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Meet the Member: Jordan FabrizioMeet the Member
story by Lily Weinacht
Jordan Fabrizio is a roper to the core. She started roping from a young age and competed in the Colorado Junior Rodeo Association. She then began travelling to rodeos, USTRC ropings, and open ropings around the country with her family. “The coolest thing about our travelling was that we got to do it as a family,” says Jordan, now 23. “My mom and sister and I would rope together at all-girl ropings and we won together as a family, which made it a double bonus!” When she was 14, Jordan competed in the World Junior Team Roping in Enid, Okla. and won the world title in the 14 and Under division. She still holds the record as the only girl to win the title in that age group.
Today, Jordan continues to team rope as a header, as well as breakaway rope and compete in US Calf Ropings. She names her mom, Debbie Fabrizio, and her rodeo coach, Raymond Hollabaugh as two of the greatest influences in her rodeo career. “My mom gets it done one way or the other, and she’s inspiring because it’s very challenging to be a girl in this sport since we’re not as athletic as boys. Coach Raymond has taught me how to win mentally and stay competitive mentally.” While Jordan never made it to the CNFR, she came away from college rodeo with many wonderful experiences. She adds, “From my experience, I can say that rodeo is like its own work. Not only does it give you something to look forward to, but it gives you responsibility and an accountability for your actions and decisions. I think it takes someone special to drive themselves to be a better person. You can’t just do rodeo halfway – you have to be committed to it.”
Jordan will be finishing five years of school at Texas A&M University and graduating with a Masters in Business Administration this August. “I’m pretty outgoing and I’m a social butterfly, so marketing is what I’m all about. I’m the marketing director for iWorkzone, a training and development company. I’ve been with them through school and they’re pretty cool with me rodeoing, and my work is flexible enough that I can compete.”
Jordan is at a rodeo or a roping whenever her schedule allows, but when she’s home, she enjoys getting away from the TV and the phone and sitting on her front porch with her Chiweenie dog named Pebbles. She lives on an acre in Canyon, Texas where she keeps her two roping horses, Eight Ball and Ringo. Jordan’s family lives in Pueblo, Colo. but they get to see each other often. Both her parents, Tom and Debbie, are still roping, and her sister, Rylea (18), recently competed in the Texas high school state finals rodeo. While the schooling that brought Jordan to Texas is nearly over, she plans to stay right where she is, or move further south. “I fell in love with the people and the town. The weather isn’t very fun at times, though. It’s challenging, but it builds character and makes you appreciate it when it’s nice!” she said with a laugh.
This summer, Jordan’s goals include competing in more TCRA rodeos and rodeoing with the WPRA, which she recently bought her card for. “I’m blessed to rodeo,” she says. “I crave it and I feed off of it. It’s an overwhelming opportunity to compete, and I love going to the events and meeting people and making lifelong memories. I love every aspect of it!”