© 2009, Lori Faith Merritt
Events across America celebrate the fifth annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 25, 2009. The event is celebrated each year on the 4th Saturday of July.
On June 8, 2009 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution (S. RES. 142)
designating Saturday, July 25, 2009 as the "National Day of the Cowboy." The resolution was introduced by
by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming.
You can read the full text of the resolution and more about its sponsors and process here.
The National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year on the 4th Saturday of July and s
imilar resolutions have passed each year since 2005.A 2009 resolution has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H. RES 322) by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Legislation passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives and signed by the President would make the day an official national day of observance.
A United States Senate resolution (S. Res.130) declaring July 28, 2007 the National Day of the American Cowboy was introduced by the late Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas. Read the text of the resolution here at the BAR-D.
Our feature for the 2006 celebration includes a column about the National Day of the Cowboy by American Cowboy magazine editor Jesse Mullins, Jr. American Cowboy magazine launched the National Day of the Cowboy in 2004. Read Jesse Mullins' column here. The magazine continues to celebrate the event, as does the National Day of the Cowboy organization, headed by Bethany Braley.
"Make Your Day"
by former American Cowboy magazine editor Jesse Mullins, Jr.
Visit these sites for more about the annual event:
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem. In Art Spur, we invite poets to let selections of Western art and photography inspire their poetry.
Our nineteenth piece offered to "spur" the imagination—as part of the celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy, July 25, 2009—is by popular Tucson photographer Lori Faith Merritt (www.photographybyfaith.com).
Poetry submissions were welcome from all, through July 13, 2009. Submissions are now closed. Selected poems are posted here.
Reproduction prohibited without express written permission
© 2009, Lori Faith Merritt, www.photographybyfaith.com
The photograph, called "Heading Out," pictures cowboy and poet Georgie Sicking and Minnesota cowboy and rancher Sam Scott (fiancé of poet Diane Tribitt). The photograph was taken the morning of February 9, 2009 in Florence, Arizona.
Lori Faith Merritt is familiar to many through her photography for cowboy poetry and music gatherings. Following is her submitted biography:
Lori Faith Merritt specializes in equine images that transcend the ordinary, in the art of connection. She focuses on documenting western culture as well, including Western music and poetry artists, and has photographed the coming of age ceremonies for the N'dee (Apache) since 1994.
Passion is evident in the images that portray how she feels about what she is experiencing rather than simply presenting what the camera sees, resulting in evocative and insightful imagery. Her life has centered on horses for 38 years and her life experiences allow her to communicate with horses and horse people alike, providing an environment of integration vs. isolation. Lori Faith's images have been published in print, websites, and utilized in advertising, Western music and poet artist's promotions, and are enjoyed by private collectors. A "photographers" photographer, Lori Faith Merritt has provided bio photographs for several well known photographers. She has served as official photographer for special events, such as schooling through "A" horse shows, the Western Music Association's Festival and Awards, National Day of the Cowboy events, Festival of the West, and many others. Lori Faith has established herself as a photographer who provides unique memorable images during the event and on privately scheduled side shoots. Based in Tucson, Arizona, she travels extensively to provide customized photography for ranch shoots, barn calls, and portrait sessions, and to gather images for her portfolio.
Her work has been accepted in such juried shows as Art Without Walls, in New York and has been published internationally with clients including Europe's Bit Magazine, National Geographic, Cowboys and Indians, Western Horseman and many additional publications. Her work has inspired painters internationally. She donates much of her time, as well as website work and images and prints, to horse rescues, animal charities, and provides heart sessions to people and animals who touch her heart and whom she feels must be documented.
See many images and read more about Lori Faith Merritt at her web site:
Photography By Faith "The Art of Connection"
and her MySpace page:
© 2008, Chanda Snook
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Learnin' the Ropes," a photograph by Wyoming rancher and photographer Chanda Snook of South Dakota rancher Andy Ridley and Jesse Thybo. Read the selected poems here.
The 2008 National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur featured "Learnin' the Ropes
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
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"Great Day to be a Cowboy"," a painting by notable Kansas artist, Don Dane. Read the resulting poems here.
The 2007 National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur featured "Great Day to be a Cowboy
photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski, obtain permission for reproduction rights
"Leadin' a Spare"
The 2006 National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur featured "Leadin' a Spare," a photograph of South Dakota rancher Robert Dennis by photographer and writer Jeri Dobrowski. Read the resulting poems here.
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