Member Area Added

The Member Area was just added to the website and menu bar, above.  For now, the Member Area page contains buttons to access the event submission forms for members.  We look forward to adding online results soon, too.

The event submission forms make it easier to submit times/scores while at the rodeo.  The entire website is optimized for mobile devices, including smartphones & tablets, as well as your PC or laptop.  Members can check this out any time (just click the link above)!

Like most member areas, the forms are protected.  Western Heritage Foundation members can check out the Facebook page or use the Contact Form for assistance getting to the forms.

2014-2015 Western Heritage Rodeo Team End of the Year Video

What WHF means to me

The Western Heritage Foundation is not just a rodeo team, but a place where friends can come together. Where we as people can socialize and do what we all love; rodeo. The place where we all can relate to one another with our horses and our love for country songs and campfires. A place where you can depend on people to be there for you and to support you one hundred percent of the time. The team will always be there for you, whether its about horses, personal problems, or school troubles. The team will be there to help you and to catch you before you fall. If your horse is having issues there are girls and coaches there to help you, they understand your frustration. If something happens to your horse and you cant ride him then the team will figure out a way to get you back on and riding. When the barrel racers run out of the ally way you know that if you look just to the right your rodeo family is there screaming their guts out and cheering you on all the way till the end. From bad runs all the way to amazing runs the team is always there to give you tips along the way. Even for our bull dogers, ropers, goat tiers, and bull riders the teams support is and will be always there. Encouragement is one of the top words the team uses because that is what we do, encourage others to continue to do what they love and to get others to join our rodeo family. This team has made the biggest impact in my life because it showed me that the possibilities are endless and the adventures never stop.

An Inside Look on the Western Heritage Foundation

I’ve heard the sound of hundreds of people cheering for a team to “Hit that stunt!”. I’ve experienced the addicting high of winning. I’ve got the jackets, the patches, the uniforms, the titles, and the permanent stain of glitter on my soul. I was a cheerleader, a part of me will always be a cheerleader. But all the screaming, the feeling, and the awards never filled my heart the way true friends, bonfires, and late night Whataburger has.

Rodeo has been something both of my siblings and parents have been into for a long time. However, it has never really been my cup of tea. So I cheered and my siblings did barrels, poles, roping, and chute dogging. As more Keller kids came around with the desire to rodeo my parents decided to create a place for kids to come together and experience the rodeo life style, thus The Western Heritage Foundation was born.

Although I’ve known about the team for almost three years now, I just recently in the last year have really started engaging with the Kids and adults of the team. At first I felt awkward and I wasn’t sure how a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls would react to a cheerleader like me. But what I experienced was immediate acceptance for who I was and not one of the kids labeled me as a “Cheerleader” or automatically assumed I  was stuck up or conceited. I started volunteering at the rodeos working concessions to sort of scope out the scene. And though there were disagreements at times I was in awe of the maturity and ability to work together the kids each had. I also couldn’t believe that not only a few parents but every parent of the team was there to work and be a help wherever was needed. After a long weekend and working nearly 25 hours I realized that working had never been more fun. Not that it wasn’t hard, because believe me there was always something to be done. But the people I was surrounded by made it so stress free and fun. Because I had such a great time I decided I would come back the next weekend when my sister was riding. The way everyone sat together in the stands and cheered each team member on caught the rest of the association by surprise. We were loud when girls ran sixteens and louder when they knocked down all three barrels, because it wasn’t about winning, it was about them doing what they loved. I fell in love with the people, the atmosphere and the laughing until our sides were aching. I came every weekend after that.

As the year went on and I became more and more a part of the team I began to build relationships with each of the team members. Which lead to crazy things like being “kidnapped” after school by the guys, sleepovers with the girls where we go to Wal-mart at midnight to get frozen macaroons and sparkling grape juice, recording ourselves riding the Titan at Six Flags, Girl trips to Glen rose, zip lining into trees, days where we just sit in the back of trucks listening to music, tons of bonfires, Up Town Funk becoming “our jam”, having Whataburger at least 3 times a week, and the team practically living at our house. They became people I could lean on, even cry on. The girls are people I can trust and vent to without worrying about anyone else finding out. And the Boys became big brothers who always know how to make me laugh and are always threatening to hurt anyone who hurts me. Being able to trust every person on a team was something I had never been able to do before. There has been no greater feeling than being able to relax and be myself all of the time.  Because I’ve engaged in the Western Heritage Foundation I’ve come to know what it’s like to be around people who cherish and respect me even when I mess up. I’ve come to know what a true friend is and that there really is such thing as people who don’t want drama in their lives.

The bottom line is… I love being a part of the Western Heritage Foundation. I’ve made more friends in the last year than I did in the 9 years I cheered. And I’m confident that these are the people I’ll be friends with when we’re all old and crazy.