Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.
Will Brantley Loses to a Woman
Realtree’s Will Brantley grossly underestimated my speed and agility when he challenged me to a safety harness race this past weekend. As you can see in the video, not only did I beat him, I beat him badly, and I did it in a pair of sassy black platform shoes. I could have had a snack and taken a nap by the time Will finally crossed the finish line, but there’s no need in rubbing it in too much. I’d hate to further bruise his ego, which is no doubt already damaged from being beaten so badly by a woman. If you ask him about his painful loss, he’ll swear I cheated. Perhaps I bent the rules a little, but that little push I gave him hardly affected the outcome of the race. And, yes, I may have thoroughly examined the harness and even tried it on before the race, but he could have done the same. In the end, I believe Will’s over-reaching confidence was his ultimate demise. Will may try to find some comfort in knowing he placed second out of a number of participants, but sadly, no one ever remembers the runner up.
The safety harness race was hosted by Kalkomey, a provider of recreational safety education materials, during the 2012 Professional Outdoor Media Association conference held in Tunica, Miss. Kalkomey was one of many hunting and outdoor organizations that took part in the conference along with numerous outdoor media professionals. The annual POMA business conference is held in a different location throughout the country each year and provides the outdoor media and industry with the opportunity to network, share ideas, develop content and build business in a fun and educational atmosphere.
In addition to educational sessions on topics such as photography, content optimization and social media outlets, conference participants get to participate in the POMA camps and shooting day where they test product and take part in a variety of activities, such as knife throwing and cooking contests.
I gave knife-throwing a try as well, and managed to stick one out of six, which isn’t too bad. I enjoyed all of the events and sessions, but I’ve gotta say, the good eatin’ was one of the best parts. Several of us gorged ourselves at the Paula Dean Buffet located in Harrah’s casino. Sad to say, Will gave a lack-luster performance in the buffet line as well, only filling up and consuming one plate, while Chevalier’s Shannon Salyer and I held nothing back with at least three plates full of food each. The shot glass of butter made available in the buffet line only added to the yumminess.
All in all, I had a great few days hanging out with old friends, meeting new ones and learning something along the way. But, most of all, I enjoyed beating Will and earning the right to hold my win over his head for a long, long time.