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Amber Crawford, Breakaway Roper

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By Dani Blackburn

A 5’1” cowgirl backs her horse into the box and gives the nod for the calf in the chute next to her to be released. Her name is Amber Crawford, the event is the American, and just one year ago, she and her fellow competitors were watching from the sidelines.

The American in Arlington, Texas, is one of numerous rodeos to have added this fast paced, action-packed event to their lineup. Opportunities are on the rise for those in breakaway roping, including the Daddy of ‘Em All in Cheyenne, Wyo., the Pendleton Round-up in Oregon and the Days of 47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only are the events making room for female competitors, but the payouts also are on the rise.

“It has grown so much. Just five years ago I would flat out say I worked full time hours so I could rope. Now it is crazy because it is becoming where I can almost do the opposite; that is how much it has grown and the opportunities, if we promote them and do right by what people and rodeo committees are offering us, are going to keep growing,” Amber said.

The Springtown, Texas, cowgirl got her start in roping at an early age. Amber was born and raised in Combine, Texas, in Kaufman County, the daughter of Dickie and Fran Singleton. Dickie was a bulldogger and later on competed in team roping, while Fran competed in western pleasure, cutting and barrel racing.

“I have been on a horse all my life. I can remember those home videos of my parents throwing me on a horse with no shoes, no shirt, a diaper on and just taking off across the pasture. We have always been around horses. I
grew up riding barrel horses and going to the Josey Ranch. We lived out there, so any weekend they had a clinic or barrel race, we were there,” Amber recalled. “My sister started roping at a later age when she started competing in high school rodeo, and here I am at five or six wanting to do whatever she does, so I pick up a rope.”

To read more pick up a copy of the February 2020 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Lemon Lover’s Trifle

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon Lovers Pound Cake cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 2.7 oz box Dream Whip
  • 3 cup very cold whole milk divided
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes instant lemon pudding mix
  • 16 oz frozen whipped topping OR 4 cups fresh sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 Tbsp grated white chocolate
  • Lemon slices and sprigs of fresh mint for garnishing
  • Directions:
  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat the granulated sugar and lemon juice together. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved then set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer whip together the Dream Whip (the box contains 2 envelopes – use both) and 2 cups of cold whole milk. Whip for 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.
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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

Summer time is here and though it may be hot, we can still get a Western summer style without lots of layers. These striped shorts are so cute and comfy and actually also have a matching shirt that pair up to make a cute set. You also can wear it with basic blouses as shown here and throw on your favorite turquoise. There are so many options to mix and match. See all of this and more at
www.jessesjewelz.com.

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10 Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July

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Independence Day is celebrated this month as the nation commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The founding fathers declared the 13 colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain but were now free, independent states.

Today, that independence is often celebrated with fireworks, picnics, parades, fairs, and a variety of other public and private events. As the nation prepares to once again honor its heritage, it is fun to review these interesting facts about Fourth of July.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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