Two Arizona Navajo women roped and rode to victory in Reno during the 42nd Annual Bob Feist Invitational. Out of 160 female competitors in the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Challenge, Debbie Robbins of Winslow and Danielle Lowman of Mesa came out on top.
It’s all in the genes. Debbie Robbins, an Indian National Finals Rodeo breakaway champion, and Lowman, a four-time Indian National Finals Rodeo qualifier, have the same grandmother, and lived close to each other in their youth.
Robbins and Lowman roped their first three steers in a mere 24.58 seconds. The pair got a penalty on their fourth steer, but still came out faster than Alabama’s Beverly Robbins and Jesse Remsburg.
“Before we came out here, I told her, this time let’s not practice as hard as we usually do,” remarked Lowman about the event. “‘Let’s go over there and just win it all and come back.’”
Robbins was more than pleased with the result of their practicing. “I’d say our practice runs worked out pretty well here today. This is a good roping — all the tough girls are here.”
Lowman came home from Reno with a grand total of $17,450 after all her wins. Adding to her money from her win with Robbins, Lowman earned $2,500 after placing seventh in the aggregate of the breakaway, cementing her spot with a three-head time of 10.04. Along with the cash prize, she also walked away with the Gist trophy spurs, meant for the Charlie 1 Horse BFI Week all-around champion.
We look forward to seeing these amazing Navajo women continue to compete and bring home more buckles!