As competitors, the history of the relationship between Bradi Good and Jordi Edens dates back to when they were just 8 years old, competing in the WRCA, but their friendship didn’t bloom until a few years later.
“We didn’t know each other when we started out, we were just competing, we weren’t friends,” recalled Good.
“But since our 8th grade year, we just kind of stuck together,” added Edens. “We were the only ones who knew each other and we have just been stuck together since.”
Now these dedicated young ladies have the honor of being members of the Cavender’s Youth Rodeo Team, and are both striving toward 2019 state titles.
“It’s pretty cool to be a part of this team, and even more so, to be a part of it with your best friend,” said Edens. “Not just anyone gets an experience like that.”
“We get to wear the Cavender’s brand on our shirts and be a part of something big,” added Good.
Both girls compete in barrel racing and the rapidly growing breakaway roping, which was recently added to the list of events at Cheyenne Frontier Days. And while the girls couldn’t pick their favorite event, they agreed that they both loved the adrenaline and excitement of competing, and also love seeing their best friend find success. “At the end of the day, we are friends first and I love to see Bradi win,” said Edens.
Their dedication to rodeo is a full-time job, alongside their attention to their homeschooling. When asked what they do outside the two large commitments in their spare time, both girls laughed and said “nothing – what’s free time?” They are both focused on improving every day, with ambitions to rodeo in college, and are continually motivated by not just each other, but strong support from their families.
“We are so thankful for our families,” said Good.
“They are the ones that help us get where we are and keep moving us forward,” said Edens. In addition to their families, they are thankful for the strong female role models, especially in breakaway, that they have to look up to and get encouragement from, such as Jackie Hobbs-Crawford, Lari Dee Guy and JJ Hampton.
“We rope against them all the time and they are always looking to help us,” said Good. “They are like family too.”
Coming from a background of strong support, the girls not only encourage each other, but also other young females looking to make a name for themselves in rodeo.
“Just keep going and keep practicing because practice is everything,” said Edens. “Learn from your mistakes.”
“Any advice anyone gives you, take it to heart,” said Good. “You learn something new every day.”