Cowboy Hats are a Statement

January 09, 2019

Cowboy Hats are a Statement

Cowboy Hats are a Statement of all that the Word ‘Cowboy’ Represents

Legend has it that John B Stetson invented the cowboy hat while entertaining friends on a hunting trip in the 1860’s.  He gathered an armful of fur; worked it by hand, kneading it until it was soft and smooth like a piece of cloth.  As a joke he wore it as a hat the rest of the hunting trip but grew fond of it for its protection. 

Creativity birthed the Cowboy Hat, function kept it alive, and today it is the undisputed iconic symbol of the American Cowboy.  There’s a code of sorts, given the hat you wear, that links you to a certain type of cowboy.  The movie Lonesome Dove promoted the ‘Gus’ hat; John Wayne trademarked the rugged, tough, good-guy cowboy; Jim Shoulders was old-style rancher, new style rodeo cowboy; Larry Mahan ushered in the modern cowboy and commercialized a trendy ‘Grizzly’ look; Ty Murray, known as King of the Cowboys, epitomized traditional rodeo but took it to the next level of a cowboy businessman; JB Mauney branded the Cool Hand Luke bull rider look, popularized by TV coverage of PBR events. 

Every Cowboy Hat has its own unique story and Hat shaping is an art because every individual face and head shape is different.  Each hat must ultimately match that person’s personality, profession and profile.  Dave Wagner, owner of Connolly’s is a master at customizing your hat just for you.

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Connolly

Challenge Yourself!

May 29, 2019

Figuring out what each horse needs is the challenge of training horses. It is so fulfilling to help your horse reach his full potential. You must learn how to communicate what you want him to do.

Continue Reading

The Best of All Worlds

April 12, 2019

I love horses.  I love riding.  I love learning. Every time I ride a horse, I learn something, so it’s the best of all worlds! Riding is challenging and fulfilling no matter where you are --on the ranch; on the trail; or in the arena, but Barrel Racing is my favorite thing to do. It is a science and an art.  A barrel horse has the speed of a race horse and the agility of a reining or cutting horse.  His concert of integral moves performed at high speed produces an adrenaline rush unmatched ...

Continue Reading

The Riding Puzzle
The Riding Puzzle

April 03, 2019

The best way to figure out the puzzle pieces of riding is by riding!  No other activity that I know of, provides so much pleasure in the process of learning.  Bask in the pure joy of mastering the challenge.

Continue Reading