Hey Folks! First, let me thank you for visiting my site and welcome you to join me in all my life adventures. Starting this blog nearly a year ago I wasn’t sure how I was going to utilize the space for the best purpose. I had one goal in mind, advocate for the rodeo industry. Now, this isn’t exactly the most hard-hitting news source, but let’s be honest, who comes to a blog to get all that boring info you can find anywhere else? No one. Therefore, on Rodeos and Red Lipstick, you are going to find my experiences as a rodeo athlete and journalist. My crazy adventures, insights, and opinions about this wonderful world we live in! So, I hope you enjoy my take on the rodeo world and the ag industry and I encourage everyone to ask questions and leave comments.
Things you need to know about me:
My name is Kailey, a red lipstick-wearing punchy cowgirl who loves rodeo. I live and breathe rodeo. My entire life has been focused and molded around the sport of rodeo in one way or another. Now, I am not strictly a rodeo gal, I grew up in a small rural town where agriculture was the main enterprise. I grew up on dirt roads, where everyone waves at everyone, cattle and wheat fields are the primary scenery and the closest grocery store was 20 miles at the minimum. (Oh, also, I’m currently an Okie turned Texan as I took an associate editor/journalist job in Fort Worth.)
My family grew crops and still run a small cow-calf operation. My dad raised me on the back of a horse, swinging a rope. He has been on both sides of the arena. As a younger man he tackled the rough stock side before moving back to the roping end (thank goodness! Lord only knows what would have happened had I been raised by a Roughy instead of a timed event man). He is primarily a heeler by trade, however, he taught me how to rope calves. I am one of those “die-hard tie-hard” kind of girls. Although, I have been known to run a horse around a barrel pattern a time or two. It is pretty obvious to see that my dad instilled his love of rodeo in me. He also taught me manners, responsibility, and the importance of working hard for what you want. “If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing bad”, he always said. It took me a long time to understand exactly what he meant by that, but over the years I have heard my dad say that a thousand times. I have come to learn that my dad is right. If you believe in something and think it is worth your time, well then, it is worth doing it bad until you get good. Success doesn’t always happen over night, but hard work will make it happen.
My mom is the most caring, hard working, and resilient person I know. She is the reason I am successful. My mom can bend to the point of breaking and still bounce back. She spent a majority of her life as a Licensed Practical Nurse working 14-hour days in the hospital before returning to school to receive her Registered Nurse license. After several years working as an RN she returned to school again to get her masters degree. She is now an LPN instructor, teaching young adults how to be successful and efficient nurses. My mom has taught me the importance of education. She has also worked hard to make sure I do not back down from my goals. My mom has pushed me to go after what I want, and taught me to always believe in myself.
My parents are an inspiring couple. Because of them I have a passion for agriculture, rodeo and the western lifestyle. Advocating for those three entities are things that are close to my heart. I am a rodeo gal to the core. I competed competitively in high school and college rodeo, as well as other associations through out the country. I still compete in various rodeo associations however, I have moved my main focus to Breakaway and Team Roping rather than going the All Around route. I believe that rodeo plays an important part in our world. Rodeo is not just a sport, it has ways to impact people that seem unimaginable.
I have a bit of a funky style, a little bit Ranchy with a good dash of that rodeo class, I can get pretty Punchy pretty quick. I love lipstick (I mean everyone knows “Lipstick makes everything better”), wild-rags, handy-cowboys, boots, spurs, the smell of baby powder (only calf ropers can appreciate this), a nice felt hat (preferably an American) and my family, friends and animals. I believe that to be a winner sometimes you have to get a little punchy, don’t be afraid to be ranchy, ride rank and show everyone you’re not afraid of how God made you.
- Border Collies
- Farming/Ranching way of life
- Calf Roping
- Baby powder on a poly rope
- Hand-tooled belts and saddles
- Gritty Calf Horses
- Jam-up Heel Horses
- American hats
- The perfect lipstick
- Sharing the importance of the Western way of life