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Cowboy Lifestyle Network’s 2020 Review

2020 Year In Review

How can we properly head int0 2021 without looking back on 2020? Below you will find our highlight articles from each month of 2020. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane so we can head into 2021 with a bang!

January 2020 Story Highlights

Total Feeds Athlete Highlight: Daylon Swearingen

We are excited to introduce our new athlete highlight articles! Our first article in this series is about the up and coming bull rider, Daylon Swearingen. The interview should speak for itself to represent this young man, but we are excited to not only work with this bull rider but also be able to follow his journey not only through the PBR but also through the PRCA.

Barrett-Jackson Car Auction 2020

The 49th Anual Barrett-Jackson Car Auction has officially kicked off in Scottsdale, Arizona. This event has been hailed by car enthusiasts from all over the world for the past 49 years, attracting people and car collectors in droves to their high-end car auctions. Rightly considered a gauge of the collector car industry, these car auctions have developed into sophisticated world-class automotive lifestyle affairs over the years, events that see thousands of the world’s most desired, exclusive and expensive automobiles cross the block in front of a worldwide audience — both in person and on live national as well as international television! No wonder then that the event is such a big deal!

February 2020 Story Highlights

Women of the Western Industry: Brandi Phillips

Brandi, who has been a part of Art of the Cowgirl since its inception in 2019, has been involved with horses and the industry since a young age and has incredible stories, knowledge, and advice to pass down to the women who are interested in trick riding. Continue reading to learn more about this one of a kind horsewoman!

Tucson Rodeo 2020 – La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros

It’s time for the Tucson Rodeo 2020! Gear up and pull on your cowboy boots, because the annual PRCA rodeo is kicking off February 15-23, 2020. Tucson, I hope you are ready for all of the great fun that comes with the Tucson Rodeo. Make sure to catch all the behind the scenes action on your favorite Cowboy Lifestyle Network social channel. Hang on!

Photo courtesy of the Tucson Rodeo Facebook Page

March 2020 Story Highlights

Top Five Infamous Old West Cowboys

The term “cowboy” has been used throughout American history for decades. In reality, the word “cowboy” comes from Spain, tracing its roots to the Spanish word “vaquero”. There are different words that have stemmed from “cowboy”, usually meaning the same thing, some of these variations include cowpoke, buckaroo, cowpuncher commonly used in Texas, and cowhand.  The true definition of a cowboy is deemed to be a cattle herder who tends to their cattle while on horseback. But, thanks to the western movie genre and Hollywood, “cowboy” has taken on a life of its very own. Today, we are excited to go through our top five picks of True American Cowboys.

Hobby Horse Insider: Same Jacket, Two Arenas

Finding the perfect jacket to wear in the arena can be challenging enough, now imagine trying to find a jacket that can be worn in both the show arena and the arena of life. Thanks to Hobby Horse, you can!

April 2020 Story Highlights

#BossBabes of the Western Industry

In this downtime, we wanted to take time to appreciate all the Western #BossBabes that are out there absolutely crushing it despite the current situations. You will find below several women that not embrace the western lifestyle, but live it every day. This is just a snapshot of these women and you can find more in-depth interviews on each one by clicking their names below. If you know of a #BossBabe that is killing it, send her our way and we would love to do a feature on her!

Average Rodeo Cowboy Earnings

If you have been dreaming about becoming a professional rodeo cowboy, you may be wondering how much money a professional in this line of work can actually make. Some professionals who you may know may earn a sizable income, and others may seem to be barely making it. With a closer look at the average earnings of a rodeo cowboy, you may more easily be able to determine if this is a line of work that you want to get started in.

May 2020 Story Highlights

Total Feeds Insider: Chris Cox Horsemanship Company

Horseback riding is a popular sport that many people enjoy, but the average rider does not have the skills to train and ride their horse to its full potential. Serious horsemen and women are able to learn more advanced riding techniques by working with Chris Cox, a well-known horse trainer who teaches horsemanship at clinics in various locations and also at his ranch in Texas. Chris grew up on a cattle ranch in Australia where horses were the only form of transportation, so he became skilled in horsemanship at an early age.

Top 5 BBQ Joints in Central Texas

Now you can’t go to Texas and not try Texas barbeque! After all, Texas is known for its mouthwatering BBQ. I’m going to give y’all the rundown on some top barbeque places to try in central Texas. Barbequed meat has become the ultimate norm now, which means more and more incredible barbeque joints! Take a look at the top 5 BBQ joints in Central Texas of all time!

Country BBQ Recipe Favorite: Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs “FOTB”

June 2020 Story Highlights

CLN Insider: Meet Derrick Begay

Derrick Begay, a 37-year-old team-roping cowboy from Arizona, is the epitome of the American cowboy. Begay is from a small community on the Navajo Reservation, called Seba Delkai, located 50 miles north from Winslow, Arizona. He is 99.9% Navajo and proud of it. He is a high school graduate from Winslow High School and also has his Associates Degree in Industrial Arts from Northland Pioneer College. Derrick Begay is a champion team roping header who has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo eight times.

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo 2020: World’s Oldest Rodeo

On June 29, 2020, Prescott Frontier Days begin along with the annual Prescott Rodeo 2020. This year marks 133 for the PRCA event, which is billed as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”. Tens of thousands come from the state, across the country and around the world to attend the festivities and experience the heart-stopping thrills of the eight Pro Rodeo performances. And we are beyond blessed that the PFR Committee has decided to move forward with this year’s event despite everything going on.

July 2020 Story Highlights

The One and Only Hooey

For those who don’t know, Hooey is a western sports clothing brand that was founded back in 2007 in south Texas.  It initially started off with a goal to focus on the little details that often escape the eye, such as designing a simple but superior quality hat. Over the years, the goal has remained the same, but it’s been coupled with better ideas, greater creativity, and more innovations. What may have started off as just a hat eventually transformed into a variety of products and categories such as jackets, tees, hoodies, shirts, and so much more.

Best Country Songs for Road Trips

In honor of a summer we will never forget and all the canceled rodeos we won’t be able to attend, I wanted to put together a list of the Best Country Songs for Road Trips as an ode to what I know we are all missing. My hope with this list is that you can imagine yourself going down the rodeo road with your best friends in tow, headed to the show, wind in your hair, hand out the window and you have those butterflies in your belly, a promise of what’s to come.

August 2020 Story Highlights

Bucks for the Brave: Bringing Together the Best for American Heroes

For a long time, these industries have remained separate but thanks to a few key players, fans are now enjoying and learning about the best of each of them. In order to give you the full story, we need to start from the beginning. We would like to formally introduce you to Sportsman’s Choice Wildlife Feeds, a branch of Cargill. Sportsman’s Choice is a collection of premium wildlife feed made for deer, elk, exotics, and fish. Naturally, their audience has a love for the outdoors, wildlife, hunting, and all of the words mentioned at the top. So when Bucks for the Brave Heroes Hunt was born, it unseemingly brings together three industries for one event. You can read more about how Bucks for the Brave is supporting American Heroes, here.

PRCA Athlete of the Month: Kaycee Feild

We are excited to introduce you to our Athlete Highlight of the Month, four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild. We are lucky enough to not only know him but also call him a good friend.  This man’s resume speaks for itself, not only has he been a world champ four times, he has qualified to be a world champion ten times. In 2019 he finished 9th at the NFR but 6th in the world, taking home a whopping, $56,115 for one week of riding. This put his total earnings for the year at  $232,320.

September 2020 Story Highlights

Yellowstone Riggin’ Rally Recap

DARBY, Montana – Labor Day 2020 held a special meaning for the top 24 bareback riders and 2,100 roaring fans in the tiny town of Darby when the first officially PRCA sanctioned Riggin’ Rally brought its own brand of fireworks to the standing room only crowd in the town that boasts 752 in its entire population.

2020 PBR World Finals Relocated To AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Pueblo, Colo. (September 24, 2020) – The 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals: Unleash The Beast will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, November 12-15, it was announced today. The richest and most prestigious event in bull riding, which offers a $1 million Monster Energy World Champion Bonus and coveted gold buckle to the PBR World Champion and a $300,000 check to the event winner, had originally been scheduled for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-8 and has been moved due to state COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions.

October 2020 Story Highlights

New Horse Starter Pack

Owning a horse is single-handedly one of the most rewarding and financially draining things a person can do for themselves. It is my hope with this “New Horse Starter Pack”, to shed some light on some of the things I have personally experienced that may be helpful to someone else starting their horse journey. The first bit of advice I can give you is that learning how to have and own horses are not something you can take a course on or read a book on. Learning about horses and caring for them is something you can only do by being around them and other people who can teach you. Below are some things I think are pertinent for someone to know when getting into the horse world.

YETI’s Ties to the Western Industry

YETI was created in 2006 with the simple mission of creating a cooler that could be used for everyday use and hold up to life’s adventures. They have since branched out to create a range of products that are made to support the American lifestyle, whether that be fishing, hunting, ranching, rodeo, or really anything that has to do with the outdoors. The story we want to share with you today is how YETI started its journey in the western industry and where that story is today.

November 2020 Story Highlights

Love Cowboy Lifestyle Network? Love our new Magazine too!

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is almost here and the team here at Cowboy Lifestyle Network have been BUSY! We have been busy putting together our first print magazine. Which launches in Fort Worth during the WNFR! Not only will you be able to follow your favorite cowboy network online but now you can get it in the palm of your hand as well. You can find them at various booths around Cowboy Christmas!

Your Guide to the Wrangler NFR 2020

You should have heard by now that the Wrangler NFR 2020 has moved to Arlington/Fort Worth Texas. This will be the first time that the NFR has been back to Texas since its inception. Talk about groundbreaking! We wish the circumstances were better, but the fact that we are getting an NFR at all is something to be excited about. I am excited to guide you through everything you need to know about the Wrangler NFR 2020!

CLN Community & Event Sponsor

Hi everyone! I'm Krysta Paffrath, I am a proud Arizona native who has a passion for everything business and rodeo. I am beyond thrilled to be the Editor in Chief for Cowboy Lifestyle Network. With my background in digital marketing and rodeo, this was a natural fit for me to join the team. My adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit has guided me to work in many places like the WYO Quarter Horse Ranch in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a working cattle ranch in Seligman, Arizona, and many places in between. I am passionate about preserving the western way of life and working with different brands and rodeos to make that happen. If you're looking for a write-up, please shoot me an email at Learn more about me at Looking forward to hearing from you!

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