Jordi Edens rocked the breakaway world when she roped her calf in 2.58 seconds during the gold medal round of Days of 47 in Salt Lake City. Jordi is a 16 year old Texan who competes in not only breakaway but barrel racing and team roping as well. I was fortunate enough to be able to ask her a few questions about her amazing experience and what is was like to make history receiving the first ever gold medal in the breakaway roping.
Q: How did you qualify to rope at Days of 47?
A: I nominated 30-35 rodeos and jackpots in the WCRA that I went to. I was able to get enough points to qualify in the top 28 to go to the performances at Salt Lake.
Q: What was it like backing on the box for the first go? What about the medal round?
A: I was the very first girl out in the first performance, so I was just going to try and make a good run and get my first calf down and see what happened. In the gold medal I knew I could get fast so I tried to give myself the best start on the barrier and rope him fast.
Q: Tell me how your horse handled the atmosphere and set up?
A: She handled it a lot better than I expected. She's used to going to the amateur rodeos so she knows the atmosphere, but the crowd was loud and she stayed focused and worked really good.
Q: Your horse came from Jackie, tell me how she has impacted your roping.
A: Jackie has helped me so much. I practice with her a lot, she's always helping to find different things to work on and just trying to make me better. I don't think I would be in this position if it wasn't for her help.
Q: What was it like competing in the same arena as world champions?
A: I've always wanted to compete in the same arena as them! I look up to a lot of them and to be able to warm up with them and feel a part of something so big and awesome is super cool!
Q: What was it like standing there receiving the gold medal?
A:I didn't know what to do! That's one of the best feelings standing there as they put the gold medal on your neck! Highlight of my career by far!
Q: How does it feel to have made history in the breakaway?
A: It's crazy! I'm so blessed to be able to do what I do , and to be a 16 year old kid
Gold Medal Dreams
being the first one is so awesome! It's a pretty cool feeling to know my name will go down in the history books!
Q: What do you do outside of rodeo?
A:I like to play golf and wakeboard in my free time. I wouldn't consider it a hobby but I do try to work out almost every day with my trainer! It's helped me a lot with my roping.
Q: If you could have any super power what would it be?
A: I'd want to read people's minds!
Q: What is your favorite style of Kimes Ranch Denim?
A: I'd have to say the Jennifers!