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Contact:

Jaimie Stoltzfus

406-633-3657

jaimie@artofthecowgirl.com

Mesa Pate

817-964-8801

mesa@artofthecowgirl.com

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World’s Greatest Horsewoman Competition Debuts at Art of the Cowgirl

By Art of the Cowgirl | September 30, 2019

Art of the Cowgirl, taking place January 24-26, 2020, at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, provides a venue for western female artists and makers in a variety of mediums to showcase their talents. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, which included the Clarke Butte Ranch All Women Ranch Rodeo, Art of the Cowgirl is hosting the first World’s Greatest Horsewoman competition presented by Western Horseman.

Structured similarly to the American Quarter Horse Association’s former event Battle in the Saddle, the World’s Greatest Horsewoman will focus on one horse and one rider testing their skills and versatility with the same bit in four exciting phases of competition–herd work, rein work, steer stopping and cow work. Entries open October 15. The event will be open to 25 female competitors, and the entry fee is $250. Each cowgirl will compete and be scored by judges in all four events. The top five horse and rider duos will vie for cash, prizes and the chance to compete at the prestigious National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World’s Greatest Horseman, being held February 13-22, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Art of the Cowgirl is driven by horsewomen and I wanted to produce an elite cow horse event for women like me who come from ranching backgrounds and dream of taking a cow down the fence in Fort Worth, yet still respect the working cowboy, cowgirl and ranch horse,” says Art of the Cowgirl Event Director Mesa Pate. 

Through the years, women have competed at the World’s Greatest Horseman, but usually there is only one entry per year. In 2018, however, five women–Naomi Bancroft, Alexis Blakey, Gusti Buerger, Abbie Phillips and Annie Reynolds–entered and rode against some of the greatest horsemen in the world. Art of the Cowgirl hopes to inspire horsewomen of all backgrounds and levels of riding to elevate their horsemanship to the highest level possible.

“For a lot of horsewomen, horsemanship is their art, and they’re interested in reined cow horse because it embraces ranching,” says Pate. “They may not have the opportunity to compete due to finances and the long distance to travel to shows. The World’s Greatest Horsewoman is a unique way to tip our hat and show respect to working ranch cowgirls and the horses they’ve trained. We look forward to developing a longstanding relationship with NRCHA, because there are a lot of ranching men and women trying to get to a high level in their horsemanship and compete at reined cow horse events.”

The preliminary round of the World’s Greatest Horsewoman and the all women ranch rodeo will both take place January 23-24, at the John Volken Academy Ranch arena in Gilbert, Arizona. The final round of both competitions will be January 25 at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds. 

Tickets prices are $65 for a day pass and $175 for a three-day pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ArtoftheCowgirl.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

About Art of the Cowgirl

Founded by Montana horsewoman Tammy Pate in 2018, Art of the Cowgirl is a three-day gathering that celebrates cowgirl artisans and their contributions to the western lifestyle and culture through discussions, demonstrations, rodeo and ranch horse competitions, an art auction and trade show, and an elite ranch horse sale. Proceeds from the event fund educational fellowships that unite emerging artists with masters in their respective fields. The gathering will be held January 24-26, 2020, at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Art of the Cowgirl is sponsored by Western Horseman, COWGIRL Magazine, Wrangler, MT Silversmiths, Preifert, The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Clarke Butte Ranch. 

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Celebrate the Influence of Western Women from Easel to Arena at Art of the Cowgirl https://artofthecowgirl.com/celebrate-the-influence-of-western-women-from-easel-to-arena-at-art-of-the-cowgirl/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:53:41 +0000 https://artofthecowgirl.com/?p=12057 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Celebrate the Influence of Western Women from Easel to Arena 

at Art of the Cowgirl

By Art of the Cowgirl | September 1, 2019

A cowgirl is more than the boots, hats, saddles and spurs she wears; it’s a spirit, mindset and lifestyle that resonates within women of all walks of life and nationalities. 

Tammy Pate, a lifelong horsewoman, bootmaker and artist from Montana recognized the significant influence women have in the western culture and lifestyle, and their unique sense of strength, style, creativity and can-do attitude that spurs many of them to start their own businesses as artists of different mediums, from colt starting and ranching to painting, leather crafting and silversmithing. 

To showcase the talents and journeys of western women artists and inspire others to pursue their passions in traditional western trades, Pate started Art of the Cowgirl, a gathering of top horsewomen and artisans who share their skills and stories with the public through educational demonstrations, ranch horse and ranch rodeo competitions, and a trade show. The goal is to raise awareness about the contributions cowgirls and artists make to the western culture and lifestyle, as well as raise funds to support a fellowship program that unites emerging artists with masters in their trades for hands-on learning opportunities. 

The second-annual Art of the Cowgirl event will take place January 24-26, 2020, at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will feature female horsemen, fine artists, songwriters and musicians, and gear makers, including silversmiths, rawhide braiders and saddlemakers. The invited “Masters” in their disciplines will present workshops and demonstrations, as well as have their work for sale in the trade show of hand-selected vendors. There will also be a women’s ranch rodeo and exclusive horse sale with horses bred and trained predominantly by women for ranch work and performance events. 

New this year will be the World’s Greatest Horsewoman competition produced by Mesa Pate in which women will vie for the championship and an entry into the prestigious World’s Greatest Horseman competition held in conjunction with the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebration of Champions each February in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Master Artists

Each year, Pate selects artisans who are masters in their respective mediums to attend the event as vendors and presenters. The Masters selected for 2020 include:

  • Rawhide braider and horsehair hitcher Teresa Black, Plush, Oregon
  • National Reined Cow Horse Association world champion horsewoman Sandy Collier, Santa Maria, California
  • Custom hat maker Sheila Kirkpatrick Massar, Twin Bridges, Montana
  • Equine artist Shannon Lawlor, Alberta, Canada
  • Photographer Barbara Van Cleve, Big Timber, Montana
  • Saddle Maker Nancy Martiny, May, Idaho

Presenters

Art of the Cowgirl exposes attendees to different disciplines and styles of horsemanship through educational demonstrations. Presenters at the 2020 event include:

  • Sidesaddle horsewoman Lee McLean, Alberta, Canada
  • Ranch horsemanship clinicians Annette Coker and Kevin Meyer, Douglas, Wyoming
  • Horsemanship with Carmen Buckingham, Bruneau, Idaho
  • Working cow horse trainer Sarah Dawson, Perrin, Texas
  • Colt-starters–Reata Brannaman, Sheridan, Wyoming; Alicia Adamson, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Lee Smith, Wickenburg, Arizona; and Zach Ducheneaux and Jenn Zeller, Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Sponsors

Art of the Cowgirl is presented by our sponsors, Wrangler, Cowgirl Magazine, Western Horseman, Montana Silversmiths, the Hideout Guest Ranch, NCBA, and Clark Butte Ranch

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ArtoftheCowgirl.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Art of the Cowgirl.

Photos available upon request

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Art of the Cowgirl Showcases Horses and Art in Celebration of Western Women https://artofthecowgirl.com/art-of-the-cowgirl-showcases-horses-and-art-in-celebration-of-western-women/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:14:53 +0000 https://artofthecowgirl.com/?p=2838

News Release

For Immediate Release

Art of the Cowgirl Showcases Horses and Art

in Celebration of Western Women

PHOENIX, Arizona. (Feb. 1, 2019) — Art of the Cowgirl, a celebration of cowgirls and their contributions to the western lifestyle and culture, will be held February 8-10, 2019 at the Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds.

“Women hold beautiful, important roles and have truly shaped the western lifestyle and industry,” says Tammy Pate, Art of the Cowgirl founder. “Our event honors these women by showcasing their artistic talents and horsemanship skills, all to ensure the future of western trades. We’ve put together a gathering unlike any other and are so excited to bring everyone together.”

Over three days, there will be artist and horsemanship demonstrations, a western maker trade show, a photo gallery, a benefit art auction, an all-women’s ranch rodeo, a western music concert featuring Trinity Seely, the Genuine Cowgirls and more, and an elite ranch horse sale. While Art of the Cowgirl celebrates women in the western industry, the event also honors strong partnerships between spouses, friends and families. All are encouraged to attend — men, women and children alike.

Art of the Cowgirl, a non-profit organization, was founded to provide opportunities for emerging western artists to learn from some of the most talented master makers in the business. Whether it be a fine art, functional trade or horsemanship, these fellowships will enrich, empower and educate while honoring western heritage. The fellowship seeks to remove obstacles such as funding and access for up-and-coming artists, without restriction of age, gender or location. Proceeds from Art of the Cowgirl will fund these educational fellowships.

Art of the Cowgirl 2019 Fellowships include a saddle-making fellowship with master artist Nancy Martiny of Martiny Saddle in May, Idaho, and a horsemanship fellowship with master horsewoman Lee Smith of Lee Smith Horsemanship in New Mexico. More fellowships will be awarded after the Art of the Cowgirl event, as funding allows.

“By establishing these fellowships and investing in up-and-coming artists, we will foster creativity and preserve traditional western art and trades,” Pate says. “Art of the Cowgirl celebrates the history behind these western trades and makes sure emerging makers have the opportunity to build successful businesses for themselves.”

For a schedule of events, listing of artisans, lists of auction or horse sale consignments and to purchase event tickets visit www.artofthecowgirl.com or find Art of the Cowgirl on Facebook.

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Art of the Cowgirl welcomes Major Partner The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch https://artofthecowgirl.com/art-of-the-cowgirl-welcomes-major-partner-the-hideout-lodge-guest-ranch/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:02:46 +0000 https://artofthecowgirl.com/?p=1123 For more information:

Art of the Cowgirl welcomes Major Partner The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Wyoming ranch offers unique adventures and horsemanship experiences

Ryegate, Montana, November 2018 – The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, an all-inclusive upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch in Shell, Wyoming, east of Yellowstone Park, has become a leading supporter of Art of the Cowgirl.

“The Hideout is an incredible center of learning for people interested in natural horsemanship, and equestrians of all disciplines from all over the world,” said Tammy Pate, Art of the Cowgirl founder and artist. “The Hideout not only provides its guests with a world-class experience, they are also very mindful of the horse and stewardship of the land; a value they pass along to their guests. They are very multi-cultural and leverage diversity as an asset”

Among the many experiences The Hideout offers, including fly fishing, trapshooting, archery and upscale lodging and meals, the Ranch will host Tammy’s Ladies Horsemanship and Yoga Retreat April 7-13, 2019. The retreat is all-inclusive of lodging and meals, and includes horsemanship, cattle work and yoga with Tammy. Due to its exclusive nature, The Hideout accepts only 25 guests weekly.

“Sharing the story of our ranch through a relationship with Art of the Cowgirl is another step toward opening our doors to those who love the western lifestyle,” said owner Peter De Cabooter. “Art of the Cowgirl mirrors our own mission to continue to provide expert instruction and positive experiences in horsemanship and with horses. Most of our employees, including in leading positions are women, which is another reason we embrace this initiative enthusiastically”

Slated to take place February 8-10 at Corona Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona, Art of the Cowgirl will feature seven master artists discussing photography, saddle making, rawhide braiding and horse hitching, horsemanship, fine art, boot making and silver engraving. It will also include nine clinicians who will cover topics ranging from horsemanship to cattle management to competition, as well as an all-women ranch rodeo, a fashion show, gift show and an elite horse sale.

Art of the Cowgirl is supported by Western Horseman magazine, J5 Horse Ranch, the Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch, Wrangler Jeans and Shirts, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Priefert Farm and Ranch Equipment, Montana Silversmiths, National Roper Supply, The Home Ranch, Excel Supplements, Purina Horse Feed, The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Rodan and Fields, Mincer Silversmiths, Cowgirl Magazine, Patti Colbert Enterprises, Cowboy Lifestyle Network and Greeley Hat Works.

Tickets are available in single day or full weekend passes and can be purchased online  at ArtOfTheCowgirl.com or at the gate for a slightly higher fee during the event. Early bird registration for the event which offers a savings of $20 is available through December 1.

To learn more, go to ArtOfTheCowgirl.com or call 406.780.0566.

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Art of the Cowgirl is a gathering to celebrate cowgirls and their contributions to the Western lifestyle and culture through workshops, horsemanship demonstrations, an all-women ranch rodeo and horse sale. It will be the avenue through which funds will be generated to support emerging artists and expand their knowledge and skills through fellowships and mentoring by Master Artists in their respective fields.

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Art of the Cowgirl Brings Recognition to Cowgirl Influencers https://artofthecowgirl.com/art-of-the-cowgirl-brings-recognition-to-cowgirl-influencers/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 23:55:59 +0000 https://artofthecowgirl.com/?p=304 Art of the Cowgirl Brings Recognition to Cowgirl Influencers

Event to Showcase Artistic Talents from the Canvas to the Arena

Ryegate, Montana, August 6 – It may be the hat and boots or just a love for the look and lifestyle. Either way, cowgirls are a unique breed with a sense of style and attitude that beckons artists to their door or pasture and, many times, stirs them to become artists themselves.

Art of the Cowgirl, the vision of cowgirl Tammy Pate of Ryegate, Montana, will celebrate this distinctive group of women during the event taking place at Corona Ranch February 8-10 just outside Phoenix, Arizona.

“This has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Tammy, a boot maker, horsemanship clinician and yoga instructor. “With my husband Curt, I have had the pleasure to cross paths with some incredible women who live this lifestyle every day and have worked to capture it various forms of art, whether that be rawhide braiding, silver engraving, photography or even the art of training a horse.

“Art of the Cowgirl is designed to spotlight these wonderful women while sharing the stories of their families, marriages and partnerships that in turn shaped them.”

The event will showcase female makers, master artists, silversmiths, braiders, saddlemakers and horsewomen. The event will not only provide entertainment and honor women of the West, but will also provide fellowships to individuals to further their knowledge with master artists in the trade of choice. It will include workshops from “Masters,” along with horsemanship clinics, an all-girl ranch rodeo and an elite horse sale, featuring horses bred and trained for ranch work.

“At the root of all of this is the opportunity to encourage up and coming artists, male and female,” said Pate. “Through our fellowship program, which is a not for profit foundation, we will work to pair those who want to learn with those who are ‘masters’ at their crafts. Funding generated by the event will provide support for the Master and the fellowship recipient.”

Pate said that as the event celebrates its inaugural year companies or individuals interested in sponsoring the event, a Master or a fellowship recipient have an opportunity to get involved early and be a part of the excitement for this new event.

To learn more about Art of the Cowgirl, go to artofthecowgirl.com or search Art of the Cowgirl in both Facebook and Instagram.

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Art of the Cowgirl is a gathering to celebrate cowgirls and their contributions to the western lifestyle and culture through workshops, horsemanship clinics, an all-girl ranch rodeo and horse sale. It  will be the avenue through which funds will be generated to support emerging artists and expand their knowledge and skills through fellowships and mentoring by Master Artists in their respective fields.

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