Wild Women of the Frontier Tryouts!

| 12/30/2009 4:51:29 PM

Jacqueline WiltEver heard of the Wild Women of the Frontier? If not, you gotta read on!

Formed in 1996 by a group of friends looking for a way to mix their love for horses, history and fun, it was initially a parade troupe. Over the years, the Wild Women of the Frontier grew and evolved into a facinating and entertaining group of women who share their love for horses and history all over the country!

Members must first try out for the group. Not only are they judged on their horsemanship skills, but their horses are judged as well. Not just any horse can be a Wild Woman horse. Crowds, gunfire, flags, sirens, and scampering children are but a few of the obstacles they are exposed to every time they enter the public eye for a performance or parade. Even after initial acceptance of passing the tryout is only the beginning. Horses must go through desensitization classes and Wild Woman “wannabes” are expected to attend meetings, contribute to the group, ride in parades, and attend performances during their “probation” year. Then, they must present their chosen female historical figure in a researched paper, first hand reenactment, and full period style costume. This is voted on for acceptability by the current Wild Women membership. Only if they pass this final inspection will the “wannabe” become a full-fledged, whoopin’ and hollerin’ Wild Woman of the Frontier! It’s an honor I hope to achieve!

Becoming a Wild Woman has been something I have wanted to do for some time, but life and other responsibilities kept me from dedicating myself. I know the group is time-consuming. In fact, my love for horseback riding has been pushed to the back of my list of “to do’s” for some time. I grew up riding, love horses, and live to ride. This was a huge part of myself that had been missing, and I felt it tugging ... hard. So, when I got the invitation to try out this year ... I DID IT!

Jackie and 2-year-old daughter Kate on Cheyenne, my paint horse.

I have the privilege of having a good friend who took the challenge with me. Kris is a nurse I worked with in the past, and when she heard I was trying out for the Wild Women, her horse-loving past also bubbled to the surface. She has not ridden since she was a kid and did not even own a horse ... but since I have more than enough warm and fuzzy hooved children populating my farm, I enthusiastically encouraged her to come with me! Kris rides Lakota, and I ride Cheyenne. Both are paint horses, and both seemed to me to be well suited to Wild Woman work.

So, the day of the tryouts came. Since neither of us knew quite what was going to be thrown at us (or our horses ... most likely literally), Kris and I mustered up our courage, loaded up the horses and headed to the arena to try out. We tacked assigned participant numbers to ourselves and our horses.

Donny Yep
11/14/2011 11:53:58 AM

I can't thank all of you enuff for what you have completed for me...Did you like my postings under a fake name? I made it sound soo real like I was right there,lol,but I wasn't,just took bits and pieces and put together things that are real. Lol,all of you are soo gullible and did my dirty work for me,how does it feel???

Donny Yep
11/8/2011 2:26:27 PM

Yep,I duped you into doing it for me,I knew a bunch of cackling hens could get the job done,lol.

Donny Yep
11/8/2011 1:54:40 PM

I want to thank each and everyone of you for helping me destroy Serge!!! This has been soo awesome!!! You gotten something done that I haven't been able to do since he fired me for stealing. That Schmuck...I tried before but it didn't work,but I'm sure it will now!!!

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