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October 24, 2016

AskPatty Dear Diary Entry #1 Rebelle Rally

EmilyMiller Tim Calver Photography.My time with the Rebelle's this week was transformative, exciting, memorable, awe-inspiring and extremely motivating. Watching all these amazing women compete under such difficult challenges was awesome! More on my adventures in Dear Diary Entry #2 coming soon.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 7 days of competition.

It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding precision event based on the elements of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints using maps, compass, and road-book. Teams of two women, (driver/navigator), will spend seven days driving mostly off-road from Lake Tahoe to the sand dunes of Southern California. Best of all, you get to leave your cell phone, computer, GPS, & headaches behind. It’s all about YOU. And your endless abilities.

Emily Miller the founder of the Rebelle Rally and says, "If it were easy, everyone would do it."

Congratulations to Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss who have won the first-ever Rebelle Rally.

1st - Team #125 - Charlene Bower / Kaleigh Hotchkiss — 815 points — 80%


Charlene Bower will also be honored during SEMA as an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Rising Star. Charlene has worked in the Motorsports Industry for fifteen years before founding Bower Motorsports Mediain 2009. She has rapidly built an empire of brands that include the Bower Power Hour, Race Team Store, I'm Not Just A Girl clothing line, Ladies Offroad Network, and Racer Marketing School. Charlene is the only female member of the Arizona Undertakers 4x4 club. In 2014 she earned the title of "Fastest Girl Up Backdoor" at King of the Hammers. Charlene champions for women in off-road; 91 women entered her recent Ladies Co-Driver Challenge contest, Kaleigh Hotchkiss won as her co-driver for the Rebelle Rally. Charlene is a BFGoodrich Tires Performance Team Member.

Team #125 Bio:

2nd - Team #119 Taylor Pawley / Micaela Windham — 785 points — 77%

Team #119 Bio:

3rd - Team #129 Nena Barlow / Kande Jacobsen — 2016 Ram Rebel — 772 points — 76%

Team #129 Bio:

It was Hoehn vs. Hoehn vs. Hoehn in this year's Crossover Category! Three teams, all part of the same Hoehn Motors group. Congratulations to our 2016 Rebelle Rally Crossover winners!


Read more about the winning Crossover Category teams here:

1st - Team #204, Meli Barrett and Sabrina Howells

2nd - Team #202, Lisa Wolford and Sandy Conner

3rd - Team #203, Josan Badillo and Jaimy Grigsby

Last but not least, congratulations to Team #104 Cora Jokinen and Melissa Fischer, winners of the 2016 Rebelle Rally Team Spirit Award!

Team 104 spiritaward

For all Rebelle Rally Team bios go here:

For all final results go here:

RebelleRally Trophy

Advice From Emily Miller to women interested in becoming Rebelles for the 2017 rally:
“Teams that work best together have common goals, the ability to quickly adapt, understand the strengths and weakness of your team members, support each other, collaborate, use positive communication skills, focus, keep a sense of humor, and have NO problem with camping in the rough, wearing the same clothes two to three days in a row. Finally, although this is not a glamor sport, media will be with us covering the race. Look your best.”

Photo Credits: Paolo Baraldi, Tim Carver Photography and Nicole Dreon.


Jody DeVere








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