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!”
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!
Rope those what-to-give worries goodbye and don’t even stress about the amount of money you have to spend, especially with all these ropings and rodeos we have to enter, and let’s not forget the NFR... uh, hello?! I’ve been searching high and low to uncover fresh, fun, and unique ideas for your entire crew.
Her momma calls her an old soul. She calls herself an office fairy. I call her a goddess…the Madonna Inn Heiress.
It’s a Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and I am greeted by Audrey Pearce, dressed in a teal velour vintage robe, her hair tossed and wavy, and looking gorgeous as ever. “You look beautiful.” She greets me with a smile. “As do you,” I respond, flooded with inspiration.
Invigorating might be an understatement when describing the designs of Mckenzie Hale, also known as “Kenzie,” 21 years young, sandy blonde haired, bright eyed beauty, who cannot live without her wing man Pony, a handsome Chihuahua. She is the brains, the talented revamper of clothing, and a handy cowgirl to top it. Marilyn Monroe, Ozzy Osborne, skulls, Lady of Guadalupe, anything western, compiled with anything vintage, old, unwanted, or thrifted with a touch of magic from Kenzie and you are acquainted with “Hale on Earth.” Inspired by the legendary Betsey Johnson, music, and flowers, established on March 11th of 2012, Hale on Earth is a specialty clothing company turning old into new and repurposing old forgotten pieces into wearable art.