Dream, Believe, Achieve — Embrace Victory

Founder and owner of Embrace Victory, Kristin Smith. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Smith)

By Jessica Crabtree

Embracing her inner talent, Kristin Smith recognized everyone in her family had a unique ability. She even had a grandfather who whittled wood, the like that ended up on presidential tables. Having that in her blood, Smith’s trade was also made by the work of her hands. Raised in Pennsylvania in a rural setting on 150 acres, Smith and her brother grew interested in horses. With an initial introduction into pleasure horses, the family soon found roping was their passion. “No one else in my school rode horses, and we didn’t do sports once my parents bought us horses. In the summers we traveled back and forth to Texas a few times a year for new prospects,” Smith explained.

With a deep foundation in rodeo, Smith youth rodeoed and high school rodeoed, competing in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, team roping and breakaway roping, continuing as a young woman. Always having a flair for the out-of-the-ordinary, Smith was not afraid to express herself through her clothes, purses and personality. In 2005 Smith combined her passion and talent creating Kowgirl Glitz, with one-of-a-kind purses embellished with emu feathers and later blue-jean jackets adorned with cowhide and crystals. That same year the young woman purchased a laser machine. For the next three years Smith traveled across the country selling her Kowgirl Glitz items and rodeoing. “I remember taking my products wherever the rodeo was and hanging the purses or jackets on a panel, and between runs, selling them.”

The laser, a machine, simply burns the preferred design sent to the laser from the computer, made in a program, and within minutes the design appears on the leather. The same can be done on any surface or material. Smith has used the laser in the past on various sizes and forms of leather, cowhide, stamps and more.

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