National Day of the Cowboy: Photo Gallery
- July 28, 2018
- Savanna Simmons
National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated the fourth Saturday in July, and oddly enough, very few cowboys will stop and celebrate it. They won’t be found hastagging NationalDayoftheCowboy on Instagram or taking a selfie with a fellow cowboy while they move pairs so they can post it on Facebook later.
They will roll out of bed as the sun begins to crest the east and go do what needs to get done today, run waterlines, start colts, semen-test bulls, or perhaps get to haul to town to rope for the day. They’re a hard-working bunch that rarely complains about the amount of work to be done to feed America and care for lands that, without intentional grazing, would be overcome with thistle, cheatgrass, clover, and yucca.
The cowboy community relies heavily on one another. Most brandings can’t happen without the help of neighbors, and everyone and every skill level is welcome. Kids often get a start roping at brandings, and wrestling calves, and administering vaccinations. They learn the trade right alongside their parents, as well as learn when and where to be helpful and respectful. No one is walked on, instead, they shine in their given responsibility.
Cowboys work more closely with animals than most any other jobs, caring for them, using them, honoring them, and building them into something great. And some of the best cowboys are actually girls and women, who make some pretty fine cattlemen and horsemen.
They’re a hardy bunch with pretty big hearts. They love the land and livestock more than anyone else, and they’re a vital part of America today and its history. They don’t ask for gratitude or even a day of celebration, but all the same, they deserve it. Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy by enjoying a steak and these photos of true cowboys hard at it.
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...