We recently sat down with our the Designer of our Quincy Collection, Quincy Freeman, and got the dirt on her inspirations, her horses, and her love of the rodeo.
How did you get started?
I was born into a ranching and rodeo family, and from the time I was a little cowgirl I loved the lifestyle. Later on when I got to high school I started taking art classes and developed a passion for creating. During my senior year of high school I combined my two loves, rodeo and art/fashion and the rest is history.
What inspires you?
Growing up my heroes were always cowgirls. My inspiration for the new line is all the women that made the west what it was. These women were true cowgirls who could rope, ride, do all the work of any cowboy and be the ones to take care of their men and families at the end of the day. These women were tough but beautiful in there flamboyant rodeo attire. They played such a huge role in making America what it is today, a role that I feel is often overlooked. I love the vintage bright colors, fringe, whip stitching and embroidery because what it all represents, an American tradition of the he hard riding, steer roping, fast shooting cowgirls of the wild west!
How have you evolved as a designer?
As a senior agricultural communications student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, the learn by doing motto has been a direct influence in my experiences with Ariat. As a designer passionate about the rodeo lifestyle I am able to transfer my creative juices to a community that I love.
What’s the main difference between the first and second editions?
My first line was more of a collection of tattoo and Mexican inspired art. My new line is inspired by women of the west and the different nationalities of those women.
My Nona always emphasized the importance of looking your best while competing in a world dominated by men.
What’s it like being on the Rodeo Team? Are you inspired by your team?
Being on a rodeo team is like having a second family. We all live the same lifestyle, understand each other and are there for each other. Some of my closest friends are my biggest competitors and we do everything together. They push my limits and I push there’s. We make each other stronger and better. As a competitor the main objective is to win, and one thing my team has helped me learn is that it’s not about beating your competitor it’s about improving yourself. In the end you are your biggest competitor. My teammates have helped me become the competitor I am today. I wouldn’t give up the experiences or comradery for anything. My rodeo family is one that will be dear to my heart until the end.
Where do you shop?
Anywhere there is shopping you can probably find me, from Boot Barn to Nordstrom’s to Forever 21. I love to combine the western look with mainstream fashion.
What do you wear day to day?
Well of course I wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing the Quincy collection. I eat sleep and rodeo in it and I think everyone should! I have a big collection of Ariat. It’s so comfortable and stylish. It wasn’t until I started working for Ariat that I realized there boots are really the most comfortable cowboy boots out there!
What are some Rodeo Must-have items?
My motto is to always have your lipstick. A rodeo cowgirl can never have too many denim shirts to compete in, a great hat (mine has a big red rose in it), bright colored belt, big earrings and of course a pair of Quincy Collection boots to top it off.
What are you horses names?
The horses that I compete on this year’s names are Larry, Lex, Betty and Buster.