By Jessica Crabtree
The month of May we honor the hard working, caring, giving women that selflessly does for others day after day. Those ladies earned the right to be honored. This issue we feature an extraordinary woman and mother. This mom has a background in trick riding horseback and training buffalos to stand on a pedestal, leap through rings of fire and be ridden. Bree Worthington Clay comes from a family heritage invested in rodeo in one form or another. Her father Mark Worthington rodeoed while her mother Dottie ran barrels and was also a rodeo secretary. Raised in Weatherford, Clay started trick riding at only five years old. Even more impressive, as a youth, Clay received her PRCA card at 10 years old. This August the now grown woman will celebrate her 40th birthday and recently received her PRCA gold card. She has accomplished feat after feat at a young age and at a high rate of speed.
While her parents were largely influential in the horsewoman’s life, JW Stoker is who Clay attributes her ability to trick ride to. “He [JW Stoker] was a famous performer throughout the 90s. He is 90 now and retired here in Weatherford. He trained me,” Clay explained. Always having her father close for help and support, at age 16 she recalled a defining moment, “At 16 my dad said, ‘You’re on your own.’ I realized then he’d been training me to go out on my own the whole time,”‘ she smiled.
While Clay describes herself as a home-body, someone who doesn’t prefer social engagements and crowds, she exuded strength and shined while atop her trusted horses when performing her many maneuvers trick riding. Soon, the young lady took to the rodeo road, performing as the entertainment portion during a rodeo. Her ability permitted her to join a Wild West show, first traveling to upstate New York for six months with the show, and later Las Vegas, Nev., for another six months. While in Nevada the young lady began attending college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Academically, she also attended Tarleton State University where she met a track runner who would become her husband.
Traveling with the rodeo circuit and Wild West show introduced Clay to new people who became friends and allowed her to visit her extended family in Georgia. Performing rodeo after rodeo and staying months away from home, Georgia became her second home.
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