Sidesaddle racer and Skijor Canada founder Sam Mitchell dubs her style “wranglish.” Her go-to ensemble — jeans, boots, hat and blazer — is inspired by early settler ranch wives. “They fascinated me,” she says, “and were a big part of what got me interested in sidesaddle.” For Stampede, Mitchell carries a bag big enough to hold a bottle of water and a bottle of whisky, and never leaves home without a wild rag (ranch-speak for scarf): knotted around a necklace as a halter top, around her waist, or tied to her bag. “You can use it to catch a loose horse or tie it into a tourniquet in a pinch,” Mitchell says. “Thankfully, I’ve not had to use my Hermès to stop anyone bleeding out.”
This article appears in the July 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.