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The New Summer Issue of Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine is HOT off the Press

Welcome to the summer issue of Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine! In this issue, our cover feature includes the best of summer rodeos from rodeos all over North America. Below you find short snippets of some of the highlight stories and at any point, you can click the links in each section for the full story.

The Best of Summer Rodeos

In this summer issue of Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine, we are celebrating rodeo being the true American sport. Stemming from the original working-class cowboys, rodeo has the power to not only bring people together but continually celebrate American values like grit, determination, and hard work. 

Summer is about the middle of the season for cowboys and cowgirls that are competing for a spot at the National Finals Rodeo in December. The “summer run” is a huge opportunity to gain some ground in the standings, in addition to making good money depending on how they plan their route. Some athletes plan their route based on where they are geographically, such as the west coast, midwest, southwest, or even Northern rodeos; or they plan strategically where they can get the most bang for their buck. For about two months straight it’s not uncommon for cowboys and cowgirls to be on the road heading to a rodeo every weekend. Join me as I explore the best of summer rodeos! Catch the full stories here.

Discover the OR O Ranch

Imagine wide open spaces with nothing but brush, grass, mountains, trees, and an occasional speck of black, white, or red dot the landscape surrounding you—no fence to be seen for miles. A quiet most in our modern era rarely experience. The wagon, an old one-ton Ford truck with a chuck box attached full of food and supplies, rolls out on rugged, bumpy roads at the beginning of the working season. The rest of the crew follows soon after to gather, work, and move cows across a landscape unmarred by human hands. The camp men welcome the seasonal help to get through the load but crave the solidarity offered when winter and summer roll in. And through all of this work, from start to finish, is the horse, a valued member of the RO team. Read the full story here.

Day of the Cowboy Recognition

In the United States, unsurprisingly, Americans will celebrate just about anything. We celebrate New Year’s, Independence Day, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Then, in the world of sports, there is the World Series, Super Bowl, and March Madness. Then taking it a step further, you might also find that some Americans celebrate ExtraTerrestrial Abductions Day (March 20), National Sea Monkey Day (May 16th), Left-Handers Day (August 13), and Crossword Puzzle Day (December 21). And that’s only a drop in the bucket of “official” national holidays. There is one holiday that I think deserves to be celebrated above most others and that is the National Day of the Cowboy. Since 2004 the National Day of the Cowboy has been held on the fourth Saturday in July each year. Read the full feature here.

The Beauty of a Western Wedding

There’s nothing dreamier than a Western wedding I was able to collaborate with Brooke, with Brooke Juma Photography, to bring some inspiration to all of you dreaming of a Western wedding. Every wedding is special and unique in its own way. It is a celebration of love, commitment, and the beginning of a new journey for the couple. When it comes to wedding themes, many couples choose to go with a traditional theme, while others opt for something more unique and personalized. In recent years, Western weddings have become increasingly more popular, with many couples embracing the rustic charm and natural beauty of ranch weddings. But what makes a true Western wedding? Let’s explore further and discover what makes them so special. Catch the full story here.

Q & A with Contemporary Western Artist, Peggy Judy

Peggy was born and raised in Colorado and attended Colorado State University receiving a BFA in Illustration. She married an equine veterinarian, raised two children, and had a career in breeding, raising, and training horses for thirty years. All of that left little time to pursue a career in art until the last five years or so. Now, she is represented by top art galleries with an emphasis on contemporary Western art around the country.

What sets Peggy apart is that she uses a more graphic approach to composition and design that comes from her illustration background. She tries to describe the intensity of the West as it was lived in the past and still is today by a select few weathered souls, in addition to portraying the animals that still grace our Western states and those that care for them. You can read the full interview here!

DIY Hat Rack with Forney

What’s a Western home without a hat rack? In this issue, Forney reviews how to make your very own homemade hat rack in eight simple steps. You can read the full feature here.

From the Lens with Ric Andersen Photography

Ric Andersen is known as a veteran rodeo photographer in the industry. He knows exactly how to set up so he gets the best shots of not only the human athletes but the animals ones as well. In addition, he knows the importance of taking photos that make up the bigger picture of a rodeo rather than just a moment in time. The team here at Cowboy Lifestyle Network has been working with Ric for years as he’s provided us with several photos to use for features throughout the years. This feature has been a long time coming and I’m excited to share it with you. You can check out his full story and photo spread, here.

About Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine

Created by A.E. Engine and powered by Cowboy Lifestyle Network, Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine brings together the best stories of the Western industry for our readers across the country. Our next issue releases this fall, so make sure to follow us on social media to keep an eye out for details. We are now offering multi-channel marketing packages that are offered in both print and digital, so if you’re interested in that, please contact me at You can find more information about the magazine and subscribe to past editions at

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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 Learn more about me at Looking forward to hearing from you!

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