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Photo courtesy of The Cowgirl Gathering.……

The Cowgirl Gathering is a celebration in the heart of Fort Worth designed to showcase spectacular, inspirational women from all walks of life who embody the spirit of the American Cowgirl.

This weekend takeover of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards highlights cowgirls’ skills in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing, while also showcasing exhilarating and engaging female speakers, a Western fashion show and much more. 

In conjunction with The Cowgirl Gathering weekend, the Cowboy Channel studio will be taken over by top female speakers across the western industry November 14 and 15 for the Kimes Ranch Cowgirl Essence Exchange hosted by the American Paint Horse Association and The Cowboy Channel.

“This will be the first of its kind where western women of all backgrounds and disciplines come together and share their experiences as a woman of the west! The line up of speakers and entertainers for this event are like none other.” said Master of Ceremonies Patti Colbert.

Day one of the Cowgirl Essence Exchange kicks off at 9 a.m on Saturday at the Cowboy Channel Studio. Female speakers and performers from across the Western industry are slated—all bringing their unique cowgirl essence!

Clockwise from top left: Lindy Burch, Dena Kirkpatrick, Billie Bray, Adrian Brannan.

Lindy Burch, Dena Kirkpatrick, Billie Bray, Adrian Brannan, and plenty more will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Across the street in the historic Stockyards Coliseum will be a a $5,000 added Open all-girl team roping followed by a $5,000 added #9.5 all-girl team roping. Following the all-girl team roping, the Coliseum will host its weekly rodeo with a Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) sanction and $5,000 added. 

Day two of the Cowgirl Essence Exchange fires off at 9 a.m. Sunday morning in the Cowboy Channel Studio. Cowgirls from all walks of life bring the heart and soul of what cowgirl means to them. 

Clockwise from top left: LeAnn Hart, Tracy Sheffield, Amy C. Witt, Jessica K. Haas, Donene Taylor.

LeAnn Hart jump-starts the day followed by Tracy Sheffield, Amy C. Witt, Jessica K. Haas, Donene Taylor, and more.  

Also beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Cowgirl Gathering $20,000 Open 5D Barrel Race will be bringing the speed in the Coliseum as well as a $11,500 added Open breakaway and $10,000 added Challenger breakaway. This is poised to be one of the highest paying breakaway ropings in the country.  

Whether you are a competitor or just want to experience the spark of that cowgirl essence, the Cowgirl Gathering is your event.

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