Celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy


July 21, 2017

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.” Every year on the fourth Saturday in July, western fans across the country celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy. Established in 2005, the day was set aside to honor the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.

Today, on the “Market Day Report” we covered all things Cowboy to prepare for #NationalDayoftheCowboy on Saturday, July 22nd. Watch interviews with the original founder of the National Day of the Cowboy, roper Tyson Durfey, country star Chancey Williams, and the director of the new documentary, COWBOYS: A Documentary Portrait. Plus get the latest updates from the “Days of 47" rodeo. Finally, meet two very special young cowboys who get a big surprise from bull rider Sage Kimzey and barrel racer Jimmy Brantley. Take a look at our coverage and watch the videos above.

  • VIDEO #1: Bethany Braley, executive director of National Day of the Cowboy talked about the roots of this national day that started in 2005 and the importance of preserving pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. Visit their website to see if your community is having a special #NationalDayoftheCowboy celebration at nationaldayofthecowboy.com.

  • VIDEO #2: Documentary Bud Force talks about his new film, COWBOYS: A Documentary Portrait.

  • VIDEO #3: Tyson Durfey talks about the importance of #NationalDayoftheCowboy.

  • VIDEO #4: The Cowboy Channel interviewed saddle bronc rider turned country star, Chancey Williams.

  • VIDEO #5: Meet four-year-old leukemia survivor, Brantley Morren who got a big wish from barrel racer Jimmy Bryant.

  • VIDEO #6: Meet a 6-Year-Old Western Wishes Recipient and Sage Kimzey

  • VIDEO #7: Recap #1 from Days of 47 with Steve Kenyon and Amy Wilson in Salt Lake City Utah.

  • VIDEO #8: Recap #2 from Days of 47 with Steve Kenyon and Amy Wilson in Salt Lake City Utah.

#NationalDayoftheCowboy Trivia:

How many celebrities have tried to appear “cowboy” at some point during their career? Find out which pop stars, rappers, and rock stars have infused their music with cowboy elements for decades.

Finally, did you know there is a Cowboy Code of Conduct? The lack of any real written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. In his 2004 book, “Cowboy Ethics – What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West,” Jim Owen created a new approach to business ethics and translated the unwritten “Code of the West” into ten principles to live by. In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, see if you can live up to these 10 codes of conduct:

  1. Live each day with honesty and courage.

  2. Take pride in your work. Always do your best.

  3. Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.

  4. Do what has to be done and finish what you start.

  5. Be tough, but fair.

  6. When you make a promise, keep it.

  7. Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.

  8. Practice tolerance and understanding of others.

  9. Be willing to stand up for what is right.

  10. Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

How are you celebrating National Day of the Cowboy? Check to see if your community is having a special National Day of the Cowboy celebration! And don’t forget to share this story on your social platforms. Tag your posts using #NationalDayoftheCowboy and #CowboyChannel. Get more western sports coverage at thecowboychannel.com and live rodeo coverage ruralradio147.com.

The Cowboy Channel catches up with Steer Wrestler Will Lummus for #NationalCowboyDay