National Day of the American Cowboy.

Began in 2005 by Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas, this day traditionally falls in time with Cheyenne Frontier Days.  As the resolution states, the cowboy archetype embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic and patriotism while transcending ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations.


The state of Wyoming adopted a Code of Ethics in 2010 aka Cowboy Ethics.

  1. Live each day with courage.
  2. Take pride in your work.
  3. Always finish what you start.
  4. Do what has to be done.
  5. Be tough, but fair.
  6. When you make a promise, keep it.
  7. Ride for the brand.
  8. Talk less and say more.
  9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
  10. Know where to draw the line.

I don’t know about you… but I sure like this day… and state… and occupation.






NDAC — 9 Comments

  1. I love the Cowboy Code of Ethics you have told us about. I grew up learning those from my parents who both grew up ranching or farming. Except for number 7 (Ride for the brand) since I did not grow up on a ranch or farm. Instead number 7 was more like “Make your family proud.” :o)

  2. Wise words. I will add them to my journal of wise words, which already has the Cowboy Prayer. Love one of Garth Brooks early songs, Cowboys Lament (I think!!!)

  3. I’m with you and this wonderful code, even though I don’t live a cowboy culture. Very nice picture, by the way. The West is the Best in my book!

  4. National Day of the Cowboy was started or at least promoted, I think, by the magazine called “American Cowboy.” It was bought out by the non cowboys who referred to themselves as ‘journalists’ and is now defunct. I find that sad.

  5. We’ve only lived in Wyoming. for a year now, but have already gained a tremendous respect for the American Cowboy culture here, and all that it stands for. God Bless Wyoming, and God Bless Cowboys – and Cowgirls!

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