Wyoming Cowgirls Part 3
- February 8, 2018
- Tiffany Schwenke
In Part 1 in this Wyoming Cowgirl series I first explained the significance of Wyoming being the Equality State and also the Cowboy State. Then Part 2, I told about Wyoming Cowgirls Dianne Boroff and Mandy Frank.
In this Wyoming Cowgirls Part 3, I would like to tell you about Wyoming Cowgirls, Codi Gines and Alecia Scolari. Both of these amazing ladies show the world how to be an equal partner in the work with their husbands and still be ladies who take care of their families with grace.
Codi Gines says that everyday she spends working with and alongside her husband and kids she considers another day of success. They are outfitters out of Cody, Wyoming. They take summer vacation camping trips in and outside of Yellowstone National Park from July through September then turn right around and start packing in and setting up their hunting camp. It’s in one of the most remote places in the lower 48. They take sheep, elk, and deer hunters through November. Believe me when I say they ride quite a few miles doing all this. Codi says she wouldn’t trade the mountains for the world! The rest of the season, they are booking hunters and working auctions for their auction company all over the US. Once again they are side by side helping each other succeed. When they aren’t away from home and helping their businesses thrive, they are at home helping their kids with their horses, bulls, roping, riding, and hunting. They’ve learned that if they work with each other and help each other, they will continue to be successful!
Codi has been a friend of mine since we met at high school rodeos many moons ago. Codi has always been a top hand at everything she put her mind to. She has always been fun to be around and I feel blessed that we have been friends for over 20 years. Codi is an excellent example of what being a strong, smart, hard working, mom, wife, and Wyoming Cowgirl is.
Alecia Scolari, was raised on Wyoming Ranches all her life. Alecia and her husband Sterling have a son, Ira. They are more than excited to raise their family in the ranching world. They manage a large ranch and run about 2500 head on a good year. Alecia is managing being a wife, a mother, and she still finds ways help on the ranch. “Sometimes you have to doctor the yearlings on water when the baby is sleeping in the truck nearby. You find ways to make it work. I’ve always had a dream to run my own cows since I was a little girl. Sterling had that dream too and we made a plan to do it and stay away from the bank the best we can. In just a few years we’ve finally reached 100 head and they’re free and clear at that. We’ve had some incredible mentors and some people who helped us along the way and for that we are so grateful.”
“I am a strong believer in work ethic and working for what you have. I’ve been told many times I’m lucky, but I’ve worked really hard for that good luck. Ranching is still a man’s world, and I’ve always worked extra hard to be able to keep up with the boys, if not outdo them. I am so blessed to be a woman working in the field I am, and to be successful at that. I am honored to work alongside my husband, doing what we love.”
So if the ladies out protesting would like to come to Wyoming and see what it is like to work with equal rights, equal responsibility… I know a few Wyoming Cowgirls who can show them what it looks like and how to do it all with a smile.
About Tiffany Schwenke
My family has been ranching and raising horses for over 100 years. We raise, train, and market AQHA horses at North Four Mile Creek Horse Ranch. We produce the annual event WYO WILD RIDE RANCH RODEO. I am a wife and a mother to 3 amazing...