As the race to the PBR World Finals heats up, and conversations continue to focus on which cowboy will be the next World Champion, we wanted to take a look at another group that helps keep the PBR going: the Women of the PBR.
From wives, mothers and girlfriends, to stock contractors and broadcasters, the Women of the PBR play many important roles.
We sat down with these some of these ladies to talk about their involvement in the PBR, lifestyles, and fashion.
Today, we have a chat with Stock Contractor Fallon Wentz about her life, raising bulls, and fashion.
Pbr.com: Hi Fallon, thanks for joining us! To start us off, where are you from?
Fallon Wentz: I’m from Crossford, Washington, which is located in central Washington.
PBR.com: Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
FW: My dad is Craig Wentz and my mom is Vicki Wentz. And then I have an older brother, Wyatt Wentz. We were all born into the business and we grew up raising bulls. And basically that’s all we’ve ever known. My dad rode broncs and my mom barrel raced, and they both wanted to stay involved in the business. So that’s how they kept their foot in the door of rodeo and bull riding and the western side, is to raise bulls.
PBR.com: Did you get involved in the Western world, with barrel racing or anything like that?
FW: I went to some amateur rodeos and local jackpot races and just barrel raced for a while. And then I finally decided that the bulls are more my passion with my dad. I always had a special place in my heart for the bulls, and so I just switched to that side of it. Being more behind the chutes.
PBR.com: Can you talk a little about what it means to be a female in this sport?
FW: It is very male dominated, so it is kind of intimidating, especially with me only being 19. They’re all very respectful though overall. They’re very kind and they kind of want the best for you. They know that your safety matters. Yet they also respect you for your caliber of bulls and everything. It’s almost like a deep level respect that you share with them.
PBR.com: Can you talk a little about the bulls your family is known for?
FW: We had W1 Buckey, in 2012. He was a contender for the World Champion Bull. We raised him and then we also raised Cochise, which is now Jane Clark and Gene Owen’s bull. So he was in the running the last two years. And he made it into the top five, Cochise did. So those have been our two big, dominating bulls so far.
PBR.com: What was the first PBR event that you attended?
FW: Oh my goodness. I think the first event that we ever attended, we had a friend that we helped with. His bull was at PBR Tacoma. It was our very first one, so after that it was just like, man we really want to get into this and be more involved.
PBR.com: What have you enjoyed the most about it?
FW: Probably the reward out of it. Out of having your bulls at home and having to feed and water them every day, and that gratification that you get from them when they climb the rankings. And to be in the running with Paige’s bulls and Chad Berger bucking bulls. And then to have bulls that you’ve taken from your small ranch in Washington up against these other huge stock contractor names.
PBR.com: A lot of contractors say they consider the bulls like their children. Do you see them as more of your children, or more like your brother?
FW: Definitely like my children. I had my little 4-year-old bull, he was out in April, and you could tell he was nervous, and he just kept turning and looking towards me. And he was just trying to calm himself and could just recognize me. It’s almost like a pet that you have, but it’s also a funny relationship. Because they are wild animals, but they are so tame with you. You know that you’re their person. You’re their caretaker.
PBR.com: When you aren’t bucking bulls, what do you like to do for fun?
FW: I like to take pictures and I like to write. I actually have a blog. And then I go to school and stuff.
PBR.com: What is your blog about and why did you get into blogging?
FW: It’s a Western lifestyle blog. So the PBR asked me when I was 15 to be a Woman of the PBR and write for them. From then, learning from my articles, I really found my niche for writing. So I was like, man I could do my own blog. I might as well just make my own website and run with it. So I took the idea and just started.
PBR.com: What are some of your aspirations?
FW: I hope to possibly go into journalism for the Western lifestyle, but also to bring more of the women into it. To encourage, especially with my blog, just as a small goal, and to have them more involved. With the other female stock contractors who are in the business, like on the PRCA side of things, to have them more rise to the top. And then of course with our bulls I want to see them succeed, especially my own bulls.
PBR.com: When you say “your own bulls,” do you have your own pen? What bulls are those?
FW: Yes, just a few of mine. I have Montana Moon. He was out in April, and he’s my main one. And then my other ones, they’re still around two or three, so we haven’t brought them here yet. I haven’t really named them yet, they just have their brand numbers. I have some names, but I haven’t put them on them yet.
PBR.com: Very cool. Let’s switch gears a little bit and talk fashion. What are some trends right now that you like or fit you?
FW: I’ve always really liked more of the fringe, more of the Native American. I really like squash blossoms and the genuine turquoise because I have so much appreciation for Native American jewelry. And it’s really cool how the Western industry has incorporated that into their own fashion. I like mostly just fringe and turquoise and free flowing, like bohemian Western cowgirl. Punchy, but yet hippy, kind of like all those different styles.
PBR.com: How would you describe your personal style?
FW: It’s funny, because I’m kind of like a flip flop. Like I’m either busy with the guys, and I have that rancher look of just like a braid and a ball cap. And I like my Wrangler denim jacket, I live in it every day. And I also like to dress up and wear the turquoise and the fancy stuff. And to curl my hair. I really like bell bottoms and different things like that and just to flare it up and add a different twist.
PBR.com: When we talk events for you, it’s a little bit different for you because you are working it too, but is there a transition for you when it comes to jewelry or anything when you are on the chutes?
FW: When I am behind the chutes, I try to keep it pretty low key because I don’t want to snag an earring or something. And I really like rings because if I’m nervous I just kind of fiddle with them and it’s kind of just a fidgeting thing. But I just usually wear just hoops and just simple stuff mostly when I am behind the chutes.
PBR.com: Do you have any fashion icons?
FW: Ok yes! I really like Cord’s wife, Sara McCoy, she’s a big inspiration. And of course Sadie Berger, she has really great fashion style. And a girl named Rachel Magen, I think, on Instagram, I follow her. Lots of Instagram people in the Western industry inspire me.
PBR.com: You see a lot of color and texture in western style, and it is very interesting. What do you think makes Western different than mainstream?
FW: I think it’s more bringing your culture and heritage into it. Other people are more like today’s fashion and wanting to know like the fashion forecast, what’s coming next. Whereas, with the Western industry, more incorporating our history of all the huge names who have come through. Even like how bolo ties have come back and different things. Or denim shirts. Lots of the denim and fringe, the native stuff. That deep culture and making it more edgy in today, kind of mixing it.
PBR.com: Can you tell us a little about your collection and what drew you to those pieces?
FW: I really like the turquoise set, which is what I picked, because it just goes with everything. Turquoise is basically diamonds to me. I just love it. I could live in turquoise all the time because it is so flexible, you can wear it with whatever you want. And the rose gold and silver, I really like that because it is just like turquoise, you can wear it with whatever. I like the different styles how you match the silver and the rose gold with different things. So it is just very versatile.
You can check out Fallon’s collection with Montana Silversmiths here. Be sure to catch next week’s Montana Silversmiths’ Women of the PBR as we talk with another of the Women of the PBR.
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