Ride 'em Cowgirl

Betty Cox
Betty Cox
Lori-Ann Smith
Lori-Ann Smith

WAIMANALO (KHNL) - You won't find any prancing show ponies or fancy costumes here.

Instead getting down and dirty is the name of the game among members of the Hawaii Women's Rodeo Association.

"I love the rough and tumble," said Betty Cox, "Let's get that goat out there so we can tie it, let's get the steers out there so we can rope them."

Established in 1992, the HWRA boasts over 50 members, and provides a rare forum for local cowgirls to tear it up.

"If it wasn't for all of us there wouldn't be a rodeo here," said Cox, "On the mainland there are lots of rodeos to go to but here its not and these are just my family really."

10-year old Lori-Ann Smith says she learned to ride before she could even walk, and is skilled enough to compete in the Women's division.

"The best part to me seems that you learn to bond with your horse a lot more," said Smith, "It makes you feel like you and your horse are one. Sometimes it can be really challenging, sometimes i just go with the flow and my horse does really well."

So as the sport of rodeo grows, so do their riders.

"They grow up," said Cox, "You know i watch them start to become young women, its just wonderful, i love it."