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!”
Bismarck, North Dakota, Berger Family’s PBR Touring Pro Event, I remember walking into an autograph signing and thinking “Oh, my gosh what am I supposed to do?” I look across the room and my eyes meet a bubbly, beautiful blonde, wearing a smile from ear to ear…instantly I knew we would be friends. We knew of each other but we knew nothing about one another. As I skipped across the room, I greeted her – “Hey, you want to grab a Starbucks?”
William Shakespeare once said, “He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.” Confidence, faith, fashion, pride, a statement, an ensemble, a finishing touch, and even our soul. Because of this intimate relationship between mankind and hat, it’s easy to see how a cowboy hat can say so much about a person – individually telling a story about our character or life.
When it comes to cattle, horses, roping and cowboying on your family’s 10,000 acre ranch, Landon Gill, 26, from Madera, Calif., is stepping out in style and on top of his game. Winning last year’s title fight at the Dynamite Arena, dominating multiple World Series ropings with his father, David Gill, and winning well over $70,000, Landon has set high standards for 2013, striving to be successful no matter what he endeavors.
It can be a bit heartbreaking to bid farewell to beautiful roping days and transition from cool breezy long sleeves to heavy Pendleton’s, wool socks with always boot season, but let’s concentrate on the bright side – Winter is offering some seriously chic and handsome boots. Ariat, Justin, Frye, and Old Gringo will demand you to ride high for your wild and fashionable side. Grab a hot caramel apple spice from Starbucks and hit the arena or ranch in full fashionable tasteful force! Must-haves for this season for both men and women are biker jackets, leather jackets, embellished sweaters, Navajo and Native American inspired prints and art, fur parkas, army green, military, and sailor inspired jackets and pea coats, paired with silk scarves to add a pop of color, and to keep you cozy when running a steer down the arena or for the ranch hand doctoring cattle. A cozy, fur-trimmed hood is always a must!