Calling all cowgirls! American publication Cowgirl Magazine has revealed its 3rd annual list of top 30 cowgirls under 30 years of age, and the chosen western horsewomen were feted in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 4th. The ceremony was the first of its kind for the annual list and was dubbed the Wrangler Cowgirl 30 Under 30 Empowered Gala, held at the Hotel Drover in the historic Stockyards.
On the roster was Brianna Noble, the first Black woman to receive the honor. Noble, 26, rode to fame in 2020 astride Dapper Dan, her appaloosa gelding, when the pair made international headlines taking part in Black Lives Matter protests in California. Noble runs Mulatto Meadows in Oakland and is also the founder of the nonprofit Humble. She is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of riding and horsemanship to communities historically excluded from the equestrian world, and is especially passionate about introducing horsemanship and riding to youth of colour and economically disenfranchised populations. She also produces fabulous video content including helpful barn hacks. You can follow Noble on Instagram @urbancowgirl510.
There’s also Casey Watt-Morgan, 30, an ambulatory veterinarian with a self-proclaimed weakness for “old swayback horses”; Hannah Miller, 29, a special events and sponsorship manager for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, who, judging by the image on the Cowgirl site, knows her way around the barrels; and Jamie Denue, 30, a dude ranch host, western photographer and fourth-generation rancher who focuses on merging her hospitality career with the western lifestyle.
Following the formal gala, the festivities continued with an official after-party held at local bar The Cowboy Channel Western Sports Bar, located down the road from the network’s headquarters.