How Courtney became a part of the new Bravo show: The Real Housewives of Dallas
March 15, 2016
How Style My Ride VP Courtney Rider became part of the cast for the Real Housewives of Dallas
Style My Ride is a young, up-and-coming company that has been quietly building alongside our more established and well-known sister company Judge My Ride. Our presence has been growing rapidly and it's a 24 hour job to keep up! It's hard work but we're incredibly thankful and proud of what we have achieved. Style My Ride's company profile is constantly growing but even so, we did not expect to be noticed and contacted out of the blue - let alone on behalf of a major television network.
In August of 2014, Style My Ride got a very interesting e-mail. In fact, we were not even sure it was for real. A casting agency, casting on behalf of the Bravo network, contacted us to express interest in our being apart of a new show they were assembling in Dallas. The show was seeking female entrepreneurs in the Dallas area with interesting companies, careers and social lives. Our VP, Courtney Westmoreland Rider, resides in Dallas so we were very intrigued. Upon further investigation we quickly were able to determine that all was indeed legit! Noelle and Valerie called Courtney to fill her in: "You're not gonna believe this..!" were their first words. Courtney, who was in shock hearing the details, is the only SMR partner residing in Dallas. When she joined Style My Ride she still lived in Atlanta, where SMR President Noelle King and business partner Valerie Kaiser still reside. We knew it would take some convincing for Courtney to go on camera. Even with her modeling experience, she is inherently a little shy and modest about the attention that always comes her way
At the time we were approached, this project was not going to be a Housewives show. We all knew it was a going to be Bravo show and originally it was going to be a spin off of "Ladies of London," called "Ladies of Dallas." Style My Ride loves Ladies of London, especially because Annabelle Neilson, one of our favorite cast members, is an accomplished equestrian and was also Alexander McQueen's muse and best friend. Horses + fashion = perfection in our eyes! As Courtney began talking with Bravo and the casting agency, she told them about her best friend Cary Deuber. When Cary was filled in, her jaw hit the floor. 'You're kidding, right??' Cary was on board and as ideas for the show evolved, Courtney was more comfortable in a role as a friend of the cast and Cary was perfect as a featured cast member. As Bravo saw the footage coming back from Dallas, they realized that the new show would be ideal as part of the Real Housewives series under Andy Cohen's production, and 'Real Housewives of Dallas' was born!
Noelle and Val are sisters and love 'some Real Housewives' and have kept up with most of the cities featured. Of course their favorites are the Atlanta Housewives, with Beverly Hills and New York tied for 2nd. Who could forget moments like the season where Atlanta's 'ShebySheree' wasn't gunna 'pull Kim's wig off,' she was "just gunna tweak it a little" or New York's Countess LuAnn's infamous "You come in here with your Herman Munster shoes!" As New Jersey's Theresa Guidice would say, Real Housewives has all the 'ingrediences' for laughs and unique entertainment. And it's that comedy and drama that keeps viewers coming back to the Real Housewives.
Lord knows as horsewomen, we know drama is not exclusive to television and 'Barn Drama' is a part of daily life. Most equestrians are not shy about sharing their opinions. If you thought riding competitions and shows were the height of drama, just wait til you get back to the barn! Snarky remarks and whispered rumors can run rampant, whether it is regarding somebody's riding ability, horse care techniques or style, it can all be under the microscope. And if there's a hot straight dude in a barn full of females? Cat, meet pigeons. When there is a talented gay male equestrian rider or trainer, we've been known to fight over them too! Competition abounds from all directions and drama can ramp up at warp speed. So "Real Housewives" drama should be a walk in the park compared to some of the scenarios we have all witnessed in the horse world.
But aside from all the drama, it's also been impressive to see how The Real Housewives franchise has empowered so many of the women they feature and contributed to the overwhelming business success of Bravo personalities. Bethenny Frankel launched her powerhouse Skinny Girl brand and NeNe Leakes has displayed a keen eye for casting and her talents as an actress and entrepreneur continue to flourish since becoming a Bravo Housewife. Kim Zolciak Biermann spun off from the Atlanta Housewives cast to her own show called "Don't Be Tardy." And who doesn't get a kick out of Kim and her adorable kids! In fact, her oldest daughter Brielle is close friends with one of our Style My Ride models, Caitlin Beadles.
As far as what will happen this season, we don't know - darn it! Courtney is really good at keeping mum about details. We keep telling/warning Court that, although she is shy, sometimes that creates more intrigue with people. So who knows whether she will be able to keep flying under the radar? We are just thrilled Courtney is part of such an iconic cultural franchise that has empowered many women to great success and that Style My Ride can be a part of the journey. We are very honored to be a part of this extended family and wish Courtney and all her cast-mates incredible success for many years to come.
We'll link some pages to some of our boots Courtney donned for filming below. No one knows which scenes will make air, but we are excited to see Courtney and the whole gorgeous cast (shown below) rule the airwaves. We also recommend Dallas Blogger Cynthia Smoot's blog"Oh so Cynthia" for an inside track to Dallas Housewife scoop!
Here are a few of our Vincerò boots, made for us by the DeNiro boot company that Courtney donned during some of the filming days. If you would like to order your own custom pair of English Riding boots or our new line of Custom and limited edition Cowboy boots, email us aty Stylemyride12@gmail.com to start your personal consultation.