The Cowgirl Way

i love anything to do with cowgirls, so it was a treat looking through this recent New York Times feature about cowgirls of today who grow up in the ranch country of the Texas Panhandle. some of these girls appear quite tough (and i bet they are!) but then you spot the inconspicuous braid in their horse’s mane. photographer Ilona Szwarc is known for her series about American Girls, which you can see on her website.

When talking about rodeoing, the girls muse about their spiritual connection to the animals and the grit the sport helps them build — rather than the fact that they’re crossing over into traditionally male territory. “I used to be scared a lot, to even get on a horse,” Riley Sessions, 12, says. “I got tougher as I got on a horse and started riding. You’ve got to be pretty brave to ride a horse.” – Julie Bosman

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9 Responses to The Cowgirl Way

  1. krystal/village Monday 29 April, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    these pictures are so awesome – its so neat to think about the different cultures and lives that are just a state or even city away!

  2. Noor Monday 29 April, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Oh I just love it. I am from TN and we all have horses. I grew up riding them and it will always be my favorite thing to do on earth. I feel so relaxed and happy on my horse. These girls are gorgeous. I have been here in a while btw and I like the new looks :)

  3. Joy Monday 29 April, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    this looks absolutely amazing. gorg!

  4. Second Floor Flat Tuesday 30 April, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I’d missed this in the nyt so thanks so much for sharing. what a wonderful story, not to mention the amazing photographs.

  5. Dianne Tuesday 30 April, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    these girls. i AM SITTING AT MY DESK JOB WANTING TO JUMP ON THE NEXT PLANE TO TEXAS.

  6. NOA Tuesday 30 April, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    love these pics :)

    One of the movies i like is:
    “even cowgirls get the blues” by Gus Van Sant with UmA THURMAN

    so this post tossed me right back to my youth ;-)

  7. Sam Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    THESE REMIND ME A BIT OF MY CHILDHOOD. AW, NOW I WANT TO GO TO THE RODEO. THESE GIRLS ARE AWESOME!

  8. sara Thursday 2 May, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    such great portraits :)
    thank you for sharing!

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