to a state of anger leading to jerking or spurring the horse to solve the problem. I want to isolate what part of their body said “no” and then correct that body part rather than the whole horse. Ride intelligently and be mindful. Be smarter than the horse! For example, if he is refusing to give his face, then work on getting his face and focus on that until you conquer it. Often, I find horses that are angry at or resisting my leg or spur. I will put my leg on them and perform exercises or maneuvers to get them to say “yes” to me until I get on the winning side of the argument. Attacking and fighting the whole horse often snowballs into

Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry. Dana has taken her Stallion Invested Dimension to a Reserve World Championship Title, as well as leading her daughters and clients to multiple Congress championship titles, and World Show top ten placings. Dana has also trained numerous Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena.

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e are excited to introduce our new Rodeo Queen’s Column logo, featuring Miss Rodeo Illinois 2011, Brooke Owen. Not only is Brooke Miss Rodeo Illinois, but she was chosen Most Photogenic at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. We are very proud to include Brooke in our new logo.

A little information about Brooke... I am originally from Mapleton, Illinois but I now live in Hanna City, Illinois. I started in pageants in Junior Rodeo. I was first runner up two times going into my 7th and 8th grade years. The second time I lost by 1 point. I never ran for High School Rodeo Queen because I was too involved in my high school and activities. I knew that if I wasn’t able to put 100% of myself into it, it wouldn’t be right.

Fashion Show. I love to perform, I’ve been a tap and jazz dancer since I was 4. I still tap and teach dance as well. Started tumbling around the same time until I finally accomplished a full-twisting layout at 18. I was also a cheerleader in grade school, high school and now college. I also enjoyed the Photogenics portion of the pageant as well. I worked with my local photographer who designed my autograph sheets several times, to get the best poses for me exactly right. I believe that you only get out of it what you put into it. Well, my planned worked, I was awarded “Most Photogenic” at the MRA Pageant, and was thrilled. My hobbies are working out, listening to music, going to the movies, riding my horses and hanging out with my family, they’re awesome.

I have 3 horses, a paint pony that I trained in barrels and poles for Junior Rodeo. A light colored strawberry roan who is just 6 years old I won my first pageant October 2010, and is a constant project. He is very Miss Rodeo Illinois 2011. To say the least, fast and I hope that he turns out to I was elated. It was my dream come true. be the horse that gets me to the Right away I started fundraising, planWNFR in Las Vegas in about 6 years, ning my year that was ahead of me and God willing. My current horse I ride arranged to take a semester off of colin PRCA events is a 20 year old sorlege to travel and concentrate on being rel mare. She has the right mind and the best queen I could be. I wouldn’t have Brooke Owen attitude that everyone dreams their had it any other way. Finding out later that Photo by: Jill Sanders horse would have. She just loves runI was the youngest state title holder of my ning barrels and wants to win. I got her year just made me challenge myself even more to proudly when she was 17 and it took a year and a half to figure her represent Illinois in the professional rodeo world. out. Now we’re a team and we understand each other. She always seems to get me to the pay window. I love her. My favorite part of the MRA Pageant would have to be the 40 | Cowgirls In Style | spring 2012

Pageant Checklist

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1. Send in your application and fee 2. Select your clothing (Select clothing that will get you noticed. Match hat, boots, jeans) 3. Keep up with current events 4. Study rodeo rules and horse anatomy 5. Practice your speech (be confident) This is information needed for most Pageants around the country

Horsemanship... 1. Wear flashy clothes for your reining pattern 2. Get a copy of the pattern you will be running and then practice. practice, practice. You can’t get enough practice. 3. Groom your horse well (Polished hooves, the coat must shine) 4. Get enough sleep. A well rested contestant with a rested horse is very important

Tips from the Queens

Miss Rodeo America 2012


or those of you who may be interested in becoming a rodeo queen, my advice is to go for it. Not only is it a ton of fun, but you gain skills that you will use throughout your entire life. Many girls finish their rodeo queen career as professional, poised, and well-spoken young women. It teaches you how to speak in public, how to interview well, and how to come across as a successful and confident person; all traits that will carry over into the workplace. Rodeo queening is a job that requires hard work and dedication. You must put the sport and lifestyle that you represent first. Having this type of attitude, will not only make you a better queen, but it will make your reign so much more enjoyable. Dream big, aim high, and never give up!

Ann Clemmitt Ann Clemmitt

Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011

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MacKenzie Carr

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Mackenzie Carr


e yourself from start to finish. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to fit into some kind of mold. Individuality is what makes us unique and what makes us better queens. There is no such thing as an unwritten rule so don’t be afraid to think outside the box! And of course take lots of pictures. Your reign will go by so fast and you’ll want to remember every minute of it.

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Brooke Owen

Miss Rodeo Illinois 2011


s Miss Rodeo Illinois 2011 I learned so much about myself and met so many amazing people. My advice to rodeo queens all over the country would be to never stop smiling because you never know who is watching. Always respect others, especially the other rodeo queens. Trust me, by the end of your reign, they will truly be your best friends. Never forget to thank the people that gave you this once in a lifetime honor and to take advantage of EVERY opportunity thrown your way. And most of all, live every moment like it’s your last because the time goes by so fast. God Bless

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Brooke Owen

Jamie Udell Jamie Udell

Miss Rodeo Utah 2011


s far as rodeo queen tips – I have learned that there are so many people who want to be negative and bring you down. That might come in the form of trainers, a seamstress, the other girls or maybe even their mothers, and sadly sometimes even the cowboys or contract personnel who are stressed themselves during a rodeo. Hearing negative things, about myself or about others, brings me down – that is the nature of “negative”. I do not think I can be affective – certainly not in a competition, but also not afterwards as the reigning queen either, if people have been saying negative things around me. I have to just smile my brightest smile and move away from them. Try to surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes this takes effort and work to find these people because if often seems like there are so many negative people – but the positive ones are out there, often in the least likely places. I have been so extremely blessed to have some of the most amazing, gifted and talented people in my life. People who are willing to give of themselves, whether that be in time, resources, or maybe by just allowing me to call them to hear something funny or a word of encouragement. Being around positive people then allows me to also go out and strive to be a positive person myself.


o me, being a rodeo queen is being able to be of service. This is not all about me, but it is instead about what I can do for others. This of course includes anyone having anything to do with rodeo, but it also goes far beyond that. My crown gains me access to be able to visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Just this last Christmas, I helped with “Angel Tree” and “Shop with a Cop” programs. I have raised money for the pediatric unit at our local hospital, and held a sock which brought in hundreds of pairs of socks for the local “Care and Share”. All it takes is picking up the phone and saying “I am available. Is there anything I can I do for you?”

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In Rodeo

Meet Miss Rodeo America 2012

MacKenzie Carr


ackenzie Carr of Vernonia, Oregon reigns as Miss Rodeo America 2012. She received the crown on December 10, 2011 at the conclusion of the week-long pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Mackenzie will travel more than 100,000 miles during her reign representing Miss Rodeo America, Inc. and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.

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“I am so blessed to be the first Oregonian to have the prestigious honor and privilege of serving as Miss Rodeo America.” Carr said. Mackenzie graduated from Lower Columbia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Speech Communications and will later transfer back to Oregon State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering with a minor in Speech Communications. She will be taking time out from her studies at Oregon State University to reign as the “First Lady of Professional Rodeo.” She will be able to use the $26,000 in scholarships she was awarded as Miss Rodeo America from the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation to help further her educational goals. When Mackenzie isn’t promoting the sport of rodeo either in or out of the arena, she enjoys cooking, singing and playing the piano. She also loves to dig it up and slam it down on the volleyball court, riding, training horses and giving riding lessons to young children. She is excited about the prospect of spending 2012 traveling across the country being a role model for people of all ages, remaining a cowgirl to the core and promoting the Miss Rodeo America organization as well as our great sponsors! Spring 2012 |

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Above: from Oklahoma Photo by: Leslie Spencer

from North Carolina Photo by: Elizabeth Ward Sescilla


from California Photos by: Aaryn James


from California Photo by: Alison Brannan

Celebrating Cowgirls... Jacki and Alli from Texas Photo by: Nancy Wilkins


from Kansas Photo by: Doyle Saddler

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By Susan Gentry

Making a Difference

Daughter uses Barrel Racing to help Pass Time as Father Serves in Afghanistan


herry Sykes and her daughter, Nakiya Sykes share the love for the sport of barrel racing! I am a full time mother to 3, work a full time job on post serving the children of Fort Campbell, KY, and a full time horse owner and trainer for my daughter. We are not your average barrel racers....we maybe your weekender barrel racers so to speak, but we are also full time Military Supporters! The war in Afghanistan is part of our daily lives on top of the other 20-30 things normal families do on a daily basis. Our schedule gets those odd things that most families don’t have to do regularly like send “CARE” packages a few times a month, sleep with your telephone, and hope and pray your computer doesn’t go in to sleep mode and miss an alert from your loved one in Afghanistan.

Sherry’s daughter is 10 year old Nakiya Sykes...she is a barrel racer! This is her sport of choice! She is not part of the majority here at Fort Campbell, KY when it comes to children and their extra curricular activities. She has been riding horses for about 3 years. Nakiya started barrel racing 2 years ago. In her short 2 years working on learning the do’s and don’t’s of the sport she has won countless ribbons, trophies, and her first buckle this year! Nakiya has been the 2 year running high point champion in her age and speed class at our local saddle club. A lot of this accomplishment we owe to her best friend and partner in crime Fancy. Fancy is a little black quarter pony mare that has taught Nakiya more than any human ever could, and not just about barrel racing! Even though my daughter has accomplished a lot in her short 2 year run at her sport she has endured half of that with a deployment! Yes, her dad is SGT Steven R Sykes currently serving in Kandahar Afghanistan! Daily life is difficult enough for children then add in the fact that your father is down range in a WAR! School work, horse work or any kind of work for that matter, he has had to miss so much of her life in the last year. Nakiya has many times stepped on to her little horse to hit the alley way and the last thing she would say to me is,” Mom I wish Dad was here!” Many tears have been shed after a run, but never for a loss or a win always for the empty seat of her biggest supporter! Nakiya misses her father every time she sets her self up to make a run, but if she didn’t have her sport, this sport, and her best friend I am not sure what kind of a toll this War would take on our child. For that we are blessed. My little cowgirl at 10 has very different struggles with things in the world than most children as most children her age have no idea what Afghanistan even is. I am very proud of my husband and the job he does for our family as well as his country. I would never want to discredit what any soldier does for this nation, but sometimes you just want what we live on a daily basis to just go away, and for me every time I watch her smooch to her horse, hit that ally and get a clean fast run, it all disappears for those few short seconds!

Nakiya and her father share a moment

Nakiya barrel racing

Nakiya’s father, SGT Steven R. Sykes

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Written By: Lois Hunt and Susan Gentry


t’s that time of year again. Your horse’s humble home has taken a beating from the wind, rain and freezing temperatures all winter. You’ve most likely mucked out the stable as fast as you can in a bid to get back in the warm. Now finally, spring is here, the sun is starting to make a more regular appearance and now is the perfect time to really spruce up your stable and keep your horsey happy! Start off by putting the horse out to pasture. He can have a good gallop around the field leaving you free to work undisturbed. You will need a wheelbarrow to transport the dirty bedding, a shovel and your brush which should only be used in and around the stable. First off, give the floor a really good sweep out. Make sure to get into all the corners and get rid of every last bit of bedding. Next, look up. Chances are there are huge black cobwebs hanging off the roof that you haven’t even noticed. Get them all down with your brush but try not to hurt the spiders!

Don’t forget your tack room! Keep tack clean, don’t just clean it once in a while. Even tack that isn’t regularly used, clean at least once a month to keep moist. Cover clean tack in a sheet to prevent mold spores from landing on it. Also keep the air moving in your tack room in the warmer season, or with weather changes to dissuade quick mold growth.

keep the air moving in your tack room in the warmer season, or with weather changes to dissuade quick mold growth.

It is a good idea to wash and disinfect the floor now to remove any urine and manure that’s soaked through. After this your stable should be smelling and looking lovely.

If you haven’t already, consider getting wall mounted tool holders to keep all your tools on. The stable will look much tidier for it and you won’t be able to trip over your shovel.

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When you’re satisfied you’ve done a great job, you can put the new bedding down, bring your horses feeder, any buckets and toys back in and of course the horse itself. If your horse gives you the nod of approval, you’re then free to go about other business, have a cup of hot chocolate, or pour yourself a much deserved, favorite beverage.

Whether you are reorganizing a messy tack room or creating a new one, a well-designed tack room can save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. An organized tack room saves you time getting ready each day, and having items like medical supplies in easy reach can be important in an emergency. A well-thought-out design will also protect your expensive tack and blankets from rodents and mildew.

Shared tack rooms are often a place to hang out and gossip and even eat meals, so don’t be afraid to add personal touches like photographs, a couch or a small table and chairs. Make it personal, you may even want to make it a brag room where you can showcase your trophies, ribbons and other memorabilia.

Some of the must-have’s for an organized tack room are... • • • • •

Saddle Racks Shelving Drawers Wall Hooks Labels

Placing your brushes, hoof tools, and other varioius grooming supplies in inexpensive, plastic drawers or wall shelves and then labeling each drawer or shelf will help you stay organized and find those items you are looking for. Wall hooks for bridles, halters and ropes will keep them off the ground and easy to find. If you have multiple bridles, halters and ropes, place the bridle and halter for each horse on a different hook. If you frequently mix grain with supplements, for example, you might put a medicine cabinet in the feed room. This way, when you’re mixing grain, you can just reach in the cabinet for supplements and additives you need. If you have extra money and would like to go out and buy some organizational products, that would be great, but you can also create an organized tack room by using items you have around your house and garage. For example, buckets, boxes and old boards for shelving make excellent organizing helps. Once you get your barn and/or tack room clean and organized, you are going to need to do a regular upkeep and cleaning of it. Pick one day a week, example, Friday and have that be your cleanup day for the week. This way you will keep up on the cleaning and orgainizing so that it’s not a major job each spring.

Photos courtesy of The Organized Barn

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Your tack room might not be a Fancy, elegant, room, but it can be a clean, organized room... A great website that will help you organize your tack room is, The Organized Barn at It gives great helps in setting up organized shelving, kits, organizing your trailer and more. We have included some of their photos on the following page to show how easy it can be to organize your barn and tack room. If you go to their site, they also show photos and ideas from customers who have used their products to organize their tack rooms and trailers.

Ideas... No room? Rubbermaid cabinet (77”H x 56”W x 32”D) used for a horse trunk. The Organized Barn system fits PERFECTLY inside it - almost like it was made for it. Spring 2012 |

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Items to Organize your Barns,Tack Rooms & Trailers Trailer Dressing Room Kit

Includes: One 3x4 gray HOSS panel Four mounting brackets One 14x36x9 wire bin with mounting brackets One 18� 5-Hook Rail Bar One 12x12x8 Deep Basket One 12x6x6 narrow basket Two double hooks One single hook


3-Tier Swivel Vertical Saddle Rack Gray hammer tone powder coated. The top two saddle racks will swing 360 degrees. The frame has rubber non-skid feet. Comes boxed. Assembly required


Hanging Rope Bag Keep your ropes neat and tidy. Hang the organizer on existing bridle hooks. Easily holds up to six ropes in their individual compartments.



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An Original Hide-On-Hair and Swarovski Crystal Caps and Apparel company, made in the U.S.A.


owgirl Swank is a one of a kind, cowgirl fashion company that focuses on handmade, custom hair-on-hide and Swarovski crystal caps, visors and apparel. Started in 2007 by Cheyenne Wilson, her creations have become a must have fashion statement for many cowgirls across the country.

custom caps and visors using steer hide and Swarovski crystals. “I originally started the company as a retail venue thinking I would go to tradeshows as a vendor,” says Cheyenne. Her plan was to create her own caps and visors to sell as well as selling a few other items such as belts, handbags, and jewelry. This was short-lived when she found out she was expecting her son. She soon became a firsttime mother and her business took a back seat for a couple of years. Once she had a chance to reassess her goals and what she wanted for Cowgirl Swank, she totally changed directions.

Cheyenne was born and raised in southeastern Montana on a working cattle ranch. Her family also raised quarter horses. They trained them and used them to compete in rodeos. Her mom competed in the 1976 NFR in Oklahoma City Cheyenne determined that so Cheyenne was fortunate planting herself in one location to have a horse trainer for a was a better move for her, so mother. She started rodeoshe set up shop in Oelrichs, SD ing when she was 3 at local (a small town 20 miles from their play days. She continued to ranch) and began offering cuscompete into high school tom wholesale items along with where she won 3 state custom retail sales as she had championships in breakdone in the past. away roping, pole bending, and goat tying. Rodeoing All of Cowgirl Swank’s items are helped her earn a full-ride handcrafted in the USA. “I think scholarship to Dawson that is what makes my creations Community College in special.....the fact that they are Cheyenne showcases some of her caps Glendive, MT. She went on custom,” says Cheyenne. Some from college to become inwell known western wear stores volved in makeup artistry and retail management. To- now carry her designs including, - NRS - David’s Westday, Cheyenne and her husband and three-year-old son ern Stores - Murdoch’s, etc... own and operate a cow/calf operation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Cheyenne put all of her time and efforts into developing a new website at, and incorpoA love of western style and retail is something that Chey- rating Facebook into her business. Facebook proved to enne has always cherished. She loves classy bling styles be another positive aspect and a very important vessel and decided to take it upon herself to design and create of growth for her business. 50 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

Cheyenne was also fortunate to be involved in the Miss Rodeo America pageant/fashion show this year in Las Vegas. All of the contestants wore Cowgirl Swank military cap creations in the opening segment of the fashion show. She was fortunate to be there to see all of them under the spotlights. Wow, what a sight!! GAC and Suzanne Alexander covered the fashion show and Cheyenne was so surprised to see Cowgirl Swank caps on TV before the NFR!! “What an incredible surprise!” says Cheyenne. Cheyenne has also made various donations to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund as well as other smaller benefits and funds. She truly believes in paying it forward and giving back. “I plan to participate in the JCCF Celebrity Bowling Tournament next year in Las Vegas with Team Cowgirl Swank. I believe that helping others is an essential part and duty of every business. Where would I be without my customers? I treasure each of them and affectionately call them “Swank Fans” on my Facebook page. I prefer to refer to them as something more than customers - friends, if you will,” says Cheyenne. “When I create something with my hands for someone it involves an innate artistic quality that includes getting to know what each person wants based on their personality and preference. That’s why I say, “friends” because by the time they receive their custom item from me..... they are no longer just a customer....they are a friend.”

Miss Rodeo America contestants wore Cowgirl Swank military cap creations in the opening segment of the MRA fashion show. Right: 2012 Miss Rodeo America, MacKenzie Carr shows off a Cowgirl Swank cap

More Information? Cowgirl Swank Office: 605-535-2080 Find them on Facebook...

Around the Barrel

Candy d l a w e d o R

Age: 64 e: Pueblo, CO t City/Sta er ac R Barrel


By Susan Gentry Photos By: Kenneth Springer

andy Rodewald, NBHA Senior 2D World Champion tells Cowgirls In Style magazine that she didn’t start barrel racing until she was in her 40’s.

Her love for horses started with her heroes, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She became a trick rider by the time she was 14 years old. The widow of bronc rider Roy Rodewald, Candy has 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. She is living a life that most would only dream of.

With an enthusiasm for life, Candy Rodewald has been a trick rider from the tender age of 14 to winning the NBHA 2D World Championship at 64

WIth her many interests and accomplishments that have been a big part of her life,, Candy is a humble, personable woman with a love for life. We invite you to enjoy our interview with Candy Rodewald.

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Q’s & A’s with Candy Rodewald Cowgirls In Style Where are you from? Candy: Born in Chicago, IL moved to WI at 3 yrs by 7 I had asthma so bad the Doctors told my parents I needed to move to AZ. I started 2nd grade in AZ and grew up there. In 1967, I married handsome bronc rider, Roy Rodewald who moved me to Colorado. I have been there ever since, now residing in Pueblo. CIS: Tell a little about yourself: C.R. I live in Pueblo CO in town and am able to have my horses at my house. I am close enough to the Arkansas river to be able to enjoy trail riding beside it. There is a small arena with 2 round pens right by my house owned by a neighbor who is generous enough to let everyone use it.

CIS: How did you get started with horses? C.R.: My heroes were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. It seems I was born with a passion for horses. My parents were not horse people, however when they saw there wasn’t anything they could do to stop me they were supportive. In Arizona we lived down the street from a stable. I would do anything to get a chance to ride. Clean stalls, horses, harnesses, whatever. I graduated to being the ride wrangler early on. I became a professional trick rider by the time I was 14 yrs old. My mother would make beautiful costumes and my dad would drive me to rodeos. CIS: How and when did you start barrel racing? C.R.: I didn’t start barrel racing until I was in my 40s. The boys were older and I had more time to ride. My neighbor, Dixie Pring, was supportive and helped me get started barrel racing. CIS: Other events in your life you have done and are currently doing? C.R.: I love to dance and help people and grand kids with their horse skills. I have enjoyed and competed in, to one degree or another, team roping (healer) Dressage, reining, jumping, trail riding, horse showing, trick riding and trick roping.

Candy competing in the 2011 NBHA Semi-Finals in Georgia

CIS: What competitions have you won C.R.: In 2011 I won the Open 1D in Wickenburg, AZ Racing in the Rockies winter series. NBHA Senior 1D for the State of Colorado. NBHA Open 1D for my Colorado district. NBHA Senoir 2D World Championship at the NBHA world show in Perry, GA. In 2009 and 2010 I won the 60 yrs plus Southwestern regional Championship in the Senior Professional Rodeo Association. My horse Snert has won 7 saddles and numerous buckles for me. He has been a blessing. CIS: What is your fashion style? C.R.: Jeans and boots CIS: What are your goals? C.R.: To be able to ride and learn for the rest of my life. CIS: Any tips you would like to give? C.R.: The basics are the basics are the basics... learn them, teach them to your horse and you will excell in any disipline you do. Work hard, perservere and be greatful.. Learn all you can from everyone you can, every horse you can, every clinic and book in every discipline you can, and continue doing so for a lifetime. You won’t ever learn it all. CIS: Tell us about your family? C.R: I was married to bronc rider Roy Rodewald for 34 years untill his passing in 2001, We have 2 fine boys Rhett and Ryan and I have been blessed with 2 wonderful daughter in laws and 6 grandchildren It has been an honor and a pleasure to have featured Candy as our “Around the Barrel” spotlight.

Candy trick riding Fort Smith, AR in 1965 or 1966.

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Cowgirl’s Social From the ACA’s Red Carpet, to the MRA Pageant, to the NFR... Cowgirls In Style Gets Around...

Photo by: Nick McCombs

MRA Fashion Show Confetti

Fashion designer Bob Kippy and MRA Manager Whitney Willbanks

Carrie Underwood at ACA press

Angie Meadors signing at NFR

The Band Perry at ACA’s McKenzie Haley 2011 MRA Queen

Mixing Business with Pleasure... It was a great time mixing business with pleasure as some of the C.I.S. staff went to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, the American Country Awards and the NFR. A great few weeks in Vegas!

MRA Fashion Show

MRA Fashion Show

Raeana Wadhams MRA Executive Director

CIS Editors Susan and Julie at the MGM in Vegas for the MRA Pageant

Nick McCombs CIS photographer and reporter for ACA’s

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CIS Editor Devanie Gentry with Miss Rodeo North Dakota Sam Stanke

CIS Editor Devanie Gentry with Miss Rodeo Utah Jamie Udell

Jason Aldean interviewed at the ACA’s in Vegas

Scotty McCreery at the ACA’s CIS Editor Susan Gentry and husband Rob at MGM for NFR

Miss Rodeo Washington 2011 Amanda Emerson in MRA fashion show with leather/feathered gown

The Western Wanderer Wandering into Garnet, Montana Written By Cort Flynn

This well preserved ghost town that produced over 60,000 ounces of gold and 50,000 ounces of silver around the turn of the century, is waiting for you to wander...


hose of you wandering the West looking for exciting, and sometimes out-of-the-way western adventures will be sure to love this discovery. When you find yourself up Montana way traveling I-90, you will want to make a side trip to the old gold ghost town of Garnet, named after the semi-precious stones found in the area. Set high in beautiful pine forests near the top of the Garnet Mountain Range, this well preserved ghost town that produced over 60,000 ounces of gold and 50,000 ounces of silver around the turn of the century, is waiting for you to wander.

Garnet is now recognized as one of Montana’s most intact ghost towns and thousands of visitors trek their way up the mountain roads to experience history first hand as they walk through its many old cabins, saloons, and hotel. Single men were usually the only residents of earlier mining camps but society differed in Garnet as it held a large number of families. 58 | Cowgirls In Style | Spring 2012

With families and children, a school house was established soon after its founding with 41 students. In 1898 the town boasted about 1000 miners , wives, and children but by 1905 the ore had played out and the town had shrunk to about 150. When WW1 started, the last of the hold-outs headed down the mountain but many of the buildings, ghosts and history wait for you to walk its dusty streets once more. A side trip in the area is the old Cataldo Mission. This is a beautiful structure and well maintained. A new visitors center is just about finished. This was the first building erected in Idaho, just off I-90 in Idaho’s panhandle. To get to Garnet if you are traveling on I-90 west, exit at Drummond, follow the frontage road west about 10 miles, then drive up the mountain on Bear Gulch Road about 7.5 miles. If going east, exit at Bearmouth, then follow the frontage road east about 5 miles then up Bear Gulch. A better road to the site is from Montana Route 200, then south on Garnet Range Road which turns off about 30 miles east of Missoula. Follow Range Road about 12 miles and you will see the signs for parking.

Good luck pardners, happy western hunting and remember to keep your nose to the wind! --The Western Wanderer

Garnet is now recognized as one of Montana’s most intact ghost towns...

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