Friend of the Land – December 2023


In Memory and Honor: Tammy Pate Recognized as December Friend of the Land

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Tammy Pate, the visionary founder of Art of the Cowgirl. Tammy’s courageous battle with cancer sadly ended on December 21, 2023, leaving behind a void that can never be filled. We wish to acknowledge and honor the remarkable life and legacy of this woman, whose unwavering passion for the Western way of life has favorably impacted, influenced and inspired so many.

Tammy’s dedication transformed Art of the Cowgirl into a beacon for those who shared her love for the spirit, resilience, and grace of the cowgirl. Her tenacity and relentless pursuit of her vision inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her, creating a ripple effect that will endure for generations to come.

Tammy’s love for family, the western arts and trades, ranching, horses, and people fueled her vision and dream. What she started in 2019 has become a powerful force, a testament to her lasting impact on Western heritage. Her legacy, carried forward by her family and Art of the Cowgirl directors and team members, is a testament to her enduring influence.

Art of the Cowgirl remains a living testament to Tammy’s commitment to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the Western lifestyle. From her childhood days on the ranch to leading horsemanship retreats, Tammy lived and breathed the values of independence, strength, and camaraderie. Her impact on the horsemanship world reflects her dedication to the art and craftsmanship woven into the very fabric of the Western lifestyle.

Tammy Pate’s legacy lives on in the spirit of Art of the Cowgirl, an annual event that blends the rugged authenticity of the cowgirl spirit with the finesse of artistic expression. This gathering is more than an event; it’s a celebration of the unbridled passion and craftsmanship that cowgirls embody. Through this platform, Tammy ensured that the contributions of artists, craftsmen, and cowgirls to the Western heritage are not just recognized but celebrated.

In commemorating Tammy Pate, we honor a true Friend of the Land, a creative force, and a guardian of our Western heritage. May her legacy continue to inspire and resonate, keeping alive the spirit of the cowgirl she so passionately embraced.

Read about all of our Friend of the Land recipients HERE

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