Contemporary Makers
dedicated to preserving the old west

About Us

The Art of the Cowboy Makers Contest is held annually.  Each year contemporary makers bring their best work and compete for silver trophy buckles, cash prizes and ribbons.

The winners in each category are determined by two separate votes. The makers are judged first by their peers; quality of craftsmanship is the hallmark of this award. Makers are voted on by makers - those who know the skill and the quality of materials that are used.

The second vote is cast by the public, those attending the western collectable show, and it is presented as the "People's Choice" award.  The People's Choice winners know that they have captured the  viewers with their  quality of craftsmanship as well as their artistic flair.

2013 News

We have now signed the contract for special Hotel rates under $60 a night for makers, vendors and sponsors still negotiating rates for RV’s and plenty of secured parking for trailers.  We have just received access to the website the first week of February and have posted the Maker application on it so you can print it and either email or fax it in.  We are still waiting access to face book where information will be posted and directed to the website.  We are currently using the existing Website but will be launching a new design in March.  I am sure that there are many questions and below you will find some questions that we have answered.  Please go to the website at  and continue to email or call the number at the bottom of the page. 


Why we chose Alexis Park all Suite Resort:

The Alexis Park in a smaller, non gambling hotel located approx 1 block from the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel.  They offer airport transfers and free valet.  It is easy to park and load and unload at your room or the conference facility.  This is a family owned hotel who is willing to work with us regarding special rates, accommodated our workshop and show schedule at a reasonable rate.    For the vendors your buyers can throw a saddle over the rail right into their truck without having to carry it across a parking lot.  The show is easy access for everyone.   We have asked The Alexis Park to have the live viewing of the NFR in house on the big screen and special menus and free transportation to and from the rodeo is available next door.    It is easy to get from point A to Point B without having to walk ten acres.  Every guest room is a suite and has a refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot and it is family friendly. 

We will have a secure parking lot for your trailer if you are hauling entry or products down.  If you are bringing a   RV we are working with a nice RV park that isn’t far from the hotel and we will send info on that upon registration.

Why did you chose dates in the midst of the NFR not the full duration?

The National Finals Rodeo is a concentrated group of people who are interested in the western Lifestyle and appreciate the work of the makers, people who live breath and eat the western world.  We also have  people who are interested in the Western world who go once a year to Las Vegas to see the super bowl of rodeo and taste what we live every day.  We have Celebrities, Cowboys, Musicians, and all types of people who visit the NFR and believe that clients you deal with every day in other states would love to come visit you, your booth or even meet you there to get their foot measured for a new pair of boots. 

The National Finals Rodeo is one of the largest conventions in Las Vegas and definitely changes the face of the entire city.  It is the one time you can go to Vegas and walk down the street and smile and say “hello” and get a friendly response.  If you ever needed anything, there is always a hat in sight with a helping hand to assist. 

This show is being planned with the Makers needs in mind, although we are work in progress that is our goal.  The Maker also may only be able to be gone 1 week as they have another job and their budget for a 10day show is out of the question.  We want to make it affordable so you can participate without costing you an arm and a leg.   We have negotiated discount pricing as a Maker, Presenter, Vendor or Sponsor as this show is about you.

I have been working on the NFR for over 25 years and typically cut out the weekends as the people who typically implode on Vegas for the weekends are there to party or go to one, of the five other “Cowboy Christmas’s”.  I have heard the same request over and over again that there is nothing for families, if you don’t gamble or shop there is not much to do.  The last weekend is extremely busy and the most poplar time during the NFR for sure as well as the weekends being more expensive. 

The people who live eat and breath the Western lifestyle typically are their for the duration and are looking for what I call the real people who do the same and have or live this same passion.  It may even be as simple as a contestant, or contestant’s family looking for these specialty items.   As for the Maker it will also be an excellent time to have clients meet you who are out of state and nine times out of ten they will be at the NFR or will now have two reasons to go.

What kind of changes in the show should I expect?

We want to keep the show as close to the original show as possible with only handmade, homemade, and custom items nothing manufactured as well as use the same format in the presentation and judging as in the past.  We hope that the changes you do see will only help to enhance and benefit those who are involved and who have been dedicated to the ACM the past 4 year. 

Moving to Las Vegas will take your exposure to the next level.  We will help provide you with marketing materials that will enable you to or advertise this event on your own website or mailing list, and assist with press releases for your local newspapers.

 We have the same categories and awards program as in the past and are always open for suggestions.

What about a Youth Application, Sponsor Application, Vendors Application and Workshop?

Each of these categories are very important to us.  There will be separate applications and information for each.  Emails will be coming to announce each application when they are finalized.

How will the email come to us each time?

Right now emails will be coming in this format to participants.  Because of legal issues and spam this is an approved method to do a mass email. 

What is the new contact information for ACM

Art of the Cowboy Makers
5527 N Union Blvd Suite 103C
Colorado Springs Co  80918
P-719-247-0062   F-719-597-0637

Who is handling the meeting, workshop, reservations and meeting planner?

Reservations and schedule will be handled through:

High Plains Travel Co/ Travel Leaders
5527 N Union Blvd Suite 101
Colorado Springs CO  80918