History Life Lessons from the back of a horse

Many young girls dream of the thrill and challenge of riding a horse in a world class performance. Riata Ranch has facilitated that opportunity to literally thousands of young people since 1957 using the values and traditions of the American Western Heritage to build character through disciplined instruction. The Riata program has been a standard bearer in the equestrian industry for the last 5 decades and the polished young women whose lives have been positively impacted are testimonials to the importance of the lessons taught both in and out of the arena.

Riata Ranch started as riding school dedicated to educating Tulare County Youth about horses, western culture and ranch living. During the 1970’s Riata was home to state and national youth champions in horse shows and Jr. Rodeo competitions. Riata Ranch also had over 25 horse show and rodeo queens including the title of Miss Rodeo America. Riata strives to teach proper etiquette along with good manners and citizenship skills which proved to be a boost when it came to Riata Ranch students in the arena of competition.

In 1976 founder, Tommy Maier, created and launched the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls. They have cemented their reputation as an international trick riding, trick roping and Roman riding troupe appearing at rodeos and events around the world such as Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas, Reno Rodeo, Pendleton Round Up, Salinas, Dodge City and many more. They have traveled to 18 countries on four continents building their reputation as world class performers.

Their unique brand of entertainment has led to performances in professional sporting venues. Mostly for the NFL which includes several half time performances (including horses) for the San Francisco 49’ers, Barcelona Spain for the American Bowl, Monday Night Football and numerous Super Bowl appearances. The Riata Girls were in Lexington Kentucky where they were part of the opening ceremonies for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in which they choreographed a 9 minute trick roping segment with the accompaniment of the University of Kentucky Philharmonic Orchestra which was broadcasted in 56 countries.

The Riata Ranch experience returned from a 6 week tour of Australia teaching and inspiring riders in the field of trick riding and mentoring new riders to reach their goals through horsemanship and leadership lessons. In May 2012, Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls participated in the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for Queen Elizabeth as she celebrated 60 years on the throne. The Riata Girls were handpicked for this once in a life time event at Windsor Castle. The made for TV show, “All the Queen’s Horses”, featured 500 hundred horses and 800 hundred performers from 18 countries. The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls were part of the USA contingency performing a Wild West show. A few of the members even had tea and personal meeting with Her Royal Majesty.

 

 

 

accolades

Over the decades Riata Ranch has been recognized by local, state and federal officials for the appearances made by the world renowned Riata Ranch Cowboy girls; a team of young women made up of mostly Tulare County residents.  The following is a list of some of our accolades.

2012 US House of Representatives Resolution
Acknowledging our performance for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Windsor England

2012 California State Legislature Resolution
Acknowledging our performance for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Windsor England

2012 Tulare County Board of Supervisors Resolution
Acknowledging our performance for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Windsor England

2011 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Nomination
Nominated top 5 Specialty Act of the Year

2010 American Cowboy Cultural Award
For preserving America’s ranching heritage through Education and Demonstration

 2007 California State Assembly Resolution
Recognition of Riata Ranch reaching 50 years as a business

2007 California State Fair
Recognition of Riata Ranch reaching 50 years as a business

1987 City of Visalia Proclamation
September 2, 1987 Riata Ranch Cowboy girls day, honoring our good will exchange trip to the People’s Republic of China

1986 Congressional Record, Washington D.C.
Recorded and recognized as America’s Goodwill Ambassadors on Horseback