Iconic Cowboy Symbol – The American Cowboy Hat

July 28, 2022

Cowboy symbols represent the cowboy spirit of independence and self-reliance. A cowboy lives what he believes and does not worry about conforming to anyone’s mold. Cowboys have substance, strength, and courage. Hats, boots, spurs, saddles, and horses are symbols of the culture and evidence hard work, horsemanship, and individualism. The cowboy spirit preserves the principles our country was founded upon. Their stories capture situations, motivations, and outcomes. Their stories have a profoun...

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Be Cowboy

July 23, 2022

The word cowboy denotes a lifestyle and is gender inclusive. It pertains to men, women, and children. Perhaps cowboy symbols and cowboy character are summed up best in this excerpt from American Cowboy Magazine, where they posed the question “Why Does America Need the Cowboy?”  “Every culture needs legends and heroes; the cowboy is one of America’s best. We see honor, hard work, strength, and freedom in the cowboy; we envy the simplicity of his long day’s labor and the wide-open spaces he roams.

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Lynda Ottun Memorial Barrel Race

June 01, 2022

Lynda Ottun Memorial Barrel Race is all about helping others. “The tear in the eye of someone we have helped reminds us of Lynda's legacy and why we continue to work at this cause.” It tugs at your heart to read comments made about the barrel race:  Good Job everyone, Congratulations. Wish I was there, hope to next year

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Parallels in Life, Golf and Rodeo

Parallels in Life, Golf and Rodeo

May 25, 2022

There are many parallels in life, golf and rodeo. Similarities stand out and probably explains why so many cowboys’ golf! Once we have our goals in sight, life becomes an effort of refining our tools and capabilities in such a way that helps us move more effectively towards those aims. Take aim like an archer, when the string is pulled back, tension is what drives the arrow to its target. Use the tension generated from playing the game to reach your goals, highest potential, and greatest capa...

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Take the Initiative

Take the Initiative

February 20, 2022

Take the initiative. take the first step against drudgery. Drudgery means dull, irksome, and fatiguing work, uninspiring and menial. Get up. Go feed the horses. Transform menial into purposeful. 

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Style and Performance

Style and Performance

January 07, 2022

Everyone has their own style. Find yours. Every horse has their own unique style. Find it. Once you do perfecting it becomes much easier. Is there something you do every day that builds a stronger team for you? Is there something you do that builds a bond between you and your horse? Thoughtful affection is powerful.   

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WPRA Saddle Rotation Contestant Saddle for 2021 NFR

WPRA Saddle Rotation Contestant Saddle for 2021 NFR

November 20, 2021

Connolly Saddlery's 2021 WNFR contestant saddle was designed with purpose.  Our 2021 trophy saddle is a visual representation of Barrel racers and what it takes to be a Winner.  Winners are confident, full of life and energy, shining bright, yet grounded and rugged, able to withstand great tests of ability, stamina, and resolution.

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Ranch Rodeo is a Showcase of Talent

Ranch Rodeo is a Showcase of Talent

October 01, 2021

Ranch Rodeo is a team format of cowboys and cowgirls from different ranches competing against each other in events that replicate every day work done on a ranch. Contestants are working ranch hands and this is their way to relax and have a little fun after a hard day's work!  This is a chance to showcase their talents.

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Champion - The Highest Honor Given

Champion - The Highest Honor Given

September 24, 2021

What does it mean to be a champion - to receive the highest honor given?  Winning a championship carries a whole gambit of emotions that are part of the gut-wrenching reality of the journey.  Champions have weathered it all and rose to the top.

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Competitive Concentration

Competitive Concentration

September 01, 2021

Want a lesson in competitive concentration?  Watch a rodeo.  Mental toughness is vital to success.  

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The Genius of How Horses Stay Warm

The Genius of How Horses Stay Warm

February 13, 2021

Horses and humans both generate their own body heat because they are warm-blooded. But horses have extra features that humans do not. Horse's possess a highly effective thermoregulation system that lets their hair create an insulating layer.

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American Hat Co Midnight Blue Felt from Connolly Saddlery

The Deepest Midnight Blue

December 30, 2020

What's the allure of the new Midnight Blue color in Cowboy Hats? American Hat Co. gave Tradition a Twist--Black based with a hint of blue adds flair without taking it too far.  Connolly Saddlery offers free hat-shaping with purchase to give your personal bent to this statement piece of Cowboy individuality that reveals a piece of romance, history and heritage found in every cowboy's life.  

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