If you haven’t already heard. The WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association) has ruled that you will not be able to wear pull over type shirts at rodeo’s anymore. The “new” rule reads, “long sleeved, collared, button or snap up shirts and jeans without holes, western boots and cowboy hat.”
Well there you have it girls!!!! We are back to wearing clothes at rodeos that we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing in town. Most of the posts that I read, have said that the rule was brought up after some people were concerned with the low-cut type t-shirts that girls were wearing. Supposedly their “boobs” were flying out of their shirts during a run. Some people complained that they just weren’t western enough and were not professional. For those that liked the pull over shirts that have become popular over the last 10 years, they stated cases of comfort, size, the fact that they don’t hang on the saddle horn, along with breathability, and style. Personally, I just like the pullover shirts because I can buy them for about $10 bucks a piece in the Miley Cyrus section of Wal-Mart. But to each his own.
This won’t phase me a bit. I wouldn’t ever consider not going to any barrel race or rodeo just because of a dresscode. A matter of fact. I love running barrels so much that if we were required to wear a monkey hat. I would do it. But what really me tossing and turning at night is what would the founding members of the Girls Rodeo Association (the association that turned into the WPRA) think about this? If it really is about the shirts being too revealing, then who are they too revealing for? The founding members of these associations were strong women that very rarely ever molded to the shape that society pushed upon them. These women were riding roughstock when most women weren’t even thought capable of doing any kind of man’s work. I just think that most of these founding women would probably tell you, “Piss off! If I want to wear this shirt. I’m going to wear it! Why not be a renegade and look beautiful doing it.” I have yet to see anyone in any of these pull over type shirts that looks unprofessional. Maybe revealing, but none unprofessional and for any of you gals that think revealing and professional don’t go hand in hand. Go visit a major corporation. I promise you that you will be surprised to find how fitted and sexy most business suits are made these days.
Also, this isn’t really a rule change, but more of a rule clarification (I think, I haven’t actually researched all of the dress code rule modifications over the past 10 years). When the long sleeve pull-over became popular it was because the rule read that the shirt only had to be “long sleeved.” Of course at that time, the only shirts that were in style and long sleeved were also collared and button up. So really, in my opinion it’s just a rule clarification of a loophole that us barrel racers have been taking advantage of for the past 10 years. Our founding barrel racing mothers, probably would have never expected any of us to wear a pull-over shirt, but I’m sure if they saw how damn cute they were, they would be all for it.
Some of the girls are complaining that the button up shirts get stuck on the horn when they are running. To them I just say wear an undershirt, if god has blessed you in that manner. Personally, I have had the same thing happen to me but no one noticed. There wasn’t anything to fall out.
So really girls!!! Lets be honest!!! Is this really about The “Girls” popping out? If so, I’m saddened by this development. I think it’s a huge step back in what our founding rodeo mother’s meant for us! I mean lets me honest here! The rodeo dress code even with the pull0ver shirt is in no way revealing. The only thing that you end up seeing is hands, neck, and face! I think modern america can handle it! Think back to Mia Hamm winning the World Cup. Her “girls” got a lot of TV time. But if we did it to get back to what our founding mother’s expected in preserving the western life style, then I’m in a lot of trouble because most of my rodeo attire is Abercrombie and Ralph Lauren.