The dream of amazing a crowd with fast and fancy horses, breathtaking maneuvers, and glamorous outfits became a reality in 1994 with the introduction of the California Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team.
In 2017, the Cowgirls became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and with that transformation, became the California Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team. The mission of the Cowgirls is to foster a team environment of camaraderie, horsemanship and precision drill, along with cultivating the individual qualities of commitment, patience, flexibility, pride, imagination and respect.
The California Cowgirls appear at rodeos, horse shows, parades and special events throughout the West. And they do it all while clad in eye-catching costumes, carrying rippling American flags, and riding American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses in complex drill routines at top speed around the arena. These Cowgirls receive standing ovations at every performance. Among their impressive list of accomplishments are ten California State Championship wins, several Grand National Rodeo Championship wins, and the honor of being the only rodeo drill team to go to the World Equestrian Games in 2010.
The Cowgirls are a perfect example of the American values that built this country. Their team is made up of real tried-and-true Cowgirls from all walks of life. Their members include several mother-daughter pairs, farmers, teachers, nurses, welders, and professional working Cowgirls.
The California Cowgirls call the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA home. They consider the role of a California Cowgirl to be a combination of play and hard work, made easier with the love of country, family, friends and horses.