American Cowgirl

Honoring the Spirit of Women and Horses

I. M. Cowgirl Magazine cover and article

July 15th, 2008

Jamie williams on the I M Cowgirl Cover January 2008 issueI. M. Cowgirl Magazine featured Jamie Williams on the cover and in a feature article in their January 2008 issue.

Jamie Williams profiling the American Cowgirl

When one considers the image that America has of itself and that the world has of us, the great icon is the cowboy.

When one looks at the real history of our country the contributions of women are always short changed.

All of the women in the Old West weren’t school marms or dancehall girls. And all of the women on the ranches didn’t wear bonnets and ride on the buckboards.

They were, and still are, women in the saddle.

Read entire article: I.M. Cowgirl



Cowgirl Living Magazine article

July 15th, 2008

When many people think of the American West, they picture a cowboy roping steers, rounding up strays and singing by fire. Jamie Williams is out to change that. Williams, an artist from Tucson, AZ, says it’s time the cowboy’s counterpart – the cowgirl – gets her due.

Read entire article: Cowgirl Living

Cowgirl Living


Encore Western Channel Ad

July 15th, 2008

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Endorsements for American Cowgirl

July 15th, 2008

Mrs. Gene Autry
“I am most impressed with the photographs and interviews you have done and think the story you intend to tell is an important one of major historical significance.”

David Hume Kennerly – Pulitzer Prize winning photographer
“I think your project is essential in preserving the heritage of a great group of American women. As a fellow photographer I’m impressed with the skill, dedication and perseverance you have exhibited in making this project come alive.”

Dick Baxter – Dale Evans’ personal manager and friend for 47 years
“Your photographs of Dale brought tears to my eyes. You’ve really captured the warmth and beauty of my dear friend. Your photographs are beautiful, very professional and a special gift. I look forward to the completed tribute to these great ladies.”

Margaret Formby, Founder – National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
“As founder of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, it gives me personal pleasure to applaud Jamie Williams on her significant and current project. Who else but Jamie Williams, the devoted high profile photographer, is more qualified for an endeavor of this magnitude? The research, filming, travel and scope of knowledge needed to develop a documentary film, a fine art book and a traveling photo exhibit are major challenges. Jamie Williams can triumph each and all of the above with the result being an international, historical, educational creation that will be a vital and welcome addition to our American Heritage Archives.”

J. Helen Perkins, Ed.D. Professor – Southern Methodist University
“The cowgirl project that Ms. Williams is working on will enhance our knowledge and keep history alive for future generations. For our children to learn about the past we must have people like Jamie who are dedicated to education. This project will continue to keep that history alive.”

Tucson Citizen article

July 1st, 2008

All Her Heroes Have Been Cowgirls

by Billie Stanton

American authenticity and sheer goodness have become elusive attributes, leaving our girls with role models such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

But Tucson photographer and filmmaker Jamie Williams has found the antidote in the American cowgirl. From retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to rodeo photographer Louise Serpa, Tucson is chock-full of women worthy of emulation.

Like others across our land, they’re American cowgirls, by golly.

Read entire article: Tucson Citizen

Cowboys & Indians Magazine article

July 1st, 2008

Riding by Feel

by Dana Joseph

Lots of folks come to trainer Jyme Beth Cochrane’s Lightning C Arena in McAlester, Oklahoma, with special horse needs. One client from Weatherford, Texas, is especially particular.

Her horse has to be gentle and calm and willing to let her halter and groom him and load him in a trailer. Her horse has to be knowing and willing to take care of her no matter what. He has to automatically sense her every nuance. And he has to run barrels like nobody’s business.

This rider isn’t overly picky. This buckle-winning barrel racer is blind. Not that you’d know it when you meet 14-year-old Brittney Holland, who rode first as a baby in the saddle in front of her mom and started riding alone at age 4. 

Read entire article: Cowboys & Indians

Horse Channel article

July 1st, 2008

The American Cowgirl Project
The Best of the West as Role Model

by Cindy Hale

Although Professional photographer Jamie Williams is quick to confess that she hasn’t spent her life on horseback, growing up in West Texas and spending time in Arizona, where she currently lives, has indoctrinated her to the mystique of the American Cowgirl.

Read entire article: Horse Channel

Desert Leaf article

July 1st, 2008

Documenting the American Cowgirl

by Lorraine A. DarConte

Like many photographers, Jamie Williams was first inspired to pick up a camera after seeing her first National Geographic at age eight. “I thought (photography) would be a really cool, fun and interesting thing to do that would allow me to meet people from all over the world,” she says.

Williams, who is self-taught, began photographing in high school, then worked in a commercial photo lab before setting out on her own. She’s been in business for about 20 years now.

Read entire article: Desert Leaf


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