Cowgirls Add Glitz to Rodeo

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The Catalena Cowgirls are getting ready for the big show. Every woman on this horseback precision drill team knows she has a coveted spot.

"I saw the Catalena Cowgirls in Houston," said Cowgirl Sherry Jennings. "I thought to myself who are they and how do they get to do that, and I want to do that some day."

During the routines, its evident that lots of little girls feel the same way. The Cowgirls realize they are role models, and believe their organization has created another outlet for female riders.

"We give them something else that they can do with their equestrianship skills," said rider Jennifer Duhon. "When you think about the PRCA and rodeo in general, you usually think about big tough strong cowboys and you really want girls to understand that they can have a role in this too."

The Cowgirls make their intricate moves on horseback look easy, but riders say they're not.

"Not only do you have to be able to ride well, but also have to think about where all the other women and all the other horses are in the arena," said Duhon.

After watching them all night, the fans can meet the cowgirls, and pet their horses.

"Some of them, especially the little bitty ones, its almost like you're larger than life," said Jennings.

For the older kids, its autographs from gem-studded hands.

"A lot of little girls will come up and tell us 'I want to be a Catalena cowgirl when I grow up,'" said Jennings.

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