Jessy Greenland – Ladies Offroad Challenge Featured Entry
"Jessy Helm Greenland, El Reno, OK – Jessy’s goals are to get into the offroad industry and race. Currently she is a Hair Artist and owns a Salon in Shawnee, OK.
She would love to get on a race team and co-drive or get her rig built enough to race. She plans on getting ASE certified and Welding certified as part of this process. She does events with her offroad community and
offroads as much as possible. She likes to empower women in her offroad community and leads a club ‘Oklahoma Offroad Chicks’. She likes to work on her rig as much as she can, or isn’t scared to get help if she isn’t sure how to get started. She was the co-driver for Charlene at last years Fury Rode event!"
Tell us about yourself:
I am an offroad Enthusiast that wants to get into the offroad racing world. I'm an Oklahoma girl born and raised. I have 3 children, one is grown and lives in San Diego, the other 2 are 17 and 16 and live with me in El Reno, OK.
I own a Salon in Shawnee, OK, I am a Hair Artist. I do events with my offroad community as well as offroad as much as possible. I like to empower women in my offroad community and have a club Oklahoma Offroad Chicks. I like to work on my rig as much as I can do or get help if I am not sure how to get started. My goals are to get into the offroad industry as well as race. I would love to get on a team and co-drive to get started or get my rig built enough to race.
How long have you been offroading?
Since I was a little girl. I started with 3 wheelers then moved to quads. I was taught to drive in a Suzuki Samurai which turned into a love for Jeeps. I owned a YJ back in 1994 and did a little off-roading, sand dunes, gravel hills and lots of river riding. Side by sides are great too, I own one.
I bought a 2007 Red JKU named Lil Red Wagon. I got with a jeep group and started my first adventure around October 2015 at Arbuckle Offroad Park. The group was nice and walked me through everything until I was comfortable. From there I was hooked and started looking for a play Jeep. I came across a 2009 JK, I wanted a 2 door because of all the crazy tight squeezes I had to do, and I didn't want a lot of damages. It had almost everything I wanted, then the list of upgrades started. I did some modifications on my Lil Red Wagon, it mostly was my daily driver until the transmission went out in it.
How did you get into offroading?
Two years ago I got involved with a jeep organization, stepped out of my comfort zone and met a lot of amazing new people who I now call family. I had a capable jeep to go offroading, they took me under their wing and showed me how it was done. My first time was at Arbuckle Offroad Park in Davis, OK. That was the beginning and the end to pavement. I fell in love, wanted more, burned for more. I was good at it! From there it has been history.
Tell us about your vehicle:
My baby's name is Rockstar, simply because I love hair band\Rock music. I love stars and rocks! I also love to sing and love music!! Rockstar is a 2009 JK on 35" tires with some cool 17" beadlocks with Rockstar and stars on the rock rings. She is Detonator Yellow with Purpleicious accents. People think I love LSU and The Vickings. I love football but my team has always been the Dallas Cowboys!! She has 5.38 gears and runs like a champ, Dana 44 Rubicon Axles, locked front and back, sleeved and gusset. I love Teraflex!! My shop guys installed a Teraflex 3" long arm suspension kit with Teraflex shocks and matching detonator yellow long arms. I still have the stock transfer case and auto transmission. She is decked out in a 52" light bar and 6 pod lights on the column, it's easier to see for night wheeling because I am blind. LED halo headlights to match. Poison Spyder stubby stinger and DV8 tire carrier and bumper.
What has been your favorite offroad experience?
I have many favorites, each time is something new. I want to be the best driver I can be, as well as a great partner. My group makes the best memories and exciting challenges. One of my all time favorites is Bridgeport Texas, Northwest OHV Park. It's a very challenging place. The trails look the same but can be different every time you go through it. My favorite part is called the Minos. The trails back in that corner are like a roller coaster ride, you can swing around and get right back in line and try a different trail. Very rocky and you will never pick the same line. We can stay back there for hours and have a grand time! The trails are steep enough to make it very challenging. We always help each other and learn more and more about each other. From recovery to learning to spot better lines.
What was your most exciting offroad achievement?
I think my most exciting achievement is, that I have come so far in the little amount of time that I have actually been rock crawling. I remember how scared I was, and now I have such an adrenaline rush from accomplishing things I would have never thought I could do.
One that stands out is, I made it up such a steep, graded, rocky to loose rock, huge stair stepped canyon wall that was dubbed the "bouncer canyon". I got to the top where the stair steps were taller than my tires, and was almost laid back in my seat, I got stuck, in the pitch dark mind you, yelling for a winch line so I wouldn't roll backwards. My most trusted spotter talked me out of panicking and made me focus. I got myself out by brake and gas (poor mans locker) approach and got up that step to the top before my winch line came. I was very proud of myself.
What excites you about offroading?
Wow! What a question, my goals and the future. Taking each step as an approach to learning and making myself better. Maybe empowering others someday with all my knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport. My goals and dream board is pretty high up there and all the things I want to be apart of and do. All the adventures I will have.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of offroading?
It would be not to panic, trust and to listen. Focus is key because you have so much going on at the same time, it's easy to get lost and in trouble. I'm not that kind of "hold my beer and watch this" kinda gal. I am that gal that if someone says I can't do it, I'm going to get it done. They can cheer me on, or I am going to learn how to do it and be better.
Which aspect of offroading do you think is the most fun?
All the cool places that I get to go. The conversations with all my clients and family. They think I'm super cool and my friends think I'm an awesome driver and can hang with the more experienced drivers. Meeting new people and learning about mechanical things is way cool. Meeting new girls in the sport, helping each other out and looking up to them. I also get to meet lots of industry people I look up to.
What does prepping for an adventure look like in your world?
My first go to are lists. Lists of things we need to camp, tools and parts. Checking the jeeps fluids, joints, bolts, mechanical things that need attention. Recovery gear check list. Go shopping for the things we need.
We hook up the trailer and load everything up the night before and test everything out. Make a route, plan and meeting spot to convoy together. Get up and take off!!
What is on your offroading bucket list?
Johnson Valley I always talk about King of The Hammers!! Rubicon Trail and Fordyce Trail, Colorado...too many to list Utah- Moab (I want to explore all of Utah lol Sedona- Mesa), Hot Springs SMORR, Hidden Falls Adventure Park and Wolf Caves in Texas, Big Bear Oregon, Rebelle Rally, Glamis Dunes.
Tell us about who you go offroading with:
I have a small jeep club that loves to wheel and they are my family! We have beginners to experienced. We take on new wheelers' to teach our love for offroading. From college kids to mature adults. From Jeeps to Samurais to Buggies. We are great people who strive to do great things on and off the trails, from supporting Back The Blue to supporting our community and our Military. My Goonies squad is the best group of people there is.
What is a piece of advice you have been given that you instill in your offroading adventures?
Never wheel alone! Never leave anyone behind! The skinny petal isn't always your friend! Recovery gear and recovery skills. Learn you vehicle.
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
Additionally, I want to be a part of the offroading world, it is my dream and passion to be on an offroad professional team and be champion of the King of The Hammers. This is my dream, to make a living offroading! To teach others my love for it!
Jessy Helm Greenland, El Reno, OK – Jessy’s goals are to get into the offroad industry and race. Currently she is a Hair...
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Jessica "Jessy" Greenland, El Reno, OK – Jessy’s goals are to get into the offroad industry and race. Currently she is a Hair Artist and owns a Salon in Shawnee, OK. She would love to get on a race team and co-drive or get her rig built enough to race. She plans on getting ASE certified and Welding certified as part of this process. She does events with her offroad community and offroads as much as possible. She likes to empower women in her offroad community and leads a club ‘Oklahoma Offroad Chicks’. She likes to work on her rig as much as she can, or isn’t scared to get help if she isn’t sure how to get started. She was the co-driver for Charlene at last years Fury Rode event! Thank you for helping determine who would be Charlene's best teammate for one of three events this year: Yukon Gear Garage Experience, BFGoodrich Tires Crandon Offroad Experience, or Polaris CampRZR Glamis Experience. This is NOT a photo contest. This is about you leaving a Vote of Confidence that they would be a great addition to our team. Please feel free to "like" and "comment". The Ladies with the most Votes of Confidence by Friday 4/20 at 3pm pst will go onto the next stage. More information at www.LadiesOffroadChallenge.com . #ladiesoffroadchallenge #imnotjustagirl @Jessy7500 @rockstarjeepgirl
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