California Dreamin' with Amy Witt

Team Roping + Fashion

with Amy Witt

Ropers Sports News is proud to introduce a new monthly column written by aspiring journalist and fashionista Amy Witt, Porterville, Calif. “Besides team roping, I eat, sleep, and breathe fashion. Not only do I have a strong sense of knowledge and education in the fashion industry, I have been active in the western/rodeo industry for more than seven years, winning national and state championship titles. I am a designer for Wrangler as well, and have an up and coming clothing line, Cowboy Fresh. Team roping and fashion is what I do!”

Amy Witt

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not just filled with holiday and Christmas cheer, it’s filled with fashion, boot stompin’ cowboys and cowgirls, whiskey-filled glasses, shopping and tons of fun!  The National Finals Rodeo is one that many anticipate all year. From team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, to starched jeans, unique boots, sequins, turquoise and felt hats, hitting the town looking fresh in Vegas is rather vital! When the rodeo isn’t rockin’, there is still tons of glitter, glam, hootin and hollering to be had. Below is a list of only the best, tastiest and amusing restaurants, shows and things for you to see as you make your way around the magical town. Also, don’t forget to check with your hotel about offering free shuttle rides to and from the Thomas and Mack, as there are many that offer this service with your stay. 

We know our horses are strong incredible athletes who endure all of the physical work and impact. Therefore, we take the time to stretch and warm our horses up before we ride, rope or run barrels. But have you ever considered taking the time to stretch your muscles before you prepare for your next run? Tight hips, hamstrings and calves, or a sore back can affect not only our riding negatively, but our daily lives. Not only do our muscles benefit from stretching, relieving stiffness and creaky joints, while increasing blood circulation which is good for handling our ropes, research shows that our brains benefit from a stretch as well. Stretching can increase our memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, boost our mood and may even help us think clearly, making for a better performance.  

Cowboy boots are a necessity! From winning to losing, roping and cowboying, running barrels and boot scootin’, they are with us every step of the way. Knowing we cannot function without them, it is important that your cowboy boots not only look good, but fit right as well. With the new year comes new boot investments, spring fashions and a plethora of reasons to stomp the new year. And as you begin to shop for your next perfect pair, consider these tips and tricks in buying the cowboy boots that are right for you.

We can now kiss 2016 goodbye, the year filled with an abundance of happiness, sadness, ups and downs, and welcome 2017 with open arms. As January starts the new year with some rain, snow, brandings, ropings and barrel races, traveling around California this time of year is something we all are fond of. From Chowchilla to Corona, there is an array of jackpots, roping and rodeos spread across our Golden State. And while you travel, don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful marvels California has to offer.