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Lari Dee Guy. Photo by Ken Amorosano.……

With the sudden onset of COVID-19 across America, the impact throughout the entire Western industry has been substantial. From closed doors to cancelled events and exploded marketing plans, the crisis has had an effect in every far reaching corner. COWGIRL wanted to explore the impact by asking three simple questions to women who not only live, but work the Western way of life:

  • What did you do to continue being productive in the face of COVID-19 shut downs?
  • What is the most positive effect of your efforts to adapt to the restrictions?
  • What is the most negative result these shut downs had on you?

LDG: “My job never stops at the ranch.  Although we couldn’t travel to rodeos or jackpots, I still had young horses to train and I got caught up on cleaning things up at home. I tried to make the best of the situation by staying productive and spending time with my family! We were asked to lessen travel, so I had to cancel a few schools I had scheduled out of respect and to do my part in obeying the rules and get this thing stopped. It gave me more time to catch up on things at home and the schools can always be rescheduled. I live on a ranch so it took a toll on our cattle and oil. I hate seeing what it did to our economy. But, I like to look at the positive and pray that in the future everything will be better than it was before.”