From the small town of Wilburton, Oklahoma, 2020 AMERICAN Breakaway Champion Kaycee Hollingback grew up within a cowboy family, “so being a city slicker was not an option” she says. At the age of 7 years old she began rodeoing, but began roping when she was 10 years old. Kaycee is continuing her rodeo career on the collegiate level at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she ties goats and breakaway ropes. Along with being a full-time student, she juggles two jobs at Durant Stockyards and J. Price Energy Services, practice, and rodeos. Kaycee says, “When I graduate, I hope to continue rodeoing and pursue my career goal as an elementary teacher or continue my career with J. Price Energy Services.”
WesternWomen.com sat down with Kaycee to ask her a couple of questions.
How would you define your style?
Kaycee: My style is very hard to explain because it has so much variety. I definitely follow Western style when I’m going out. When I go to my office job at J. Price Energy Services, I look like a city slicker who doesn’t know a thing about rodeo. When I don’t have special occasion my style usually consists of jeans, a t-shirt, and a ball cap.
What’s your favorite competition venue to compete at?
Kaycee: AT&T Stadium is by far my favorite competition venue! The noise and the crowd made me feel nearly unstoppable. Any place with a large crowd is always fun to compete at. Their cheers and the loud music feed to my adrenaline and give me great confidence.
How did you first get into the Western Lifestyle?
Kaycee: I grew up in a cowboy family so Western Lifestyle is truly the only thing I know. It has definitely shaped me into who I am today! Growing up, on weekends we didn’t have a rodeo we would go to my grandpa’s house and help him work cows, or at least find some kind of manual labor to do.
What advice or words of encouragement would you give to other Western Women?
Kaycee: Always trust in God’s timing! I can remember many times I wanted to give up because I thought my dreams were too big for what little I had. After winning the American it definitely opened my eyes that everything happens for a reason!
What is your favorite part about the western Lifestyle?
Kaycee: My favorite part about western lifestyle would have to be its simplicity. In today’s world where everything is so complicated being able to escape from that is always needed. It sounds crazy but working cows is sort of peaceful for me. Just knowing that I did a day’s worth of honest, hard work gives me a sense of serenity.
What do you count as your greatest achievement?
Kaycee: My greatest achievement would have to be winning the American! It’s kind of funny because when it was all said and done my dad told me “Well, you finally won a jackpot roping.” In all my years of roping I have never once won a jackpot roping, only one-header rodeos.
Moment you’ll remember forever?
Kaycee: I will always remember roping in the AT&T stadium and winning the American. It all still feels like a dream that I’m still waiting to wake up from! It is by far the biggest thing I have ever won. I will always remember that moment because of all the hard work I have put into my roping and that I come from a little hole in the wall town.
What do you never travel without?
Kaycee: That’s a hard one to answer. I always take my necessities ropes, saddles, bits, boots, cowboy hat, etc. On a superstitious note, I never travel without my diamond stud earrings. I usually wear them every rodeo I compete in. I’m not sure if its actually a superstition but I feel naked without them or a different pair of earrings.