Women of the American West: Pursuing Excellence

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The glint in her eyes mixed with the afternoon sun lulls us in before a quick shift in the saddle flaunts her message: a woman with a Cowgirl Spirit can stretch, bend, and break the rules society lays at her feet.

The whisper of the wind matches the cadence of her gallop.  Her light laughter trails off, leaving us cowboys choking in a cloud of dust. Nothing can get our hearts beating faster.

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The power of the Women of the American West is no myth, it is a beautiful reality and I pity any man who believes otherwise.

There is an old cowboy saying, “polishing your pants on saddle leather don’t make you a rider…” with its roots in the notion expertise comes from putting in quality time to master an art.  Pursuing excellence to shine above the rest describes the Cowgirl Spirit of these women; the confidence and humility are traits rarely discovered together.

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The Cowgirl Spirit is found around the globe. A woman who utilizes her strengths with the confidence to pursue life, and the admiration of men who are secure enough to understand embracing the power of such women will move them up to a higher level.

Equality. The quality of two beings, untapped potential when repressed, becoming a powerful, united force when free.

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Freedom for women around the world, the Cowgirl Spirit has a long ride ahead, but the excellence in which they ride ensures their success.

Watching the grace of these cowgirls competing on horseback is a perfect analogy to how a woman’s power does not diminish a man’s. Rather when embraced, it magnifies them both. Barrel racing at the Pendleton Round-Up is one of the most popular and watched events, making a great rodeo even better.

The eyes of every cowboy and the world are glued to such poetry in motion…

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There is strength in equality, strength in balance, strength in the men who recognize the importance of a spirited woman by their side. True cowboys who understand such a woman opens up aspects of a man’s character that he alone is unable to grasp.

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A secure man will pursue the true quality of a woman, one with a Cowgirl Spirit, giving her room to grow as he is confident enough to understand the balance of equality will make him a better man, make his surroundings a better place.

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity….”   – Joss Whedon

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Equality of women creates vibrancy in life. Sharing strengths without insecurities, both men and women evolve and new ideas and freedoms are generated. Society thrives.

Inequality of women stifles creativity. Insecure and weak men develop brash and destructive egos. Stunted growth rots the potential of a community. There are places around the world that echo such imbalance; stagnant, repressive societies with paralyzed minds and a paralyzed future for their children.

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The desire lies in the Cowgirl Spirit, and the worthy men who seek such women to create unity. Balanced individuals grow and progress, triggering society to follow suit as well. This is the hope for the world.

It is possible, the myth of the ‘weaker sex’ was created by the innate skill women have in ciphering through the bullshit of man’s ego and pride. Lesser men fear these resilient women, exploding with ego as their insecurities grow, overcompensating and crippling those around them.

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One of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had is being half-a-world away, yet still able to draw strength from the important women in my life. Women, past and present, have helped form part of my character. Character incomplete without learning and accepting the power of equality, unlocking the heart of potential.

These women act as a mirror, reflecting strength in areas men lack. The Cowgirl Spirit brings perspective, a different view when listened to, and greater results when put into action.

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Acknowledging someone’s ability does not diminish your own, instead it can strengthen. This is achieving balance. Do not fear the power of women, instead embrace it, and embrace her.

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Women with the Cowgirl Spirit have a sensuality that is second to none.  Their confidence to give as good as they get, show an authenticity seldom seen.  An authentic woman creates the authentic man, allowing evolution to continue.

Without such women, men will never be able to grasp all life can offer. It is important to realize, in many ways, us men would remain our basic, cavemen selves.

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The silent confidence of a Woman of the West never ceases to impress and humble me. It is a supreme confidence.

Time is short. Never Stop. Never stop pursuing excellence.

The Cowgirl Spirit balances the secure, authentic Cowboy Spirit. Strength added to strength, creating opportunities that otherwise would remain hidden. Such spirit is present every year in September at the Pendleton Round-Up. Keep up the pursuit.

Let’er Buck!

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247 Comments on “Women of the American West: Pursuing Excellence

  1. I loved this post!! Thanks for sharing the cowgirl spirit 🙂 Brings back memories from long ago…I turned a barrel or two 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • Thank you Lorrie, it is always great to take a ride down memory lane (or field for horsemen!), did you ever attend the Pendleton Round-Up? The barrel racing segment is relatively new, yet so exciting to watch. Cheers to a great autumn ~

      • 🙂 No…I just rode in a tiny club in central New Jersey. I was quite young and was “allowed” to ride the barrels, pole bending, and obstacle course a few times. My brother was the real star of the show…and Jonny…our horse who was part Morgan and such a powerhouse, yet tiny in size compared to the other horses. You could hear people groan when they realized “the pony” was there! I loved that horse…he was my best friend! I was 5 when we got him and so was he. He passed when we were 32…so rare to have an animal for 27 years!!
        Thanks for the memories 🙂 And I don’t know if I said that your photos are EXQUISITE!!! ❤

      • It is so cool to hear of others connections with animals, especially horses – and how special it must have been to have him for so long. Thank you!

  2. Hello Randall, have I already told you how much I loved these photos or did I just say it to myself? In any case, thank you, they accompanied me on a day I was travelling … very inspiring!

    • Nothing quite like a nice conversation with yourself 🙂 Thank you very much, a good set of photos for travel ~ wishing you well and happiness in London!

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  4. Awesome shots and loved reading this. Thank you for embracing the quality of a strong woman….most men are scared of us or what to try and “tame” us. I loved your line about allowing them the space to grow. It gave me shivers because that’s what I’ve been looking for my whole life! 😊

  5. Another great piece Randall! My wife, Tricia, is the love of my life and a strong, smart and capable woman. The sum of the parts are truly greater than the whole! 🙂

  6. Simply fabulous photography here, and I love the subject. I even tried a couple of barrel races myself back in the 70’s in Canada.
    Many thanks for visiting my blog, and apologies for such a late reply, I’ve been away from blogging for the summer months!

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      • Thank you on all counts. Bon week-end too.
        Quick question: do you ride too?
        (I did in my youth. Quite a bit. Makes horses even more special to me)

      • A great weekend, we had a beer festival here in the countryside with nice music as well. Yes, I use to ride when I was young ~ my sisters were in love with horses at a young age so they brought me along. There is nothing quite like flying across a meadow…power and grace of these beautiful animals. Cheers!

      • Flying across a meadow indeed. A unique experience. Rider and horse turned into one. Though depending on the terrain, one might worry about a hidden hole and the horses legs. 😉
        Au revoir.

  8. Dalo, love love love this post… loved every single thing about this. The world needs more men like you, that s for sure! And that Cowgirl Spirit… amazing. I hadn´t even heard of cowgirls much before being invited to view life through your eyes here…and I couldn´t agree more with your statement “Balanced individuals grow and progress, triggering society to follow suit as well. This is the hope for the world.” Yes!! One of my teachers once said that women need to “chop men´s heads off” to help them come into their hearts/ the truth of their hearts… Felt that resonated with what you were describing here, regarding your paragraph “It is possible, the myth of the ‘weaker sex’ was created by the innate skill women have in ciphering through the bullshit of man’s ego and pride. Lesser men fear these resilient women, exploding with ego as their insecurities grow, overcompensating and crippling those around them.” This post really means a lot Dalo. Thank you for this! Abrazos

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