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!”
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.
I am obsessed with turquoise jewelry. It’s not an obsession really... it holds beauty and signifies who I am. German, Dutch, Mexican, and some Cherokee Indian is the makeup of who I am while I feel like my Indian heritage is my soul and spirit. Traveling to rodeos and ropings since I was a young girl, I started collecting turquoise from all over California, and as an adult, all over the United States. I now proudly have a collection that is very special to me. My collection ranges from pieces dating back to the 1940’s, from Cowboy and Indian museums in Paso Robles, Calif., and places all over the world.