REBECCA PODIO was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #19 on July 12, 2016PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS August 5, 2016 CIRCLE NINE CATTLE COMPANY RANCH - NEWCASTLE, WYOMING JULY 31, 2017 CIRCLE NINE CATTLE COMPANY RANCH - NEWCASTLE, WYOMING AUGUST 1, 2017 CIRCLE NINE CATTLE COMPANY RANCH - NEWCASTLE, WYOMINGAUGUST 20, 2018 CIRCLE NINE CATTLE COMPANY RANCH - NEWCASTLE, WYOMINGThe actual image which was THE inspiration for rebecca ’s painting was taken at the CIRCLE NINECATTLE COMPANY RANCH, NEWCASTLE, WYOMING
I grew up on my family’s 5th generation cattle ranch on the plains of northeastern Wyoming. My dearest memories come from rodeoing with my family and spending quality time with my great grandparents. I attended the University of Wyoming before returning home to work fulltime as a Petroleum Engineer. I have continued on with my passion for horses and rodeo while helping with my family’s stock contracting firms. I served as Miss Wyoming in June of 2013, and I would go on to represent my State of Wyoming in the Miss America Pageant in September of that same year.Within this competition, my deep love grew for the Cowboy State, its history, and its people. I have worked to serve my community and State by serving on a variety of boards. I am also a member of Wyoming LEAD Class 16, and I am thrilled to have the privilege to learn more about agriculture, Wyoming, and to grow as a leader through this fellowship.
Rebecca works both as a Petroleum Engineer and at her family’s renown Circle Nine Cattle Company Ranch just outside of Newcastle Wyoming. On this massive ranch, the Podio’s raise bucking bulls that are proven in the NFR and PBR Finals.
rebecca shares her experiencein the american cowgirls project
The Justin Sportsmedicine Team® does all it can to keep the rodeo athletes competing safely, but the fact is, rodeo is truly a dangerous business. In fact, it is considered America’s original extreme sport. With each ride, the rodeo athlete risks losing more than just the next opportunity to compete and win. He or she can also lose the ability to meet the mortgage payments or the ability to feed and care for his or her family. With no guaranteed salaries or injured reserve provisions in the sport, these professional athletes are often left with no place else to turn when faced with serious, sidelining injuries and the accompanying financial hardship.
Recognizing that serious injuries can be traumatic enough in themselves, without the additional burden of financial worries, the Justin Boot Company formed a partnership with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) in 1989 to establish the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF). The JCCF was formed on the premise of lending a helping hand to professional rodeo athletes and their families in the event of catastrophic injuries. This fills the void created by financial hardships when the inevitable serious injury interferes with the careers of those who have dedicated their lives to the sport.