National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Famer Lindy Burch is expected to speak at the first-ever Cowgirl Gathering, hosted by the American Paint Horse Association, later this year at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Organizers say the event, set for Nov. 13-15, will highlight cowgirls’ skills in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing, while also showcasing engaging female speakers – Burch included.
“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,” APHA Director of Publications Jessica Hein said in a statement.
Speakers & Attendees
Burch — a winner of more than $4.4 million – was the first woman to win the NCHA Futurity Open title and also the NCHA Open World Championship. Other well-known Western women expected to attend The Cowgirl Gathering include barrel horse trainer Dena Kirkpatrick, breakaway roper Lari Dee Guy, tie-down calf roping champion Donene Taylor, Billie Bray of Equibrand Product Group and author Jessica Haas. Several others also are on the roster of attendees.
The weekend also will feature lucrative all-girl team ropings, breakaway ropings and an Open 5D barrel race.
Of those, the Women’s Rodeo Championships Association (WRCA) Challenger Breakaway, set for Nov. 14, is a $10,000-added event that is one of only a few that is a fast-track qualifier for the 2021 WRCA World Championships. Additionally, officials say The Cowgirl Gathering Breakaway Roping is poised to be one of the highest paying breakaway ropings in the country.
The Cowgirl Gathering
Organizers say 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. For details or tickets, visit cowgirlgathering.com or contact the American Paint Horse Association’s Steven Hayes at (817) 222-6432 or [email protected] for questions.