National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy

The American Quarter Horse Foundation’s celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy drew a big crowd in Amarillo.

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The American Quarter Horse Foundation hosted nearly 1,500  people on July 28 at the National Day of the Cowboy celebration at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. Local groups joined forces with the Foundation to teach, entertain and celebrate the 8th annual National Day of the Cowboy with the public.

A highlight of the event was a chance for youth to ride an American Quarter Horse. This year, the Foundation facilitated 165 rides, which gave many youth the opportunity to ride a Quarter Horse for the first time.

In addition to the Hall of Fame, local partners included the Amarillo Public Library, country music station 97.9 KGNC FM, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Center City, and the Amarillo Convention & Visitors Council. These partners were proud to participate by leading activities amidst the fun planned by the Hall of Fame. The free event featured:

  • American Quarter Horse test rides.
  • Stories about cowboys with readings by employees of the Amarillo Public Library.
  • Tours of the Hall of Fame, featuring the Hard Work & Horse Power exhibit.
  • Activities also included barrel racing on the lawn, creating a noddle pony, making cowboy trail mix and making a mark on a Center City stallion statue.

Employees from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum also showed young visitors how to create their own brand, while kids were able to learn how to rope.

Thanks in part to the event’s underwriters, Plastilite, KGNC, Ford, the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the event, all of the activities and lunch were free to the public.

About National Day of the Cowboy
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

About the American Quarter Horse Foundation
The American Quarter Horse Foundation inspires people to discover and explore their passion for horses through the Hall of Fame & Museum. The Foundation brought the community together on National Day of the Cowboy to inspire and educate families and to help kids to discover their passion for the horse and Western lifestyle by giving them the opportunity to ride a horse for the first time. For more information about the Foundation, visit

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