Howdy, cowgirls! Are you ready to "give cancer the boot?" The 6th annual Chicks n Chaps Women's Only Rodeo Clinic is here, and it's loaded with a bunch of fun rodeo events to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and according to the "Chicks n Chaps Times," breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths of women.

Chicks n Chaps is a non-profit that began in Missoula in 2008. Their focus is providing support and hope for individuals in local communities that need financial help in their fight against breast cancer. Additionally, their goal is also to increase breast cancer awareness, all while throwing in a positive, fun twist.

Shannone Hart, co-president and founder for Chicks n Chaps, decided that as well as educating women on breast cancer, there needed to be an event which tied in one of Missoula's favorite past times: Rodeo.

It is a “fun” raiser designed to teach “chicks” about the seven events of professional rodeo: saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.

Who would be teaching you about these seven events, might you ask? How about a one-on-one instruction from a cute cowboy in a pink button-down? Sign me up!

And new to this year's event:

Register as a "Big Gun" and get VIP treatment throughout the evening: including pre-party, seating, private VIP area and other perks!

Special guest and local DJ for 107.5 Zoo FM Aaron Traylor will be providing the entertainment for the day, and music you can't help but dance to.

This year's Women's Only Rodeo Clinic will be held at the Missoula Stampede Rodeo at the Western Montana Fairgrounds (map) on Friday, August 9.

Regular guest registration for the clinic is $85. Looking for the exclusive VIP treatment instead? "Big Gun" registration is $150 — and don't forget those extra perks that come along with it! The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 7. Click here to register online.

All of the proceeds from the Women's Only Rodeo Clinic will go straight to local charitable entities and the fight against breast cancer.

So grab your boots, strap up your saddle, and help give cancer the boot at this year's Chicks n Chaps Women's Only Rodeo Clinic!

For more information, visit or email Shannone at