The Girls of the West story is about two young Rodeo Ambassadors, and how they help promote “the western way of life and the western-type American girl” at our Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and other events. Meet the Girls of the West:
Rachael Braaten, 2015 Girl of the West, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Braaten from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is currently attending University of Northern Colorado where she is seeking a degree in Psychology and Social Work, with a minor in Criminal Justice.
At a very young age, Rachael developed a love for horses and rodeo. She began competing in gymkhanas, and soon became a member of the National Little Britches Association. While she enjoys all events, her passion is barrel racing. Her devotion to rodeo has led her to join the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association where she will pursue her barrel racing aspirations at the next level. Rachael also spent six years promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo as a member of the Pikes Peak Rangerettes.
Rachael is honored to be given the opportunity to continue to do what she loves, while being an advocate for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and supporting our local military and their families.
Rachael rides an American Quarter Horse named Gator.
Allison Mitchell, 2015 Aide to Girl of the West, is the daughter of Mark and Karen Mitchell of Woodland Park, Colorado. Allison is currently attending Colorado Christian University where she is studying Pre-Med. She will graduate with a major in Biology and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. Allison hopes to continue her education at CU Denver Medical School to pursue a career in surgical medicine.
Allison has a lifelong love of horses and has been active in Teller County 4-H, holding many local leadership positions and winning state awards for her projects. As a member of the Pikes Peak Rangerettes since 2010, Allison has truly enjoyed her time promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo was the first rodeo Allison ever attended, and she has always been inspired by the Girls of the West. Allison is honored to promote the best rodeo in the nation, along with raising awareness and support for our local military and their families.
Allison rides an American Paint Horse named Willie.
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