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Art of the Cowgirl at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek

Art of the Cowgirl offers a celebration of women in all things western

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The Art of the Cowgirl gathering is returning to Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre from Jan. 17-21 to celebrate women’s contributions to western lifestyle and showcase female artistry, craftsmanship and horsemanship.

Throughout the five-day event, guests can expect 18 different hands-on workshops, a curated artisan trade show featuring 80 vendors from across the country.

In addition:

  • The All Women’s Ranch Rodeo presented by COWGIRL Magazine,
  • The Kimes Ranch World’s Greatest Horsewoman competitions,
  • Educational clinics for all ages,
  • Live performances by country artists; and
  • A variety of food and beverage vendors.

On the evening of Thursday, Jan. 18, Art of the Cowgirl is hosting a ticketed Cowgirl Fiesta Mexican dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Art of the Cowgirl offers a celebration of women in all things western

Organizers would like to pay special recognition to Tammy Pate — the founder of Art of the Cowgirl — as she lost her battle with cancer last month. To her, Art of the Cowgirl was a treasured space that fostered future female talent and artistic growth.

“No matter one’s background or experience level, Art of the Cowgirl welcomes all who appreciate the Western lifestyle and provides an empowering space for women to connect with each other and Western culture,” Ms. Pate said in a prepared statement.

“We’re all about supporting one another and providing that much-needed exposure for women to grow their business and potentially meet future clients.”

Art of the Cowgirl 2024 will boast an all-new ‘Makers Experience’ sponsored by Rio Grande Jewelry Making Supplies.

At the heart of Art of the Cowgirl is the fellowship program, which pairs emerging female artisans across various trades and mediums with masters in their fields to hone and perfect their skillset. The fellowship program encompasses a diverse array of traditional Western trades.

“The fellowship program is so special in that it removes barriers to entry that might keep a person from being able to pursue learning a craft,” said Mesa Pate, horse sale director at Art of the Cowgirl. “We want to perpetuate these valuable, skilled trades, and make it accessible for any woman to learn and have her work be given a platform.”

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