The Cowgirl Chicks take on ETX
POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 7:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 4:54pm
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — Several rodeos are taking place this weekend in East Texas. One of which is home to the nationally known All-American Cowgirl Chicks, a group of exceptionally talented women who have been performing for more than 20 years.
The group has two goals: to keep the sport of trick riding alive, and to raise awareness for a cause that hits close to home.
The Cowgirl Chicks perform at more than 85 rodeos and events throughout the year and travel more than 100,000 miles nation-wide to perform.
Mom, coach, and leader, Trish Lynn, started the group two decades ago with rescue and donated horses. She had the desire to form the best group of women trick riders in the country, and she has done exactly that.
The women now have their own TV show on RFD-TV and it is a passion Lynn has inspired in her two daughters, Sadie and Hattie.
"It's a lot of hard work, you lose a lot of sleep," Lynn said. "You get a lot of broken bones, but the type of people involved in this sport are survivors."
One of their own survived one of the toughest battles of all. At just 18, Sadie was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer.
But, nothing could keep her out of the arena.
"We get to support cancer awareness, not many people can say they do that every weekend," Sadie said. "So staying on the road and staying busy is a pro for us because we can educate the youth and bring back the western way of life."
The girls hope what they do inspires people to get back to their roots and remember what Texas is all about.
"Our passion is preserving the sport of rodeo and supporting these guys who do such a phenomenal job in their sport," Lynn said. "As well as keeping the trick riding alive. It's a dying sport."
"My horses and my family are my life and I really don't see myself doing anything else," Sadie said. "This is all I do. I eat sleep and breathe it."