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Celebrating Purpose and Passion

December, 2008

LUV Retreat
Cowgirl Champions give thumbs up for living
life with purpose and passion! Back row,
left to right: Sandy Collier, Barbara Schulte,
Cynthia Cantleberry and Sharon. Front row:
Jane Savoie, Lynn Palm and Margo Ball.

The month of December served as a milestone for several talented women who celebrate life with purpose and passion!

For me, it was an honor to work with Lynn Palm at the Women Luv Horses Retreat in City of Industry, California. Lynn is a talented World’s Champion horsewoman who has dedicated her life to helping women balance family and career with their life passions. The 3-day retreat was truly an unforgettable, inspiring and rewarding experience for the invited clinicians, contestants and spectators alike. Not only designed as an educational event, Women Luv Horses offered a Supreme Horsewoman Contest designed to showcase some extraordinary cowgirl trainers and their American Mustangs.

LUV Retreat
Sharon and Wylene Wilson, Supreme Horsewoman
Contest Reserve Champion, having fun at the LUV
Cowgirl Party.

The icing on the cake was The Cowgirl Party, which raised over $15,000 for Lynn’s chosen horse-related charities. For a life changing experience, I would suggest you plan to attend the next Women Luv Horses event.

Speaking about charitable causes and life changing opportunities, I left Women Luv Horses for the National Finals Rodeo. In these tough economic times, another pair of passionate women, Stacey Custer and Tracy Hedeman, wives of World Champion Cowboys Cody Custer and Tuff Hedeman, celebrated over 20 years at the helm of the Pro Rodeo League of Women Luncheon. Through generous donations a record contribution was made to Don Andrews, representing the Justin Cowboy Crisis fund, in the amount of $80,000. Special thanks to Paula and Michael Gaughn, owners of the South Point Hotel and Casino, for hosting the luncheon, and for their hospitality to rodeo cowboys and fans alike. The South Point is truly the hub of the NFR and a vacation destination in its own right.

The contestants of the Eastern and Western Sharon Camarillo Classics demonstrated their purpose and passion by joining forces to make a $2,250 donation to cancer research and wellness. This is always a highlight of our year, to have the opportunity to join with Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink through the Camarillo Classic Pink Program, to make our contribution toward the cause.

Professional Cowgirls showed off their purpose and passion during the 10 runs in the Women’s Barrel Race at the NFR. For the first time in the history of the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, two cowgirls finished the season with winnings over $200,000. Congratulations to Jill Moody, Reserve World Champion and Lindsay Sears who broke the single season earnings record with a remarkable $323,569 and her first World Championship!

January is my birthday month. I use it as a time of reflection and renewal, organization and refocus. Join with me in celebrating upcoming opportunities. Acknowledge that the new year has the possibility of being better than all the others you have lived. Call a forgotten friend, drop a grudge, vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Personally, I am going to remember to walk tall, smile more and watch Mamma Mia when I feel blue! May God bless your New Year with the courage to identify and pursue your purpose and passion!

Cowgirls Having Fun photo by Charles Brooks.