• Jolene Hamilton

Back-to-Back World Champion Cowgirls Gear Up for Another Season

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

by Jolene Hamilton

Left to Right: Jessica Mosher, Katie Jolly, Heather Grokett, and LeAnn Perry

In a world that needs more cowgirls, the Women's Ranch Rodeo Association (WRRA) is preserving the heritage of western women and showcasing their talents one rodeo at a time. In the American imagination, the rugged west was conquered and conserved by brute cowboys and cattle barons. But, since the earliest American cowboys made their way past the Rio Grande, female ranchers have also been taming the frontier, and today 14% of the nation's farms and ranches have female proprietors, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Nobody represents the rich heritage and talents of western women more than the four ladies who make up the Cactus Flowers ranch rodeo team: winning back-to-back world championships - once in 2018, then again in 2019. LeAnn Perry of Boone, Heather Grokett of Limon, Jessica Mosher of Hugo, and Katie Jolly of Deer Trail make up the two-time world champion team. Each Colorado cowgirl brings her own set of strengths and experiences to the arena, and they've teamed up again for the 2020 season. But, for Perry, it isn't just about winning. "The titles and prizes are great to win, but the most rewarding thing is the women we meet along the way, that little time we get to spend off the ranch and spend together on the rodeo road, and the lifelong friendships that we have built through this organization." According to Perry the WRRA is special in the way that its members support each other. " We all ride in the arena looking to make a fabulous run and to win that number one spot, but what sets this group of woman apart from other organizations is that you will hear the teams cheering each other on whether they are making a hard-luck run on a bad draw or setting the new fast time," explained Perry. "It's about encouraging other women who love and live the same lifestyle". The 2020 WRRA season kicked off Feb. 7 in Duncan, OK., and will tour throughout the southern and midwestern states, including two stops in Colorado - Limon in July and Lamar in August. The Cactus Flowers are eager to clinch their third world title and promote the spirit and talent of the American cowgirl. To find an event near you, and to learn more about the WRRA, click here.

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