For five years, Art of the Cowgirl has set the standard in all women’s ranch rodeo competition. Forty tough four-woman teams from throughout the western United States and Canada have competed at its annual main event. On December 6, Art of the Cowgirl is bringing all women’s ranch rodeo to Rodeo World at Resorts World in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We’re inviting the champion teams from our past events to compete in four events with 100 percent payback,” says Mesa Pate, producer of Art of the Cowgirl’s ranch rodeo events. “We’re hoping to showcase what Art of the Cowgirl and our ranch rodeo is all about.”
The ranch rodeo will be held at 1 p.m. and is free to the public. It’s just one of the events being held at Resorts World during the week of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which draws hundreds of thousands of rodeo fans from around the world. There will also be a Cowboy Makers Market, Cowboys Select Horse Sale, breakaway roping, the Bullfighters Only World Championship and more.
“Rodeo’s roots are in ranching and holding this all women’s ranch rodeo during NFR week pays homage to the women who competed in early rodeos,” says Pate. “We feel it’s a good way for Art of the Cowgirl to have a presence during the NFR and give spectators a taste of what’s to come in January at our main event.”
Founded in 2019 by Montana horsewoman Tammy Pate, Art of the Cowgirl celebrates the role of women in rodeo, ranching, the horse industry and traditional western trades. The Art of the Cowgirl main event will be held January 18-22, 2023, at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek Arizona. It features educational workshops, musical entertainment, a curated trade show of handmade western items, the World’s Greatest Horsewoman and all women’s ranch rodeo competition, and the Elite Ranch Horse Sale. The event supports the Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship program, which pairs emerging female artisans in traditional western trades such as saddlemaking, bootmaking, silversmithing, rawhide braiding, western art and horse training with masters in their fields.
For more information on Art of the Cowgirl, visit www.ArtoftheCowgirl.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. For a schedule of events at Resorts World during the NFR, go to www.rodeoworld.vegas.