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!”
They’re the women of the old Wild West. Making statements is their name. Short tops and high tops, high heels and bright colors, Calamity Jane, Belle Starr and Prairie Rose are back! But this time, these cowgirls are here to help make statements in and out of the arena!
Albert Einstein once said, “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” In the game of rodeo, there are many players, variables, situations and challenges that are constantly changing and re-defining one of the toughest sports in the world and one of the toughest sports in rodeo, team roping. A cat-and-mouse game, team roping is far more complex than what meets the eye.
Some are just lethal with a rope. Every time you hear their names announced, you drop everything to admire their talents from the sidelines. Greats like Jake and Clay, the Locketts, the Coopers, Jade Corkill, Russell Cardoza, Trevor Brazile, Tammy White... the list goes on. Now think of all the many cowboys and cowgirls who claimed “cowboying” as their career, their livelihood, the only thing they’ve ever known.
Packed stands, commotion, noise, bright lights, and the overpowering thrill and emotions of the sport. As she backs into the box excitement overwhelms her. She replays every run in her head over and over again before nodding for her steer. She keeps a positive attitude and manifests being a champion. The gates crack, her horse scores, her eye on two horns, as her hard work begins to unfold.
Adorned with a smile that enhances pride, morals, and outstanding beauty, Battaglia shines at the top of the Vegas World Series Finale Team Roping, placing in all three of the ropings she entered and winning a total of $160,600.