Ranch Life Articles

A Mule Sprouts Wings

November 1, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

I spent a fall and winter working for an outfit that had absolutely the worst fences I’d ever seen. The perimeter fences were maintained by the neighbors in self defense, so at least all this ranch’s stock stayed on the ranch. But, the division fences were usually hanging a foot or so off the ground […]


A Well Trained Mind Directs Circumstance. Ground Work for Weanlings

October 30, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Fall is here. For many that means pumpkin spice and sweaters, but for us at North Four Mile Creek it means it is time to wean the foals. Days to come will be filled with working and playing with them. The foals all have their own personalities and they all have to have some basic […]


Cowboy Kindergarten

October 29, 2019
Jolyn Young

How do little cowboys learn to be full-fledged working cowboys? By going to Cowboy Kindergarten, of course. That is what I refer to the area behind our house. We set up roping dummies, a bucking barrel, and a trampoline in this stretch of dirt between the house and the arena. The trampoline is stocked with […]


American Cowgirl Project – Artist Gabriel Krekk

October 27, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

American Cowgirl Project, Created by Artist Gabriel Krekk For many, there is nothing more intriguing, invigorating, and iconic than the American Cowgirl. The image of the American Cowgirl has won over hearts worldwide when she has graced silver screens and been in books, and magazines alike. In real life, you might have caught a glimpse […]


Fall Works

October 25, 2019
Jolyn Young

Ah, I love me some fall works! The air is turning crisp and cool, the leaves are turning red and gold, and the calves are turning into paychecks. It’s my favorite time to get out on the ranch with my husband and take some pictures. This year finds him day working for the C Punch […]


Latigo Preservation

October 23, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

Latigos. One uses them every time they saddle a horse, yet they are nearly forgotten until there is a major system failure. Latigos wear out, as do offside billets. The rigging on the saddle rubs on the leather or nylon, depending on what kind you use, until is starts wearing through on the edges. It […]


Q&A with producer of Cowboys, the film

October 14, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Bud Force, co-director, cinematographer, and producer of documentary portrait film “Cowboys” set to premiere Oct. 25 at the Austin Film Festival. I will be attending the film’s premiere at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, and based on just the stills and clips shared on “Cowboys” website and Facebook […]


Buckaroo Buys: Sierra Nevada Leather

October 9, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I forever look for opportunities to meet people and get to know who they are. I rode in an Art of the Cowgirl Clinic hosted by Tammy Pate and Lee Smith in Montana this summer, which was attended by so many interesting women, and I failed to visit with them to the extent I had […]


Wind Blown

September 30, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

As I recall, it was early November when this day occurred. Fall works were winding down and we were mostly preg checking cows and moving them to winter pasture. All the calves had been shipped, as had the yearlings. It was cold and windy as we were saddling and loading horses to haul the 40 […]


World’s Greatest Horsewoman Competition Debut

September 30, 2019
By Art Of The Cowgirl

  World’s Greatest Horsewoman Competition Debuts at Art of the Cowgirl By Art of the Cowgirl | September 30, 2019 Art of the Cowgirl, taking place January 24-26, 2020, at Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, provides a venue for western female artists and makers in a variety of mediums to showcase their […]