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ABOVE Brats co teacher, Katie Gordon, shows the youngsters how to barrel race the right way.
LEFT TOP Angie and Katie enjoying themselves at a local competition in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
LEFT BOTTOM A senior Brats student demonstrating her skills thanks to the years of input from Angie and Katie.
“ I’ll look over at that acreage and all those
horses, and the sun’s just right — as it’s setting
or rising — and I go, ‘wow; I am so lucky… I’ve
got the best job in the world.
I really do.
and I’m going to show up with Bridle Path horses, and with my name on them, they were going to show up as a professional. That means collars cuffed, western shirts on, girls with their hair tied back. They have to get up at five o’clock in the
morning and get those horses and themselves ready. It’s not for the faint of heart. If it’s cold, you suck it up because you’re
a cowgirl. And the response I’ve had from these kids is just, amazing.”
It sounds a little less romantic when you put it like that. A little less frolicking in the pasture, and a lot more like early
mornings and heaps of effort. But no one ever said doing something you love, something truly worth doing, would ever be
easy. “That’s really what I love to instill in these girls. If this is your sport, you show up, and you do it.”
For Angie, this is her passion, her calling, her mission in life or whatever we call it. What we romanticize, Angie lives every
day. The sunrise, the ranch, all that hay, the horses, and as she explained, “I’ll literally be standing, filling a water trough,
and I’ll look over at that acreage and all those horses, and the sun’s just right — as it’s setting or rising — and I go, ‘wow; I
am so lucky… I’ve got the best job in the world. I really do.’”
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