The American Paint Horse Association is hosting an all new event in its new hometown geared towards women who love and live the western lifestyle. 

It all kicks off today!

Being held in the Fort Worth Stockyards November 13-15, the inaugural Cowgirl Gathering features cowgirls’ skills in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing, while also showcasing exhilarating and engaging female speakers, a fashion show, and much more. 

“It’s her heart and soul that makes a cowgirl who she is—determined and fierce and ready to take on the world—and we’re excited to showcase that spirit in the heart and soul of Cowtown this November,” says APHA’s Director of Publications Jessica Hein.

The weekend is kicking off with a $2,500 added Open all-girl team roping followed by a $7,500 added #9.5 all-girl team roping in the historic Stockyards Cowtown Coliseum today. Following the all-girl team roping, the Coliseum will host its weekly rodeo with $5,000 added.  

Tomorrow will be an $11,500 added Open breakaway and $10,000 added WCRA Challenger breakaway under the bright lights of the Coliseum. This event is one of only a select few events that will be fast track qualifiers to the Women’s Rodeo World Championships in 2021, which will payout more than $750,000 to women athletes in 2020. The Cowgirl Gathering Breakaway Roping is poised to be one of the highest paying breakaway ropings in the country. 

Day one of the Cowgirl Essence Exchange begins at 9:00 am CT at The Cowboy Channel Studio. Female speakers and performers from across the Western industry are slated — all bringing their unique cowgirl essence! Lindy Burch, Dena Kirkpatrick, Billie Bray, Adrian Brannan, Jessica Haas, and plenty more will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Day two of the Cowgirl Essence Exchange fires off at 9 a.m. in the Cowboy Channel Studio. LeAnn Hart jump-starts the day followed by Tracy Sheffield, Amy C. Witt, Lari Dee Guy, Donene Taylor, and more. Cowgirls from all walks of life bring the heart and soul of what cowgirl means to them. 

Also beginning at 9:00 am CT on Saturday, the Cowgirl Gathering $20,000 Open 5D Barrel Race will be bringing the speed in the Coliseum. 

The Cowgirl Gathering is a celebration in the heart of Fort Worth, designed to showcase spectacular, inspirational women from all walks of life who embody the spirit of the American Cowgirl.