Art of the Cowgirl – Congratulations to our 2024 Fellowship Recipients!

We wish to extend our gratitude to all applicants of our 2024 Fellowship opportunities.

The Fellowship Program was Tammy Pate’s original dream of providing an opportunity for western artists to work with masters- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn or refine their passion with some of the most talented makers in the business.

These six recipients will spend one to three weeks with Master Artists, learning and studying under them.

Kristin Allen- Saddle Making Recipient studying with Master Nancy Martiny

Cailin Messer- Horsemanship Recipient studying with Master Barbra Schulte

Cassie Waggoner- Fine Art Recipient studying with Master Shawn Cameron

Peyton Kottwitz- Ranching Recipient studying with Master Terry Stuart Forst

Helen Holloway- Rawhide Braiding Recipient studying with Master Teresa Black

Hailey Fancher- Silversmithing Recipient studying with Master Nevada Miller

Learn more about the recipients’ stories below!


Kristin Allen
Saddle Making Recipient with Master Artist, Nancy Martiny

Kristin was born and raised in a small ranching community in the mountains of southwest Colorado. As a young adult Kristin traveled around cowboying at some bigger cow outfits and worked for a few different horse trainers.

Kristin started drawing horses as soon as she could hold a pencil and continued to do so along her horse training/cowboy path. Wanting to make her own gear, she talked an old saddle maker into teaching her the basics. Being able to draw helped her when designing unique leather goods. Aside from ranch work, Kristin spent her spare time making leather goods to sell on the side.

Eventually leatherwork became Kristin’s full-time job and cowboying and horse training her hobby. Kristin lives in AZ and still team ropes and trains a nice gelding to sell every few years. She has also been able to find some dogs trainers in AZ with whom spend time keeping her cowdog happy and increasing her dog training skills.


Cailin Messer
Horsemanship Recipient with Master Horsewoman, Barbra Schulte

Cailin Messer grew up horseback in Glen Carbon, Illinois where she and her family own and operate a working horse farm today. Inspired by her experiences helping horses and people, Cailin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. This education sparked Cailin’s desire to pursue horsemanship practices that consider the mental and emotional aspect of the human-horse relationship.

With an ever expanding interest in the horse industry, Cailin spent much time exploring and practicing her craft in the show arena, thoroughbred racing, colt starting, teaching, and veterinary medicine. Along the way she found a real passion for riding horses in a way that aligns with her own personal values, talents, and abilities and an even greater passion for empowering others to do the same. She offers this mindset and encouragement through her current business of educating horses and motivating their human counterparts.


Cassie Waggoner
Fine Art Recipient with Master Fine Artist, Shawn Cameron

Raised on a desert cow outfit north of Globe Arizona, Cassie learned to love the the western desert, striving to capture it with paint and pencils at a young age. Influenced by her mother Tammy, and then later studying with many acclaimed artist at the Scottsdale Artist School, she worked to capture the brave beauty of her ranching heritage. After marrying her husband Ryan she returned to ranching to raise her two children in the same way she was blessed to start out, and when she has a spare moment she has a paintbrush in her hand.


Peyton Kottwitz
Ranching Recipient with Master Rancher, Terry Forst

Raised on a ranch in Wyoming, Peyton learned the pioneer spirit of hard work and responsibility. Proud to carry on the tradition, she tackles challenges with unwavering toughness. After attending Laramie County Community College for Agriculture Production and competing on the ranch horse team, she went on to earn a degree in Ranch Management from Texas Christian University in 2022. Working cattle operations instilled a love for ranching’s diverse aspects. Now back on the family’s Angus cow/calf ranch, Peyton hones her skills alongside family. Her love for ranch life extends to riding her horses Woodrow & Razor and working her dogs Mia & Ida.


Helen Holloway
Rawhide Braiding Recipient with Master Rawhide Braider, Teresa Black

Helen Holloway is a wife, mother, and fourth-generation rancher who has found a passion for rawhide braiding. She resides in Dewey, OK, on the Scudder Ranch, a preconditioning operation managed by her husband, Rielly. They have two sons, Augustus and Virgil.

She comes from a family full of people with artistic abilities, but her talent comes from Frank Adcock, a great uncle who devoted his time in the summer of 2014 assisting Helen with making her first quirt. A family friend, Tim Zibell, found out and gave her an old Hansen Cutter in 2020, and from then on, her passion has grown.


Hailey Fancher
Silversmithing Recipient with Master Silversmith, Nevada Miller

Hailey Fancher is an 18 year old from Arizona. She cherishes her unique experiences on ranches, and time spent with good horses in neat country. Inspired by her Swedish mother and western heritage, she embraced creativity, which led to a passion for silversmithing. With a supportive mentor and diverse education, Hailey is currently pursuing an associate’s degree and honing her silversmithing skills, which started at 15 from a Youtube video. She looks forward to the fellowship to further her craft.


We look forward to updating you with our recipients’ journeys throughout the year!

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Thank you to our fellowship donors
Tammis Day Foundation
Schaefer Outfitter
Western Horseman
Rio Grande Jewelry
Cross Bell Ranch
Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
Arizona National Livestock Show
Carolyn Alm
Molly Amini
Jeff Tant
Thank you to all of our sponsors
100X Equine
American Furniture Warehouse
Association
Art of the West Magazine
Big Bend Saddlery
Boot Barn
Buckaroo Business
Buckaroo Fringe
Cinch
Clarke Butte Ranch Cutting Horses
Cowboy Channel
Cowgirl Artists of America
COWGIRL Magazine
Earnhart Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Equibrand
Fay Ranches
Hay Chix
Kalpowar Quarter Horses
Kimes Ranch
Lamar Community College
Legacy Equine Management
Merck Animal Health
Montana Leather Co.
Montana Silversmiths
MVP
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Cutting Horse Association
National Ranching Heritage Center
Priefert
Purina
Quarter Horse News
RA Brown Ranches
Resistol
Rio Grande
RopeSmart
Schaefer Outfitter
Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Foundation
Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
Tractor Supply
Vera Earl Beef
Western Horseman
Wrangler
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