Have you ever wanted to learn a little about what it would take to be a real life cowboy? Your chance is coming up on Saturday, July 22nd! Celebrate the "National Day of the Cowboy" right here in Amarillo at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

The day kicks off at 9am at AQHA building just off I-40 with a ton of FREE activities:

  • Barrel racing on the lawn from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Watch charro demonstrations on horseback from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Charros are skilled horsemen who proudly carry on early Mexican traditions.
  • Ride an American Quarter Horse between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sign-up starts at 10 a.m.
  • Listen as employees of the Amarillo Public Library read children stories about cowboys, with readings at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Make your own stick pony or cowboy trail mix
  • Listen to cowgirl and cowboy poetry with the Southwest Cowboy Poet Society at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
  • Employees from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will show young visitors how to create their own brand from noon to 2 p.m. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Director Curator of Art and Western Heritage Michael Grauer is also a history interpreter and he will appear as an 1890’s cowboy and teach visitors about the real west.
  • Meet the horses and actors from the “TEXAS” outdoor musical
  • Take a tour of the Hall of Fame
  • Explore the Nacidos Charros: Born Charro exhibit
  • Make your mark on a Center City stallion statue

And yes, you read it correctly - there will be Quarter Horse rides starting at 11:30am!

The National Day of the Cowboy campaign was founded in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote the cowboy and our Western heritage. The campaign lobbies for the passage of the national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar. The campaign believes in honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution and their courageous, pioneering American spirit. For more information on the scope of this day as a national event, go to www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com.