West Fest Barrel Race Fun

This past weekend I celebrated a birthday.  

I spent it off the ranch, with friends and horses at a barrel race.  The only way it could have been better was if I’d have 1. not caught the crud from the cowboy, or 2. we’d been shipping/sorting/weaning calves that weekend. 

I didn’t win a check, but I did have fun and made some nice runs on my horse, Avie.  There were over 600 entries daily, and he ran in the top 30% of them. You can’t be upset about something like that.  I feel like we’re making some good improvement.  This weekend we head East to another run. The runs are becoming limited as we get closer to the close of 2015.  If I get the bug, I may have to go South for a while! 

Saturday’s run:

West Fest Rapid City 2015, The South Dakota Cowgirl, Barrel Racing

Sunday’s Run:

West Fest Rapid City 2015, The South Dakota Cowgirl, Barrel Racing

West Fest Rapid City 2015, The South Dakota Cowgirl, Barrel Racing

How did you spend your weekend?

Happy Trails!

AND… The Winner Is…

My friend Sarah! The random contest gods chose her to win the Dog for Dog gift card giveaway!

YESSSSSSS! I’ll see you tomorrow, so you can have your prize then!

Congrats, and Happy Trails! 

Rodeo Chic on a Budget

Bridesmaid boots

Today, guest poster, Jennifer Monahan brings us a quick tutorial on dressing for the rodeo while staying on budget! Jennifer Monahan is cowgirl from a small town outside of Jackson Hole Wyoming, who grew up working on ranches all her life. She later ended up marrying her high school sweet heart and having amazing 2 sons, […]

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Recent photos of my life… 

I spend a great deal of time looking between the ears of a horse.

 Life here is good. — busy and full of horses, riding, fall work and sunsets. I hope your life has been as beautiful as mine has been lately. I’m starting to sort through photos for the 2016 calendar. That’s always a challenge as it’s often so hard to decide! The photos below are all iPhone […]

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Dally the Dog

Dally the ranch dog.

While we are on a “Dog” Theme this week  (don’t forget to enter my giveaway!), I figured this would be a good time to share the latest addition to our ranch dog pack, Dally.  When Higgins died this winter, we told the Cowboy’s son, Ty, that he could have the next dog and his big […]

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Dog for Dog at Gordmans

dally the cow-dog

You can now shop online, for your dog or yourself, at Gordmans.com. Don’t forget to comment on this post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

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A Photoshoot With A MUA


Sometimes the stars align just perfectly and the result is something more beautiful than you’d ever imagine it would be.
That was the case for this year’s annual school portrait photoshoot that I do with my niece.

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Time Magazine Top 50

Time Magazine, Instagram Photographers to Follow in all 50 States, the south dakota cowgirl, south dakota cowgirl photography, ranch life, western lifestyle

A few weeks ago I was notified via a comment on one of my Instagram photos that Time had chosen me as one of the most interesting Instagram Users in the country. They asked for permission to republish my photograph.  I did a double take and in a matter of moments said yes. To say […]

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From the Rodear


We have two brandings on our place, as a general rule. Our big Father’s Day party, and another, smaller branding around the Fourth of July.  This year, I spent the entire July 4th branding, horseback, either roping or holding herd, so I don’t have photos of that little party. I do, however, have photos of us […]

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A Girl, Her Horse and A Guitar

Senior, Dylan L. by South Dakota Cowgirl Photography

A couple weeks ago I had the privelege of photographing a young woman who is embarking upon her last year of high school. She’s gorgeous, a handy, handy rodeo competitor and a beautiful spirit all around. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them! Happy Trails!

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