Courtenay DeHoff Empowers Cattlewomen at OCA ConventionWed, 27 Jul 2022 09:47:16 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Intern, Cheyenne Leach met with Courtenay DeHoff, also known as ‘Fancy Lady Cowgirl,’ on Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association convention. DeHoff spoke to a panel of cattlewomen over her experiences throughout the agricultural industry, as well as the mainstream television host.
“Own who you are,” DeHoff said. “You don’t have to fit into any certain stereotype or mold of what a woman in agriculture should look like, live like or dress like.”
Throughout her session, DeHoff spoke of the importance her hat has made in her career, as well as her personal life. And when asked what advice she would give to fellow women in agriculture facing similar obstacles as she has, she replied, “If you want to wear a cowboy hat, wear a cowboy hat. If you want to dress in high heels and dress fancy, do it. You can still absolutely be a woman in agriculture and still be very valuable to the industry.”
After leaving the agricultural community for urban cities, DeHoff compares the sense of community in terms of people she has met along her path to success. “You don’t know what you have until its gone.” She speaks of the rarity personalism holds within urban living, saying, “agriculture takes care of their own. Their word means something”
Speaking on the challenges of the agricultural industry, DeHoff holds hope in the people. Believe that with every person she meets and has the opportunity to speak with, she holds belief that there is hope for the next generation.
“I live in the city, but I am still carrying on their legacy by sharing their story.” DeHoff believes that there is an opportunity to carry on an agricultural legacy without being a part of the community, giving hope to first generations to honor and promote this great industry.
DeHoff promotes the idea to “make your mess your message,” Encouraging women in agriculture who don’t feel as though the fit the stereotypical mold of what a woman in agriculture should look like.
“It is okay to show up imperfectly. It is okay to show up exactly how they are, even if the outside world doesn’t quite understand them,” Dehoff said. “Fancy Lady Cowgirl doesn’t really make sense, but all I did was make my mess my message.”
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