Girls of the West

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:

Kate Watson, 2014 Girl of the West

Kate Watson
2014 Girl of the West

Kate Watson, the 2014 Girl of the West, is the daughter of Dwayne Watson and Diedre Smith. She is a graduate of Peyton High School, spent a semester interning at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and is currently an Audio Production student at The Art Institute of Colorado. Kate plans to obtain a career as a live show producer. She is currently employed by Powers Pet Emergency Services in Colorado Springs. As a third generation Colorado Native, Kate has always had a passion for horses, rodeo, and the western way of life. From a young age, she participated in local gymkhanas, National Barrel Horse Association races, and Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association shows. As an active member in 4-H until she was 18, Kate showed goats, sheep, and steers. She served her childhood horse club as the 2012 Black Forest Saddle Club Queen. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she became a Pikes Peak Rangerette and served as co-captain and captain. After seven years of promoting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo as a Rangerette, Kate knew she wanted to continue that cause by becoming the 2013 Aide to Girl of the West. Kate is thrilled to be part of such a great organization and cannot wait to share the action and excitement the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days have to offer.

Kate rides an American Quarter Horse palomino named Tinkerbell.

Rachael Braaten, 2104 Aide to Girl of the West

Rachael Braaten
2014 Aide to Girl of the West

Rachael Braaten, the 2014 Aide to Girl of the West, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Braaten from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rachael is a recent graduate of Lewis Palmer High School and plans to continue her education by attending West Texas A & M in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Rachael was born and raised in Colorado and at a very young age developed a love for horses and rodeo. She began competing in gymkhanas, and it wasn’t long before she became a member of the National Little Britches Association, where she became enthralled with rodeo competition. While she enjoys all events, her passion is barrel racing. It is her love for barrel racing that lead her to West Texas A & M, where she plans to compete on their Rodeo Team.

Rachael became a member of the Pikes Peak Rangerettes in 2008. What a great way for her to share her love for the sport, than to be an ambassador for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. As a dedicated member, she served as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Co- Captain, and Captain. After six years of being a Rangerette, Rachael set her sights on her next goal, becoming the 2014 Aide to Girl of the West, where she could take her passion for rodeo to the next level.

Rachael is honored to be given the opportunity to continue to do what she loves, all while promoting Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and supporting our local military charities. Rachael rides an American Quarter Horse named Slugger.

GOTW images above ® 2014 The FAMILY Studio; Hats by Greeley Hat Works; Buckles by Clint Mortenson Silver and Saddles

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