National Day of The Cowboy

Merriam Webster defines a Cowboy as: Vote Today for the National Day of The Cowboy poster

  1. one who tends cattle or horses
  2. a rodeo performer
  3. one having qualities such as recklessness, aggressiveness, or independence

which is why today, The National Day of The Cowboy, was created; in order to celebrate, protect and promote the cowboy culture and pioneer heritage that Americans have grown to live and love. Wolfpack Publishing started as a Western publishing company, and if you’ve ever picked up a Western novel, you understand just how important the cowboy is and why he is someone that should be celebrated.


“A man isn’t born a cowboy…he becomes one.”


Cowboy with lasso silhouette at small-town rodeo. The historic American cowboy arose in the 19th century, and since then we have had countless famous cowboys that we will never forget. One cowboy everyone knows and loves is the legendary John Wayne. John Wayne is best known for being a worldwide icon, movie star and upholding traditional American values. Although he was a movie star, he starred in Western and War pictures and spent his time with stuntmen and real life cowboys in order to learn the necessary skills to play a realistic cowboy on screen. “King of the Cowboys” is another American actor and singer known for his role in Westerns, Roy Rogers. Roy Rogers was seen in mainly Western musicals and became an icon for his image of patriotism and heroism.


“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!” – John Wayne


I’m sure you’re wondering by now, what guidelines are there to qualify someone as a true cowboy? Well, believe it or not there are ten written guidelines on behavior for cowboys to follow. The western frontier lacked a written law on how a cowboy should conduct himself, and thus a “Code of the West” was established. Over the years there have been many versions of these laws recorded, but never the less it is a guideline of laws that should be respected on the range.

The National Day of the Cowboy
Code of Conduct for Cowboys & Cowgirls©

  1. Live each day with honesty and courage.
  2. Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  3. Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  4. Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  5. Be tough, but fair.
  6. When you make a promise, keep it.
  7. Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  8. Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  9. Be willing to stand up for what’s right.
  10. Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.


Today we have our very own authors that bring cowboys into our lives each and every day through their fictional stories. The Western Fiction genre would be nothing today without the authors that grew up living the cowboy lifestyle and learning the ins and outs in order to bring their characters to life. So not only today, but every day, we celebrate our favorite fictional character, The Cowboy.


“The earth would be nothing without the people, but the man would be nothing without the horse.”

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