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National Day of the Cowboy

Amarillo’s celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy drew a big crowd.

The American Quarter Horse Association
July 30, 2013

2013 National Day of the Cowboy

Young attendees were enamored with the mount of western performer and trick roper Brian Bausch. (Journal photo) Scroll down for more photos from the event.

The American Quarter Horse Association hosted more than 1,469 people July 27 at the National Day of the Cowboy celebration in Amarillo. The Association also facilitated more than 200 test rides, which gave many youth and adults the chance to ride an American Quarter Horse for the first time.

The free event featured:

  • A junior ranch rodeo, produced by Pokey the Clown
  • Western performer and trick roper Brian Bausch
  • American Quarter Horse test rides
  • Cowboy stories read by employees of the Amarillo Public Library
  • Rope making
  • Brand making
  • Pokey’s barrel train ride
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame tours
  • Giant Hall of Fame medallion puzzle
  • Animal balloonist
  • Making your mark on a Center City replica quarter horse statue

Local partners for the National Day of the Cowboy included the Junior League of Amarillo, Amarillo Public Library, country-music station 101.9 Blake FM, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Center City and the Amarillo Convention & Visitors Council.

The National Day of the Cowboy campaign was founded in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote the cowboy and Western heritage. The campaign lobbies for the passage of the national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar. The campaign believes in honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution and their courageous, pioneering American spirit. For more information on the scope of this day as a national event, go to www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com.

Scroll over the image below to play a slideshow of photos from the 2013 National Day of the Cowboy celebration in Amarillo.

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