Amarillo hosts National Cowboy Gathering
Western Horseman, the nation’s leading performance horse magazine, has tapped Amarillo, Texas, as the location for its second annual Cowboy Gathering May 16 to 18—a designation akin to being named the a leading western heritage site.
“Amarillo is rich in western lore and history,” said Western Horseman publisher Christine Hamilton. “Western Horseman is delighted to bring the strength of its brand and subscriber base to the Panhandle area and urges the people of Amarillo to join us in celebrating this great event.”
Eventgoers will literally rub shoulders with the greats of the cowboy lifestyle, including nationally known cowboy poet Baxter Black, whose syndicated column, providing a humorous look into the life of the American cowboy, appears in numerous publications around the world. Black, who will be the featured entertainer May 18 at the American Quarter Horse Foundation Museum, will be joined throughout the gathering by legendary cowboy Larry Mahan, as well as artist Tim Cox and leading horsemen Craig Cameron, Mozaun McKibben and Al Dunning.
The Western Horseman Cowboy Gathering was initially established in 2012 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the nation’s oldest and longest-running magazines of any kind. Now, it’s become an annual celebration that brings the pages of Western Horseman to life.
The weekend includes a Friday golf tournament benefitting the AQHA Foundation and a party and dinner at River Falls Bed & Breakfast near Palo Duro Canyon. May 17 will feature a spectacular trail ride in the canyon or tours of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum and the Panhandle Plains Museum. Saturday night will feature a performance by Baxter Black following dinner at the AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Even those who have lived in Amarillo for many years are going to be surprised at what they find available in their own backyard,” said Hamilton.
A number of packages are offered to accommodate the interests of those who would like to attend. To learn more and purchase tickets, go to westernhorseman.com. The registration deadline is April 20.
Western Horseman began in 1936, which making it one of the oldest horse magazines in the world. To glance back at the magazine’s history is to survey much of the history of the horse industry in North America, because Western Horseman was there to champion the formation of breed associations and registries, research and record horse history, and publish accounts of the care, breeding, and use of horses through the decades. No other horse publication carries such a wide variety of topics, which include equine health care, training, breeding, competition, packing and trail riding, ranching, horse and human personality features and historical articles.