Being a girl in the western industry ain’t always easy, but Sarah K. Brown sure does make it look easy. This 20-year-old girl from Southern Wyoming has got it going on and let me tell ya why.
Miss Sarah Brown didn’t grow up in the western lifestyle, in fact, she mentioned that the only thing she had connected to the western industry growing up was a couple of horses at home that was never really handled all too much. But at the young age of 14 that all seemed to change when she had endured a back injury from competitive cheer. It was then that she decided that cheerleading just wasn’t her calling and she had taken a larger interest in the sport of rodeo.
She wasn’t surrounded by all the necessary tools that some of us other competitors seem to take for granted. She had taught herself how to rope and soon started to enter up in a few high school rodeos. With that, she had started to train colts and even switched to online schooling in order to create more time for practice and work, in doing so she was able to afford to play an active role in the sport of rodeo.
“The Western Lifestyle was something that I craved and I did whatever it took to be involved”.
For the most part, Sarah K. Brown sounds just like any other kid wanting to make their dreams a reality. But let me tell ya this girl has gone to a whole other level. While competing at the high school rodeos Sarah mentioned that she had always eyed the bronc riding. But being a female, unfortunately, there wasn’t much she could do about it. So she stuck it out and continued to ride colts and rope. When she turned 18, Sarah endured another injury when a colt had started to buck and came down on her leg. She mentions in the interview that she still has a noticeable dent in her leg. Surprisingly she didn’t let the accident get her down, Sarah realized that if she ever wanted to become successful at starting colts she would have to continue to get on and take her injury as a learning experience.
It was around that same time that everything in her life had completely changed for the better. Sarah K. Brown had just turned 18 and saw an Ad for a women’s ranch bronc riding, in a blink of an eye she was entered up and on her way to purchase a bronc halter. After that first ride, she never looked back.
“I was one of the first women to ride broncs in Cheyenne in 90 years”
When talking to Sarah K. Brown, I asked her what some of her biggest accomplishments were in the sport of bronc riding. I definitely did not get the answer I was expecting. She said that she could care less about her year-end titles or the buckles she’s won, what she truly cares about is what she is gaining as a competitor.
“I do this sport to make myself a better person, and to strengthen my relationship with the Lord. There is no way I could be doing this without my faith, and it always brings me closer to God, whether it be a win or loss. Another great accomplishment is also showing what women are capable of. I get messages all the time from women that I have inspired them to do something they didn’t have the courage to. That is always a great feeling.”
No better words could have been said.
Being a girl in the sport of bronc riding is not easy. A lot of unkind words are said and frankly, the men don’t like when a girl shows up wearing her pearls and her nails freshly done, just to get on and earn a higher score for the night.
“ I am still as much of a woman as the next, and love to show that women can be both proper and pretty, as well as hold their own with the men.”
From all of us here at the Cowboy Lifestyle Network we would like to wish you luck in your future career in the sport of Bronc Riding. I’m sure that we will be hearing your name more and more as you continue to work hard towards your goals!
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