A 2001 publication


Out of print.

Recipient of the Buck Ramsey Award
Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year


 the Will Rogers Medallion Award



What They're Saying

Book Reviews

About The Big Roundup

Excerpts from:
 The Contents
The Foreword
The Introduction
The Best of the West Appendix

About the Cover Artist, Bill Anton

Front and Back Covers

What They're Saying about The Big Roundup:

"An entertaining and heartwarming collection of
modern and classic Cowboy Poetry.  A wonderful
treasury, including many of my favorites."  
Don Edwards, America's favorite Cowboy singer 


 "Cowboy poetry provides an important link to my own rural roots.  The Big Roundup is a fine collection of cowboy poetry -- old and new."
The Honorable Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor,
author of Lazy B


"...a wonderful addition to our 
cowboy poetry collection..."
Randy Williams, Curator, Fife Folklore Archives


"From the classics to contemporary, Cowboy Poetry is alive and represented well in The Big Roundup anthology.  The 'Best of the West' section is a great information source for folks looking for a directory of events and places representing our Art Form."  
Chris Isaacs, the Cowboy's Cowboy humorist and poet, 
Rhymes, Reasons and Pack Saddle Proverbs
young member of The Cardiac Cowboys


"An excellent collection that pays tribute to Cowboy Poets past and present. Some of these poems, 
contemporary today, may very well join 
the ranks of the classics of tomorrow."
Ray Owens, celebrated Cowboy Poet; Some Boots are Made for Keepin'


"Only one disappointment in The Big Roundup: none of my poems were in it!  It's GREAT!"
Carole Jarvis, recipient of the Gail I. Gardner Working Cowboy Poet Award


"The Big Roundup is an excellent blend of classic and contemporary poetry.  It is very important that we remember to document our current experiences for future generations as well as preserve the early days of the cowboy through poetry, stories and songs.  The classics keep me humble in this busy day and time we live in.  It's good to remember and respect the memories of those who prepared the way for us to enjoy our western way of life."
Jean Prescott, Western Music favorite; Tapestry of the West


"Here's a perfect holiday gift..."
Brooke Demetz Oklahoma Today


"The Big Roundup is a magnificent tribute to Cowboys and Cowgirls. New West Library and CowboyPoetry.com should be commended for their efforts in keeping this great folk art alive and well and inviting the world 
to saddle up and ride along." 

Brian and Sherry Woodrome
, Proprietors of SilverCreek Books & Music


"The Big Roundup is an important addition to help to keep the cowboy in the cowboy heritage movement.  The book and CowboyPoetry.com are great resources for Western entertainment." 
Bobby Newton, Editor and Publisher of Rope Burns; Director of The Academy of Western Artists


"My husband and I had plans for the evening but our copy of The Big Roundup came in the mail and all plans were forgotten.  We stayed up into the wee hours of the night reading to each other from this wonderful book.  We couldn't put it down.  Each poem brought tears, chuckles, memories for both of us.  We hadn't read to each other like that in all the years we've been together.  Not only is The Big Roundup the best book we've read but you can now say that it brings families closer together."
Jo Hargrave, radio host of Keepin' it Cowboy, KJON 850


"The Big Roundup is one of the best gatherings of classic and contemporary cowboy poetry to come out of the chute in a long time. A must have for every cowboy poetry fan!"
Andy Hedges, AWA-nominated Cowboy Poet, musician, and performer; Days and Nights in the Saddle


"A fine combination of classics and classics to be."
Wylie Gustafson of Wylie and the Wild West, Western music maker, songwriter, and top yodeler; Paradise


Book Reviews  


"Here's a perfect holiday gift for fans of the Wild West...Margo Metegrano has wrangled up some of the best classic and contemporary cowboy poetry on subjects from cowgirl life to bull riding. Included among the 146 poems inside are several written by seven Oklahoma authors, including Debra Coppinger Hill of Chelsea and Jay Snider of Cyril. The book recently won the Academy of Western Artists' Buck Ramsey Award for Best Poetry Book and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for preserving western culture.  Catchy titles "I Seen John Wayne" and "She Tied Her Hearts to Tumbleweeds" keep the pages turning.  The book also features an index of events, organizations, and cowboy-friendly publications."
Brooke Demetz, Oklahoma Today


"There's something for everyone and about everyone in this anthology...a fine package for anyone who likes cowboy poetry and a fine introduction to the genre for those who think they might like it."
Fran Devereux Smith, Western Horseman 
Read the entire review here.


"This unique genre is well represented [in] The Big Roundup..."
Norman E. Rourke, Persimmon Hill, publication of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum


"... a grand and impressive collection of verse about the Old West. Single-paragraph biographies of the many and varied poets help flesh out this flavorful, soul-stirring collection of verse that speaks to the heart. The Big Roundup is an excellent gift idea for anyone who enjoys poetry about the American West, and a highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library poetry collections and reading lists."
Midwest Book Review


"... if it’s been a while since you’ve actually had fun with a thick book of poems, The Big Roundup will be a refreshing change of pace... an absolute must for any red-blooded American library."
Fearless Reviews


  The Big Roundup, an anthology of the best Classic and Contemporary Cowboy Poetry from CowboyPoetry.com.

About The Big Roundup

Excerpts from:
 The Contents
The Foreword
The Introduction
The Best of the West Appendix

About the Cover Artist, Bill Anton

Front and Back Covers

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About The Big Roundup

The Big Roundup is an anthology of the best classic and contemporary poems from CowboyPoetry.com.  Each chapter begins with a classic poem or song, including the first rendition of "Home on the Range,"  Gail I. Gardner's "The Sierry Petes (or Tyin' Knots in the Devil's Tail)," Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam Magee," and other traditional favorites such as "I Ride an Old Paint," and "Git Along Little Dogies."

Over 140 contemporary American, Canadian, English, and Australian poets are represented in The Big Roundup, including all the CowboyPoetry.com Honored Guests, Lariat Laureates and runners up, featured poets such as Red Steagall, and other top poets from CowboyPoetry.com.

The book includes a foreword by Dallas Morning News poetry reviewer Tom Mayo; a "Best of the West" appendix with international entries for the best Cowboy gatherings and events, organizations, and museums; and a full author, title and first line index.

This 432 page, quality trade paperback with full color original art cover has a retail price of $21.95, available for purchase by phone, mail, on the internet, at festivals, and in bookstores, museums and gift shops.  Quantity discounts are available for resale opportunities for individuals and organizations.


       by Tom Mayo, poetry columnist, Dallas Morning News


Where the Handclasp’s a Little Stronger

Arthur Chapman "Where the West Begins" (1917) and:  Red Steagall * Francine Roark Robison *  Jim R. Anderson * Thomas Vaughan "Melancholy" Jones * Leroy Watts * Larry D. Thomas * Scott Hill Bumgardner * Johnny D. Eaton * Rick Pitt * Jody Fergerstrom * Dan Blair * Tex Tumbleweed * Allan H. Horton * Rose Mary Allmendinger * Jim Packard  

 Git Along Little Dogies

“Whoopee-Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies” (traditional) and:  Paul Bliss * Mike Puhallo * Rod Miller * S. A. Jackson * Michael Henley *  J. A. (Jake) White *  Sherrod L. Fielden * eric lee * Shad Pease * Janice N. Chapman * James H. "Jim" John * Tom Pollard * Lee Neill * Diane Thompson 

And The Sky is Not Cloudy All Day

Brewster Higley et al., “The Western Home” (1873) and: Jo Lynne Kirkwood *  Michael Sorbonne Robinson * Mark McMillan * Pete Evanson * Sherri Ross * Mickee Cheek

Don’t Fence Her In

Rhoda Sivell, “The Cow-Girl” (1912) and:  Linda Kirkpatrick * Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”) * Debra Coppinger Hill * Janice E. Mitich * Paula Sisk

Strange Things Done

Robert Service “The Cremation of Sam Magee” (1907) and:  Verlin Pitt * Omar West * French Camp Red (Brad Smith) * JK Reese * Debbie Burdic * Leon Overbay * Lynn Harwell * Diane E. Harper * Billy James

Kickin’ Back

Gail I. Gardner “The Sierry Petes (or, Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail)” (1935) and:   Neal R. Torrey * Don Tidwell * Janice Gilbertson * Michael Schroll * Bruce South * Ed Parrish * Wild Bill Halbert * Jimmi Naylor * Rudy Gonzales * Diana N. Wray * R. L. Ron Brinegar * Diane Durrill * Kay Holmes Gibson * Jesus Cervantes * Jeff Hildebrandt 

 Bronc Bustin’ 

Curly Fletcher “The Strawberry Roan” (1915) and: Jay Snider * Dennis Gaines * John D. (Jay) Jones *  K. T. Etling * “Doc” Dale Hayes *  L. M. Larson * Don McCrary * Tony Blisard * Jim Kitchens * Bobby Cohoon

The West That Was

E. A. Brininstool  “A Westerner” (1914) and: Jim Fish *  Dave Rhodes * Jim Hoy * Bert Lloyd * Barbara Bockleman * Virginia Bennett * Dan Kantak * Roger L. Traweek * Charlene Schilling * Jane Morton * Richard Elloyan * Flavis Bertrand * Denise McRea * Robert D. Beene * T. J. Cantin * Ryan Krantz

Old Hands

“I Ride an Old Paint” (traditional) and: Steve Dirksen * Tim “Doc” Mason * Ezra Spur * Dan Faught * Paul Harwitz * John Cook * A. Kathy Moss  

Home on the Australian Range

A. B. Paterson, “The Man from Snowy River,”  (1890) and: Graham Dean * Jack Sammon * Louise K. Dean

Ever Faithful and Mavericks

Henry Lawson, “Ballad of the Drover,” (1889) and:  Lynne Hendrickson * Rusty Calhoun * David J. Dague * Bobbie Gallup * Risky Betts * Margo Udelle Imes * Ron Loof * Connie Rossignol * Kathy and Phil Grady * Tim Graham * Stevie “medicinedog” Raymon * Jenn Jacula

Come Sit By My Side

“Red River Valley” (traditional) and:  T. R. Stephenson * Don Gregory * Davey Lee George (“McCloud”)

Cowboy Christmas

Larry Chittenden “The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball,” (1890) and: Gail T. Burton * Lanny Joe Burnett * Charley Sierra * David Kelley

 Beat the Drum Slowly 

Francis Henry Maynard  “The Cowboy’s Lament (Streets of Laredo), (1876) and:  Jeff Streeby * Rod Nichols * Bette Wolf Duncan * David J. Dill * Mary A. Gallagher Kaufman * Jean A. Mathisen * Jennifer M. Bain * J. D. Reitz  

 Quiet Starlight on the Plains   

Badger Clark “A Cowboy’s Prayer” (1920) and:  Lloyd Shelby * HJ “Hoss” Peterson  


Annual Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Events
Organizations and Associations
      Cowboy and Western Poetry, Heritage, and Music
       Rodeo and Equine

  Museums and Western Heritage Sites



The Classic Selections
Contemporary Poets’ Biographies



First Lines


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From the Foreword (excerpts)

by Tom Mayo
Poetry columnist, Dallas Morning News

Like all good poetry, Cowboy Poetry is a celebration of many things: the Cowboy way of life and the romance of the West, to be sure, but much else as well.  And, like most "genre" literature, it is also burdened with common misconceptions and prejudices that the best Cowboy Poetry simply doesn't deserve.

Cowboy Poetry is not all about heavy metrical patterns and simple rhymes....

The themes of Cowboy Poetry are universal....

Cowboy Poetry is inclusionary...

Happily, scholarly and popular texts attest to these truths, which are amply illustrated by the poems in The Big Roundup.  These selections illustrate and celebrate the diverse, vibrant current state of Cowboy Poetry.  That they were gathered in a most modern "virtual gathering" on the Internet is proof of the enduring popularity and relevance of the genre in this new millennium.

from the Foreword, The Big Roundup

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From the Introduction (excerpts)

by Margo Metegrano
Editor, The Big Roundup


Cowboy Poetry is a living chronicle of people, places, and events. 

The earliest American tunes and poetry came from the trails of the working Cowboys, influenced by the spirit of the songs and poems of their ancestral balladeers. During the era of the great trail drives — which lasted for fewer than three decades in the last part of the nineteenth century — Cowboys sang songs as they worked and told tales for entertainment, to relieve boredom and loneliness, and to pass along their experiences.

 As more of the western range was fenced, "progress" gave way to smaller ranches and fewer Cowboys, and Hollywood added its romantic visions. Cowboy Poetry themes evolved: the Chisholm Trail wound its way into the Dust Bowl, hopped on to a Massey-Ferguson, rode on to the rodeo and Melody Ranch, went up against government bureaucracy and the changing landscape, and pulled into the Kmart parking lot.

Now entering its third century, this rich tradition continues to tell the past and present stories of Cowboy and ranching life both in recitations and in written form, at gatherings and on recordings, and in books and on the Internet.

Cowboy Poetry's current popularity attests to its enduring relevance. A small gathering of Cowboy Poets in Elko, Nevada in 1985 sparked a renewed interest in the form, and today there are hundreds of gatherings across the globe.  Now nearly ten thousand fans gather annually at Elko and—in a most modern venue—many hundreds of poets take part in a continuous, “virtual” gathering at CowboyPoetry.com’s internet BAR-D Ranch.

No other way of life has spawned so many poets, and that nearly organic component of Cowboy and ranching life comes through in the authenticity of experience imparted in the classic and contemporary poetry in The Big Roundup, a selection of the best poetry from CowboyPoetry.com.  Each chapter’s initial classic offering reflects the general theme of the poems that follow.

Where the Handclasp’s a Little Stronger takes its name from Arthur Chapman’s “Out Where the West Begins.”  Chapman wrote the poem in 1917, dashing it off for his Denver Republican column when the Western states’ governors were arguing about where the West began.  For years it remained a popular poem throughout America.  It hung in the office of the Secretary of the Interior in Washington, was quoted in Congress, and was used as campaign material for at least two governors.

Other poems in Where the Handclasp’s a Little Stronger go on to speak of the “where” as well as the “who” and  “what” that goes into the makeup of the West’s Cowboys and ranchers.  Red Steagall’s forceful statement tells where his own West begins, in “Born to This Land.”  Generations of pride stand solidly in this very personal and moving poem, which begins:

I've kicked up the hidden mesquite roots and rocks
From the place where I spread out my bed.
I'm layin' here under a sky full of stars
With my hands folded up 'neath my head.

Tonight there's a terrible pain in my heart
Like a knife, it cuts jagged and deep.
This evening the windmiller brought me the word
That my granddaddy died in his sleep.

From Missouri’s Leroy Watts’ “Gateway to the West” to Oklahoma Cowboy Poet Laureate Francine Roark Robison’s “North to Abilene,” the chapter’s poems further define people and places of the West, and beyond.  We learn the histories of the Hawaiian “Painolo” Cowboy; the Florida “Cracker” Cowboy (so-called for cracking sounds made by his whip as he herded cattle); and of one of the thousands of Black American Cowboys who rode the early range.  And from across the ocean, Liverpool’s Thomas Vaughan “Melancholy” Jones’ lilt carries through to his poetry now as it likely did in the songs and poetry of his emigrant ancestors in their own time, men he writes about in his “The Immigrants, 1858”:

They paved the roads of Texas,
Through the prairies and the plain.
I doubt if we will ever see 
The likes of them again.

God Bless you Jimmie Currie,
and God Rest you, Uncle Bill
We never yet forgot you,
And we swear we never will.

Along with the love of the land present throughout many of these verses, there are respects paid to the more forbidding landscapes as well.  In other poems, modern Cowboys survey the land and the big sky and kick up some fun. Throughout the tales of hardship and struggle, in homage to the land and those who made their way, as the past merges with the present, a vision of the West takes hold.

 Chapman had it right:

Out where the world is in the making,
Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,
    That’s where the West begins;
Where there’s more of singing and less of sighing,
Where there’s more of giving and less of buying,
And a man makes friends without half trying —
    That’s where the West begins.  

Poems about the “real Cowboys” comprise Git Along, Little Dogies; named for one of the most well known traditional Cowboy songs, “Whoopee To-Yi-Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies,” which is included in The Big Roundup.  The song evolved from a sixteenth century Celtic ballad, “The Old Man’s Lament,” the story of an old man left to raise a child that is not his own:

I was out walking one morning for pleasure
Down by the river I rambled along
I met an old man making sad lamentations
Rocking a cradle that’s none of his own
It’s my misfortune but none of your own

To hear the old ballad followed by the Cowboy version:  

As l walked out one morning for pleasure,
I spied a cow-puncher come all riding alone
His hat was throwed back and his spurs was a jingling,
As he approached me a-singin' this song,
Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies,
lt's your misfortune, and none of my own.

is to appreciate the threads of history that stitched the tapestry of the West.

Git Along, Little Dogies includes tales of the hard trails and poets with much to say about what makes a “real” Cowboy and how he’s different from the “reel” version ...

In 1873, when Brewster Higley and others improved upon a poem Higley had written, a Western anthem and the makings of “Home on the Range” were born. Higley’s partners talked him out of lines such as “Where life streams with buoyancy flow” and convinced him that “the skies are not clouded all day” needed just a bit of work. This book includes the early song, “The Western Home”; the original poem is posted at CowboyPoetry.com.  Today “Home on the Range is the state song of Kansas, a tune recognized the world over. 

Higley’s song compares the natural beauty of his Western world to the heavens above:

How often at night
When the heavens were bright
By the light of the twinkling stars,
Have I stood here amazed
And asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.

The air is so clear,
The breeze so pure,
The zephyr so balmy and light;
I would not exchange
My home here on range
Forever in azure so bright.

But in the real world, the land and the weather are opponents as well as inspirations, as some of the other poems in And The Sky is Not Cloudy All Day address. 

The rancher’s calendar is measured in seasons, not days.  An old Larry Chittenden poem refers to a cowman who “scanned the books of nature, as the seasons turned the leaves.” Written a hundred years later, Jo Lynne Kirkwood’s elegiac four-part “A Cowboy Season” encapsulates a year of ranching life.  In her description of Spring’s calving, the weather is cursed:

You were gruntin' and gaspin' and covered in sweat,
cussin' to drown out the pain,
Neck deep in muck and cursin' the sky,
though you knew in July you'd need rain.

and then a change of spirit occurs, as it often does for those who live their lives hand in hand with Nature and witness her miracles:

Then a little feller you'd thought was left dogie
answered the bawl of his ma,
and thrustin' his head 'gainst that cow's achin' udders
he sucked life from that muddy spring thaw.

And awareness come hard, like the thunder,
with that power that deep knowin' has.
There was no other place you would rather be
than right here, in the spring, birthin' calves.

Fellow Utah poet Michael Sorbonne Robinson paints a vivid picture of a drought and “starvin’ stock” with “lips all parched and dry.” He’s convinced “ol’ Mother Earth’s a brazen, teasin’ flirt” in the long wait for rain described in his “The End of the Drought.”  And when Nature does come through, once again the event is met with reverence:

The land's all soaked and clover-cloaked;
I'm wet, right to the core.
It's like the bliss of my first kiss,
to feel the rain once more.


excerpts from the Introduction, The Big Roundup

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From the Best of the West Appendix (excerpts)


Best of the West -- Featured in CowboyPoetry.com's "The Big Roundup"

Annual Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Events 
Organizations and Associations
Museums and Western Heritage Sites


Annual Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Events 

The Big Roundup directory includes contact information for all events, which are listed chronologically.

Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering  Sierra Vista, Arizona * Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Arvada, Colorado * Cowboy Ski Challenge  Jackson Hole, Wyoming * Lewis and Clark Cowboy Poetry, Music and Western Arts Festival  Lewiston, Idaho * National Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Elko, Nevada * Picacho Peak Trail Ride and Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Eloy, Arizona * Oklahoma City, Oklahoma * Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Santa Clarita, California.* Scottsdale, Arizona * Kamloops Cowboy Festival  Kamloops, B.C. Canada * Miracle Ranch Cowboy Rendezvous Port Orchard, Washington * The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association Gathering  Mountain View, Missouri * Rhyolite Jamboree  Rhyolite, Nevada * St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho * Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering Wharton, Texas * Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Alpine, Texas * Weatherford Cowboy Poetry Gathering Weatherford, Texas *  Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho  San Angelo, Texas * Chishom Trail Cowboy Gathering, Trail Ride and Rendezvous  Meridian, Texas * Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Thousand Oaks, California * Cowboy Poetry Festival  Brandon, Manitoba, Canada * The Cowboy Trade Day Claremore, Oklahoma * Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Medora, North Dakota * Echoes of the Trail Fort Scott, Kansas * The Gathering  Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada * High Desert Western Arts Association Redmond, Oregon * Pioneer Wagon Train and Cowboy Poetry Mariposa, California * Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Poets Gathering Rutlader, Kansas * Western Colorado Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Whitewater, Colorado * The Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas * Waltzing Matilda Poetry Festival  Winton, Queensland, Australia * Wild Bill Hickok Days  Deadwood, South Dakota * William's Lake Stampede William's Lake, British Columbia, Canada * The Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Cowboy Awards Ft. Worth, Texas * Annual Gathering (Old Miner's Days) Big Bear Lake, California * Arizona Cowpunchers' Reunion Rodeo Flagstaff, Arizona * Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering Prescott, Arizona * Calgary Stampede Calgary, Alberta, Canada * California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering Salinas, California * Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho San Angelo, Texas * Carbon County Gathering of Cowboy Poets Cowboy Festival and Wild West Show  O'Keefe Ranch, Vernon B. C., Canada * Festival of the American West Wellsville, Utah *  Idaho State Cowboy Gathering  Nampa, Idaho * Kamloops Cattle Drive Kamloops, BC, Canada * Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Lewiston, Montana * Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race  Omak, Washington * Red Deer’s Westerner Days Red Deer, Alberta, Canada * Rim Country Western Heritage Festival  Payson, Arizona * Taylor Cowboy Poetry & Music Taylor, Arizona *  Texas Cowboy Reunion Poetry Gathering  Stamford, Texas * Durango Cowboy Gathering  Durango, Colorado * Flagstaff Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Flagstaff, Arizona * Gene Autry Oklahoma Film and Music Festival, Gene Autry, Oklahoma *  Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup Safford, Arizona * Hell's Canyon Mule Days  Enterprise, Oregon * Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico * Lone Pine Film Festival and Cowboy Poetry  Lone Pine, California * Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Art Show Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada * Michael Martin Murphey's WestFest  Steamboat Springs, Colorado * Morrison Cowboy Celebration Morrison, Colorado * The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration Lubbock, Texas * Old West Days Valentine, Nebraska * Palouse Country Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho * Rafter S Timed Event Championship Roping and Cowboy Reunion  Cyril, Oklahoma * Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering Fort Worth, Texas * Superstition Mountain Gathering of Cowboy Poets Apache Junction, Arizona * Visalia Round-up Visalia, California * West Texas Ranch Rodeo & Celebration Midland, Texas * Western Legends Celebration and Cowboy Poetry Rodeo  Kanab, Utah * Wet Mountain Western Days Westcliffe, Colorado * Wyoming Cowboy Poetry Roundup Riverton, Wyoming * Arizona National Stock Show / Cowboy Classics  Phoenix, Arizona * Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Wickenburg, Arizona * Cowboy Days Las Cruces, New Mexico * Cowboy Poetry and Buckaroo Fair  Heber City, Utah * Gilbert Cowboy Poetry and Music Gilbert, Arizona * Grand Canyon Hole in the Ground Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering Grand Canyon, AZ  * International Western Music Association Festival Tucson, Arizona * Larry Chittenden Cowboy Celebration Anson, Texas * Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball  Anson, Texas (and other locations) * Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Monterey, California * Storyfest George West, Texas * World Championship Ranch Rodeo Amarillo, Texas * Yerington Cowboy Show Yerington, Nevada

Organizations and Associations

The Big Roundup directory includes contact information for all organizations and associations.

Cowboy and Western Poetry, Heritage, and Music

Academy of Western Artists (AWA) * American Chuckwagon Association * The American Cowboy Culture Association * B. C. Cowboy Heritage Society * Charley Russell Western Heritage Association  (CRWHA) * Cowboy History and Performance Society (CHAPS) * Cowboy Poets of Idaho * Cowboy Poets of Utah * Cowboys of Color * High Desert Western Arts Association (HDWAA) * Missouri Cowboy Poets Association  (MCPA) * Southwest Cowboy Poets Association * Texas Cowboy Poetry Association * Utah Western Heritage Foundation * Western Heritage Corporation * Western Folklife Center * Western Music Association (WMA) * Western Literature Association (WLA) * Western Writers of America  (WWA) * Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA)

Rodeo and Equine

American Horse Council * American Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) * The American Paint Horse Association  (APHA) * American Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) * American Quarter Horse Association  (AQHA) * Appaloosa Horse Club * Australian Pro-Rodeo Association (APRA) * Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) * The Institute of Range and the American Mustang  (IRAM) * National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) * National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) * National High School Rodeo Association (NRSRA) * National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) * National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) * National Pro Rodeo Association (NPRA) * National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) * National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) * National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) * Professional Bull Riders Association * Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) * Professional Western Rodeo Association (Pro-West) * Professional Women's Rodeo Association (PWRA) * United States Calf Roping Association  (USCRA) * United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) * Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) 


American Farm Bureau * American Farmland Trust * Center for Rural Affairs * Community Alliance With Family Farmers * International Texas Longhorn Association (ITLA) * National Cattlemen’s Association * National Livestock Producers Association * Ranching Heritage Association


The Big Roundup directory includes descriptions and contact information for all publications. 

Ag Journal * American Cowboy Magazine * Arizona Highways * Australian Farm Journal * Barrel Horse News * B. C. Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter * California Cattleman * Canadian Cowboy Country * Cattlemen Magazine * Christian Cowboy Magazine * Chronicle of the Old West * County Grapevine * Country Line Magazine * Cowboy Magazine * Cowboy Sports and Entertainment Magazine * Cowboy Sports News * Cowboy Times * CowboyPoetry.com News * Cowboys & Indians * Cutting Horse Chatter * Desert Cowboy * Farmer and Stock Owner * Great Lakes Rodeo News * Hoof and Horns * Horse & Rider * Horses All * Missouri Life * Montana Magazine * Nevada Magazine * New Mexico Magazine * North Dakota * Horizons Magazine * Oklahoma Today * Pacific & Prairie Horse Journal * Persimmon Hill * Pro Bull Rider * ProRodeo Sports News * Pro Rodeo World * Range Magazine * ReadTheWest.com * Reno.com * Rocky Mountain Rider * Rocky Mountain Roper and Rodeo News * Rodeo Illustrated Magazine * Rope Burns * Roundup Magazine * South Dakota Magazine * Sunset Magazine * The Texas Cowboy Gazette * Texas Monthly Magazine * Texas Highways * The Tombstone Epitaph * The Virtual Texan * Western Horseman * WildWest Magazine * The Wrangler * The Wyoming Companion 

More... The Cattle Pages * Cowboy Miner Publications * Gibbs Smith * Hancock House * SilverCreekCowboy * Westerns Movie Channel

Museums and Western Heritage Sites

The Big Roundup directory includes descriptions and contact information for all museums and Western heritage sites. 

Adams Museum Deadwood, South Dakota * The Alamo San Antonio, Texas * Alberta Western Heritage Centre Cochrane, Alberta, Canada * American Folklife Center Washington, D.C. * American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum Amarillo, Texas * American West Heritage Center Wellsville, Utah * Amon Carter Museum Fort Worth, Texas * Astor House Museum Golden, Colorado * Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Longreach, Queensland, Australia * Black American West Museum and Heritage Center Denver, Colorado * Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Austin, Texas * Boot Hill Museum Dodge City, Kansas * Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum Golden, Colorado * Buffalo Bill Historical Center Cody, Wyoming * Cattle Raisers Museum Fort Worth, TX * Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Washington, D.C. * C. M. Russell Museum Great Falls, Montana * Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Duncan, Oklahoma * Coutts Memorial Museum of Art  El Dorado, Kansas * Cowboy Artists of America Museum Kerrville, Texas * Cowboy Memorial and Library Caliente, California * Desert Caballeros Western Museum Wickenburg, Arizona * Devil's Rope Museum McLean, Texas * Eiteljorg Museum  Indianapolis, Indiana * Fife Folklore Archives Logan, Utah * Frederic Remington Art Museum Ogdensburg, New York * Fremont County Pioneer Museum Lander, Wyoming * Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage Los Angeles, California * Gene Autry Oklahoma History Museum Gene Autry, Oklahoma * George Ranch Historical Park Richmond, Texas * Gilcrease Museum Tulsa, Oklahoma * Glenbow Museum Calgary, Alberta, Canada * Haley Library and History Center Midland, Texas * Historic Fort Caspar Casper, Wyoming * Hubbard Museum of the American West Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico * King Ranch Museum Kingsville, Texas * Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin * Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada * Museum of Northwest Colorado Craig, Colorado * National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma * National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Fort Worth, Texas * National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas * New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Las Cruces, New Mexico * Northeastern Nevada Museum Elko, Nevada * Old Cowtown Museum Wichita, Kansas * Old West Museum Cheyenne, Wyoming * Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Canyon, Texas * Phippen Museum Prescott, Arizona * Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix, Arizona * Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy  Colorado Springs, Colorado * Rockwell Museum Corning, New York * Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum Victorville, California * R.W. Norton Art Gallery Shreveport, Louisiana * Sharlot Hall Prescott, Arizona * Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art Museum  Fort Worth, Texas * Stockyards Museum Fort Worth, Texas * Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Waco, Texas * Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton, Queensland, Australia * Wells Fargo History Museums California and Minnesota * Western Folklife Center Elko, Nevada * William S. Hart Ranch and Museum Newhall, California * Will Rogers Memorial Museum Claremore, Oklahoma * Women of the West Museum Boulder, Colorado * Woolaroc Museum and Gallery Bartlesville, Oklahoma * XIT Museum Dalhart, Texas


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About the Cover Artist 

Bill Anton

The Best Laid Plans, by Bill Anton
"The Best Laid Plans"
by Bill Anton


Bill Anton's work has been published in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Equine Images, Western Horseman, Art-Talk, and Architectural Digest, and prominently featured in The West; A Treasury of Art and Literature.  In 1993 his work was selected for a Museum Purchase Award at Cheyenne Frontier Days and in 1995 it was selected for a limited edition print at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Corporate collections that include his work are Sears, Dupont, State Farm Insurance, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, and Trust Company of the West. Anton was the featured poster artist for the 1997 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale and has exhibited annually at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City.

Bill Anton is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Jackson Hole and by Texas Art Gallery.


Bill Anton's "Back in the Bradshaws" (left) was the June 2002 cover of Western Horseman; "Tallied Up" was the November 2002 cover, and his "Jewel of the Rockies" (right) was the January 2003 cover.

Spellbound, by Bill Anton is the painting on the 2002 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering. Click for order details from Sharlot Hall Museum.

Bill Anton's "Spellbound" was the poster for the 2002 15th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering.


[Find current information about Bill Anton at billantonstudio.com.]