Not Our First Rodeo

Real-life horsewomen level up and inspire Western fashion all year long.

Article & Photography by Jessica Hein

In 10 years of producing the annual Chrome Western fashion spectacular, we’ve learned never to underestimate APHA members’ abilities to shine in the spotlight. This year, three working moms traded their spurs for sequins. And in true Paint Horse fashion, they knocked it out of the park.

The lesson, of course, is simple: trust authentic horsewomen to bring Western fashion to life, whether you’re heading to the rodeo or a night out on the town. Let their favorite looks inspire new designs—paying homage to vintage style and modern twists.

After all, it sure ain’t our first time kicking up our heels. And it’s cool to be cowgirl.

Jodie Distad

Chrome Model Search Co-Winner Jodie Distad of Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a horse trainer, breeder, judge, and mom of two teenage boys. The Markel/APHA Professional Horsewoman is always on the go, but she loves her busy life.

Chantel Jaenisch

Chrome Model Search Co-Winner Chantel Jaenisch has loved Paint Horses since she was an infant. A radiologic technologist and mom of three from Granite Falls, Minnesota, Chantel credits her Paints, faith, family and friends with helping her navigate all of life’s joys and challenges. She’s developed lifelong friendships through APHA and is now sharing her equine journey with her 9-year-old twins, too.

This is an excerpt from the Winter 2022 issue of Chrome—get Chrome magazine by becoming an APHA member at apha.com/join.