Meet The Team

2020 Sponsored Riders

Shelby Bates

"Hi, my name is Shelby Bates, I am 21-years-old and I am from Loomis, California. I graduated from the University of Arizona last May; I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Agribusiness Economics & Management and a minor in Business Administration. I graduated in a total of three years in order to start competing at professional rodeos a year earlier. I have been competing in rodeos since I was 4-years-old; I competed in the California Junior High School Rodeos, the California High School Rodeos and was a member and President of the University of Arizona Rodeo Team. I am now competing professionally for the Women's Professional Rodeo Association full time. My goal for this season is to qualify for the California Circuit Finals and finish in the top 25 in the world standings."

Mickayla Brown

"Hi, my name is Mickayla Brown. I am from Pleasant Hill Louisiana. I compete in Barrel Racing at both amateur and professional levels. I come from a Rodeo family, so I've been riding since the age of 4 and started competing at the age of 5! I competed in Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Pole Bending, and Barrel racing. When I graduated High School, I decided to focus more on Barrel Racing. I am a 2x RDF-TV American Semi-Finals qualifier and was also blessed to make the short go at the 2018 Patriot in the top 50. My goals for this year are to qualify for the Professional Rodeo Texas Circuit finals, Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association finals, and the United Professional Rodeo Association finals. This is my second year being apart of the Glamorous Cowgirl team and I am very thankful for their support!"-

Kenna McNeill

"Hi! My name is Kenna Hayes McNeill, and I am a sophomore at Oklahoma State Univeristy in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I am studying a bachelor's degree in animal science with a focus on production. I am 20 years old and have one sister, Kynzie, who is also attending Oklahoma State University for her masters. We are the sixth generation of ranchers on our family's ranch, the McNeill Ranch, that has been operating since the 1880s. I have been around horses and cattle for all of my life and have been rodeoing since I was a young child. I compete with five horses; two barrel horses, two breakaway horses, and one goat horse. I am a current member of the Oklahoma State University Rodeo Team and love to wear my orange and black vest. As an OSU team member I travel across Oklahoma and Kansas with hopes of qualifying to the CNFR. I was named the Texas High School Rodeo Association Reserve State Champion Barrel Racer, National High School Finals top four Barrel Racer, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Plains Region year end Champion All-Around Cowgirl, Reserve Champion Barrel Racer and top four breakaway roper and goat tyer, College National Finals Rodeo qualifier in two events, as well as short round finalist and top 10 goat tyer and top 13 barrel racer. I am very thankful that I have the honor of being a The Glamorous cowgirl sponsored rider and cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for my horse and I."

Ashtyn Carlson

"Hi, I’m a small-town girl with a lot of big dreams and a lot of ambition. I’m from Loma, CO and already at the young age of 20, I’ve become a standout competitor in the barrel racing world. From local jackpots to the college national finals, I’ve been consistently winning and improving. My number one goal and dream has been to compete on Stick at the National Finals Rodeo, and I believe we have a great shot at doing so. I've made the High School National Finals twice and I've qualified my freshman and sophomore year to the College National Finals Rodeo in the barrel racing and goat tying. As a freshman in college I won the Rocky Mountain Region All-Around title and went on to win the National Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore in 2019, I won the Reserve Rocky Mountain Region All-Around title and I won the Barrel Racing National title at the College National Finals Rodeo. I compete on three home-trained horses; Stick my barrel horse, Jacs my head horse and goat horse, and Nemo my breakaway and heel horse. My passion in life is in the rodeo arena whether it's competing or training horses for my clients! My biggest goal for the future is qualifying for the NFR by 2025 using the horses I've trained from the ground up. I also want to become a three-peat College National Champion Barrel Racer and win the national title for the women's all-around at the College National Finals Rodeo. I'm a junior this year attending the University of Montana and majoring in Business Marketing. I own a small horse business called ABC Performance Horses where I break, train, and sell horses for my clients. I hope to grow ABC Performance Horses once I graduate from college and find a training facility of my own!"

Dorty Strange

"Hi! My name is Dorty. It’s actually Dorthy but that’s a grandma name and I hate it. I’m from southern New Mexico. My mom owns a rodeo company and we pickup the bucking horses and that’s low key my favorite thing to do. I go to school in Lamar Colorado. I’m in the horse training and management program. I didn’t want to go to real school so I go to school and get to ride horses all day. I’m also on the rodeo team on scholarship. I run barrels and team rope. My horses name is Whiz Kalifa because it sounded like a good name I guess. My rope horses name is “What” mostly so I can confuse people with his name. I jr rodeod growing up I have won 8 saddles and shelves full of buckles. (I always feel weird talking about what I’ve won)"

Taylor Shields

I am 23 yrs old i am from cochrane Alberta Canada. I originally started in the show horse world showing all around quarter horses, and switched over to barrel horses. I started training all my own barrel horses and have now been training professionally since 2014 through my company, Shields Barrel Horses. Some of my career highlights have been the Foothills Cowboy Association champion barrel racer and season leader, 3x slot race champion (on 2 different horses), 3x American semi-finals qualifier (on 2 different horses, being the fastest qualifier of the OKC Derby, OKC Derby reserve champion, winning the long go of the WCRA finals, and having the #1 futurity horse in Canada. My goal for 2020 include making the Canadian finals rodeo and start running in WPRA rodeos. If that goes well, my long term plan is to make the NFR. I'm aiming to have the #1 derby horse in Canada for 2020. I would love to also have a Barrel Futurities of America futurity champion and a 2020 slot horse. 

Brand Ambassadors

Karlie LeBlanc

"Hi, I am the owner and trainer of JAKK Farms in Huntsville TX. Here at my facility we are deeply rooted in a since of family and team work. I have developed a stunning competition team over the last couple of years, that continues to grow and achieve all sorts of success in many different arenas across the area.  I consistently compete in events all over Texas and Louisiana along with a trip to Oklahoma for the BBR World Finals.I currently house 20 horses on my facility that has grown from a small 13 acres to 25 acres. It is with these horses as well as some that are brought in, that we continue to strive for success in all aspects of horsemanship. I look forward to 2020 and representing The Glamorous Cowgirl."

Rebecca Rice

"Hi, my name is Rebecca Rice; most call me Becca. I am originally from WV, and moved over the river to Cumberland, MD about 6 years ago! I am a 45 year old mom of three gorgeous daughters and a Glammy (yes, Glammy) to 2 sweet little glambabies, with another arriving in May!! I am also a registered nurse, and manage a team of approximately 1300 patients within the Veteran’s Administration, so never a dull moment here!! I have wanted horses for as long as I have been breathing, but I did not grow up in an area conducive to having horses; I settled for lessons here and there, and for sneaking off to the local farm and riding their horses after dark. Adult life took over and after college and kiddos, I decided it was time for my own and I bought 2 crazy stallions from an Amish auction….thus, the craziness ensued and with rescues and purchases and transfers to my oldest’s farm, I now have 6 in my possession. I then decided I wanted to pursue barrel racing, and after purchasing my first barrel horse, Sis, I have been competing for approximately a year. I have learned so much in the past year, and thank goodness for good friends, teachers, and my horse, as she has tolerated me learning while she already knows her job. I just love horses, rodeoing, and competing so much and it has become an obsession; the vibes are euphoric and while I am terrified going into the alley, there is nothing else I would rather be doing. I have the added bonus of competing with my daughter’s horse, Holly, this year; I had mentioned earlier that I have another glambaby coming, hence she will not be riding for a few months. I am hoping to compete at least once a month on both horses, and my ultimate goal, while lofty, is to attend the All In Barrel Race in Vegas in December. Every ride gets better, and with that, my confidence improves, even with some bumps in the road.  With that being said, I have made a name for myself in regards to my outfits and my horse’s “outfits”, as we correlate at every event. My motto is, “I may not place, but I always win best dressed!” The Glamorous Cowgirl has assisted me in every way possible with this and we get many compliments on our boots (especially the leopard), and the tack sets are always classy yet sassy. I am really looking forward to this ambassadorship and promoting at the highest best dressed level possible!!"

Annie Jenkins

"Hi, my name is Annie Jenkins and I’m from Franklin N.C and 32 years old.  I have been competing on and off since the age of 10.  I was hurt pretty bad in 2013 so took about 2 years off and worked on my confidence to get back in the saddle.  I bought my 6 yr old QH gelding Fame( Fame And Fortune Doc) when he was coming 3 and patterned him my self.  I decided last year to get extremely serious about running as I knew Fame had the talent to take us anywhere.  I reached out to some amazing people and thanks to their help we qualified for our first WBRL finals this year.  2020 is going to be an amazing year as we are running NBHA Ga, WBRL, GTBRA, and will hit some rodeos.  Fame and I are so thankful to be on such an amazing team and are truly honored by the opportunity."

Savannah Samsel

"Hi, my name is Savannah Samsel! I am 28 years young and I barrel race as well as carry sponsorship flags. I live in Levelland, Texas with my husband and my 2 year old son. My team of horses includes a black and white paint gelding named Diesel and an appendix mare named Charmed By Passion (aka Storm!) We travel all over Texas and into New Mexico to barrel race/carry flags and I love what I do! In 2019 my team won me my first saddle, qualified me for the Race of Champions in Amarillo, and helped me reach the top 10 (out of 100+ riders) to try out for the NFR Flag Team in Vegas. I am so ready and eager to see what 2020 has in-store for us, starting with this amazing sponsorship opportunity!"

Maranda Warbelton

"Hello everyone! My name is Maranda Lynn Warbelton and I am so honored to be a part of GC 2020 team this year! My job outside of barrel racing includes managing business accounts for FedEx and raising two beautiful boys Bentley and Cooper. When I was just 7 years old I began taking lessons every week at several different barns. My background of riding includes western pleasure, huntseat, equitation, jumping and dressage. The past three years I’ve made a switch over to barrel racing. It’s a sport I’ve always admired watching as a little girl and now I get to say I’m living my dream! This year begins my futurity adventure and I am so excited yet nervous! Usually every other weekend we are hitting the road all over the Midwest! My goals for 2020 are to learn as much as possible, be helpful to others, and to set new personal records!"

Emily McEachern

"Hi, my name is Emily McEachern and I live in Rose Hill, KS.  I share an 11 acre ranch with my husband, 2 kids, 2 horses, 2 dogs and some crazy chickens and cats.  I have been riding horses for 25 years.  I have only competed in the Mounted Shooting arena for 4 years.  Mounted Shooting has been one of the most difficult equine sports I have ever learned.  I have gone through 3 sets of guns, 2 trailers, 2 trucks and 3 different horses to find the right fit.  I have been riding my 14 year old mare, Karma, for 2 seasons now and she has opened the door to opportunities I never imagined.  She has been competing in Mounted Shooting for 8 years and was a 1D barrel horse prior to her change of career.  We enjoy traveling to the big shoots chasing fancy buckles and bigger payouts. I am excited to be a brand ambassador for The Glamorous Cowgirl for the 2020 season.  I have only used Iconoclast boots because of their reliability and performance in a sport that requires many leads changes and lots of fast lateral movement.  I am excited to show other cowgirls how they can be a Glamorous Cowgirl with the help of great products, apparel and GLITTER!"

Chandra Hustad

"Hello, my name is Chandra Hustad. I am 20 years old and I am from Barnesville Minnesota. I am honored to be selected to be apart of The Glamorous Cowgirl’s team for 2020! I primarily barrel race with my two mares “Sparks” and “Style” all over Minnesota and North Dakota for UBRA, NBHA, PEWC, Bulls&Barrel rodeos, Wojo's Rodeo, and any other local/open barrel race that I can find. I also have some young futurity prospects that I have raised and been training that I am very excited about their careers in the barrel pen. I hope everyone has a fun and safe 2020 season!"

Braylon Briddle

"Hi, I'm a Freshman at Elizabeth High School in  Elizabeth, Colorado. I'm a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Little Britches Youth Association. I started riding before I could walk and some of my best memories come from being horseback. If I had my way rodeo is all I'd do. My favorite events are barrel racing and goat tying . I also compete in breakaway roping, pole bending, flags, keyhole, trail, and also enjoy doing ranch work. I've been blessed to have a few good horses and dogs. My quarter horse Marley is my favorite- she is my everything, my sunshine, and my happy place! When I'm not riding my horse I also like to trial my working stock dogs. I believe you can never have too much Jesus, too many good dogs, too many fast horses, or too much western glam!!!"

Jr Brand Ambassadors

BentLee Ridley

"Hi, I'm BentLee, and I’m 8 years old. I’m in gifted program in 2nd grade. I rodeo, barrel race, work cattle on our farm, and help in our chicken houses. I go to a barrel race or rodeo every weekend one is available. My horse is 9 year old mare I got from Red Hot Running horses in Texas. I qualified for the 2019 IMRA Peewee barrels, currently in the top 9 for the GJRA overall wrangler division, and have won many peewee and youth awards."

Kenzlee Bail

"Hi, I'm Kenzlee. I’m a peewee barrel racer but I’m also learning to rope and drag steers, pole bend and goat tie. I’m attending a goat tying clinic in June. I’m in the process of moving up from my awesome pony Baby Fay Fay to a faster barrel horse. I want to keep using Baby Fay in goats and Kelly Conrado and I made an agreement to breed her to their stud Cfour A Darknight. I’ve won several peewee classes, but I’m known for smiling and repeating this race is just about having fun!"