American Cowgirl

Honoring the Spirit of Women and Horses

Love the film

July 25th, 2008

Love, love, love the film and the photography. Fantastic work! An an artist and horse lover myself, I can identify. When will the film be available? I am interested in a copy for sure! Thanks for your efforts to record the cowgirl history. Your work will touch so many for generations to come.
God bless,

A life long rider

July 25th, 2008

Pam Stone riding her horse

As a life long rider and actress/radio host, this is one of the *best* docs I’ve seen in a long time. Well done!!! May God grant me the health to ride as long as she does and the graciousness to teach as well!
Pam Stone

Back to riding with double lung transplant

July 25th, 2008

Melanie Pierson riding her horseMelsanie riding her horse - front viewMelanie and her horse








I am 51 years old, a songwriter, writer and rider. Seven months ago I had a double lung transplant. One of the first questions I asked the surgeons before signing on for this, was, “Will I be able to ride again?” The operation was a success. I am back in the saddle. I wrote about the months waiting for the transplant. And then I wrote about my best friend and horse breeder in California, for whom, on my birthday, she send me a kind, compassionate and beautiful black Morgan gelding.

I am riding again. I am breathing and riding and where I was once tethered to an oxygen tank I am now tacking my horse, showering him and riding four times a week. You can see some video at or read about this lovely gift from Susie Solomon and other stories at

Well, I hope someone somewhere can be inspired and know there can be beautiful days ahead even when it is barely too much to draw a single breath. Thank you for this documentary. I thought I would share my story with you, too.
Best, Melody Pierson
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I was awestruck by the film

July 24th, 2008

I was awestruck by the film and felt an unusual sense of peace knowing that someone was finally documenting the “American Cowgirl” and especially in such a beautiful and professional manner.
Thank you.
Kathy Fahey
Jupiter, FL

I’ve only had her 2 weeks, she is my dream horse

July 17th, 2008


Your pictures and film are truly a tribute to women. I always say, women empower women. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face this morning. My 84 year old Mom watched the video last night and a tear came to her eye, as she said “Now I understand what you have with your horses”. Please keep me on your list, I am honored. And again, women truly do empower women. I am including a picture of my new horse Euphoria, barn name is Fiona. I have only had her 2 weeks, she is my dream horse……..Funny isn’t it, I thought you might enjoy seeing her.
Warm Regards,
Ellen Weaver

Home at last, with two horses and a little donkey

July 17th, 2008

Ruella and Renaissance Painter

Hi Jamie – What beautiful work!
About a year ago, at age 72, I finally got the horse ranch I’d dreamed of since childhood – two acres a little east of Oklahoma City. I grew up with horses, with my earliest memories the smell and feel of them. I married a “city boy” with no understanding of the dream, so it was on hold for too long. Through somewhat miraculous events, I am now at home at last – with two horses and a little donkey, loving every moment with them and savoring every ride.

Renaissance Painter arrived on the first day of spring, and has become my dear friend and partner, the first horse of my own since I was a child. He was a cow horse, and I lived my adult life in the city, longing for a place for a horse. When I saw him for the first time, I knew he had been waiting for me. Our acreage was purchased just for Renn, and he is my heart’s delight. Every day our connection grows and our spirits entwine deeper. When I awake, he’s outside my window, waiting. The unity I crave as a horsewoman is with me in moments of brilliance, moments that take my breath away. And the moments are growing into minutes, and now, into hours. In the autumn of my life I found him – stealer and healer of my heart.

Thanks for the beautiful gallery; I especially liked the photos of Connie.
Happy Trails,
Ruella Yates
Jones, OK


July 17th, 2008

Ruella and Jenny

I got a donkey as a companion for my lonely gelding, never knowing that she would steal my heart. This portrait of Jenny in the morning light captures her strong, sweet spirit. She came to us from a herd of 120 donkeys northwest of Oklahoma City. When I entered the pen of donkeys for sale, she gently but firmly locked eyes with me; I looked no further, and took her home. She was received with explosive joy by a lonely horse delighted to have an equine friend. Jenny took over as a “security guard”, causing the coyotes, snakes, and other assorted varmints to back off. How can one little spirit accomplish this and still have her depth of sweetness?
Ruella Yates
Jones, OK 

Breath with Me

July 17th, 2008

Ruella and Kira

Kira was seized by the police department, along with her herd of 44 starving, abused Arabians. I went to the rescue organization offering to foster a horse, not knowing what to expect. In shock at what I saw, I focused on the gate to the overflow pen, saying a small prayer that the horse who needed me would come to me. Among the frightened, starving mares was Kira, who immediately locked her eyes with mine, walked confidently to me, and made me her own. When she became available for adoption, it was legal, and neither of our lives has been the same. She’s safe forever, growing sleek and joyful – partly from good food, but mostly from love. And now I know I needed her as much as she needed me.
Ruella Yates
Jones, OK

A tip of the Stetson to you Jamie!

July 17th, 2008

Cowgirl\'s Cookbook

A tip of the Stetson to you Jamie!
I just watched your film. I am the author of The Cowgirl’s Cookbook published by Globe Pequot this last May. It is doing very well, in part, I believe, because people like you – and me – are bringing the Cowgirl back to the forefront where she belongs. I give a talk now and then on “The Girls of the Golden West” to dudes at a ranch here in Sisters – they are awed by the stories of women who rode broncs out to the whistle before women had the vote. I had the honor of helping to induct Bertha Blancett into the Pendleton (Oregon) Hall of Fame as well as the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. If there is anything I can do to help you along – please, you only have to ask.

My best regards Cowgirl!
Jill Stanford
Sisters, OR

Loved the film clip!

July 17th, 2008

A horse named Teade

Loved the film clip! It was sent to me on my horse list. I hope I am still going at that age. I wonder how many more years I can ride. If you are anywhere near Long Island, NY stop on by!
Gail Destefano
Nesconset, NY


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