If you believe in something, you have to go for it. We’ve heard from countless Rebelles who wonder why they waited so long to compete thinking they weren’t “ready” before. In the Rebelle, you can only prepare so much before you just have to go for it. And that’s exactly what today’s Team Tuesday is doing – going after what they want. The 2020 Rebelle Rally! Although Jessi and Paulette have not met in person yet, with similar goals and communication styles, they already feel and think like a team. Please welcome in today’s Team Tuesday, Team #121 Jessi Puffenbarger and Paulette Kirby!
Jessi: Manitowoc, Wisconsin/Oceanside, CA
Paulette: Chicago, IL/Silver City, SD
Jessi: Realtor/Property Manager for over 20 years
Paulette: Family Nurse Practitioner
What made you compete in the Rebelle Rally this year?
Jessi: I have been watching the Rebelle Rally since it started. Originally, I thought I needed to
prepare more, but this year, I decided what am I waiting for? Once Paulette agreed to be my
partner, I quickly knew that this was the year.
Paulette: My husband and I have been reading about and watching the Rebelle Rally. I have
spoken with other potential Rebelles for 3-4 years. This is the year because I found a woman
who will be a compatible, like-minded, like-goals, teammate. I felt like I met a teammate.
How did you and your teammate meet?
We met through the Rebelle Teamfinder. We had a long conversation by
telephone. We agreed to think about becoming a team for a couple days. We both felt we would
make a good team. We have not met in person but every time we speak on the phone and
communicate by e-mail, text or Facebook, we learn more about each other. We think alike. We
feel like a team. We are looking forward to meeting in person and participating in the Rebelle
training in August.
Tell us about your competition vehicle. Why did you choose it to compete in?
2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
● Rebel Off Road Recon Coil Overs
● Axles – Currie Rock Jock Extreme 60” with Eaton E-Lockers
● Adams Driveshaft Extreme Duty Series 1350 Front & Rear
● PSC Big BoreXD Overlanding Steering
● Rock Jock 4×4 Antirock Sway Bar Front & Rear
● Rebel Off Road Summit Series Bumpers
● Rebel Off Road Halo Rack
● Rock Hard 4×4 Sport Cage
● KC HiLites Pro 6 Gravity Light Bar, Pilar Lights, and various lights on the rig
● 2 strong, persistent and smart women
Jessi: I have done some challenging rock crawling trails in it as well as it being my daily driver. I feel
that it is the best vehicle to compete for the varying terrains we may encounter on the Rebelle
Any other fun facts you’d like to add in?
Jessi: I am a Star Wars geek.
Paulette: I went to South America for an expedition race. I brought home a dog.
We also have a podcast!