Raised in Fallon, Nevada, Tia Openshaw grew up a member of the National FFA Organization and with a barnyard of different animals, from an ostrich and llama to hogs and bottle-fed calves. Though she did not live or work on a ranch, she had a strong interest in animal husbandry and agriculture.
With horses, cattle and dogs as sidekicks, this ranch hand is living her own version of Lonesome Dove. One dog is even named Newt.
Specialized equine athletes— from broncs to barrel racing horses—win accolades in rodeo for their speed, timing and skills in the specific events for which they are trained. However, there are equally athletic and highly skilled horses, their names and stories rarely known, that are often unnoticed and underappreciated.
Cowgirl Up! spotlights the works of 55 female artists whose perceptions represent the face of the modern West.