Faith Farris was this year’s winner of the 2021 NCHA Senior Youth World Championship. Raised on her family’s ranch in the small town of Midway, Texas she has a passion for cutting horses.
When she’s not cutting and helping out on the family ranch, she also models, plays the guitar, enjoys reading, art, makeup, and bible study.
WesternWomen.com sat down with Faith to ask her a couple of questions.
How do you define your style?
I would define my style as very simplistic. My everyday wardrobe consists of Magellan fishing shirts, jeans, tennis shoes, jewelry, and the occasional ballcap. I will spice it up on show days though, by adding a South Texas Tack show shirt, my belt and buckle, boots and spurs, and a cowboy hat.
How did you first get involved with the Western Lifestyle?
I got involved by being born into the lifestyle. I’ve been working cutting horses and cattle for as long as I can remember. I’m very fortunate and very blessed that this is where the good Lord has placed me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
What better advice to receive than that from the Lord himself. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” This verse is the best advice I’ve ever received. It stays and will forever remain extremely close to my heart because it reminds me to always keep my faith and patience in trials and tribulations. It also reminds me to always run to the Lord first in prayer. When life gets tough, we must remember to stay joyous. That way we won’t be miserable, and our relationship with the Lord stays intact.
What do you count as your greatest achievement?
It’s not an object of achievement, but I count being the child of God and the horseman I am today, as my greatest achievement. I’m proud of how far my walk with Christ has come, and I’m beyond blessed with who He’s allowed me to be inside of the horse world.
What is your favorite part about the Western Lifestyle?
My favorite part about the Western lifestyle would be how It’s taught me the value of hard work, and It’s taught me to love hard work. Then again, when you’re pursuing what you’re most passionate about, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
What advice or words of encouragement would you give to other Western Women?
The advice I would give to other Western Women would be to always stay yourself. With the day and age we live in, It can be easy to lose ourselves and our way of life to fit in with society. So stay true to who the Lord has called you to be.
What do you do to unwind?
To unwind, I pray, work horses, or just take a ride with my earbuds in on my favorite horse, Big Shoes To Phil (aka “Phil”), in the pasture. I’ll play my favorite rock bands’ music, or play a Christian podcast.
Moment you’ll remember forever?
A moment I’ll remember forever would be when I was baptized, or more recently when I realized that I had secured the NYCHA Sr Youth World Championship this year in May. These feelings were unmatchable, and they’ve made me realize that I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the western lifestyle and I’m proud to be a western woman.