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On The Record

Kellie Collier CFR 2017

Kellie Collier will be running at both the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, after bringing in $20,458.53 and an 8th place season finish, and at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada in 13th position after a solid $83,342.23 96 won.

In Edmonton Collier will be running Muffin, who she purchased from Millarville resident and past CFR qualifier, Toni Dixon. In Vegas she will run LoLo.

What kind of quirks do they have?
Muffin (Jig French Truckle, by RNJ Heckofafrenchman out of a Whose Dat Bunny mare, Dat Fur Bunny) is pretty laid back for the most part. She knows her job and she absolutely loves it. She is a little cinchy when you saddle her! Toni and I like to says it’s because she knows she a race horse! She also hates walking on concrete. She is very careful.

LoLo (Streakin Easy April, by Streak of Fling out of a Doc O Dynamite mare, Easy April Lena) is quite a quirky horse! She doesn’t hardly trust anyone (except me of course). She does not like to be tied, she will pull back! She doesn’t ever run away once she is loose, she just stands there.

With all the miles made, varying ground conditions, and expenses, what kept the CFR and NFR dream alive for you?
I, along with many other girls, have always dreamt of making the CFR and NFR! My horses heart and try kept me going throughout the year. I honestly believe that they wanted it just as bad as I did. My moms support and wise words throughout the year were also a huge help!! We cried many tears together (good and bad).

What was your favourite CPRA and PRCA  rodeo this year and why?
My favorite CPRA rodeo would have to be Hand Hills! It was just a fun experience, because I’ve never had to go down several gravel roads to get to a pro rodeo! 

My favorite PRCA rodeo of the year is Denver! They have a great committee that takes very good care of the contestants; I won it, so that’s a plus! 

Who is your barrel racing idol?
Lisa Lockhart

How do you stay healthy on the road? Do you exercise or just eat as healthy as you can?
My Mom actually eats a lot healthier than I do on the road! I don’t eat very well, that’s because I forget to eat sometimes. I am very bad about getting busy and putting food last on the priority list. But I believe that all that we do with our horses out there on the road keeps me in very good shape! 

Riding a seasoned barrel horse, what exercises do you do for tune-ups on the pattern?
I don’t normally show either of my horses the pattern hardly at all. I try to just keep them in the best shape I can by long trotting and loping. Occasionally I will go in an arena before I run and get a feel for the situation, but that is more for me than my horses.

We all know that being competitive takes serious mental strength.What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo?
I always say that the rodeo road takes 90% mental toughness. That is something I learned very quickly! You will not get anywhere even in life with mental weakness. I try to stay as positive as possible and ALWAYS look at the good things like your horses are healthy and your getting to do what you love every single day. My mom is also a huge help in keeping my mental game strong and not letting me get down on myself. Always, always pray about it, and what is supposed to happen will happen. 

What is your go to product for keeping your horse feeling her best for the season?
I love my feed program, and I believe that keeping them healthy from the inside is so so important. I also always wrap my horses legs with Mud after they run to keep their ligaments tight.

What is the best piece of advice you were ever given regarding barrel racing?
“You have to learn to lose before you win” -Carley Richardson

What is one thing you can’t live without on the road?
White Monster Energy drink!

Photos submitted by Kellie Collier

Arena Chatter

WPRA Regulation Record Times

Below, I have listed what I am aware of as the top 10 fastest WPRA Regulation Pattern record time runs. Click on each time for a link to the video of the run. Click on the horses name and it will take you to where you can see the lineage on each horse, showing that the horse is in fact not a unicorn, just an outstanding specimen!

If you know of a record time that should be in the top 10, please contact me and let me know! 

Time Horse Rider Where Year
1 16.479 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Brittany Pozzi Loveland, CO Sep-15
2 16.568 Ms Perky Bug Courtney Duncan Brazil Jul-05
3 16.643 Biankus French Girl Nicole Aichele Pasco, WA May-10
4 16.644 Nate Shilabar Tanya Steinhoff Lazy E Arena Oct-03
5 16.646 MP A Man With Roses Sherry Cervi PacWest, AZ 2011
6 16.653 Proud Red Pepper Barb Merrill Buckeye, AZ 2010
7 16.665 Frenchmans Jester Jordon Peterson Alvardo, TX 2008
8 16.677 Sheza Blazin Move Ryan Lovendahl Buckeye, AZ 2010
9 16.680 JL Dash Ta Heaven Benette Barrington Dodge City, KS Pro Rodeo 2011
10 16.682 Red Headed Jonsey Louis Fincher Tulsa, OK 2003


Arena Chatter

Current CPRA & WPRA LBR Standings

Here are the current Canadian Professional Rodeo Association & Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Standings.

For the CFR, the CPRA takes 5 American contestants in each event. Each qualifier must have a minimum of 15 rodeos. If they do not, the next person goes, and so on.

2 WHITE KIRSTY (37) BIG VALLEY AB $27,996.38
3 GANTER JACKIE (18) ABILENE TX $23,402.78
4 LECLERCQ RENE (36) HOLDEN AB $21,125.76
7 JACOB TAYLOR (7 )CARMINE TX $18,058.85
10 DIXON TONI (33 )MILLARVILLE AB $15,462.88
13 CSABAY NANCY (21) TABER AB $13,214.12

Note – 12 go to CFR, but Taylor Jacob won’t have her rodeo count, so I shared to #13.

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1 Mary Burger (G)Pauls Valley, OK $188,696.15602
2 Jackie GanterAbilene, TX $114,555.5795
3 Mary Walker (G)Ennis, TX $112,815.9572
4 Kimmie WallRoosevelt, UT $107,795.1753
5 Ivy ConradoHudson, CO $105,448.1555
6 Stevi HillmanWeatherford, TX $100,980.7492
7 Lisa LockhartOelrichs, SD $100,244.1938
8 Sarah Rose McDonaldBrunswick, GA $88,097.9978
9 Cayla Melby (R)Burneyville, OK $84,949.2492
10 Michele McLeodWhitesboro, TX $81,819.7985
11 Pamela CapperCheney, WA $81,698.1959
12 Carley RichardsonPampa, TX $80,644.2862
13 Sherry CerviMarana, AZ $80,410.8266
14 Jana BeanFt Hancock, TX $77,287.7392
15 Amberleigh MooreSalem, OR $74,648.1148

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Results Whats Happening

The Runaway 100k Results

The stands were packed last night for the inaugural Runaway event in Ponoka, Alberta. 153 barrel racers each paid $750 to run last night with the high hopes of winning $20,000. Here’s how it all panned out.

1st 1D – Jenny Traub on LL Invidious 17.157 $20,000
2nd 1D – Brooke Swathfield on Jay 17.203 $10,000
3rd 1D – Bobbie Goodwin on Sonny 17.223 $2000
4th 1D – Bailee Switzer on SRS Juscashin Crime 17.285$2000
5th 1D – Marci Laye on Unleashed Ta Speed 17.382

1st 2D – Rene LeClerq 17.861 $20,000
2nd 2D – Kaylea Argent on SR Paradise Ta Fame 17.865 $10,000
3rd 2D – Sierra Booth on Perktaparadise 17.877$2000
4th 2D – Lacey Stanton on Fast Movin Guy 17.890$2000
5th 2D – Tanya McConnell on Flying Hulk 17.920

1st 3D – Laciee Shock on Altered Jewel 18.559 $20,000
2nd 3D – Kayley Anderson on Hes Major Perfect 18.598 $10,000
3rd 3D – Janeen Rivard on Rooney 18.599$2000
4th 3D – Coulter Gould on Firstclassagouti 18.643$2000
5th 3D – Amara Duxbury on Unleashed To Alaska 18.675

Results courtesy

Some names are the slot owner, and someone else ran for them.
Will be making changes as they become available

The event host, Laicee Shock also announced she would be hosting a 2D event called The Breeze in 2017.

Check out Lipstick And Cowboy Boots on Facebook for the winning run!

Congrats to all the event winners!

Arena Chatter Whats Happening

2016 Alberta Barrel Racing Assoc. Finals Quick Facts

The 2016 Alberta Barrel Racing Association Finals are set to kick off  Wednesday August 17th with just under 800 Open entries!

768 Horses will run over four days, with the Short Go running on Sunday August 21st.

Open Go Round Fast Times in 2015
Round One – Rene LeClerq on Flirt For A Diamond 17.446
Round Two – Rene LeClerq on Flirt For A Diamond 17.284
Short Go – Melissa Harding on Im No Dainty Chic 17.272

Youth Go Round Fast Times in 2015
Round One – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.346
Round Two – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.455
Short Go – Reagan Tebb on Concerned About Cash 17.065!

Fastest time recently ran at the Calnash Ag Events Centre was by Shannon Blakely on Major Dry Bar aka Rowdy- 17.049!
Hoping to see someone run a 16 during finals if the ground is fast!

Best of luck to all the entries! Stay tuned to Lipstick & Cowboy Boots for updates through out the week! 

Schedule Coles Notes Version

Wednesday 7AM Open 1-400 
Thursday 7AM Open 400-768
Friday Second Go Open 768-401
Saturday Second Go Open 400-1
Sunday Short Go 8AM

Full ABRA Finals Schedule of Events can be found here.
ABRA OPEN Draw can be found here.
ABRA YOUTH Draw can be found here.

If and when a LIVE FEED is announced, Lipstick & Cowboy Boots will share the link on the Facebook Page!


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On The Record

Make Them Chase You – Shannon Blakely

The last time Shannon Blakely saw the Lakeland Rodeo Association (LRA)  Finals was back in 1991 as a Junior Barrel Racer. This year she will be heading back as the Number 1 Barrel Racer, and her Dad will be watching proudly from up above.

In February, Shannon’s father Ray Blakely was diagnosed with Cancer, and given a few short weeks to live. Thankfully, he outlived the doctors assumption.



Shannon and her Father Ray Photo by SJ Originals


“When I set out for my first weekend of rodeos June 4th with Rowdy, Dad just kind of said in some general conversation that I could wear his Lakeland buckle if I wanted. I put it on before that weekend, and as much as I cherish and love all the buckles I’ve won so far this year, that buckle is never coming off of me! I’m going to wear it proudly from now on. I knew Dad didn’t have lots of time left when I started out this year so I knew I had to make things count when I went. I was happy to be able to tell him after my first two weekends that I had basically made the Lakeland finals and he was so happy.” said Shannon.


This is the buckle that will never leave Shannon’s belt


Ray hung on until June 16th.

“Near the end he couldn’t talk very well cause he was on so much pain medicine and he was in and out of consciousness but I did understand these words he said to me and they were “You make them chase you all year” and I hope we’re making him proud this year with what Rowdy and I are accomplishing.”

That is exactly what Shannon is doing with her main mount Major Dry Bar aka. Rowdy, who is out of a Gasohol stud, and a cow bred mare that goes back to Dry Doc 17.  She purchased him from Janet Patriquin when he was 3, and he is now 12 and down to just one eye. “He lost it 3 winters ago. It got punctured somehow out in the field. He gets turned out in about 100 acres every winter and somehow it got punctured. It had to be removed cause the eye was dead and starting to shrink up.”


Shannon & Rowdy at Stony Plain Rodeo


She is currently well over $13,000 ahead of the pack in the LRA, with $20,224.92 in combined earnings from the Wild Rose Rodeo Association (WRA)  and the LRA (not including money won at Whitecourt)  and there is no stopping her now. She recently won Whitecourt and Hardisty, and was third at Boyle this past weekend, and has won Stony Plain, Cadogan, Castor, Onion Lake, Hairy Hill, Stoney Lake, Goodfish,  2nd at Wetaskiwin, 2nd at Cold Lake  and placed at most others.

Shannon’s season earnings are in comparison with what the top two ladies of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association have made thus far. With less than ten rodeos remaining in the amateur season, do I dare say she could make it to $30,000? At this point, anything is possible! By the way, Shannon didn’t start her season until June 4th! This is almost unheard of in our amateur associations!



Who has been your barrel racing idol?
That would be Dee Butterfield. She’s become more than a teacher to me. She’s now one of my closest friends and she has taught me that age is truly just a number. And she still gets a horse working like no one else.

How would you describe your style
I would say my style is very minimalist. I like to keep things simple and easy. I train my horses to be very independent and just to have to put your hand forward, guide them around the turn and hustle in between. The money is won and lost in the turns and I believe letting a horse be in its most natural state (which for me is a more straighter style not over bent but still soft) is the quickest and the most conducive to stand up on rodeo ground.

Staying on top, you have to have a strong mental game. What things do you do to stay on top of your mental game?
I don’t do a lot of reading so I’m not a go to a book person to keep me mentally tough. I keep myself surrounded by good friends and family and I don’t get involved in the outside racket that can happen around rodeo. My Dad once said something to me when I was going through a rough spot and not winning when I was trying to go and things weren’t going my way and he asked me why I wasn’t winning. He said, ” Just go win. Winning is easy.” And I now believe if you tell yourself that and think it’s easy it will be.

How do you keep Rowdy in tip top shape? What does a weekly routine look like for him?
Rowdy is a pretty easy guy. He gets turned out on grass Sunday night when we get home from a rodeo He’s a smart little buggar cause Sunday when we get home he heads for that gate! He then gets to stay out till Wednesday morning then he gets locked back up and I just take him out in the field and he gets long trotted for excersize and then on Friday I’ll breeze him to make sure his air is up for the weekend.

Do you use any special remedies or products on Rowdy to keep him feeling good?
I’m a pretty basic person when it comes to things with my horses. They get grass, hay and whole oats. I do have Rowdy on Recovery for a supplement and he gets Legend to help keep him feeling good.

What are your favourite cowboy boots and lipstick?
Well for cowboy boots that would be whatever Patti says is on sale at Welshs. I do have a pair of Luchesse’s that Lyle gave to me a few years ago that I really like but I would never spend that much money on a pair of boots for myself. And I’m not really a lipstick girl but more of a lipgloss girl and I love MAC lip glosses.

Everyone is thinking it, so I’m here to ask it. What are your plans for 2017? Ammy or Pro?
I’ve been asked this question a lot in the past couple weeks haha and I’m staying amateur. I’m a dollars and cents kind of girl and going pro doesn’t make enough cents for me. I started out June 4th and as of right now I’ve got close to $20,000 made and the farthest I’ve gone from home is 3 hours and the highest entry fee I’ve paid is $113 and I’ve been home almost every night. Plus I would miss my little amateur family too much!


Best of Luck to Shannon & Rowdy the rest of the season, and into LRA Finals!



*all photos from Shannon

On The Record

Carman Pozzobon

When most people hear the name Pozzobon, they think bull riding. When I hear the name Pozzobon, I’m running to the fence to watch Carman smoke a run.

Thus far in the Canadian Futurity & Derby season, Carman has made over $13,000 on her two horses, RIMES GIRL a 2011, Sorrel Mare by Frenchs Hula Guy out of Maggie Majorette x Major Rime and RIPN LADY, a  2010 Buckskin Mare by Frenchs Hula Guy out of Bijou Betali x Eli Betastreak.

Before the Yellow Rose Futurity in Claresholm, Alberta Carman broke her collar bone while riding an outside horse on the pattern. She asked Veronica Swales to get on both horses to ride in her place. It was cool to see a successful trainer like Swales get on a horse with a different style than her own,  and make a clean, fast run.

The next weekend was the South Country Futurity and Derby in Cardston, Alberta where Carman’s collarbone was taped up and she decided to get on and make a run. She ended up first in the 1st Go of the Derby & Futurity, first in the 2nd go of the Derby & sixth in the Futurity, 4th in the Short Go in the Derby, and winning the Derby Average!


Q.You are consistently in the winners circle at the futurities and derbies year after year. What does your successful training program look like?
1. For the first while I just ride the horse to really learn how they use themselves an how they want to learn. And learn their personality so I can listen to them while I’m training them on the pattern so we can work together.

2. Make sure they learn my ques before I put them on the pattern so they know my language.

3. Once I introduce the pattern to them I really focus on over exaggerating the main spots in my run that I want the horse to focus on. I make sure they are using themselves correct and on the correct leads.

4. Then build their confidence as much as I can so I can get them to the point I can just point and shoot in my run so I can hustle them while they work their spots.

Q. How would you describe your horses style?
A. I introduce every horse to the pattern the same an work them the same an once speed gets introduces they form their own style so I try to work with what they have to offer. Each horse has its own qualities so I try to figure out their pros and cons so we can use them to our benefit.

Q. What do you focus on in your time only’s at a futurity/derby?
A. I don’t do many time only’s. Try to do them as little as possible so once they go to rodeos all they do is hunt that first barrel an don’t stress out to much. The most I will do is take them around the pattern to make sure they are responding quickly and correct, and show them the arena so it’s all familiar when they go do their run.

Photo by Roughstock Studio

Photo by Roughstock Studio

Q. What bloodlines do you look for when shopping for a prospect?
A. Well everyone knows I’ve been successful with the Frenchs Hula Guys so they are one of my firsts I look at but I’ve had success with quite a few bloodlines so it all depends on their personality and ability.  I  love the smart ones that want to work before run. You can usually get one to try their heart out if they are confident and love what they are doing.

Q.What confirmation traits do you shy away from, and which draw you in?
A. I don’t like much White around their eyes, fine bone, narrow chest or a short mouth. I do look for a nice big shoulder an thick hind quarters, short cannon bones, long under line, a nice eye set with a kind soft eye. Coon tail is a plus they are usually a ‘lil more grittier.

Q. Are there any up and coming studs you think people should pay more attention to, in Canada or the States?
A. Well the Frenchs Hula Guy has been proven enough now that I would say the next would be FrenchSteaktoRodeo. They hes been really impressive the past couple years. Also Really liking the Boonlit offspring so far too.

Q. When do you like to start your colts? Do you break your own, or do you send them away?
A. I like to put a couple weeks on them as 2 yr olds then kick them out on pasture till they are 3. 3 yr olds I ride for a few months then kick them out and bring them back as 4 yr olds, then ride them on an off as 4 yr olds depending what my goals are with them. If I’m just futuritying them in Canada I usually won’t put them on the pattern till the end of their middle to end of 4 yr old year. I have a lot of colts so the closest ones to their futurity year get most of my time in between rodeos and futurities. I used to break them myself when I didn’t have so many that I could put the time in on them that colts need when being started. Now I’m on the road too much I send them away and just focus on fine tuning and patterning the ones that are going.

Q. How broke do you like them to be before starting on the pattern?
A. I like my colts to be pretty broke to the point they’ve seen pretty much everything so they can focus once I start taking them down the road. Love them to be around cattle first even if they have to go ranching for a month or two before they go on the pattern. I work a lot on fine tuning them before I put them on the pattern too so they are very responsive to my hands, weight and voice when I use my ques.

Q. During their futurity year, how often are the on the pattern during the week?
A.Usually once a week just to make sure they are still In check. Other than that I work mostly on keeping their lungs in shape and muscle toned. I like to just go for rides so the keep a clear mind and keep them happy. If they aren’t locked on as much as I want I will do it up to 3 times a week but that is very rare if they are already patterned.


Ripn Lady AKA Ripp in her 2015 CBHI Hi Point Blanket

Best of luck to Carman for the rest of the 2016 Season!


Whats Happening

2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational

Sherwood Park, AB- The wind and rain from the weekend created a lot of mud, but didn’t stop the 2nd Annual Trach Law Cans & Calves Invitational event from running today, though a group vote did move it to the indoor arena. John Deere Gators were up for grabs for those who could beat last years times that were run in the outdoor arena, but because of the move inside, the Gators will have to wait to go to their new homes in 2016. Today paid out $28,600 and had stunning Troy Fischer Buckles to both the Champion and Reserve Champion in each event.

35 of the best names in Tie Down Roping from Alberta ran in two go rounds, as well as 35 of the top Barrel Racers. The Top Ten in the average went to a showdown, and in the barrel racing it was a horse race! An arena record was set by Kandi Horn with a 12.620. She had a flawless run. Reserve Champion Brandy McPhee ran a 12.787, Third to Amy McDonald with a 12.841, Fourth to Caitlin Stark with a 12.845, and Fifth to Carolyn Knapp running a 12.995. In the Tie Down Roping, Dean Edge won with a 8.4. Reserve Champion was Kyle Lucas with a 8.6, Third was a tie for Stacy Cornet & Darren Dublanko who each ran a 9.0, and Murray Pole with a 10.0 rounded out the pack.

Both barrel racers and ropers showed their support for Jace Thorsteinson wearing red shirts. Jace is a junior roper who was in an unfortunate roping accident and is in hospital. Check out the Jace Thorsteinson Benefit Auction on Facebook if you would like to help with bidding or donating an item.

For most of the event, I sat at the far end, where third barrel would be. This is where Still Meadows Ranch owner, Maxine Rusnak usually sits. I personally have rode at this arena all my life and have known Maxine just as long. She suffers from MS and isn’t able to move around without the help of her health aid. Today she had a day pass from the hospital. I bring this up because as I sat there, almost every competitor, both roper and racer, came down to personally thank Maxine for donating the use of the arena for the event. I cannot find the words to express how happy it made me to see everyone do this.

Another thing I noticed about the event, was that everyone was very positive, supportive, and friendly. Watching the roping, I loved that everyone cheered and supported one another with each run. Hearing the barrel racers praise one another for their great runs also brought a smile to my face. This is why producer, Lisa Trach puts on the event.

“Honestly, when I decided  to do the event I was in a sort of sad place in my life. When I am sad, I read… Self help books and the like. I read an article about how, if you dive into the things you love you will meet people who will be the right people for your life. So I decided to have the jackpot… One where I could invite a group of competitors that were not only super talented but also positive, we have a strict no bitches no whiners rule!

Naturally I went to my Still Meadows family for help and, like always, they came through 100 times more than I could have ever expected. Because Jeff Drisner suffers with us barrel racers all year, we wanted to give back to him so we added the calves. That has been a huge reward for me! Our calf ropers both years have been so great.

The event is everything I had hoped for. It did what the book said; It surrounded me with the best people. I got to meet new people, and most of all I get to give back to a community that is responsible for my sanity. Because in all times in my life where I have struggled, it has been my horses and the people in my life that share my love of horses that have saved me when I would have otherwise drowned.

I only wish I could give more to the big family of people in rodeo. This jackpot is my tiny contribution. I hope it grows and grows.”

I personally look forward to attending this event next year. I hope that you can join as well! Check out the two winning runs below, and each of the top ten runs can be found on the Lipstick & Cowboy Boots Youtube channel.


Dean Edge’s Winning Run – 8.4

Kandi Horn’s Winning Run – 12.620

Diane Skodopole’s honourable mention run. Across the line with a 12.394, plus 5 for a tipped first.

Fashionista On The Record

Pursue Victory – Paige Callaway

This spring I will be purchasing just one new shirt for rodeo season. It’s long enough it won’t come un-tucked from your jeans. It’s sleeves reach your wrists and stay that way when you’re stretched out hustling home. It’s sides are fitted showing off your curves, rather than making you feel like a box. This shirt looks good with jeans and is rodeo ready, but you can wear it to the office, or a day in town if you want to. I NEED this shirt in my closet, so its now at the top of my must have list. The Pursue Victory Power Collar Shirt runs from an XS to an XL, is handmade in Calgary Alberta CANADA, and comes in uh-mazing colours. Urban Cowboy Denim, get-in-mah-closet!!!


Paige in her Sunset Coral Power Collar Pursue Victory Shirt

Who is the designer behind this fabulous new line that launched this past October? Non other than Miss Paige Callaway. If you’re not familiar with Paige, click her name right there, and check out the About Me section of her Pursue Victory website.


Paige at Fort Worth Stock Show

While on Instagram one day, I scrolled to a picture that had a bunch of cowgirl fashionistas. Tagged in the picture was Paige, and I had thought her name was familiar, so I decided to “Follow” her. Once checking out nearly all of her pictures I decided she was pretty much the coolest girl in the world. Her style is one of a kind, she trick rides and barrel races, she travels and loves fashion.  While scrolling her photos I thought to myself I hope I get to meet this cool cat one day, Paige seems to be someone I would get along with pretty well.. Though I have not formally met Paige yet, I was able to track her down on Facebook and do a little interview with her about her PV line.

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This dress was Paige’s first full couturier piece of clothing she made! I love both the dress and the fur coat!

What inspires you?

For me, I have learned there are two types of inspiration.  The inspiration the flutters my heart and it comes at any time and place to take my creativity in new directions.  I find driving I get my best ideas.  Other places I draw inspiration from are riding horses, flea markets, music, the old west, kids, graffiti, nature and laughing.  That’s why I like to laugh . . . I mean who doesn’t but for me its a double win!

The second kind of inspiration, and perhaps the most valuable as an entrepreneur, is the kind that nicely takes your hand and dusts you off after a “rough” day and gives you the strength and sanity to push on.  The deep, to the soul, inspiration that the beauty in a cactus just doesn’t cut it for.  I find that in music, quotes and other people who have done triumphant things.  For those days, I have one no fail source.  One of my best friends was paralyzed a few years back at Cheyenne and I call him.  He never rarely gives me a “you can do it speech”, and he usually doesn’t need to because knowing what he has been through and accomplished paired with his witty comments and jokes always change my attitude.  I am not sure if he knows thats why I call him sometimes, however it is probably best he doesnt cause it would go right to his head! Haha jk!

This may not be “inspiration” as much as “motivation”, however the drive behind what I do could be summed up in one word empowerment.  When I started Wild Rose Clothing a few years back, I used to say that wearing one of the graphic T’s with a cool graphic or uplifting quote could be the difference between a good day and a bad day.  Pursue Victory takes that to the next level.  When I went to couturier school and I made myself clothing specific for my measurements it gave me a whole knew level of confidence.  I thought that sort of confident energy is priceless for me going into a meeting (when I worked downtown) or at a rodeo running barrels.  You naturally have that energy transfer into what you do that day.  I thought there is so much value in this sort of thing for society.  On a big scale, regardless of which direction the fashion industry takes me, that will always be my MO, so to speak.


Paige in her Black As Night Power Collar Pursue Victory Shirt

Will you be bringing more items to the Pursue Victory line?

YES!!! I am so excited for all the ideas I have for this line.  The first stop on the road map of Pursue Victory is to make sure that the pattern of the shirts (meaning pattern they are sewn off of) and the size grading is best for the clients.  Something very unique about Pursue Victory is that the shirt pattern and size grading was done by hand, not computer.  With the help of client feedback and tweaking the pattern and sizing, Pursue Victory will be releasing more colors and styles of the PV Power Collar Shirt along with maybe a casual line, a mens line and a higher end line.  I love blazers and vests so I am sure they will come along as well!

Paige in her Canadian Tuxedo

Will you be making your line available to wholesalers ever or strictly off the site?

I am working right now to move the line into wholesale.  My target with the first run of shirts was to really nail down the fit and I felt the best way to get client feedback was to sell it on a first hand bases and talk to the clients.  Now that I have a good idea of the feedback and where things can be shifted and adjusted I am looking forward to expanding into larger orders and venues while maintaining the quality!

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If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Lunch with anyone, tough choice, either my Grandpa or Coco Chanel.  Growing up I spent endless hours with Grandpa on his ranch.  He was a very kind person to all walks of life.  He loved and cared so diligently for his cows and horses and I grew up in this idea that was how the world operated.  Turns out it doesn’t and the older I get, the more I appreciate the man he was.  Grandpas actions spoke louder then his words, and through those characterisitics that he so naturally had he was respected and appreciated by many, myself included.  That, and Grandpa taught me how to play cribbage, which though I havent played in a while I am still confident in my skills!

Coco Chanel; she revolutionized fashion to create functional clothing for woman and this is something I strive for.  She had an idea for functional clothing so ladies could move around easier, like getting in and out of cabs and she stuck with it.  It was actually a very liberating time for ladies in terms of fashion and the more I learn about it, it was the fine boned, quick witted Coco who led the charge.  She had low regard for peoples judgement when it came in terms of what she designed because she trusted her gut and followed her heart.  Plus, Coco rode horses, was slightly rough around the edges and left a mysterious trail of stories about her life . . . which I appreciate!


Paige and her Grandpa

Since this blog is titled ‘Lipstick & Cowboy Boots’, what is your favourite of each?

I LOVE lipstick and I have become a lipstick snob!!!! There are a few things in life (Pursue Victory shirts being one!!! *wink) that quality counts! Lipstick is another where quality and brand counts . . . and so is mustard and paint brushes.  I love MAC and I have a few colors, my go to right now is called “Snob”, and I have also been wearing my “Candy YumYum”, which is neon pink! One of my friends and I have a long running joke when we see photos of each other we can name the MAC lipstick that the other person is wearing. Yes they are more expensive, they last longer and are soooo worth the money!

When it comes to boots . . . for work, Justins, hands down! For play, nothing beats the comfort and cuteness of my Old Gringos.  When I went to London I wore them around cause they are as good as a good running shoe for me!

After chatting with Paige back and forth I see how driven she is and she is now someone who inspires the heck out of me! She is passionate about her work and it gets me fired up to write more and do more with my own project this year aka this blog. 🙂

Want more about Paige and Pursue Victory, or would like to purchase a shirt? Head on over to her website!

*All photos submitted by Paige

Arena Chatter Inspiration

Motivation – 2015 Season

What motivates you? What makes you want to jump out of bed at 5am to go to the gym to work on your core so you can keep up with your horses badass snappy turns? What gets you fired up and keeping the passion and desire alive in the winter when its -35 and even colder with the wind? What are you doing before you make a run at a jackpot or rodeo that keeps you focused and on your A Game?


Incase you live under a rock, it’s 2015 now.. A whole new season to make your best run, to fix your third barrel, to ride more gritty, and to let your horse haul ass to first barrel. Ok those are some of the things I want to do this year. I have watched all of my 2014 runs (that were taped) a million times. I have sat with my eyes closed and rode through and felt the feeling of Reeva cranking out a perfect first second and third barrel. I have sat and felt the feeling of winning, being presented with checks and buckles. When I am driving my car and turn a corner I sit on my pockets and act like we’re turning a barrel. I have gone through the pattern in the kitchen with the proper hand position etc. Its all about muscle memory right? As silly as that may seem, doing all those things keeps me jacked up about the upcoming season. Ive also been reading great books like Mind Gym by Gary Mack and Gold Buckles Don’t Lie by Fred Whitfield, and girl, if that story doesnt motivate you, I dont know what will! Tonight I am posting sticky notes all over my house to remind me why I am riding daily an getting back to the gym. I also enjoy watching old NFR videos, watching Lisa & Louie win The AMERICAN, and watching Pozzi & KissKissBangBang win the Diamonds & Dirt 2014 Slot Race. Reading inspiring quotes, and talking with positive uplifting girls who have similar goals also keeps me focused and driven.

Maybe you read that and think I am totally out to lunch, and instead you just like to be better than you were before, always striving to be the best you can be in all aspects of life. This is such a broad topic, so as far as I am concerned there is no wrong or right as to what can “motivate” a person.


I asked a handful of my friends what keeps them motivated. I LOVE hearing what motivates people, in and out of the arena. So, assuming that hearing what is motivating others will also motivate you, I’m sharing their replies to help get ya fired up! 🙂


“Watching people that I admire motivates me. Even at the local jackpots. I see someone lay down a deadly run and it gets me pumped up.”

“Setting goals and timelines, and adjusting them accordingly. Staying motivated is easy when the end is always in sight . Small steps to the big picture, make anything seem attainable. Adjust your expectations so they are realistic. Instead of, “I wanna make the nfr”.” try “I wanna have a more consistent season.”  Or instead of “I wanna win this rodeo.” “I wanna ride my horse better than I did at the last.” kinda thing. Creating goals creates positivity which is motivating in itself.”


“What motivates me is a little different from everyone else, usually people want to be motivated by someone they look up to, but for me it’s the people who look down on me, they make me ride harder, train better to BE a better person. The look on those peoples face when the unexpected come in and win makes me drive harder. Everyone has a past, everyone has a present and everyone started somewhere!”

“So, Cassie asked me for some things that keep me motivated & motivate me before a run. On off season watching old runs makes me want it like crazy. Theres no better feeling than making a barrel run, so during the winter I watch alot of videos of both myself & other people. Before a run I like to listen to pump up songs to get me in the game, I love music & I find this the easiest way to get me ready for a run.”

“Well……so music, inspirational books and positive thoughts, learning new things and friends success makes me happy and keeps me motivated! All these aspects are just on the road which was started by simply believing in the dream (or goal)! That is what motivates me, I can visualize and know it’s what I’m meant to move towards! Make sense…it really applies to all things not just barrel racing!”


“This is what motivates me personally. This is the stem cell i received that saved my life. Some days I get a little down and out. I just look back at pictures. Everyday I strive do to the very best. I’ve had a few friends pass away same age as me gone through everything I had. They call it survivors guilt and it really is. Why me? Why am I so lucky over them? Well each and everyday I set out to accomplish everything and anything. Saying yes to every opportunity that crosses my path. Where as before I would say no maybe next year, well there may not be a next year. It’s kinda corny but it’s honestly true. How many people get a second chance in life? Well I plan to live this life to the damn best ability that I can and push myself to do things I normally wouldn’t.”

“What motivates me the most is Tyler. Every time I want to take a break or stop training or I don’t think I’m on the right track he pushes me to follow my dreams. He’s always behind me helping me move forward and be the best I can be. It’s actually taught me a lot about myself and how to push myself in those weak moments. I’ve seen a lot of “couple teams” but I have rarely seen one that works in a partnership like this. I also watch a lot of motivational videos about dreams and determination and pushing yourself. I really believe in order to teach yourself how to stay positive and motivated when your dealing with horses and the kind of stress and money issues we all have you have to have a person or persons to fall back on who help you and stay strong when you are not.”

Kirsten regarding visual motivation:
“I think motivation can come in all sorts of forms and can apply to success in the rodeo world in so many ways. Pictures, quotes, videos and songs all have a different role in how I personally keep myself motivated. Pictures are great because they help put you back into a memory of a moment that was a crucial stepping stone to where you are now. These are two of my favorite pictures because they were my two first big wins on different horses and look at how excited I am! I use them to remind myself how grateful I was back then and how hard I worked to earn those two moments.”


“I find the times that I need the most motivation are during the off season when it is -20 with a storm warning and I am writing a blurb for my friend’s blog and staring at pictures of my other friends in Arizona on Facebook when my truck has been running for 45 minutes so that I can go out to the barn. Videos are almost always crucial in this situation.”

Kirsten regarding music and motivation:
“Music works the same way. There have been a couple times when a truck of us girls is driving to a rodeo and we are “Raging” right alongside Hyper Crush and “it’s another great day to be looking that good” all determined to “Run This Town” with Luke Bryan. This exact situation happened this summer and we were soaring on the way up North, and on the way back listening to “Her Heart Is A Rodeo” on repeat with two out of three horses in the back having had their last runs of the season. “Her Heart is a Rodeo” is also great song for the drive home when you are trying to figure out how to regroup and get your life together by Tuesday so that you can make it to a slack Thursday morning and then across the Rockies for Thursday night. It’s all about the perseverance.”

Kirsten regarding quotes:
“Quotes are great forms of motivation purely for the feelings certain words can stir deep in your mind. If I am winning and making good runs, they are great to keep the high energy going. If I have a bad run or something negative happens to me they act as a booster to stay persistent. It’s pretty easy to log onto Pinterest from your phone and type in “overcoming obstacles” as you are leaving the vet office with a prescription for 6 weeks time off or if you just took out three barrels and the trash at the last rodeo, and it’s an easy way to re-boost your morale.”


So I ask again. What motivates you? What keeps you going when you want to quit. What pumps you up when you’re coming down the alley way? Leave a comment below, I’d LOVE to hear it!

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