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

By Amy C. Witt
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Sometimes these record high temps get in the way of our summer plans. With California’s heat wave upon us, it can be a bit discouraging and unmotivating to want to adventure too far from home. Living in Tulare County, I am quite familiar with the struggle of trying to beat the heat, get horses rode while keeping it exciting. So, I’ve compiled a few ideas to inspire you to journey horseback through these hot months.  

By Amy C. Witt
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Backing into the box at the California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) State Finals, Rylee George had qualified in four events and was also District 5’s All-Around Cowgirl. But, she wasn’t going to end her year with just those titles – she would depart her junior year being crowned as the 2018 State All-Around Cowgirl and State Champion Header.

“It feels incredible to win All-Around at State,” George expresses. 

By Amy C. Witt
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He’s got a scar over his right eye and typically wears a broken-in short brimmed straw, his name is Cole. His brother Cobie, stands a little taller and wears a nice black felt. Over the years, many of us have watched these boys grow into handsome, ropy, handy and fine gentlemen. Now 18 years old and seniors at Hallmark Charter High School, Cobie and Cole Dodds are gearing up for their last California high school rodeo. 

By Amy C. Witt
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Last year she was the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Rookie Breakaway Champion. In 2017, she also won several college rodeo titles including Cal Poly Royal and qualified for the Junior National Finals Rodeo in the breakaway roping. And now, Abigayle Hampton just won the first ever 2018 Cinch Shootout at Cal Poly Royal and she’s heading into the last rodeo of the season with the West Hills College Rodeo Team with a 250-point lead for the breakaway title. 

“Breakaway roping to me means the world. I don’t know where I’d be without this skill. It’s a blessing to be able to compete at a high level in this event,” Hampton expresses. “There is just something about breaking down rodeo that gets me pumped.”