- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota designer’s western fashions recently made their debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

This week, Coulee Creek Designs owner Melanie Luger sponsored Kassidy Dennison, the first Navajo woman to compete on rodeo’s big stage, the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1BCvC39 ) reported. Luger said she has been creating western designs for 25 years and now makes jewelry and operates a New Town store.

Luger said she was contacted by Dennison’s aunt, a former co-worker, to see if she wanted to help Dennison with her rodeo fashion for the national event.

Dennison and Luger, a member of Three Affiliated Tribes, partnered to showcase their Native American and cowgirl heritage, Dennison said in a statement.

“I’m very happy to sponsor Kassidy,” Luger said. “She’s breaking new grounds. She represents all of us as tribal people.”



Although Luger never competed in rodeo herself, many of her family members did so she has been familiar with the sport for years. Luger said she now enjoys watching Dennison compete in rodeo events, especially because it’s so exciting to see Dennison wear her designs.

At the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dennison participated in the barrel racing competition and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award.

Dennison is also sponsored by Wrangler, so she and Luger paired accessories and looks from Coulee Creek Designs with the brand’s clothing.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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