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Art of the Cowgirl is on the Move

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From Art of the Cowgirl:

The seventh annual Art of the Cowgirl (AOTC) gathering will take place February 25-March 1, 2025, at Rancho Rio in Wickenburg, Arizona. Wickenburg has long been known as one of the most authentic Western towns in the U.S. Since 2012 Rancho Rio has been producing events in the heart of Wickenburg every week from October through May.

“I have been watching the Art of the Cowgirl for the past six years as it has grown and become just a fantastic event,” said Rancho Rio founder Ty Yost. “We are so excited to bring the Art of the Cowgirl to Rancho Rio, not just for us, but for the entire town and community of Wickenburg.”

Just a short drive from Phoenix, Wickenburg’s warm Western hospitality awaits visitors. The 2025 AOTC event will include hands-on workshops, horsemanship demonstrations, artist and maker presentations, cowgirl musicians, panel discussions, and a horse sale. In the arena, skilled horsewomen will compete in ranch rodeo, breakaway roping, team roping and more. Throughout the weekend, a curated trade show will showcase original art, apparel, gear, gifts, and accessories made by cowgirl artisans.

“We are so excited to move this event to a town like Wickenburg and a place like Rancho Rio,” said Mesa Pate, AOTC Horse Sale and Competition Director. “The town embodies everything Art of the Cowgirl celebrates.”

At the heart of Art of the Cowgirl is its fellowship program, which unites emerging female artisans in traditional trades such as silversmithing, leathercraft, boot making, horse training and fine art with masters in those fields. The gathering helps to facilitate these partnerships, which empower and educate women while honoring Western heritage.

“We really focus on creating a hands-on experience. We encourage everyone to come take it all in and support our artists,” says Pate. “The vibe of Art of the Cowgirl is so welcoming, whether you’ve been to a past event, or this will be your first. It’s a place to experience the true cowgirl spirit and connect with Western culture and the people who create it.”

Please join us for Art of the Cowgirl in Wickenburg, Arizona, as we celebrate, gather, and connect Western women around horses and Western art.

Applications will open this summer for the trade show. Event tickets go on sale September 1. Watch for updates on ticket sales, host hotels and a schedule of events at www.ArtoftheCowgirl.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About Art of the Cowgirl: Cowgirls are as diverse as the boots they wear and the horses they ride. Some make their living horseback, while others go from the boardroom to the barn. Cowgirl artists express their takes on the West through a variety of mediums, including paint, clay, silver, leather, rawhide, poetry and music. Art of the Cowgirl celebrates and perpetuates the timeless talents of Western women through educational fellowships, competitions, horse sales, and special events. To learn more visit www.ArtoftheCowgirl.com.

About Rancho Rio: Sitting on 55 acres just minutes from downtown Wickenburg, Rancho Rio is one of Arizona’s premier multi-use facilities. Each year the location hosts a multitude of equine events, gives visitors and snowbirds a place to spend the winter and serves as a trailhead for horseback rides through the scenic miles of the Hassayampa Riverbed. For more information visit www.RanchoRioAZ.com.

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