I was first introduced to Pendleton Whisky in the spring of 2009 while I was learning about the National Sponsors for the PRCA at my hometown rodeo, the DNCFR in Pocatello, Idaho. I was in the process of competing for my first rodeo queen title! The first time I actually experienced drinking Pendleton Whisky was during the summer month of August 2012 at the 2011 PRCA Wilderness Circuit Large “Rodeo of the Year:” the Gooding Pro Rodeo, located in Gooding, Idaho.
I remember my first experience well because, not only was I enjoying a sport I hold dear to my heart, but I had the privilege of meeting my first Posse member who wrapped a Pendleton Whisky bandana on my arm. I was with a friend of mine, JD, who was well educated in the form of drinking Pendleton Whisky and he made sure I enjoyed my first taste in the proper fashion – a straight Pendleton Whisky shot. I was a bit unsure of how this straight shot was going to treat me: belly burn, bad aftertaste, shivers? But I wasn’t one to back down from a challenge! I took on this newfound, mystifying shot with JD, as well as a few extra people from our group, and the ending result… absolute satisfaction! I enjoyed it so much that I made sure JD purchased Pendleton Whisky for me the rest of the night!
From that day forth, Pendleton Whisky is the only whisky I drink. Thanks JD, Gooding Pro Rodeo, and Pendleton Whisky for a night of firsts, friends, and forever continued traditions!