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Evolution of Jeans

Oh the evolution of ‘western style’ jeans..

In the 80’s & 90’s we saw the high rise straight leg jeans, that doubled as both a bra and pants for riding.

There were the Rockies jeans with no back pockets, still doubling as a bra with how high of a rise they were. Check out these two patterns. “It’s Springtime in the Rockies!” #foreverflorals

Then the western jean Gods “blessed us” with wild coloured Wrangler jeans. I can recall in junior high school seeing bright orange, yellows and greens. Oh my..

Fast forward a bit and BAM, low rise pants everywhere. Which meant you better hike those up as high as possibly when you’re getting on your horse to make a run, or we all saw the crack of one another’s butts.

Then there were Miss Me jeans with fancy pockets, that everyone went crazy over. I tried to wear these but my thighs were too big, and when I’d walk they’d start to slide down… so I gave up. #thickthighssavelives

(Of course there were many other styles in-between, I’m just covering the most memorable ones.)

Most recently, (and by that I mean the last few years) girls started wearing the Flared Dojo by Seven For All Mankind. These jeans are not cheap, but they were and still are super trendy. You have to buy a used pair now as they no longer produce this style, and can find them used or $100 or less. I suggest hitting up your local second hand store, or The Bleacher Babes Closet on Facebook to hunt a pair down, if you’re looking.  This style has become a staple in many barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending and breakaway/team roping cowgirls closets.

Wrangler decided to join the flared leg pants party, and has come out with several flared leg jean styles. Some with a higher waist, others with a mid rise, and one style with the trending floral stitch work. My Canadian friends, at the moment I am only able to find such jeans south of the border. I purchased my pair from Lazy J Ranch Wear, and you can too right here. Canadian retailers might get them by the end of the year.. maybe!

Photos by Amanda Ubell Photography


Arena Chatter Courtesy of CPRA Results

Show Me the Money

Canada Night doesn’t happen until Thursday at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. But apparently the Canadian contingent of WNFR qualifiers either didn’t get the memo or they just plain couldn’t wait.

The first all Canadian team roping team hasn’t just showed up at this Finals, they have been a factor in every round, including a win in round one. Tonight the Alberta twosome, Ponoka’s Levi Simpson and Arrowwood heeler, Jeremy Buhler, had their fastest run to date, a 4.0 to split the round with Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, each of the four men pocketing $23,480. Simpson and Buhler remain in 2nd place in the average and have moved to 7th and 6th respectively in the world standings.

“We just missed the WNFR field last year,” Simpson commented. “This year, we worked harder at it, put in more practice time and prepared mentally for every situation in the arena.”

That preparation served the Alberta duo well in Round 5. “Like Levi, I don’t get caught up in the show,” Buhler, the man sporting the most famous beard at this NFR added. “I don’t hear the music, I just keep it simple and watch the feet.”

It took Jake Vold 14 WNFR rounds to win his first go round buckle. It took him one to win his second. Twenty four hours after winning round four with a sensational 89.5, the Airdrie (via Ponoka) three time Canadian champion came back with a spectacular 89 score on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Wilson Sanchez. The back to back wins have propelled Vold to 4th place in the average and fifth in the world.

Before the twenty-nine year-old talent nodded his head tonight, there were already three scores of 86 points or higher on the board. No problem for Jake Vold.

“I want someone to jump out there with a 90 so I can go get them,” he confided. “Seeing big rides before me fuels my fire.”

The Calgary Stampede bucking sensation Xplosive Skies lived up to his name as he pitched Manitoba bareback rider Orin Larsen to the Thomas and Mack turf before the eight second klaxon en route to winning the Rank Horse of the Night Award.

And not to be outdone, the three Canadian bronc riders brought their A (Eh!) game with Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott grabbing a 3/4 split – courtesy of his 86.5 ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Son of Sadie. And right behind his countryman was the Hudson Hope, British Columbia man, Jake Watson who took home a 6th place cheque with his 85 score on Stace Smith Rodeo’s Resistol’s Top Hat. Watson has quietly fashioned a solid Finals to date after qualifying in fifteenth spot. He is now five for five and has climbed to third in the average.

The third Canadian bronc rider, recent bridegroom Zeke Thurston was 81 points on the appropriately named Maple Leaf of Frontier Rodeo. The Big Valley cowboy was just out of the money in Round 5. Reigning World Champion, Jacobs Crawley, from Boerne, Texas, bounced back from a Round 4 buck-off to mark a spectacular 89 on Frontier Rodeo’s four time world champion, Medicine Woman. The Monday night go-round also marked the end of 18 year old Ryder Wright’s record-tying run. After four consecutive go-round wins, the Milford, Utah cowboy bucked off Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting.

Minnesota bull dogger JD Struxness continued his hot streak with a 3.5 second run. Over the last three days, Struxness has two go-round wins and a 1-2 split. In the barrel racing, go-round winner was Keizer, Oregon cowgirl Amberleigh Moore with a 13.62 second run. And in the bull riding, Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, New Mexico made his first ride of the 2016 WNFR a profitable one. His 87 on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Breaking Bad was good for the go round win.

Courtesy of the CPRA*