Lari Dee Guy is a 2020 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee who grew up and lives on a ranch in Abilene, Texas. She grew up in a rodeo family with her dad, brother, and her roping, and her mom who ran barrels. Lari Dee started roping as soon as she was able to be on a horse, leading her to win 11 consecutive AJRA world roping titles since she was 9, and two NIRA National Championships through college. After college she has continued to win numerous other titles including eight World Championships in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Through her career she has helped ‘rope like a girl’ grow into a movement to help women and kids and create a way to give back to the industry. Along with continuing her rodeo career she now trains roping horses in Abilene at her family ranch. Lari Dee has gone to travel all over the world to teach hands on roping clinics and private lessons with individual care despite any large group sizes.
WesternWomen.com sat down with Lari Dee to ask her a couple of questions.
How do you define your style?
Lari Dee: I am a cowgirl and fully live that lifestyle, but I do like to get dresses up sometimes!
How did you first get involved with the Western Lifestyle?
Lari Dee: I grew up in a ranching and rodeo family on a ranch so I didn’t know any different. I love the western lifestyle.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Lari Dee: My dad always told me to share my craft with others just as he did with me. I love being able to share my knowledge with others on something I’m so passionate about and being able to see it evolve and grow through the sport of rodeo.
What do you count as your greatest achievement?
Lari Dee: Being a born again Christian
What is your favorite part about the Western Lifestyle?
Lari Dee: I love that you can share your faith and love for the Lord as a cowgirl and cowboy. Rodeo is the only sporting event that allows prayer in their opening ceremonies.
What advice or words of encouragement would you give to other Western Women?
Lari Dee: As a woman, the western way of life is challenging but very rewarding. Follow your heart and dreams and with hard work and determination anything is possible.
What do you do to unwind?
With what I do I am always around a lot of people and very seldom get “quiet time”, so just finding a time to get away and have a peaceful dinner with family is a good way for me to unwind.