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2016-12-22

Calling all cowgirls for the annual Cowgirl Roundup, Showdeo

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

The Hill Country State Natural Area (HCSNA) at 10600 Bandera Creek Road, is asking all cowgirls to brush off their best horse and their best hat and hit the trail for the annual Cowgirl Roundup and Showdeo where women and their horses are spotlighted every New Year’s Day in a panoramic photo and a day of equestrian activities.
HCSNA began the Cowgirl Roundup and Showdeo eight years ago as a special day to pay tribute to women and their horses.
“The majority of people who come here to ride are women, so we wanted to feature them with their own special day,” park director Leanne Beauxbeannes said. “We started with just the photo and now it has grown into an entire day of activities and fun.”
The photo representing the first year can be viewed on the banner in front of the courthouse in downtown Bandera.
All interested cowgirls are asked to preregister by Saturday, Dec. 31, for photo and events.
To register, call Leanne Beauxbeannes, Ranger HCSNA at 830-796-4413 or email her at Leanne,Beauxbeannes@tpwd.texas.gov.
“Just send me a note saying, ‘I’ll be there,’ ‘Gonna try my best!’ or ‘Can’t make it this year,'” Beauxbeannes said. “The last response requires a note from doctor or vet!”
Considerations have already been made in case of bad weather.
“In case of rainy weather and wet arena, we will conduct a cowgirl trail ride,” Beauxbeannes said. “Call before you haul!”
HCSNA has planned a day of activities starting with cowgirls and horses arriving at 11 am, at Group Lodge area two miles behind headquarters. At this time, participants will show their horse’s coggins, park trailers, saddle up and warm-up.
At high noon, the panoramic photo will be taken in the arena. Following the picture, the presentations of the Colors by HCSNA mascots, the Junior Ranger Mounted Drill team will take place.
“After the photo, the cowgirls will show off their horses in the arena with a parade of breeds and take a little ‘mic time’ to tell how they caught the cowgirl spirit,” Beauxbeannes said. “Some of the stories told include ‘most fun on a horse’ and ‘my favorite saddle pal.”
At 1:30 pm, drill teams “Molly the Mare-extraordinaire” and others will take the arena for special performances.
From 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm there will be an arena “play-day” and challenge events for cowgirls of all skill levels.
“There’s no better way to start the New Year then on your favorite horse!” Beauxbeannes said.