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Top 15 in the WPRA Headed to Las Vegas

This is the UNOFFICIAL list of the top 15 barrel racers in the WPRA who should be heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December in Las Vegas, thanks to Miles McNarland, who keeps tabs on this all year long! As official results come in from the WPRA, I will update this post!

The number one cowgirl, Tiany Schuster and her horse Showmance, are ahead of Stevi Hillman who is occupying second position by $65,319, unofficially. The next closest by money won in the rough stock and timed events is bull riding sensation Sage Kimzey, who has won $234,136.27 in his 2017 season, then Tuf Cooper with $211,927.32.

Canada will be sending 9 of their best south of the border for finals, including Jordan Hansen, Tanner Milan, Scott Guenther, Jake Vold, Orin Ellis, Clay Elliot, Zeke Thurston, Layton Green, and Jeremy Buhler who will not be competing with his roping partner Levi Simpson as Simpson fell into the crying hole. Buhler will be roping with Tom Richards. Thanks to Ted Stovin with Everything Cowboy for the update. To learn more, check out his story here.

1 Tiany Schuster Krum, TX $250,016.98 90
2 Stevi Hillman Weatherford, TX $177,791.92 92
3 Nellie Miller Cottonwood, CA $130,536.75 46
4 Amberleigh Moore Salem, OR $120,852.11 50
5 Kassie Mowry Dublin, TX $115,162.81 24
6 Kathy Grimes Medical Lake, WA $111,785.38 45
7 Hailey Kinsel Cotulla, TX $97,778.87 66
8 Lisa Lockhart Oelrichs, SD $93,438.32 57
9 Taci Bettis (R) Round Top, TX $93,222.32 66
10 Sydni Blanchard Albuquerque, NM $91,376.73 74
11 Tillar Murray Fort Worth, TX $86,019.79 88
12 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi Victoria, TX $83,741.30 90
13 Kellie Collier Hereford, TX $83,342.23 96
14 Ivy Conrado Hudson, CO $77,490.74 83
15 Kimmie Wall Roosevelt, UT $73,819.70 58

16 Sherry Cervi Marana, AZ $73,015.80 76
17 Emily Miller Weatherford, OK $71,704.09 79
18 Jana Bean Ft Hancock, TX $70,654.26 92
19 Jackie Ganter Abilene, TX $68,758.99 96
20 Ari-Anna Flynn Charleston, AR $62,607.25 86

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Calgary Stampede Day 1 Pool B Results

Calgary, AB – Here we are, Day one of Pool B of the Lake Calgary Stampede.

First I would like for everyone to take a moment to tip their hats to the great Winston Bruce whom we lost last night to a battle with pneumonia. He was the driving force behind the Born to Buck program with the Calgary Stampede, and was an outstanding saddle bronc rider. Winston won the Canadian Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association title in 1957 and 1958, 1959 Calgary Stampede title, the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1959, won the PRCA bronc riding world title in 1961 and ten times qualified for the National Finals Rodeo. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989. Heaven is having the best rodeo this year. Rest easy Winston.

Matt Shizowa won the tie-down roping this afternoon with a 7.3. Half of the field received a no time including all of the Canadian contestants.

Bray Armes won the steer wrestling/water skiing with a 3.7. Canadian Cody Cassidy split a fourth pace cheque with Trevor Knowles with a 4.4.

Strong start for the bareback riders, seeing 80’s across the board, plus Peebles 90.5 ride on Yipee Kibitz. Canadian Orin Larsen split a 2/3rd place cheque with Kaycee Feild with an 87 point ride aboard Sacred Nation.

In the saddle bronc riding, we are waiting for one more re-ride which will happen tomorrow afternoon as they ran out of re-ride stock. Jacobs Crawley unofficially wins day one of pool B with an 86.5 point ride.

In the barrel racing we saw two of our legendary barrel horses make a comeback in the mud! Lisa Lockart won the round on Louie with a 17.68, and Sherry Cervi was second on Stingray with a 17.840 proving the mud at Calgary is nothing to be scared of! Our Canadian Champ Nancy Csabay ran a 18.050 splitting 3/4th with Amberleigh Moore.

JB Mauney won the bull riding this afternoon on Bomb Shell for 88 points, while Sage Kimzey wasn’t far behind with 86 points on Damn Straight. Brennon Eldred on Keslers Excessive Force for 81 points was the only other ride made, the rest of the field was bucked off.

Results below.

Tie-Down Roping
Shiozawa, Matt Chubbuck ID 7.3
Smidt, Caleb Bellville TX 8.2
Moore, Timber Aubrey TX 8.3
Vest, Stetson Childress TX 10.1
Whitfield, Fred Hockley TX 11.0
Rombough, Lee Sexsmith AB NT
Bouchard, Al Scandia AB NT
Bird, Logan Nanton AB NT
Grant, Morgan Granton ON NT
Malone, JC Plain City UT NT

Steer Wrestling
Armes, Bray Gruver TX 3.7
Erickson, Ty Helena MT 3.8
Struxness, JD Milan MN 4.1
Cassidy, Cody Donalda AB 4.4
Knowles, Trevor Mt Vernon OR 4.4
Graves, Stockton Alva OK 4.6
Irwin, Kyle Robertsdale AL 6.0
Hass, Clayton Weatherford TX 14.0
Waguespack, Tyler Gonzales LA 14.2
Brockman, Seth Wheatland WY NT

Bareback Riding
Peebles, Steven Redmond OR C Y92 Yipee Kibitz 90.50
Feild, Kaycee Genola UT K 945 Alley Trail 87.00
Larsen, Orin Inglis MB TB MX69 Sacred Nation 87.00
Clements, Mason Santaquin UT TB 218 Jenny’s Red Wine 85.00
Aus, Tanner Granite Falls MN C Y34 Y Not Crystal 84.50
O’Connell, Tim Zwingle IA K 502 Mile Away 82.50
Dent, Steven Mullen NE KK 055 Three Wings 81.50
Tutor, Bill Huntsville TX K 537 Alley Street 81.00
Laye, Clint Cadogan AB CH X185 Trip Wire 81.00
Brown, Jake Cleveland TX K 296 Blue Wings 81.00

Saddle Bronc Riding
105 Crawley, Jacobs Boerne TX KK 351 Spanish Pair 86.50
107 DeMoss, Cody Heflin LA C Z92 Zaka Kibitz 86.00
119 Wright, Rusty Milford UT K 633 Summer Trip 85.50
106 Crawley, Sterling Stephenville TX CH X142 Pine Ridge 84.50
114 Thurston, Zeke Big Valley AB K 514 Centre Stage 84.00
116 Wright, Cody Milford UT K 023 Artificial Colors 83.50
112 Scheer, Cort Elsmere NE C Z37 Zoria Hills 82.00
117 Wright, Jesse Milford UT K 662 Country Trail 77.00
118 Wright, Jake Milford UT TB 136 Billy The Kid 75.00
103 Braden, Hardy Welch OK TB 700 Pearl Necklace BO

Barrel Racing
Lockhart, Lisa Oelrichs SD 17.680
Cervi, Sherry Marana AZ 17.840
Csabay, Nancy Skiff AB 18.050
Moore, Amberleigh Keizer OR 18.050
Hillman, Stevi Weatherford TX 18.070
Grimes, Kathy Medical Lake WA 18.090
Schuster, Tiany Krum TX 19.030
Langdon, Taylor Aubrey TX 19.800
Small, Cayla Welch OK 23.460
Crossley, Callahan Hermiston OR 28.150

Bull Riding
Brock Radford on Keslers Something’ Cool B/O
Brennon Eldred Keslers Excessive Force 81
Cody Coverchuck on Mr Sunshine B/O
Tanner Byrne B/O
Derek Kolbaba B/O
Tyler Pankewitz on Everyday Hustler B/O
Chase Outlaw on Magic Show B/O
J.B Mauney on Bomb Shell 88 points
Cody Teel on Rewind B/O
Sage Kimzey on Calgary’s Damn Straight 86 points

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Rodeo Houston Begins

March 7th-26th is Rodeo Houston where contestants compete in sets of Super Series which include 15 performances, two semifinals, a wild card and a championship round where $50,000 is up for grabs. The money won at Houston does not count towards world standings for the cowboys, but for the cowgirls it does, which can send a lady to the top of the Womens Professional Rodeo Association standings with a really great shot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

You can watch Rodeo Houston here on their live stream channel, and through Fox Sports Live Stream here.

Canadians that will be competing in Houston this year include:

Bareback Riders 
Kyle Bowers Super Series I
Luke Creasy Super Series I
Kody Lamb Super Series I
Jake Vold Super Series III
Orin Larsen Super Series III
Colin Adams Super Series V
Team Ropers 
Kolton Schmidt, with Shay Carroll Super Series IV
Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler Super Series V
Saddle Bronc Riders
Layton Green Super Series I
Jake Watson Super Series I
Tyrel Larsen Super Series II
Zeke Thurston Super Series II
Luke Butterfield Super Series III
Clay Elliot Super Series V
Dustin Flundra Super Series V
Sam Kelts Super Series V
Steer Wrestlers
Cody Cassidy Super Series I
Clayton Moore Super Series III
Tanner Milan Super Series V
Bull Rider
Jordan Hansen Super Series V
Barrel Racer
Nancy Csabay Super Series V
Wondering how contestants are qualified to enter Houston? See here


Barrel Racers that will be running at the NRG+ Stadium include

Bessert, Sammi Super Series I
Burger, Mary Super Series I
Collier, Kellie Super Series I
Crossley, Callahan Super Series I
Grimes, Kathy Super Series I
Jacob, Taylor Super Series I
Langdon, Taylor Super Series I
Schnaufer,  Kelley Super Series I
Kruse, Cassidy Super Series II
Mcleod, Michele Super Series II
Schuster, Tiany Super Series II
Taylor, Fallon Super Series II
Thiel, Britta Super Series II
Tovar, Kelly Super Series II
Walker, Mary Super Series II
Wall, Kimmie Super Series II
Bean, Jana Super Series III
Capper, Pamela Super Series III
Ganter, Jackie Super Series III
Hillman, Stevi Super Series III
Mays, Brenda Super Series III
Melby, Cayla Super Series III
O’Quinn, Sabra Super Series III
McDonald, Sarah Rose Super Series III
Cervi, Sherry Super Series IV
Conrado, Ivy Super Series IV
Dice, Rachel Super Series IV
Griemsman, Jana Super Series IV
Moore, Amber Super Series IV
Murray, Tillar Super Series IV
Schulze, Kim Super Series IV
Apffel, Callie Super Series V
Blanchard, Sydni Super Series V
Csabay, Nancy Super Series V
Little, Benette Super Series V
Lockhart, Lisa Super Series V
Richardson, Carley Super Series V
Swint, Megan Super Series V
Williams-Miller, Annelle Super Series V

Pay out looks like this:

*  Super Series I — V   Semifinals 1 & 2   Wild Card   Championship
Champion $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $50,000
Second Place $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $20,000
Third Place $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $10,000
Fourth Place $750 $750 $750 $5,500
Fifth – 10th Place N/A $500 $500 $1,250
11th — 12th Place N/A N/A $500 N/A

The schedule for each Super Series is as follows:

Performance Date
Super Series I, Round 1 Tuesday, March 7
Super Series I, Round 2 Wednesday, March 8
Super Series I, Round 3 and Super Series I Championship Thursday, March 9
Super Series II, Round 1 Friday, March 10
Super Series II, Round 2 Saturday, March 11
Super Series II, Round 3 and Super Series II Championship Sunday, March 12
Super Series III, Round 1 Monday, March 13
Super Series III, Round 2 Tuesday, March 14
Super Series III, Round 3 and Super Series III Championship Wednesday, March 15
Super Series IV, Round 1 Thursday, March 16
Super Series IV, Round 2 Friday, March 17
Super Series IV, Round 3 and Super Series IV Championship Saturday, March 18
Super Series V, Round 1 Sunday, March 19
Super Series V, Round 2 Monday, March 20
Super Series V, Round 3 and Super Series V Championship Tuesday, March 21
Semifinal 1 Wednesday, March 22
Semifinal 2 Thursday, March 23
Wild Card Friday, March 24
RodeoHouston® Super Series Championship Saturday, March 25
RodeoHouston® Super Shootout Sunday, March 26

 All info from*

On The Record


The 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will showcase six of our talented Canadians. In 2010 Canada had six qualified but only five competed since Rod Hay got hurt in Innisfail. Before that it was 2008 when 6 competed at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas Nevada.

*Matt Cohen Photography

*Matt Cohen Photography

Deb Guelly of Okotoks,  Alberta competed at  77 qualifying rodeos to slide into 15th position just in the nick of time with $59,769.17, securing her spot to the WNFR! In September alone, she brought home just over $17,000! Deb just finished running at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta on Bobbie Goodwin’s horse Sonnie taking home a couple go round wins! Her total 2015 season earnings were $51,016.06 putting her third overall. Deb’s full interview can be found here.

Ric Anderson photo. Cheyenne frontier days short go

Ric Anderson Ohoto. Clint Laye at Cheyenne Frontier Days Short Go

Cadogan, Alberta cowboy Clint Lay ehad a solid season. He won $24,250 at Houston &  $100,000 at  The Calgary Stampede this year. Sadly, both rodeos didn’t count for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Standings the same as it does for the Womens Pro Rodeo Association, but Laye made his season count and is headed to the WNFR in 13th position with $80,307.44 won. I did an interview with Clint earlier in the year, which you can check out here.

Tanner Milan, from Cochrane, Alta., competes in the steer wrestling event during Calgary Stampede rodeo action in Calgary, Sunday, July 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Tanner at Calgary

Tanner Milan of  Cochrane Alberta heads to the WNFR in 13th position in the Steer Wrestling with  $66,326.67 banked from PRCA rodeos.  Tanner’s two round wins and reserve championship in Red Bluff, CA helped him stay in the running for a WNFR qualification.  Milan just finished up at the Canadian Finals Rodeo with a grand total of $49,420.30 banked as total season earnings in the CPRA.

Mike Copeman Photography

Mike Copeman Photography

Zeke Thurston of  Big Valley Alberta sits 11th in the Saddle Bronc PRCA standings with $72,278.18. It was his first season as a pro, and a huge season it has been!  Thurston took home the $100,000 Calgary Stampede Championship Cheque , set an arena record at Tucson with a 90-point ride, and cashed in $50,000 as the BP Super Series Saddle Bronc Champ at  RodeoHouston though he  came into the event as an alternate!

Tyrel Larsen at San Antonio Photo by Greg Westfall

Tyrel Larsen at San Antonio Photo by Greg Westfall

Tyrel Larsen of Inglis, Manitoba ended the season in 15th position in the Saddle Bronc with $61,171.86. He was only $573 ahead of Chad Ferley to be headed to the Finals.


Orin at Houston Rodeo Photo by Impulse Photography

Orin Larsen also of  Inglis, Manitoba heads to Sin City in the 10th spot in the Bareback with $81,627.04 to his name, whose biggest check this year came out of Salt Lake City, UT for $11,000!

What was your favorite rodeo you competed at this year and why?

Clint “Favorite 2015 rodeo would have to be Caldwell Idaho, I drew two of the toughest horses there(Big Show)(Craig at Midnight) and won it.”

Tanner “My favorite rodeo for 2015 would have to be the Calgary Stampede. Its a rodeo I really enjoy going to cause its pretty much a home town rodeo for me and I’ve always got a lot of support from family and friends plus the money that is up there is incredible. It’s also nice to be in one spot for at least 4-5 days and not have to worry about loading the horses up right after were done and driving my butt off all night to another rodeo. It’s just nice to hang out and relax and spend a little time at home with family.”

Zeke “My favorite rodeo of 2015 would have to be Calgary I think. Not just because I won it but it’s the biggest rodeo you will attend all year. It’s a well run and operated production and it’s nice to spend the week there with everyone in one spot not having to be driving to another rodeo.”

Tyrel “Not sure if I had a single favorite rodeo this year but the 4th of July run is always my favorite time of year because you’re at at least one rodeo everyday for about ten days and at times you don’t know where you’ll be there next day. It’s a lot of traveling and a lot of horses. Just a really exciting time of year.”

Orin “It’s difficult to pinpoint one rodeo as my favorite rodeo to go to year after year. But I think I would have to say Pendleton, Oregon. Pendleton is so rich in history and a unique set up, with the old fashioned wooden chutes and the arena full of grass. It’s definitely a rodeo to remember.”

What have you been doing to prepare yourself mentally and physically before Vegas?

Clint “To prepare for the WNFR I have been going to the gates crossfit here in Pocatello Idaho every morning, eating good and staying on top of supplements and vitamins to keep my body feeling good. The CFR was a really good warm up to test new equipment and get all the bobbles out.”

Tanner “Mentally I’ve been talking to both my brothers Baillie and Straws, Curtis Cassidy and Lee Graves. Baillie has been there 3 or 4 times as a hazer and the other 3 as competitors. They’ve help me out with what to expect, how fast the start is down there and how sharp you need to have your horses and yourself. They tell me there’s no room for error on getting a good start and catching up quickly. Physically just been practicing a lot as much as I can. Just trying to keep myself sharp and also my horses.”

Zeke “I just go about my everyday life as normal I guess. I ride lots and do lots of cattle work. On top of that I rope quite a bit too. I’m not real big into working out. I do T25 just to kinda stay in shape and maintain good health. I found out my saddle I usually ride in broke and the tree has spread so I have a new one set up. I’ll get on some practice horses be for the NFR just to get things dialed in.”

Tyrel “To prepare for the finals I’ve been working out lots getting my body ready for ten horses in ten days as well as getting on some practice horses to stay positive and confident. I feel prepared mentally and physically.”

Orin “My physical training for the finals consists of running and lifting. I get on some horses every now and then to keep me sharp, feeling confident and to make sure my equipment is holding up well. As for the mental standpoint I stay positive and optimistic. I’m going to walk into the Thomas and Mack oblivious to everything around me and not let the bright lights take over my mind and ability.”

What is the best piece of rodeo advice you would give to a person who wants to qualify for the WNFR?

Clint “The best advice I have for someone wanting to chase a WNFR is that you have to put everything you got into it, it’s a full time job. The harder you work the better your odds are.”

Tanner “The best piece of advice I could give a person is that you gotta be all in or nothing you cant half ass it, you gotta have a great attitude you cant get down on yourself cause its eats at ya. You gotta keep your chin off your chest and realize you’ve got another one to run the next day that counts just as much as the ones in previous days. You also got to get in with a good crew of guys ones that don’t dwell on every mistake they make. Pick out the positives and learn from them, and practice. I can’t preach that enough to more you practice the sharper you’ll be day in and day out.”

Zeke “Anyone pursuing their dream of making the finals whether you’re a young kid or have been at it a while I’d just say to get in with a good group of guys that have been there and know what it takes to get there let them show you how the business side of how things work. I’d also say to never lose hope and sight of what you are working towards. Just because you might not make it your first year out the doesn’t mean it’s over. They have a finals every year. You just gotta figure out how to get there.”

Tyrel “The best piece of rodeo advice I could give to someone would be that no matter what happens, to always stay confident even when you aren’t winning or drawing good.”

Orin “My advice to everyone who looking to chase any dream is to be dedicated, work hard, and be disciplined. I have dedicated my whole life and put in everything I had into my career to get where I want to be today. You have to be willing to take risks and work hard to do whatever it takes to satisfied with your successes, rodeo is not a sport you can do half heartedly, you have to put in 120% in everything every time. When you ride successfully at a rodeo; be proud and praise yourself. When you know you didn’t do as well as your able to, discipline yourself, fix your mistakes and go back to being optimistic.”

What is your favorite pair of cowboy boots?

Clint “My favorite pair of boots would be the ones I’m riding on right now because they have won me the most money out of any other pair, but there about to fall apart on me.”

Tanner “My favorite cowboy boots are Ariat, that’s all I wear, either the Cobolts or At’s.”

Zeke “I wear a black pair of ostrich skin nocona boots.”

Tyrel “I suppose I wear a lot of Justin Boots”

Orin “Ariat”


Sponsor shout outs & special Thank-Yous:

Clint “More than anyone I would like to thank my family my dad Darcy and mom Terry for all there backing, Billy and Marci Laye. If I didn’t have the family I did I would not be where I’m at right now.”

Tanner ” I’d like to thank my sponsor Lyle Kurtz with CVS Controls, Cactus Equine Equipment, and Wrangler shirts and Jeans. and also my family Mom Roxanne, Dad Murry and my brothers Baillie and Straws. With out them it would be a tough tough go. I also like to thank Curtis Cassidy for the use of his hazing horse TUFFY that he lent me all summer long, that was a huge help. And all my friends out there that have been in my corner, thanks so much.

Zeke “I would just like to thank everyone that has been behind me all year. So many people would come up to me somewhere and say they were pulling for me, and that means a lot. I have great friends and family and am very blessed that way. I also would like to thank Cinch jeans and shirts for keeping me looking sharp all year.”

Tyrel “I just want to thank everyone north and south of the border for all of the support my brother and I have received. I’m extremely grateful for the amount of people who have helped us get to where we are today.”

Orin “The one thing that has helped get to the NFR is the support. From my family, friends north and south of the border and my girlfriend this dream couldn’t be possible. I have never taken the love and support for granted. Every time I think about it I still get blown away. From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who’s helped me along the way.”

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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