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
Instagram: @caliiforniadreamin

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.”  

By Amy C. Witt
Instagram: @caliiforniadreamin

Cheetah, floral, tribal and solids, they come in all different colors and patterns, but you can always be guaranteed Buck Wild Custom Rags will protect you from the sun, wind, rain and cold. The durable 100% silk and 100% polyester provides a strain for drinking cold creek water, a drape to cover the eyes of a spooked horse, the starting flag for a wild horse race or an accessory to enhance any cowboy or cowgirl!

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.