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September Cowgirl of the Month!

September Cowgirl of the Month!

September is here!  For most people, they start dreaming of Pumpkin spice, but for us here at The Frosted Cowgirls, September means...Let'er Buck!  That's right, rodeo season isn't wrapping up just yet.  We have the big Pendleton Round up on the calendar.  You'll find us in all our glory right across from the Round-up grounds.  Be there, or you'll be sad.

Since we are still hot on the rodeo trail, let me introduce you to our September Cowgirl of the Month!  Meet our friend Dallas Callahan. Dallas lives in Lewiston, Idaho and is a tried and true cowgirl.   You will most likely find her at a barrel racing jackpot, or riding around at the training facility she resides at.  Dallas say's when she's horseback, she feels at home.  We couldn't agree more!  Take a look at our interview with Dallas! 

 

1.How long have you been a cowgirl?

 I have been a cowgirl my entire life. I have been on a horse since before I could walk, and have loved it since day one. 

2.    Where did you grow up? Live? Age?
I grew up on a farm near Lapwai, and we had cattle when I was younger. Now we just have horses. I am 23 now, and currently, live in Lewiston. The house I rent is owned by my horse trainer and is settled on his training ranch. 

3.    What events do you compete in?

I compete in barrel racing and pole bending. Barrels are definitely my favorite. I also do some horse shows; I did a ton of showing in AQHA and open shows when I was younger, but my goals are more focused on rodeo now. 

4.     How many rodeos do you enter (approx.) every year?

I enter at least 6 rodeos a year, and probably 15 4D barrel races. I am in the Central Idaho Rodeo Association. It is a fun organization; family friendly, affordable, and great for seasoning a horse.

5.      What is your horse (s) name?

I have three mares (can you say moody?), a blue roan named Lelo, a giant sorrel named Rita, and a bay named Poppy. Poppy has been my competition horse for the past 5 years, and I now share her with my younger sister. I'm hoping to get Lelo competing soon.

6.      Why do you love the Cowgirl Lifestyle?

The cowgirl lifestyle is extremely rewarding. Being around giant animals in the outdoors, caring for them and creating a partnership with them is very humbling. It gives me purpose, and I know it's where I belong. It's home.  

7.      What’s your go-to fashion look outside the arena?

 When it comes to fashion, I tend to go where ever the mood strikes. But my favorite things are denim and serape, and anything with a Southwestern style. I like to accessorize, and I think a well-placed accessory can take any look to the next level.

8.      What kind of role model do you look up too?

I look up to hardworking and responsible men and women. The best kind of role model is someone that's honest and respectful and takes pride in what they have and what they do.

9.      What are your future goals for competing?

My short-term future goals for competing include getting Lelo patterned on barrels and entered in her first barrel race. In the long-term, it's my dream to compete in the PRCA.

10.     What is your motto?

"The harder I work, the luckier I get." - Samuel Goldwyn

 

Congrats to Dallas!  We are excited to have her become our September Cowgirl of the Month!  Submissions are always ongoing so submit that application today.  Dallas wins a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl line, a gift certificate and will be entered into the drawing for an American 40X felt hat.

 

September 01, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
The trials and triumphs in 35 years!

The trials and triumphs in 35 years!

Today, August 6th is my Birthday.  Today I turn 35 years old.  For some reason, this number is hard. I can't quite figure out why?  Maybe because I'm officially in my mid 30's. Maybe I thought 35 would feel different? This number seemed so far away and yet it happened so fast?  As a crazy, slightly wild mid 20 year old I was insecure.  Insecure in my relationships, my job, my friendships, etc.  I hadn't yet found "my" place or "my" calling.  As I entered my 30's I had become a mother, a wife, and started to build a home.  I began to find my purpose.  In the last 5 years, my life and my passion's have changed.  Doors have opened and my insecurities seem a little smaller.   As I reflect on my 35 years, some things I've learned about myself and others have been valuable lessons.  Today, I want to share a few of those things with you.  

 35 things I've learned in 35 years:

1. I've learned that surrounding yourself with driven, goal oriented people will motivate and inspire you.

2. I've learned how to be a good listener and keep an open mind.

3. I've learned that I get to choose who I spend my time with.  I get to choose who takes up space in my life.

4. I've learned that worrying doesn't solve anything.  

5. I've learned that jealousy is evil and is a waste of precious energy.

6. I've learned that being nice is easy.  Smiling, waving and saying kind words is easy to do and can change someone's day.

7. I've learned that time with friends is valuable and I need to do it more often.

8. I've learned that mommy daughter dates are good for the soul.

9. I've learned that self-improvement is a 24 hour, 365 days a year jam.  It's constant.  You have to work on it and better yourself every day.

10. I've learned that time management is a priority. 

11. I've learned that I need to go to bed sooner.  I stay up way too late.  Sleep is crucial.

12. I've learned that just because everyone thinks it's best, it isn't always.  Trust your heart.  Trust your passion.

13. I've learned that if manicures and hair appointments make you feel fancy, then do it.

14. I've learned how to work hard.  I've learned how to be creative in my work.

15. I've learned that obstacles stress me out and challenge me and grow me.  

16. I've learned to not overreact.  It doesn't help any situation.

17. I've learned to be confident and speak positive words in front of my girls.

18.  I've learned how to supervise and what I expect in employees.

19.  I've learned that a day without cell phone service revives the mind.

20. I've learned to drive a stick shift pickup like a boss.

21. I've learned that comparison is the thief of joy.  Stay in your lane and hit the gas pedal.

22. I've learned that being a good mom is hard.  I've let the guilt eat me up, but I've also learned that they are the most forgiving humans in the world. 

23. I've learned that the little things matter the most.  The hugs from my husband.  The kisses from my girls.  The small gestures that mean so much.

24. I've learned that being there for a friend no matter the circumstance is really what makes life most rewarding.

25. I've learned that I may never know how to swim and I'm okay with that.

26. I've learned that there is no such thing as too many boots.  I'm probably going to buy the boots.  It's a given.

27. I've learned that I need to work on balance.  I have a long ways to go with that.

28. I've learned that it's okay to let the housework wait until tomorrow.  It will still be there, although I wouldn't be sad if a house cleaning fairy stopped by.

29. I've learned that turning up the music to drown out fighting kids in the backseat is ok. 

30. I've learned that if you can't stop thinking about it, it's worth your time and attention.

31. I've learned to pick my battles.  Not every problem needs more attention than it deserves.

32. I've learned to not take things too seriously.  Laugh and let go.  Will we really be worrying about this in a day or two?

33. I've learned that success is merely made up in your mind.  Believing you can achieve is the first step.

34. I've learned that my life is my choices.  My destiny is my dreams.  My goals are achievable and I will strive forward to reach them.

35. I've learned that I can do hard things.

 

August 06, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
August-- Frosted Cowgirl of the Month!

August-- Frosted Cowgirl of the Month!

 Hello, August!  Did the Summer get away from us or what?!   We've gone from one event to the next. Lots of fun has been happening, lots of memories have been made (my laundry room proves this).  I'm sure, you've all had that Summertime hustle and bustle.  It's the rodeo lights, running in the heat, and staying up late.  It's all night drives and the friends you make along the way.  I always get a little sad when Summer comes to an end and it's  fun and busy schedule.  

 

Just as the fast paced Summer, we have picked a fast-paced cowgirl to win our August Cowgirl of the Month!  Meet Cassie Pierce from Sandy, OR.  Cassie is a fun-loving barrel racer who spends lots of her time at jackpots throughout the Northwest!  We are excited to feature her as our August Frosted Cowgirl of the Month.  Take a look at the interview we did with Cassie to learn all about this Cowgirl!

 

  1. How long have you been a cowgirl?                                                                           For over 15years now! Ever since we bought our wild mustang at the BLM auction

 

  1. Where did you grow up? Live? Age?

I grew up in Oregon my whole life!  Right at the base of Mt. Hood, In a small town called Sandy, Or. I now live further up the mountain in Brightwood, about ten minutes from my parents' ranch!

 

  1. What events do you compete in?

 I mainly barrel race in brn4d, off and on NPRA, OBRA, and others. I also compete in some gaming organizations just for fun like the western horseman of Oregon!

 

  1. How many rodeos do you enter (approx.) every year?

 About five rodeos every other year, and countless jackpots throughout the year! From cold winter benches to heat waves in a dry field!!

 

  1. What is your horse (s) name?

 Phoebes Hot Salsa 

IveGotSnowClass

 

  1. Why do you love the CowgirlLifestyle?

 Every weekend I get together with my friend.  We always have fun and like to prove who's the fastest! We sit around and talk, and travel long distances and build relationships.  We all have a goal to be number one, and I like that personal motivation.  It's a true cowgirl lifestyle! Traveling, friends, great althelets, and good times!

 

  1. What’s your go-to fashion look outside the arena?

I run a restaurant, so when I take off my boots, and jeans I put on slacks and a dress top. I love being able to be a tomboy and a girlie girl!

 

  1. What kind of role model do you look up too?

My role models are women that I compete against like Rosanne Strobel, Joy Note or Carolyn Jenison from Oregon.  These type of ladies, who put on shows, run their cows, and train their horse themselves. These women are in their fifties, and sixties and still make me work to beat'em! That's what I aspire to be like! They are such cool ladies.

 

  1. What are your future goals for competing?

I have started breeding my mare, and I am more then excited to see where her fillys and Colts bring me! Starting a whole new group of runners! Going to take through the brn4d program and WPRA! Hopefully get another salsa-like horse out running in it!

 

  1. What is your motto?

Always Hustle Hard!

 

Cassie wins a Frosted Cowgirl Gift Certificate, a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl Line, and will be entered to win a 40X American Felt hat.  

Entries are ongoing.  Submit your applications today.

Long Live Cowgirls

 

August 04, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
We gonna party like it's our BIRTHDAY!  Turning 7 years old!

We gonna party like it's our BIRTHDAY! Turning 7 years old!

On a HOT June, 29th Day in 2010, I bought my Idaho business license, got my sellers permit and spent $3500 of Cody's money (he loaned me some of his money stash to get started).  

I remember grinning ear to ear at how excited I was to start this venture.  I'd been selling Premier Jewelry and now was my time to order what I wanted to sell and be a cool "boutique babe".  I was kinda on top of my world. 

On that same day, June 29th, 2010, I took a pregnancy test (just to rule it out) because the darn monthly visit hadn't happened and I was late.  It was positive, followed by three other positive tests (yes I went and bought more).  I was in tears, I wasn't married (we'd been dating for 7 years), but still I was in shock.  We took the news pretty hard (so silly to think back on that now, because Raelee was most definitely the BEST thing that could ever happen to her free-spirited parents). 

I remember saying "Cody should I send all the new merchandise back"?  He said, "No you better figure out how to sale it"  So I did, and seven years later we have grown and we have kept selling and growing.  

I think deep down, God planted the seed to our name, The Frosted Cowgirls.  Most people ask if I named it after my daughters (Raelee and Claycee), which is so fitting, but the name came before they did and so did the business.  Thankfully it worked out :).  

Every year, I am humbled and blessed to get to do what we love.  The people who support us, who travel around and shop with us make this life so amazing!  Thank you for following our adventures and getting yourself "frosted".  

We don't like to miss a party, it's time to celebrate!  

Watch our Facebook pages and Facebook group pages for party info!  It's going to be fun!

Cheers to SEVEN years and much more!

Love~ Your fashionista Frosted Cowgirl

Rikki 

June 28, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
June Cowgirl of the Month!

June Cowgirl of the Month!

Yes it's already June!  Doesn't time fly?  It's officially Summer rodeo season.  We are all rolling down that rodeo trail, chasing tail lights, barrels, calves and dreams.  We hope your Summer is filled with amazing memories, lots of fun and a few trips to the pay window.

It's been so much fun interviewing our June Cowgirl of the Month and now it's time to reveal the winner!  Our June Frosted Cowgirl of the Month goes to a lifelong cowgirl,  Danielle Jennings!

We asked Danielle a few questions about being a Cowgirl;

1. How long have you been a cowgirl?

Well, my family had a ranch in Harney County, Oregon so I grew up moving cows, branding, driving feed truck and enjoying a cowgirl childhood.  I became a rodeo cowgirl when I was 12, on my first rodeo horse Foxy, and I have been HOOKED ever since! 

 2. You might have already told us, but just in case, Where did you grow up? Live? 

I was born in Burns, Oregon and graduated from Crane High School.  Crane is a super small town outside of Burns with basically a boarding school and store. I love the community and the people there and it will always be where I call home. My husband and I and our two boys now live in Ontario, Oregon and I love the people and rodeo/ranching community in this area, too.

3.What events do you compete in? 

Well, throughout my rodeo career I have competed in about every event!  (I even rode a cow one time to win the all around at a rodeo in Duck Valley!) (ha ha, that's so fun!) However, at this point in my life, I focus on breakaway roping and team roping.

4. How many rodeos do you enter (approx.) every year?

Oh my gosh, not as many as I used to! This year I will probably go to 20 -30 rodeos as well as quite a few team ropings.

 

5. What is your horse (s) name?

That is an interesting question...my main stick (Cindy) was retired last year and I am looking for her replacement. I am currently riding Carlos, who I adore and who I also share with my son Luke : )  He's super nice and I am really looking forward to a great year on him.

 

6. Why do you love the Cowgirl Lifestyle?

I love the cowgirl lifestyle because I love the people.  It is the community and acceptance and the love of the life we all share. We are all friends and like family even when competing. (Amen to that, it is a great community to be in)!

 

7. What’s your go-to fashion look outside the arena?

Well, my life outside the arena mirrors closely my life inside the arena, but comfort, style and versatility have to be the key component in my look. I tend toward a more classic style and am not super frilly when I do "dress up".  I definitely follow the Frosted Cowgirl new arrivals to keep up with what I should be trying!!! (we love that)

 

8. What kind of role model do you look up too?

I look up to women who are a support system for each other and who are trying to better themselves and their family. I really try to surround myself with people that motivate me to be my best inside and outside the arena and look up to people who are working toward goals and moving forward in all aspects of their life.

 

9. What are your future goals for competing?

The WPRA Columbia River Circuit is bringing some amazing opportunities into the world of breakaway roping. I recently competed in my first pro rodeo at Coulee City and it was just terrific. One of my main goals is to find success competing at the pro level in the breakaway roping.

 

10. What is your motto?

I’m not sure if I have an official motto. However I try to live by the saying “find the silver lining”.  Things are always going to happen, that is life, it is really about finding the good and the opportunity in all situations.

 

 

Now that you've gotten to know Danielle, make sure to congratulate her on being our Cowgirl of the Month!  We appreciate all those that have applied.  Entries are on-going so keep applying!

 

Danielle will win a Frosted Cowgirls Certificate, a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl line and be put in the drawing for a new 40X American Felt.  

It's truly an honor to recognize outstanding cowgirls!  Long live Cowgirls!  

Happy June!  Happy Rodeo Season!

xoxoxo~  Rikki 

June 09, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
May "Frosted Cowgirl of the Month"

May "Frosted Cowgirl of the Month"

It's the beautiful month of May!  Here we go, rodeo season will officially kick off.  Whose excited?  The Frosted Cowgirls team is looking forward to all the fun!

May also brings us our 3rd "Frosted Cowgirl of the Month"!  We are so excited to reveal this months cowgirl!

 

May's Cowgirl is Tenisha Hoptowit!  A fun loving, free spirit, beautiful Cowgirl who now resides in Eden, ID.  

 

 

We sat down with Tenisha to get to know more about her!  Take a look at our interview and be sure to congratulate her!

 

1. How long have you been a cowgirl

Since before I can even really remember my grandparents had me on a horse or involved with their different ranch activities. It has been a passion of mine to be around rodeo, our family ranch, or even just our pens of horses and cattle working since I was very young.

 

 

2.  Where did you grow up? Live? 

I grew up in a smaller farming community just outside Salem, Oregon, where I went through school graduating from Sprague HS, before going on to college in Washington and Idaho. Our family ranch, however, is located in White Swan, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

3.  What events do you compete in?

Currently I just compete in barrel racing; but, when I was growing up I literally dabbled in a bit of every event, team roping, breakaway roping, barrels, poles, goat tying, chute dogging, bull riding, and even queen competitions at the youth, high school, professional, and state levels, but I definitely can say I excelled the most in riding bareback horses, which to this day truly is a passion of mine.

 

4.  How many cowgirl events do you enter (approx.) every year?

With having some new colts this year that need training I have slowed down a bit on how many rodeos or events I enter to run barrels at, and mainly travel with my amazing, caring, loving, supportive PRCA bull rider boyfriend Montana Barlow as he goes down the rodeo trail. But on an average year, I have entered anywhere from 40-80 events depending. I look to get back to that as soon as I have another horse ready then hopefully Montana and I can travel down the road as a team competing in our individual events, always onto the next!

 

5. What is your horse (s) name?

An Awful Lotta Biankus aka Annie, or our Zans Par Bar mare named Snip.

 

6.  Why do you love the Cowgirl Lifestyle?

I love the cowgirl lifestyle because for me it is not just a trend or something to do it is literally our way of life. Rodeo, working cows, and running the ranch is and has been my passion as well as my goal in life for as long as I can remember. This lifestyle isn’t something you can just walk into, it takes years and a lifetime of hard work, dedication, and the strive to always want to work toward being better and making things better. Not to mention having a good rock by your side like Montana has been for me is a complete blessing because we strive for the same goals pushing each other to be better, to work harder for the cows, the place we run them on in our small town of Eden Idaho, as well as in rodeo to keep our way of life going strong for us and anyone we come in contact with!

 

7.   What’s your go-to fashion look outside the arena?

I actually am sort of simple when it comes to fashion in my daily life, I enjoy a nice western casual look, not too flashy. Usually, a classy solid v-neck shirt with a pair of cowgirl tuff jeans, sometimes with a sponsor jacket and colorful flashy wild rag if it is chilly out.

 

8.   What kind of role model do you look up too?

Role models for me are far and few between because I try to live my life for the day making it the best I can one day at a time. However, if I had to choose I can only narrow it down to two: Sheri Cervi and stingray because of their many accomplishments together that I watched as I was growing up. Also, a woman who actually made my horse tack when I was younger, I have known her for many years, through seeing her around and working with her tack company AKM Originals. The second one would have to be Amber Moore who is from right near my hometown and has made a big splash in the PRCA, barrel racing world. She is now 1 of the top PRCA barrel racers after a lot of hard work and dedication with her horse Paige!

 

9.    How do you incorporate the western lifestyle into your daily life?

 The western lifestyle is not really incorporated into my daily life because, well… It IS my daily life. As I mentioned before it is more than just a lifestyle to me, and is very cherished near and dear to my heart since I was a very small child.

 

 

 

10.   What is your motto?

Live your life out, have fun, smile big, be bad, do a great deal of good for others, and enjoy every single piece of it because in the end you can't ever go back or change it. It all can be gone at the snap of a finger, so enjoy it while it is here and ride it out! One day at a time never giving up on anything you believe in or want out of it!

 Tenisha wins a Frosted Cowgirls gift basket, gift certificate, a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl line and will be added to our drawing for a 40x Felt hat.

Submissions are on-going, be sure to apply for our next "Cowgirl of the Month"

 

Long Live Cowgirls~~~  

xoxo Rikki

May 03, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz

April " Frosted Cowgirl of the Month"- Angie Allum-Smit

It's April and we are so excited to reveal the Frosted Cowgirl of the month!  An amazing cowgirl, influencer, and girl boss, veterinarian, Angie Allum-Smit.

 

Angie lives in Vale, Oregon where she owns and operates the Vale Vet Clinic.  Angie lives and breathes the Cowgirl lifestyle.  She's a huge asset to her community, ranchers, animal owners and just about everyone she's comes in contact with. 

We sat down and asked Angie a few questions to get to know her better.

 

1. So Angie, how long have you been a cowgirl?

      I've been a cowgirl FOREVER!!  I don't ever remember being anything else.  Born and raised in the lifestyle.

 

2. Where did you grow up? 

     I grew up in Burns, Oregon (Harney County).  My parents actually still live in the house I grew up in.  It's definitley where I call home.  I also ventured out and lived in the Caribbean for awhile before returning back to my roots in Oregon.  I now live in Vale with my husband and own the Vale Vet Clinic.

3. What events do you compete in?

    These days I mostly rope, but I always enter a good goat tying (my favorite event).  I have lots of fun entering a team branding and ranch rodeo events as well.  You'll see my "occassionally" lope a good barrel run..(ha ha, I'm slow). 

 

4. How many events do you enter each year.

    As many as my crazy job will allow.  I'm on call a lot, so usually when I enter a team roping, I get called and have to leave.  I do have a few events that are priorities each year and I don't miss them.

 

5. What is your horse (s) name?  We always love hearing about them.

   Currently the crew is, Bonk, Pepper and Boots. One old man and two young'uns.  I've been very blessed to always have nice horses to ride thanks to my family and good friends.

 

6. Why do you love the cowgirl lifestyle?

  I had a woman tell me once that you should act and look like a lady, but work like a man in my profession.  I try hard to do just that.  Cowgirls are a special bunch of women.  To me, a cowgirl means having a huge heart, but not afraid to get dirty.

 

7. What's your go to fashion look outside the arena?

   Well, most days my fashion sense could use some help.  I NEVER leave home without earrings on (girl after my own heart).  I love vintage jewlery, but like to be comfortable.  Well and of course I LOVE turquoise.

 

8. What kind of role model do you look up too? 

  I look up to people that are positive about life.  People that try hard to succeed, care deeply for others and enjoy life.

 

9. How do incorporate the western lifestyle into your daily life?

   I live it everyday!  I am surrounded at work by the western way of life and I'm so blessed to get to work with these amazing people/clients. Cowboys and Cowgirls are an an amazing attribute to America.  They work hard, they play hard and they feed the world. I think it's pretty special to be included in this lifestyle.  I was lucky enough to have parents who raised me in it.

 

10. What is your motto?

  I think it is up to each of us to decide when we wake up in the morning exactly how our day is going to go.  If you decide to be positive, life becomes a much better journey than if your negative, mad or frustrated all the time.  This isn't always easy to do when you've had a rough day, but always remember a postive attitude and smile go a long way to make the world a better place.

 

There you have it!  April's "Frosted Cowgirl of the Month"!  Angie has joined the ranks!  She will recieve a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl line, a gift certificate and added to our drawing for a 40X American Hat.

 

Cheers to all you Cowgirls!

xoxo~ Rikki 

April 03, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
March "Cowgirl of the Month"- Scout Yochum

March "Cowgirl of the Month"- Scout Yochum

It’s time to reveal our first featured “Cowgirl of the Month” Our March Cowgirl is Scout Yochum from Lewiston, Idaho. 

We sat down for an interview with Scout to learn more about her and her cowgirl lifestyle.

 

 

       1. How long have you been a cowgirl?

 I have been around horses and competing for as long as I can remember.  I took my first ride when I was 3 days old and entered my first rodeo when I was 3 years old. I have been competing as much as possible ever since, coming up through the Jr. Rodeo, Jr. high rodeo and high school rodeo ranks.  I have entered quite a few amateur rodeos the past 4 years and have also competed in several all-girl competitions.

  1. Where did you grow up?

 I was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, and I still live here today. It's a small town, but I love it. I am 17 years old and am a Senior in High School.

  1. What events do you compete in?

  I compete in the breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and pole bending.  I enjoy roping and tying goats the most! 

  1. How many rodeos do you enter (approx.) every year?

 Hard to say! As many as possible!

  1. What is your horse (s) name?

 I compete on several horses; I use a little palomino mare, who I call "Mare" or "Lil Mama" (very original I know) to goat tie and sometimes rope on. I usually breakaway rope on a brown gelding, we call "Deuce."  Both of these horses run the barrels as well.  I have been borrowing a head horse and really appreciate everyone who has let me borrow horses in the last year. 

  1. Why do you love the Cowgirl Lifestyle?

I love the Cowgirl lifestyle for many reasons. There truly isn't a better way to live in my eyes. I love meeting so many great people throughout my rodeo career, getting to compete with the best of the best, the feeling of accomplishment after hours and hours of hard work paying off, traveling and seeing new country, and most of all the unforgettable memories made along the way. 

  1. What’s your go to fashion look outside the arena?

 Simple but classy! I love to get dolled up as much as the next girl, but I would have to say a pair of bell bottoms, a cute western graphic tee, along with some fringe and turquoise would be my go to!

  1. What kind of role model do you look up too?

I look up to the positive, go-getters who aren't afraid to take risks and be bold. I love the role models who strive to be the best, never too good to learn something new and who are humble yet confident. People I like to follow and look up to are Trevor Brazile and Jackie Crawford. 

  1. What are your future goals for competing?

 I am a senior this year, so I will finish up my high school rodeo career this spring and summer, which will entail competing at the remaining district rodeos, the Idaho State Finals in Pocatello and hopefully the National High School Finals in Gillette, Wyoming in July. I will be attending college next fall in Powell, Wyoming, and will be a member of the Northwest College Rodeo Team so I am Iooking forward to competing in college rodeos as well. This summer I plan to enter amateur rodeos in the breakaway roping and enter some jackpots also. 

  1. What is your motto?

 "Failure defeats losers, but inspires winners." This really speaks to me because I feel like it's really easy to fear failure in the rodeo world, but you have to let it motivate you. I always tell myself to just keep moving forward and keep working hard because I know it'll pay off eventually. I've come to realize that what's meant to happen is in God’s hands and all I need to do is trust Him.

 

We are so excited to have Scout Yochum join the ranks as a Frosted Cowgirl.  She is doing amazing things in the rodeo arena and will continue to inspire those around her.

Congratulations Scout! 

 

Scout receives a shirt from our Competition Cowgirl line, a gift basket and gift certificate.  Her name will also go into the drawing for an American 40X felt.

 

 It's not too late--get your applications submitted.  We will choose a new Cowgirl each month!  Here is the link  www.frostedcowgirls.com

March 01, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz

It Could be YOU!

Let's all take a moment and raise our glass to Annie Oakley and Lucille Mulhall for being a few of the famous cowgirls that paved the way for us all.

My first adventure horseback happened around the age of 6 weeks with my dad, as he held me next to the horn for a picture.  After that, there were a few parade appearances with my cousin, who happened to be Ms. Rodeo Idaho back in the early 80's.  I remember being mesmerized by a closet at my Grandma's that housed all of my cousins cowboy hats.  Every color you could imagine, purple, red, turquoise, navy, white, etc.  It was magical.  

Deep down I think my love for cowgirl fashion started at that moment, but I didn't quite realize that until much later in life.

I learned and developed horsemanship through my years in the 4-H program. As my riding skills developed, I then aimed for a much faster thrill.  My rodeo career began around the age of 11 or 12 as I competed in junior and onto high school rodeo's.

 

I haven't competed in a rodeo since I was 15 weeks pregnant with my first baby.  She turns 6 in a week!  Yikes!   I'll compete again soon.  It's a big passion of mine and now that my girls are getting bigger they can ride along with me.  When you are raised a cowgirl, it's just something that never leaves  you.  You'll always be one, it's in your blood.  

When I started this boutique adventure nearly 7 years ago, cowgirl fashion was my passion, and still is today.  I've always wanted to reach out and honor those cowgirls who are hard working, determined and driven.  I'm so excited to launch our "Cowgirl of the month".  It's been a goal for quite some time.   Each month we will feature a cowgirl, who has big cowgirl dreams.  Our team will go through entry's and pick one cowgirl to feature in the middle of each month.  Submissions will be ongoing, so it's not to late to get entered!  Click here for the entry form  

Featured monthly cowgirls, will get a prize package from the boutique, gift certificate and their name will go into a drawing for an American 40X felt hat.  

We truly believe in the western way of life.  We believe in the cowgirl motto.  Let's celebrate  you!  

Get your boots dusted off, You could be our Featured Cowgirl!

Keep living the dream,

Your Friend~  Rikki 

February 08, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz
Fun  "Get to know me" Questions!

Fun "Get to know me" Questions!

I think of our customers as my friends and if we are going to be friends, then you should get to know me better.  I love reading fun facts about people so I've added a few of my own for you!

1. Do you have a nickname?

Yes!  Cody (My husband) calls me Muffin.  It's been my nickname since about 2008. Now several of our friends call me that as well.  I know if Cody says "Rikki", he's either grouchy or stressed out about something, so 90% of the time my name is "Muffin".

 

2. Where did you grow up?

In Pocatello, Idaho.  It's about 4 hours from where we live, so luckily it's an easy commute to go home to see my family.

 

3. Do you have siblings?

Yes!  One younger brother who lives in Seattle, WA.

 

4. What activities did you do in High School?

I competed in high school rodeo...all five events (Goat tying, Breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending and team roping).  Most of my nights were spent at the practice barn to get ready for rodeo season.  

I was also a very active FFA member.  Holding club offices, district offices and competing in several FFA competitions.

 

5. Where did you go to college?

I started my college career at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls (Associates in Ag Business), then transferred to the University of Idaho  in Moscow!  GO VANDALS!

 

6. What activities did you do in college?

hmmmm....corner club?  :)  I have always been a "fun haver". Those of us in Moscow frequented $1.50 keg beers at the Corner Club.  Those were the days...I have classed it up a little since then.     I was also active as an Ag Ambassador for our College and a peer advisor and participated in the Collegiate FFA program.

 

7. What degree's did you get in college?

I earned an Associates Degree at the College of Southern Idaho, a Bachelors degree in Animal Science at the University of Idaho and a Masters degree in Agriculture Education at the University of Idaho.

 

8. What was your first job after college?

I worked as a Recruitment Coordinator for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, OR.

 

9. What kind of music do you like?

I'm a country girl.  Miranda is one of my best friends (she doesn't know this yet, but maybe someday :)).  I love 90's classics, 80's country, and little bit of rock n roll.  I'm pretty well-rounded when it comes to the tunes.

10. What is one hobby that you'd love to pursue?

To learn to play guitar.  I've always secretly wanted to learn, I've yet to actually do this.  My daughter just got a guitar for Christmas so I'm currently living through her on this one. :)  

 

11. What is the biggest project on your to-do list?

Building a successful online boutique and hat business.  I know this is broad, but it's our BIG goal.  We work everyday towards this.

 

12. Have you traveled outside the country?  Where to?

Yes!  Honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta!  Best Vacation ever!

 

13. What is your current job?

I work full-time as an Agriculture Extension Educator for the University of Idaho.  I teach small-acreage classes and farm finance classes.

I'm a Mama to two little girls and a full-time boutique boss!  I'm a little bit busy!

 

14. What is something unique about you?

I always win at the Idaho license plate game...(I know every county in Idaho by heart and have them memorized in alphabetical order).  It  started in the 4th grade and for some reason it's a weird obsession of mine.  I'm a nerd and I must really LOVE Idaho.

 

15. What is your daily routine?

My day's are so busy!  I workout in the mornings, take Rae to school or both girls to daycare.  Go to work all day then pick girls up and head home to be a Mom/wife.  Later in the evenings I work on scheduling posts, packaging orders, adding inventory on the website, etc. etc.  I work lots of hours, but it's all been worth it!.

 

16. Do you have any irrational fears?

Fire!  I'm so afraid to start a fire, be next to a fire, etc. I'm starting to overcome this, but it's a slow process.

 

17. What is one goal you have for the New Year?

Read 20 books and take my girls on a real vacation.

January 24, 2017 — Rikki Ruiz