If you like Basketball Wives or any of the Real Housewives series, you’ll love CMT's popular reality series Texas Women. Texas Women is being called the "Real Housewives" of Texas and Hollyscoop caught up with one of the show's stars, Anna Hunt, the strong-willed bull-riding rodeo chick.
The show takes a peek inside the lives of four sassy women living in Fort Worth, Texas. The show follows Ali Dee, an aspiring country singer, Brooker Jeter, a professional barrel race, Hannah Helvery, a trust fund baby, and Anna Hunt, a wild stock contractor.
Imagine "Real Housewives" with southern accents and cowboy boots and you've got Texas Women.
Hollyscoop chatted with Anna Hunt on what it's like being a Texas Woman and how they are nothing like other TV housewives. She talks raising world champion bucking bulls, hunting with her dad, and how she recovered from a stroke at age 19 that left her unable to speak.
If you thought Texas Women was just a show about line dancing and saying "y'all" - think again. The season finale of Texas Women airs tonight on CMT.
Hollyscoop: Tell us about the show and what fans can expect:
Anna: “The show is following four girls and we are extremely independent and strong willed. We all have different career paths, but we are following them full-forced. I’m a wild stock contractor, Brooke’s a barrel racer, Hannah is a model, and Ali is a singer so we’re all very independent and just pursuing our dreams.”
HS: Difficult parts of being on a reality TV show?
Anna: “For me it was difficult having all the cameras and working my bulls. They’re not use to having you know…normally it’s just me and the boys. When they saw all the cameras it was pretty difficult to maneuver around through the pins and in the arena.”
HS: What are some of the biggest rewards in doing the show?
Anna: “The biggest rewards would be being able to show what it takes to raise a bunch of bulls. People go to the rodeos and they go to the professional bull-riders they met and you don’t think about what it takes to raise them. It’s a lot of blood sweat and tears and it starts with a cow and breeding a cow to a world champion bull and then waiting nine months and having the baby. If it’s a boy we wait three years before you can even buck em so it’s a long process…then getting them ready to go to the bull riding, giving them the proper feed and exercise, and hauling them to the event. It’s a long drawn out process and it’s really cool to be able to show that to viewers.”
HS: How did you get involved raising bulls? You got your first bull when you were 8 years old? (She received her first bucking bull as a gift at the age of 8. When she was 21, one of her bulls competed in the PBR World Finals - a top distinction in the bucking bull industry.)
Anna: “It was actually a little heifer, a little orphan, and I thought that I would take care of it. We had to put her in a bucket shoot just to confine her and she hooked me and kicked me…..and so I was kind of freaked out. We bucked her and she bucked outstanding so I got to breed her to a world champion bull and had another heifer and bred it to another world champion bull and had two little bull calves. One of them won a professional bull riders cup in Las Vegas so I had instant success and fell in love with the sport. My dad’s a college rodeo coach do we’ve been around rodeos our entire lives.”
HS: Tell us about having a stroke when you were 19 and being away at college. What was that like for you? (She had to re-learn how to talk, read and write, and used a dry erase board to help communicate.)
Anna: “I was going to college and I was really stressed out. I had my business and loved school had a 4.2 GPA, went to college when I was in high school, graduated, I was just stressed and didn’t know how I was going to get through the day. I just had the stroke and I thought that we were going to go to practice and I didn’t realize that I couldn’t speak, but I lost 100% of my speech. I couldn’t read and I couldn’t right. I had paralysis on the right side of my face. I thought the hardest job possible would be doing television being in front of the camera so I started doing interviews and working with college sports television and then a lot of other things came along. I’m just grateful to have my speech back.”
HS: Why did you join the show?
Anna: “I got this phone call and I was in Idaho headed to Fort Worth. It was very fitting. The reason why I signed on is I want to educate people. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman. I’m a woman in a man’s court. I really wanted to show people what it takes to a raise a bull. I feel so lucky to have my life so I just wanted to share it to people that find it interesting.”
HS: Do you watch any of the Real Housewives series?
Anna: “I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but if I do have a chance I’ll watch the housewives of Orange Country and New York.”
HS: How do you think “Texas Women” is different from Real Housewives?
Anna: “We’re working daily and showing what it takes to try to succeed at whatever we’re doing. At the end of the day we like to cut up and go get gussied up and spend time with our girlfriends. There’s nothing to compare. We’re complete opposites.”