Women in Rodeo by Barbara White Daille

Ride ‘em, Cowgirl

Thanks to Petticoats & Pistols for the opportunity to drop in for a visit!the texan's little secret

Carly Baron, the heroine of my August romance release, has upheld her family’s time-honored tradition of rodeo by competing as a barrel racer.

Writing Carly’s story made me curious about the origins of women in rodeo.

The first professional organization was formed in San Angelo, Texas in 1948 by a group of women who established the Girl’s Rodeo Association. In 1981, the organization was renamed the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. According to its website, the WPRA is “the oldest women’s sports association in the country and the only one governed entirely by women.”

The organization originally stemmed from the efforts of thirty-eight cowgirls who came together to create a fair and competitive environment for women in rodeo. Their number nearly doubled to the seventy-four members who established the organization that is now more than twenty-five hundred strong, with members in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

In the sport of barrel racing, three barrels are set up in an arena, and a cowgirl and her horse perform as a team to complete a circuit around the barrels. They’re working against the clock—a stopwatch measuring their time down to a hundredth of a second. Their goal is to complete a cloverleaf circuit in the shortest time possible…without knocking over a barrel, which would result in a penalty.

Barrel racing is a test of speed and control and is a testament to the cowgirl’s dedication to her sport. That dedication can be handsomely rewarded as, in annual competitions across the country, barrel racers vie for millions of dollars in payouts.

During her story, Carly faces conflict with the bull-riding-champion hero, her first love, as well as within herself. She mistakenly ties her growing restlessness to her feelings about her family’s tradition.

Once, she had thought she would never get enough of barrel racing, of the thrill of commanding her mount, honing her skill, adding rate. But since she’d left the ranch, with each year that had gone by, her interest and enthusiasm had waned by ever-increasing degrees. Though her eyes stayed on the prize, the motivating spark was gone.

And she needed a spark. A lure. A challenge. She needed something to make her feel whole again.

Like her dad, she needed a reason to get up in the morning.

There is a history of women bull riders, too, beginning in the late 18th century.

Rancher at RiskCarly’s need for a challenge leads her to try bull riding. Here’s a look at her first attempt.

A hunk of metal had nothing on a real live, stinkin’, snortin’, stompin’ bull.

Heart in her throat, Carly fought to keep her butt on the bull she intended to ride. The animal her brothers used for riding practice wasn’t having any of that idea. Her hundred-twenty-plus-pounds in jeans and sturdy boots were no match for twelve hundred pounds of playful bull.

Twister flicked his heavy haunches and tossed her as easily as Anna tossed greens for a salad. Carly landed in the dust of the arena, splat like a thrown tomato. Again.

After today’s short session with Twister, every muscle in her body seemed stretched like a worn-out rubber band. Worse, every bone felt like it had been worked over with an off-duty branding iron.

I’ll be honest. That scene was not written from personal experience, and you’ll never find me on the back of a bull! But I tip my Stetson to any cowgirl—or cowboy—willing to go the distance in the sport of rodeo,

Barbara hopes you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Carly Baron’s story. She is offering both a giveaway of an autographed print copy of The Texan’s Little Secret and a second giveaway of her previous title, Rancher at Risk. Two winners’ names will be drawn from comments left here at the blog (US & Canada addresses, please).

The Texan’s Little Secret can be purchased from the following sources (Just click on the name for the link!):

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Barbara White DailleBarbara White Daille

Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara writes romances—usually with cowboys, kids, and a touch of humor. Her previous title is Rancher at Risk, and she’s excited to share that her current title, The Texan’s Little Secret, has just been released.

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54 thoughts on “Women in Rodeo by Barbara White Daille”

  1. I’ve always been in awe of anyone getting on top of a crazed bull for any amount of time but a woman? Wows!

    I just have to say i absolutely LOVE the cover of your book, The Texan’s Little Secret. The little girl is so adorable and Daddy looks mighty cute too. Would love to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Barbara, this book sounds like a winner! My husband and I love to watch bull riding and even go to Ft.Worth, Texas every year for watch “Bull’s Night Out”…..nothing but bull riding. I am always in awe of those cowboys that try to stay in those saddles for 8 seconds.You definitely couldn’t pay me enough!!!!! No way!!!!!!

  3. I can’t wait to read your new book. I love the cover. We have a rodeo right here in my small town which started Wed and goes through tonight. Living here all my life I’ve gone every year.

  4. Hi Barbara! Welcome to P&P. We’re thrilled to have you. I never thought much about women in the rodeo until today. In fact, I never have seen a women’s rodeo. I can’t imagine the toughness of those women who ride bulls and broncs. It would be very difficult and a woman would have to be awfully determined and strong. Loved the glimpse you gave us of Carly. Sounds like my kind of heroine.

    Wishing you much success!

  5. Good morning, and thanks for inviting me here to chat with y’all this weekend! Felicia Filly was correct in her post the other day – this is my first time visiting. And I’m very happy to be here!

    I’ll stop by off and on and will respond to all comments, so please feel free to chat.

  6. Cindy – thanks for your comments about the cover! I’ve got a real soft spot for Rosie and her daddy, and that photo reflects their relationship *perfectly.*

    I respect any woman brave enough to give rodeo a shot. They set wonderful examples for us all.

    However, when it comes to climbing onto the back of a bull…let’s just say I am very brave about that–when I do it vicariously through Carly! 😉

  7. Melanie – thank you for the kind words! I had a lot of fun writing this book, and Luke and Carly – and Rosie – are all very special to me.

    As for watching cowboys – oh yeah! 😉

    And as much as I’d love to get my hands on some of those payouts, I’m with you. They couldn’t give me a prize big enough to get me in one of those saddles.

  8. Linda – thank you for the warm welcome and the good wishes. Both are much appreciated. And it’s a pleasure to be here!

    I’m in awe of rodeo cowgirls and women in the military and single moms and…too many others to list. Which is probably why I try my best to honor them through my books.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the peek into Carly’s life!

  9. Hi, Barbara!
    I like how you write with humor. Makes me keep coming back for more.
    Thanks for sharing the love!

  10. Did not know about that organization… pretty interesting… thanks for sharing your post with us today! 🙂 Congrats on your newest release! Love love that cover!

  11. Barbara, weclome to the junction. I absolutely adored your excerpts. Bull riding ain’t for sissies. And, since I’m a self-professed sissy…NO WAY would I get anywhere near Twister (love the name)!

  12. Hi, Renee – thanks, from one sissy to another. 😉 I’m happy to be here.

    Even as a kid, I got most of my thrills vicariously through characters. Like you, there’s no way I’m about to climb up on Twister now!

  13. Sounds like another good story Barbara! =) I could never compete in any rodeo’s but they are fascinating to watch & read about. <3

    Thank you for the giveaway! =)

    Take care, & I hope you have a great weekend! =)
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  14. i love harl.american romance books.this one looks good.i love the cover, cute girl with her hunky daddy.
    and you wouldnt see me near any bulls.

  15. Angela – thanks for your support of Harlequin American Romance and the compliments about my cover!

    As for the bull, you’re in good company here. None of us has volunteered to go for a ride. 😉

  16. We attended our first rodeo in Colorado Springs in the early 1980’s, the Pike’s Peak Or Bust Rodeo. We have attended many since and gone to the Pro Bull Riding Competitions. The bull riding and bronc riding always make me nervous. We have see a few bad injuries and many riders that are obviously hurting when they get up. I can understand the other competitions, roping and barrel racing for example. They test skills needed to do the job at the ranch. Bull riding may be a test of skill and bravery (or stupidity) but other than bragging rights, I don’t see any reason to punish your body that way. I can imagine it would be difficult to keep up the enthusiasm for participating.

    I hope the release of THE TEXAN’S LITTLE SECRET does well. The art department did a good job for both of your covers.

  17. Loved the info on women in rodeo, Barbara. But I’m with you, I’d never get on a bull. Horses make me nervous enough. LOL

  18. Hi, Patricia – I have to agree, there are many sports that make me nervous to watch. Most often, I prefer those that are less risky for the competitors and rely on skills such as eye/hand coordination, speed and reaction time, etc. – those that, in storytelling terms, pit man against himself rather than man against man or man against nature.

    Thanks for the compliments on the covers. I’ve been very fortunate with all my books.

  19. Barbara, I just read Texan’s Little Secret, and you had me stumped for a while on Carly’s secret, but I didn’t skip ahead and peek! I enjoy your writing.
    I haven’t read Rancher at Risk, so I’d love to win that books.
    The book covers are great- because you get a glimpse of what the books are about.

  20. I have always liked the rodeo. I have been to several and once thought I wanted to barrel race. That was a girlhood dream that didn’t work out. I respect the people who rodeo and really respect the bull fighters. They keep riders from serious injury at great personal risk. Sounds like a great book.

  21. Linda – thanks so much – that’s a better compliment than you might know. 😉 I tried very hard to keep the secret…well, a secret! Glad it worked well for you.

    And I appreciate your support of the book!

    I was so happy about the covers. Though the tone is so very different, each one is perfect for its story.

    Thanks again for your comments!

  22. Connie – all so true. It’s a very interesting sport and those involved are passionate about it, to the point of being more than willing to take the risks.

    I’m glad the book sounds good to you. I happen to love it, but I’m just a bit biased!

  23. Good morning, y’all! I’m here again to chat, so feel free to leave a note.

    I believe I’m up to date on all comments but will check through them a little bit later today to make sure.

  24. Congrats to Barbara .I am looking forward to reading The Texan’s Little Secret and Rancher at Risk.Have a wonderful week.

  25. I’ve never watched a rodeo. It seems exciting and scary. Quite a challenge for these committed athletes!

  26. You’ve hit it right on, Laurie – athletes really need to make a huge commitment to go the distance in some of their sports. It takes a lot of courage and determination.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Thanks again to Petticoats & Pistols for inviting me to chat this weekend!

    Readers, I appreciate that you dropped by to read the post and, if you had the time, left a comment.

    Congrats to the drawing winners! Wish I could send books to everyone, but…if you see me out and about on the Internet or check out my newsletter, chances are there will be more copies up for grabs. 😉

    Thank you ALL again – I had a great time visiting!


  28. Maxie – I was terrified while writing the scene with Carly on Twister, so I know I’d be no good on a bull in real life. 😉

    Thanks for your kind comments. I’m very, very lucky with my covers.

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