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Art of the Cowgirl 2022

Looking for something to do this weekend? Art of the Cowgirl kicked off on Thursday, January 19th, and will go until Sunday, January 23rd at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center in Queen Creek, Arizona. After a tough year with Covid, the Art of the Cowgirl team has been gearing up to make this weekend the best event they’ve had yet. You can find the full schedule and learn more about the events below!

Schedule of Events for Art of the Cowgirl 2022

Wednesday, January 19th

  • World’s Greatest Horsewoman Preliminaries
  • All Women’s Ranch Rodeo presented by COWGIRL Magazine
  • Riding Clinics
  • Trade Show

Thursday, January 20th

  • World’s Greatest Horsewoman Preliminaries
  • All Women’s Ranch Rodeo presented by COWGIRL Magazine
  • Riding Clinics
  • Trade Show

Friday, January 21th

  • Horsemanship Demonstrations
  • Master Artist Demonstrations
  • Colt Starting
  • Live Music
  • Tradeshow
  • All Women’s Ranch Rodeo FINALS presented by COWGIRL Magazine

Saturday, January 22nd

  • Horsemanship Demonstrations
  • Master Artist Demonstrations
  • Colt Starting
  • Elite Horse Sale Previews
  • Live Music
  • Tradeshow
  • Fellowship Live Art Auction
  • Elite Horse Sale

Sunday, January 23rd

  • Horsemanship Demonstrations
  • Master Artist Demonstrations
  • Colt Starting
  • Live Music
  • Tradeshow
  • World’s Greatest Horsewoman FINALS 

2022 Art of the Cowgirl All Women’s Ranch Rodeo

Branding

Two calves will be let into the arena. Two team members will be on their horses, two work as ground crew. Ropers and ground grew will switch after the first calf is branded

  • 6 Minute time limit
  • Time starts when flag is dropped
  • Trot until they break
  • Ropes must be set correctly on front and hind feet before calf can be branded
  • Branding iron can leave bucket at any time
  • 30 seconds for brand hitting ground
  • 60 seconds for misbranding (wrong side, upside down, etc)
  • Front legs are legal
  • Time will stop when branding iron and both ground crew are back in the circle, and ropes are off the calf
  • NO TIME at any point during the run for excessive roughness on cattle. ZERO TOLERANCE
  • In the event of a discrepancy ONLY the team captain can approach the judge. Judge’s decision is final

Team Roping

Members will split into two teams and head and heel the 2 steers turned into the arena. The flag will drop when ropes are tight and horses are faced.  You cannot switch partners mid-run.  All team members must rope

  • Two minute time limit
  • Time starts when flag drops
  • One leg +5
  • NO TIME if one or both teams fail to catch
  • NO TIME at any point during the run for excessive roughness on cattle. ZERO TOLERANCE.
  • Slick horns, head and half head are the only legal head catches
  • No front legs
  • In the event of a discrepancy ONLY the team captain can approach the judge. Judge’s decision is final   

Ranch Horse

One rider will enter the arena and call for a cow. Cow will be boxed until rider feels she has control of the cow. Rider must go down the fence and make one fence turn (at least) past the center marker. After fence turns rider will take down her rope, neck the cow with a legal head catch and stop the cow.  Run is complete when the rope is tight and the cow faces

  • Two loop limit
  • Rider is limited to two new cows
  • IF YOU USE TWO HANDS ON A SHANKED BIT THERE WILL BE .5 POINT PENATLY ADDED TO EACH MANEUVER
  • All bits/bosals are legal
  • No cavessons, tie downs or training aids
  • NO TIME at any point during the run for excessive roughness on cattle OR horse. ZERO TOLERANCE.
  • Must be a legal head catch
  • In the event of a discrepancy ONLY the team captain can approach the judge. Judge’s decision is final   

Tie-Down/Stray Gathering

All team members start behind the flag/line.  One steer will be let into the arena. Judge drops the flag to start time. The steer must be roped with a legal head catch and tied down. Time will be called when the team and ropes are clear of the steer.

  • No loop limit.  4 Minute time limit
  • After steer is roped and mugged down, he will be tied by 3 legs. * legs must be crossed
  • All ropes and team members must be off steer before calling for time
  • Time stops when one team member raises hands after steer is tied down
  • Steer must stay tied for 6 seconds
  • NO TIME at any point during the run for excessive roughness on cattle. ZERO TOLERANCE.
  • Must be a legal head catch
  • In the event of a discrepancy ONLY the team captain can approach the judge. Judge’s decision is final   

Art of the Cowgirl Elite Horse Sale

The Art of the Cowgirl Elite Ranch Horse Sale is a unique event that will offer a select group of horses that are the product of some of the handiest women in the ranching industry. You can expect to find a small group of horses that showcase an equally talented group of horsewomen and provide the highest quality prospective mounts for potential buyers. Their goal is to exhibit the kind of horses that have seen real “hard days work”, and have been exposed to a variety of situations.

This sale will include money earners in Ranch Rodeo events, Rodeo events, Cow horse, and Ranch Horse Versatility. The sale will also feature seasoned ranch and trail horses. There is a small number of young prospects available, all of which have a superb foundation and are ready to go on towards a variety of disciplines. You can register to bid online here.

World’s Greatest Horsewoman

This Elite Reined Cow Horse Event is in the style of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. Each competitor will compete in four preliminary events including Reining, Herd work, Steer Stopping, and Fence Work. This event pays homage to the working cowgirl during the finals, where the Top 10 Finalists will compete for the title of World’s Greatest Horsewoman.

Herd Work

  • 2 1⁄2 minute time limit
  • Judging will begin at the line
  •  Herd help is available, competitors are also able to bring their own help
  •  Romal reins may be used in one hand in herd work only
  •  Using two hands will result in a 0 (one hand may hold the Romal)
  • With Romal reins, hand is to be around the reins in a fist position with thumb up and no fingers between the reins.
  •  Illegal equipment will result in a 0

Reining

  • Judging will begin when horse enters arena
  • Using two hands will result in a 0
  • With Romal reins, hand is to be around the reins in a fist position with thumb up and no fingers between the reins. Romal is to be held in opposite hand
  • Illegal equipment will result in a 0

Steer Stopping

  • Electric barrier will be used
  • Judging begins when horse enters the box
  • No Loop Limit
  • 60 Second time limit
  • Competitor may strip loop and rebuild as long as they have not dallied
  • Dallying signals commitment to loop and end of run
  • Roping reins are permitted. NRCHA Legal bit must be used with leather curb strap
  • No tie-downs
  • All legal head catches are allowed (slick horns, half head, neck)
  • Steer must face and rope come tight to get a flag
  • Illegal equipment will result in a 0

Fence Work

  • Judging will begin when horse enters arena
  • Using two hands will result in a 0
  • With Romal reins, hand is to be around the reins in a fist position with thumb up and no fingers between the reins. Romal is to be held in opposite hand
  • The required pattern for the cow work is: Boxing, Fence turns and Circles, in that order
  • Illegal equipment will result in a 0

Event Presenters and Presentations

This list is subject to change

  • Lisa Barnes: Starting the Stock Dog; Packing
  • Taylor Van Zyl: Driving / Teamster
  • Christina Savitsky: Yoga and Horsemanship
  • Robin Brown: Stock Dogs
  • Lari Dee Guy: Breakaway Roping
  • Cara Brewer: Cutting
  • Lee Smith: Colt Starting and Horsemanship (2021 Master)
  • Melissa Loeschen: Horsemanship (2021 Fellowship Recipient)
  • Lindy Burch: Cutting (2021 Master)
  • Allie Dwyer: Cutting (2021 Fellowship Recipient)
  • Caitie Holtzman: Liberty Work
  • Escaramuza Presentation
  • Robin Bond: Working Equitation
Credit to Art of the Cowgirl Facebook Page

Event Livestream for Art of the Cowgirl 2022

Live Stream of Competitions will be available January 19-23, 2022 on Wrangler Network. The schedule is subject to change. All times Mountain Time Zone.

  • Wednesday, 1/19: 9 AM : World’s Greatest Horsewoman | 3 PM: Ranch Rodeo
  • Thursday, 1/20: 9 AM: World’s Greatest Horsewoman | 3 PM: Ranch Rodeo
  • Friday, 1/21: 9 AM: Breakaway Roping Long Go | 6 PM: Breakaway & Ranch Rodeo Calcutta; Breakaway Finals; Ranch Rodeo Finals
  • Saturday, 1/22: 4 PM: World’s Greatest Horsewoman Herd Work Finals
  • Sunday, 1/23: 3 PM: World’s Greatest Horsewoman Reining, Steer Stopping, and Fence Work Finals

Tickets

*Note: Tickets are limited. Prices will increase at the gate during the event.

$50.00 | Single Day tickets get you into the event for a specific date. Tickets are priced per day. Gives you access to daily competitions, clinics, horsemanship demonstrations, music, tradeshow, and more!

5 Day Options

$180.00 | 5 Day Pass. This gets you into the event from January 19-23rd. | All-access pass to all competitions, riding clinics, horsemanship demonstrations, artist demonstrations, music, tradeshow, and more!

VIP 5 Day Pass | $395.00 | All Access Pass for all Five Days of Event plus VIP Features. Tickets to VIP Reception with Meet and Greet with Masters and Presenters, VIP Parking, VIP Seating, Daily Drink Tickets, VIP Gift Bag.

CLN Community & Event Sponsor

Hi everyone! I'm Krysta Paffrath, I am a proud Arizona native who has a passion for everything business and rodeo. I am beyond thrilled to be the Editor in Chief for Cowboy Lifestyle Network. With my background in digital marketing and rodeo, this was a natural fit for me to join the team. My adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit has guided me to work in many places like the WYO Quarter Horse Ranch in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a working cattle ranch in Seligman, Arizona, and many places in between. I am passionate about preserving the western way of life and working with different brands and rodeos to make that happen. If you're looking for a write-up, please shoot me an email at krysta@clngo.com. Learn more about me at krystapaffrath.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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