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Cowgirl U Events Reaching Early Registration Goals

The National Cowgirl Museum’s Cowgirl U 2009 calendar has just been announced, but events are already filling fast, says Cowgirl U Program Director Chad Isham.

“We’ve never had this kind of response to our events and we credit that to the change in our programming that focuses more on the practical history and the authenticity of the western lifestyle,” Isham said.

Cowgirl U will end its 2008 season with a sold-out chuckwagon cooking program December 6 and begins its 2009 season in January in Fort Worth, Tex., with Rodeo U featuring National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honoree and former bull riding champion Jonnie Jonkowski, as well as honoree Karen Vold, who shares ownership of the Vold Rodeo Company with her husband Harry.

Registration for those events, which ends January 16, has already seen a flurry of activity, and one of the newest events, The Legendary Ranch Series, is sold out for the first session taking place in March at the Four Sixes and Tongue River ranches.

“Fortunately, we still have some spots available during the second session of the Legendary Ranch Series taking place in October 2009 at the Kokernot 06 Ranch near Alpine, Texas,” Isham said. “Even though that’s still months away, the early sell out of the first series prompts me to strongly encourage those interested in experiencing these historical ranches to register as soon as possible. ”

Other popular events taking place throughout the 2009 season include Trail Trails April 18-19, featuring honoree Terry Stuart Forst, offering students a trail riding clinic followed by a trail riding competition. June will bring a saddle making workshop at the legendary M.L. Leddy’s in Fort Worth and then September ushers in a Cowgirl U favorite when its women’s retreat is hosted by Paws Up Resort in Greenough, Mont.

“The women’s retreat has been an annual favorite and is always a sell out,” Isham said. “Paws Up is an incredible setting for the retreat which will include even more incredible women and past honorees like sculptor Pamela Harr and poet Betty Sims Solt.”

Added to the line up this year is a performance horsemanship clinic that will feature honorees and champion barrel racers Sharon Camarillo and Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe.

“I am particularly pleased with the way this barrel racing and performance horse clinic developed,” said Isham. “Not only are we going to have two of the barrel racing industry’s top competitors sharing their knowledge, we will also have members of Sharon’s performance team available to assist riders in evaluating their horses health and physical attributes.”

The Barrel Racing and Performance Horsemanship Clinic will be held October 31-November 1 during the River Region Ranch Expo at the Kelley Bartlett Conservancy in Montgomery, Ala.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.cowgirlu.org or call 817.509.8967.


The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the museum includes interactive exhibit galleries, three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. The museum is open seven days a week – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and $7 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Please visit http://www.cowgirl.net or call 817/336-4475 or 800/476-FAME (3263) for more information.


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