Team 189 Fortune & Glory truly started their journey in late fall of 2022. The driver, Amanda Walden, recruited a navigator from her daytime sales advisory role at Accenture and was blessed to pick-up entry fee sponsorship from TSN Off-Road. They began training in late February of 2023 and continued with multiple training sessions throughout the summer.
With just over 40 days left in the preparation for the competition, Amanda found herself without a navigator and realized that what she truly desired in a teammate were those qualities that cannot be readily trained into a human being and are innate within competitive athletes and someone local to her Texas-based home.
Amanda reached out to one of the most dedicated athletes she knew, that had recently retired from professional bodybuilding, and asked if she would be interested in embarking on this amazing journey with her, as she had what it takes and could learn the rest, albeit at breakneck speed.
Jackie Gentry graciously accepted the invitation and dove right into consuming all things Rebelle Rally related. They started training together at Bronco Super Celebration West in Buena Vista, Colorado just a few short days later and gelled almost instantly. By day 3 they found all checkpoints on their training routes in the mountains and were already overcoming fears, fatigue, obstacles and injuries together, as a true team.
This Texas-based duo is rallying to get their final preparations complete on their third teammate, War Pony, their 2-door 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands, and are continuing to train and hone their off-road driving and navigational skills over the next few weeks. Team 189 is beyond excited to see everyone at the starting line in Mammoth, CA next month.
TSN Off-Road, Mickey Thompson Tires, Method Race Wheels, Project X Offroad, TSW Off-Road, Exodus 4×4, Hammer Built, RPG Off-Road, Trailrax, Merkai Hammocks, Motley Industries, Advanced Fiberglass Designs, WarHorse Off-Road, Expedition Trailers, Jatonne Burgess
I am a competitor at heart and a team player that thrives in fast-paced, high accountability environments. What you see is what you get - I am nothing other than my true self and value/seek out genuineness, honesty, integrity and all the belly laughs in my relationships with others.
Global Strategy & Consulting Sales Excellence Advisor at Accenture
"FORTIS FORTUNA ADIUVAT" Fortune Favors the Bold.
I am a former collegiate athlete and musician and in my 30s played two seasons of semi-pro full contact football for the WFA and the IWFL as an Outside and Inside Linebacker for the Carolina Phoenix.
I love to compete. I have spent my life finding ways to play hard, push my body and challenge myself. It is in those moments that I find extreme focus and clarity and I crave it. As I have gotten older and my body has been telling me, screaming at times, to pivot from the extreme physical punishment I have put it through in collegiate and semi-pro sports, I have been searching for what's next for me. In 2021 my husband purchased a 6 Gen Bronco and in-turn thrust me into a whole new world of off-roading and rock-crawling, After leading Hells Revenge Trail in Moab at 2022 Bronco Safari with my husband, I was invited to ride along with Loren Healy at SEMA in his 4400 Bronco as he jumped over two drift cars driven by Chelsea DeNofa and Vaugh Gittin Jr. While in line for this amazing experience, I met Bailey Campbell, returning 2023 Rebelle. As we chatted and I shared how I ended up in that line, Bailey shared her story of the Rebelle Rally and being the youngest to ever compete in this amazing competition. She gave me Emily Miller's phone number and I reached out and haven't looked back. I am incredibly excited to embark on this new and wildly exciting adventure and push myself to new heights with this incredible group of women.
I am most inspired watching others blaze trails into the unknown, over-coming fears and cultivating resiliency in the face of defeat.
Podcasts: Anything True Crime, Ted Talks Daily
Books: Love Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, just finished Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey
Shows: Ted Lasso, Suits, Forged in Fire
My greatest adventure to date has been my trek into the off-roading world and industry with my husband and best friend, starting our own small business to bring the outdoors and adventure to everyone, and all the places we have been to and seen, with our Bronco, across the country, in tandem with the journey to my first Rebelle and the off-road driving, recovery and navigation training we have sought out in the last year and a half.
I am passionate about my work, driven and ambitious. I consider myself trustworthy and upbeat, friendly and honest.
Gym Owner / Master Health Coach
Everything you want is on the other side of Fear.
I married my high school sweetheart.
The opportunity was offered to me to be a part of something incredible and with an incredibly inspiring human and I couldn't pass it up. I recently retired from bodybuilding and was seeking an adventure and gaining new skills. The timing couldn't have been more perfect.
A person who can go against the grain without fear. I am very close to someone who lives life like there is no tomorrow, has no fear, and sees every moment as an opportunity to learn, evolve and become a better person all while helping everyone around him. That is who inspires me.
Current favorite books
Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Authors Lisa Jewell, Paula Hawkins and of course Colleen Hoover
Shows – Forever “Friends” fan, Suits and Outlander
This past month of August - Due to recently retiring from bodybuilding - I was able to travel with my husband and his work. I traveled to Vegas, Montana, Sturgis, Detroit, Chicago, back to Colorado and then to Moab. It was an incredible trip where I was able to enjoy the outdoors, new foods, higher elevations and new outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. A month I will never forget.