Articles by caitlynperry

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On the Horizon

Jan 10, 2019 By caitlynperry

A look back at the 2018 ProRodeo season serves as a crystal ball, of sorts, for the new year. The world champions were crowned less than a month ago, with three Texans earning those prestigious Montana Silversmiths gold buckles—all-around titlist Trevor Brazile earned his 24th world title; tie-down roper Caleb…

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Texas Triumphant

Dec 20, 2018 By caitlynperry

Championship Saturday at the National Finals Rodeo featured a wide range of emotions, from the giddiness of 24-year-old Hailey Kinsel to the teary goodbyes of Trevor Brazile to the remembrances of loved ones lost in 2018 for Caleb Smidt. All three Texans earned those coveted Montana Silversmiths gold buckles while…

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Practice Makes Perfect

Dec 13, 2018 By caitlynperry

A regulation basketball court is 94 feet long, 50 feet wide. Now, imagine those dimensions with rounded corners, a floor filled with dirt and 17,000-plus screaming fans. That’s the National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand championship that hosts the very best in the game from each season. Other than dirt,…

Spencer Wright
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Wrangler Network

Nov 29, 2018 By caitlynperry

In December 2013, upon discovering that there was a void for live rodeo coverage in the western marketplace, Wrangler Jeans launched the Wrangler Network. The first and only free rodeo and western lifestyle digital platform that offers 24-7 content to all. As the go-to resource for…

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Winning the Great White North

Nov 27, 2018 By caitlynperry

Before he met his fiancé, Richmond Champion only ventured north of the border for a few large Canadian rodeos each year. Then Paige Lawrence entered her life. From the tiny burg of Kennedy, Saskatchewan, Lawrence was living in Calgary, Alberta, when the two began dating. That’s when Champion, a four-time…

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Love and Rodeo

Nov 16, 2018 By caitlynperry

Working or competing at every large rodeo in the United States is a magnificent feat, and it’s one that John Gwatney is proud to have on his resume. He has been decorated for his knowledge in the sport. A man who has competed in every event inside the arena, he…

Tuf Cooper and Trever Brazile
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Family Competition

Nov 1, 2018 By caitlynperry

Gold may be a rare commodity for many, but a couple of cowboys in Decatur own it in a bushel basket. Between them, Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper own 27 world championship gold buckles. They are great ropers, great horsemen, great cowboys and the faces of the ProRodeo. They’re also…

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Bucking Brothers

Oct 16, 2018 By caitlynperry

Neither Jacobs Crawley nor Sterling Crawley can remember the first time they were horseback; they were just too young. “They have pictures of us in diapers leading horses,” said Sterling Crawley, 27, the youngest of the bronc riding brothers who grew up in Ennis and graduated from high school in…

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Begin Again

Oct 4, 2018 By caitlynperry

Just as the Earth revolves on its axis, the rodeo world is cyclical. One season begins before another ends. In ProRodeo, the 2018 regular season concluded Sept. 30. The qualifiers to the National Finals Rodeo are securing their final arrangements to compete in the sport’s grand championship, held inside the…

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Family Tradition

Sep 18, 2018 By caitlynperry

It takes a certain spirit to handle the rugged terrain of West Texas. It’s a virtual desert with just enough vegetation to make a decent place to raise livestock. That’s why Marvin McKinley Fisher Sr. moved from Arkansas to Andrews more than a century ago. He passed it along to…

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Hey, It’s Your Turn

Sep 17, 2018 By caitlynperry

What is The Texas Optimism Project? The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored initiative between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank. The project aims to inspire optimism through stories of extraordinary Texans. Are you an optimist? Learn more and take the quiz HERE. Now we want to hear from YOU!…

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Your New Gameday Tradition

Sep 17, 2018 By caitlynperry

Shake up game day with these signature Texas tailgate cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka. These drinks will raise your game and show your team pride across the Lone Star State.

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Carr Creations

Sep 6, 2018 By caitlynperry

Legends aren’t just born, they’re bred, and the proof can be seen all over the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo ranch in Athens. “I started off with zero animals, and I had to build by buying the right animals,” said Carr, a Dallas-based livestock producer who has been recognized as one…

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Champions Wear Wrangler

Sep 6, 2018 By caitlynperry

Wrangler Jeans began with the purpose of creating denim that was durable enough for real cowboys. Flash forward to over a hundred years later and that’s still a standard the brand holds true. Wrangler Cowboy Cut jeans were built to the specifications of top rodeo athletes with the necessary comfort and…

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September Reign

Aug 30, 2018 By caitlynperry

Most professional sports have a playoff system to decide who will play for the world championship. Rodeo has Texas in September. Those are the final few weeks of the rodeo season, the time for cowboys and cowgirls to secure their place at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s 10-round…

Hailey Kinsel
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Twisting Sister

Aug 22, 2018 By caitlynperry

Her hair is golden and mane blonde, and what she holds underneath is a tremendous machine. Her name is Sister, a 7-year-old palomino who has set the barrel racing world on fire along with her talented young jockey, Hailey Kinsel of Cotulla. “I’ve always wanted to be a professional barrel…

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French Cowboy

Aug 8, 2018 By caitlynperry

Evan Jayne’s isn’t a typical Texas dialect. His has a distinct flavor, aged over his 36 years on this Earth and containing a heavy clove of his French raising and the last two decades in the Lone Star State. It has been bathed by bucking horses and years spent on…

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Wrangler Knows Rodeo

Jul 26, 2018 By caitlynperry

Since 1947 Wrangler has been the premier outfitter of rodeo culture. It all started with celebrity tailor “Rodeo Ben” Liechtenstein, who designed Wrangler authentic Cowboy Cut jeans. The styles were quickly adopted by professional rodeo hall of famers Bill Linderman, Freckles Brown, and Jim Shoulders, who would all go…

Tuf Cooper
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Calgary Stampede

Jul 24, 2018 By caitlynperry

The Calgary Stampede has history that dates back more than a century, and it has a rich heritage that goes on beyond its years. This year will be the 13th that the winners of the tournament-style rodeo will earn $100,000. Over that time, more than a dozen champions have Texas…

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Cowboy Christmas

Jul 9, 2018 By caitlynperry

Hectic. Mayhem. A blast. That’s Cowboy Christmas in a nutshell. Richmond Champion uses those words to describe the series of lucrative Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events around the Fourth of July holiday. Champion is a bareback rider from The Woodlands. He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times.

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Q&A with Sage Kimzey

Jun 25, 2018 By caitlynperry

Sage Kimzey made his first million at age 22, eight seconds at a time on the backs of bucking bulls, to become the youngest millionaire ever in rodeo. A Wrangler Ambassador, Kimzey is now 23 and aiming for his fifth consecutive world championship bull riding title. He’s also relocated from…

Summer Rodeo Season
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Summer Rodeo Season

Jun 21, 2018 By caitlynperry

Buckle up, Buttercup: The 2018 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season is hitting its summer stride with enough rodeo action for every cowboy and cowgirl in the United States.  More than 600 rodeos—including 85 in Texas alone—comprise the PRCA season, which spikes from June to September. Along the way and in…

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How Indochino Offers Custom Suits at Off-the-Rack Prices

May 14, 2018 By caitlynperry

It’s hard to move with confidence in a suit that doesn’t fit you. More than any other piece of clothing, a suit is meant to fit—the issue is that so many of them, like the ones bought from a “one cut fits all” rack, just don’t. An ill-fitting…

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Dallas Neighborhood Search Tips

May 8, 2018 By caitlynperry

You’ve narrowed down the main reason why moving to Dallas is a great decision for you and have decided to make the big move but that was the easy part. Now you have the task of finding the best place to live in a large, sprawling metropolis like Dallas-Ft. Worth.

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7 Moving Tips to Benefit Your Budget

May 8, 2018 By caitlynperry

Let’s face it, it can be a physical and emotional strain to pack up your entire home and move to a new city, and if you’re not prepared, it can also be a financial strain.  Whether you are relocating to Dallas from another state or from another city in Texas, moving expenses tend to stack up. 

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How To House Hunt Like A Pro In Houston

May 7, 2018 By caitlynperry

Moving anywhere new can be an exciting event, especially if you are moving to Houston. But trying to find a lovely home, in a great neighborhood, can also be a bit daunting (especially if you’re relocating from another city or state).

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Moving to Houston? Here are Four Things to Know About the Bayou City

May 6, 2018 By caitlynperry

There’s more to Houston than meets the eye.  H-Town offers more than the stereotypical cowboys, cattle, and oil wells. While many small towns across the Lone Star state are home to those things, Texas cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston are more urbane and sophisticated.  If you are planning a…

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How to Shop for Energy Plans in Texas

May 5, 2018 By caitlynperry

Since the Texas electricity market opened to competition in 2002, many Texas residents have had the opportunity to choose their own electricity provider. Instead of relying on their local utility to provide them with electricity, most Texans can choose from a variety of competitive providers, allowing them to shop around…

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Guiltless Pleasures

Feb 26, 2018 By caitlynperry

Everybody loves a good burger, including Texas chefs Tracy Miller and Claire Smith. Watch the videos to get recipe tips from the chefs.

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5 Life Hacks for ‘Switching On’ Your Electricity for Less

Jan 30, 2018 By caitlynperry

Electricity usage can seem like a dry topic to many people, but choosing the right provider and plan can offer strategic benefits that make life easier, whether through cutting-edge technology or useful savings. We’ve outlined five easy life hacks that allow you to focus more time and energy on the people and activities you value most.

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Use These Holiday Home Energy Hacks for a Stress-Free Season

Dec 5, 2017 By caitlynperry

The holidays usually mean seeing more of your family, friends and getting that contagious jolly feeling. Although it can be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the busiest and most expensive. Family gatherings and colder weather can cause a ruckus in your home, not to…

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Trinity River Distillery Cocktail Recipe

Dec 1, 2017 By caitlynperry

The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling, which makes this the perfect time to enjoy a holiday-inspired cocktail. Trinity River Distillery’s Silver Star spirits can still be enjoyed year-round, but they might be at their best when you need a drink to warm you up.

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Jack Daniel’s Holiday Cocktails

Dec 1, 2017 By caitlynperry

The Jack Old Fashioned Watch how to make it. https://www.texasmonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/232765_Social-Jack-Daniels-No_ORIGINAL-1.mp4 The Jack Manhattan Watch how to make it. https://www.texasmonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/232764_Social-Jack-Daniels-No_ORIGINAL.mp4   The Tennessee Mule Watch how to make it. https://www.texasmonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/232767_Social-Jack-Daniels-No_ORIGINAL.mp4  …

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Top 5 Holiday Coffee Tips

Dec 1, 2017 By caitlynperry

Brought to you by Little City Coffee   1. Stock Up Let’s face it, it’s not a fun feeling to wake up in the morning and have to drive to the store to get your first cup before your first cup. 2. Keep it Fresh Freshness is key to…

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It’s Energy Action Month

Oct 13, 2017 By caitlynperry

October is National Energy Action Month, and has been since 1991. It marks not only a national effort to highlight how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being, it is also a time to re-focus our own efforts on ways we can conserve and use less…

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Exactly How Smart is Your Smart Meter?

Oct 9, 2017 By caitlynperry

In Texas, Smart Meter deployment first started in 2008 and smart meters were almost fully deployed in the state by the end of 2012. This change from the older analog meters to the wireless digital meters provided many benefits for customers. But what are those benefits and how can your…

Texas Monthly’s Top 5

Oct 5, 2017 By caitlynperry

Texas Monthly staff recently scoured through an archive spanning 44 years to select their five all-time favorite articles. Revamped for the digital age, these stories will be unlocked each Monday over the next five weeks at unique times. Make sure to check in each week to see what stories made the list.

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How To Tame Your Home’s Energy Vampires

Jul 28, 2017 By caitlynperry

No, we’re not talking about that micro-managing boss or your reason-resistant teenager – although they certainly are experts at draining your energy. Here, we’re going to identify those household appliances that – if left plugged in while turned off -- can make paying your electric bill more painful than a bite in the neck.

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The ‘Why’ & ‘How’ of Understanding the Energy Grid

Jul 11, 2017 By caitlynperry

Do you know who your energy provider is? Did you know you have a choice? After all you send them money every month to keep the electricity flowing. But what’s the process behind that flow? Enter the Texas energy grid, which is a combination of the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.

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D&D Elevators

Jun 29, 2017 By caitlynperry

With 20+ ears experience combined in both residential & commercial elevators. We do everything from New Construction, modernization, repairs and maintenance for all types accessibility lifts.

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Trex

Jun 29, 2017 By caitlynperry

Based in Winchester, Virginia, Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 20 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice.

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Electricity Reform in Texas

Jun 26, 2017 By caitlynperry

  Thought Leaders Connect  On June 8, Direct Energy hosted an exclusive breakfast discussion, moderated by Texas Monthly, sharing results from a recent study “Electricity Reform and Retail Pricing in Texas,” conducted by Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Influential energy business leaders were welcomed by…

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Saving on Texas Electricity – Every Weekend

Jun 23, 2017 By caitlynperry

Planning to host a barbecue for your friends? Save it for the weekend. Look for an energy plan that offers free weekends so that you can power your Texas home, with no added supply charges, and enjoy that sizzling barbecue. With free electricity supply on the weekends, you can…