ACM Published in ‘Horse & Gun’ Magazine

Art of the Cowboy Makers in Western Horse & Gun MagazineWe are excited to be published in the December 2015, Horse and Gun Magazine. Art of the Cowboy Makers, was on page 50 in an article that was published and distributed at the 2015 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Nevada. This national magazine was in every room at the South Point Hotel where the World Series of Team Roping competition was held and was also used by barrel racer Fallon Taylor for autographs.

In 2015 we were able to have an elevated presence at the National Finals Rodeo. It has been a lot of hard work to get there but hopefully it will be the beginning of a expanding audience for the Makers and their goods. Our goal is to keep the heritage of America alive by exposing people to quality products and educate them on how they were made along with keeping the makers coffers full. Introducing them to the artisans and marketing the Makers along the way.

Click here to read the Horse & Gun Article

September 2015 News

6th Annual Maker’s Contest
Dec 3-12, 2015
2015 National Finals Rodeo

We are proud to announce that Art of the Cowboy Makers has a new home. This has not been an easy task and has been a long process. Everyone prefers instant gratification and answers sooner than later, but it has finally come to fruition. Save the dates and plan to enter. Our last show in 2013, although it was in Vegas, we had our hurdles. I listened and I heard your requests and concerns. I will always have an ear for constructive criticism as that is part of getting the results we all want. Will it be perfect?, No, but we now have the venue to give you and your works the exposure to push the Makers as a group to the next level. Your participation as a Maker is necessary to make this a success.

I invite your suggestions, but know that the implementation of those suggestions may not take place immediately. You do have a voice. Although I have been working on this since February, it has taken a lot of work and negotiations to come to this point and I can now confirm that the ACM has a home.

I realize it is September and we have 90 days before the show. Typically your entries came in closer to the contest date. I am sure you have projects you have been working on over the last 2 years. Any item that has not been entered in a previous ACM contest may be entered. We are working on an electronic entry process and the programming will take at least a week allowing us to take entries starting Sept 15. This show will set the stage for the years to come.

I realize you have 3 short months but remember, I am working within the same deadline. In order to give you, The Maker, exposure to the masses of people attending the NFR without you being on site, business cards and brochures are a must! If you get the opportunity to come out to Vegas, please let us know so we can set you up at the “Talk with the Maker” Program, where you can interact with the public one on one. This will allow you to not only promote the ACM and Makers as a whole, but your own shop and talents. Please keep in mind that this show is to promote a lost art, share the knowledge and offer exposure to whom and what a “Maker” is all about. To help sustain a heritage, expose you “the artisan” and the art through apprenticeships, workshops and demonstrations.

ACM will be featured in the December issue of Guns and Horses Magazine. We will be arranging other media events to highlight the workmanship, skill, passion and dedication that you, “The Maker” possess!   We will be requesting information and bios from past Makers. Deadlines are necessary working in this short amount of time. If we have a request that you cannot fulfill, please let us know .Our goal is to promote you, your works through ACM and the Ropers Marketplace at this year’s NFR.

 

Below are topics requiring immediate attention:

Product Showcase

Previous shows have only offered 2-4 days of exposure for “The Maker”. ACM partnering with The Roper Cowboy Marketplace allows your entry to be on display for ten consecutive days. Well over 100,000 have attended the Cowboy Marketplace each year (as indicated on the Marketplace website). How long and far would you have to travel to have your goods/wares seen by 100,000 people? We are so excited to give “The Maker” this opportunity. Not only will your entry be seen by thousands, by participating in this event you benefit from the print, radio and television advertising for the show.

 

Vendor Demonstration Booth

What is a Vendor Demonstration Booth?  

The opportunity to have live demonstrations by “The Maker” to educate the public and showcase your skills. If you would like to participate as an individual, Guild or Associations we have a limited number of booths available for daily demonstrations for 1 to 10 days. Selling goods/wares is prohibited, but you will be able to talk about your product, skill, talk about orders and make contacts and network.

We realize this is right in the midst of Christmas and most makers are busy finishing up last minute projects, but if you have the time this will give you exposure and potential orders for 2016. As an individual we will allow you to have a space for a 2 day minimum commitment. The demonstration booth will be affordable as we will need to fill 15 spots over a 10 day period and need your help to do it.

In 2013, the CSMA had a raffle for a saddle. I will have to obtain permission for this, but if you want to represent your guild/association and are a nonprofit, (must have all the proper raffle licenses in place) this would be a good way to promote your association, create some income for your organization and give demonstrations on different types of leather, etc .

ACM will have a registration process for this Vendor Demonstration Booth and you will be notified if you are selected.

 

2013 Makers and Participants

In 2013 we had a number of contestants and participants that blazed a trail for the first time in Las Vegas Nevada. Because of their faith in ACM and the industry of the Maker they are grandfathered in and my commitment to them is such:

They will have first opportunity to be represented if they so choose in areas where limitations are given.

It is with the commitment to their craft that allowed me to work on the organization and to push for this 2015 and future shows. These people will be recognized and I ask that you step out and give them a “Thank You” and a handshake for their foresight as well. 2013 Makers will also have a discounted entry fee that will be listed on the registration form.

 

Categories – Work in Progress

I have spoken with several Makers regarding the best way to promote beginners as well as journeymen. We are considering dividing the category in two allowing for competion between the beginners and the journeymen. Example: Those who have made 1-20 items (beginners) vs those who have made 20 and over (journeymen). The “Masters” will have the ability to showcase their goods to promote their art and wares. The Masters will not compete for a ribbon. If you have any input please send an email by September 9, 2015

  • Boots
    • Work
    • Show
  • Braiding
  • Chaps
  • Engraving
  • Hats
  • Saddles
    • Work
    • Show
  • Spurs
  • Cinch
  • Rope Bag

Possibly a few others. Waiting on sponsor input.

 

Workshops

I am not sure about the workshops this year. Is anyone interested? We can put it out there with a minimum number and if it doesn’t fill, it would be a no go.

 

Reservations and accommodations

High Plains Travel Co will handle discounted air, hotel and rental car. High Plains Travel already has room blocks available at the previous location, The Alexis Park, but has availability at all hotels with discount as they have handled the NFR for 30 years.   We are waiting to see if there are additional discounts at the Mandalay Bay that we have access to but will not get the info till next week.

 

What is the new contact information for ACM

Art of the Cowboy Makers

6455 N Union Blvd Suite 100H
Colorado Springs Co  80918
P-719-247-0062   F-719-597-0637
info@artofthecowboymakers.com
www.artofthecowboymakers.com

 

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

Reservations and schedule will be handled through:

High Plains Travel Co / Travel Leaders
6455 N Union Blvd Suite 100A
Colorado Springs CO  80918
719-597-0004
www.travelleaders.com/cos

October 2013 FAQ

Hello Makers and Vendors!

We are excited to announce that Barry Ward, the recipient of the 2012 Song of the Year for the Academy of Western Artists, will be joining us during the ACM contest and Event.  Barry, is nominated for 3 awards by the Western Music Association, which include; 2013 Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.  The winners will be announced in November.  Be the first to congratulate him in December at a private reception for all Makers and Vendors.

When do the Makers and General Public get to vote for Makers and People’s Choice Award?

The Makers as well as the public will have Monday – Friday till 10am to vote.  Votes will be counted for Fridays Awards Ceremony and Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry.

Physical address and email address

We would like to thank all of you who responded either with your address, an address of someone on the list, or a new contact you thought would like to receive more information, we appreciate help.  ACM is asking that you would continue to pass the contest and vender information along with our website to other makers/vendors so we can expand our reach of contestants and possibly include some new blood.  Please send any contact information or questions to info@artofthecowboymakers.com .

We are on the lookout for Vendors whose booth would include handmade, homemade, and custom made, unique and antiques items along with artist who are onsite presenting their own work.

We have people asking for a maker in their area,   we are working on our directory by region or area.  Please be looking for another email with a list of incomplete address as you may recognize or know someone on that list and we ask if you could forward their information to us.

If you have business cards please mail 10 to our address below.

What about the Makers Entries/Deadlines?

We still have availability for entries in each category. We haven’t hit 10 entries in any one category. Historically makers have a tendency to turn in their registrations late; we understand that planning not only your entry but the time away is not always easy.  With our ad coming out in the Leather Crafter & Saddlers Journal we have made our entry deadline is November 10th.  We will accept entries up to December 4th but there will be a late fee of $35.00.

Remember, the 15th entry received in each category will receive a $50.00 credit off of their entry fee.

What if I am not going to Las Vegas but still want to enter?

You will be able to enter in any category and ship your entry to Las Vegas for arrival between December 4-6.  We will be sending out ACM Handbooks to all vendors and Makers October 15th addressing set up, mailing of entries to the show, procedures, set up,, hotel reservation etc.

Are you still taking workshop applications?

We have received some fabulous applications for workshops to date. We are closed for adding workshops right now.  Waiting to hear from the National Rifle Association to see what they want to do so we can finish the schedule. Some of the workshops outside of the ACM Leather workshops on the schedule regarding:

  • Gun Trusts/Laws/Membership – Forbush Legal and the National Rifle Association
  • Social Media for Huge Sales Success Boot Camp with Kevin Knebl
  • Drum Making – Yolanda Martinez

Do you have all the Category descriptions?

We are still in need of category information.  The artisan who intimately knows their craft is the best candidate for outlining the important aspects of each category. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and have your expertise broadcast to the internet at large.   We only need a couple paragraphs that would include the heritage and history of that piece.  We are in need of category descriptions for Saddles, Leather Carving (Purses), Spurs, and Engraving; we have staff that can help you through the writing process, our staff will proof your submission and make suggestions where necessary.  Please let’s get these completed for the website.

What are the prizes for the contest?

Minimum of 15 entries per category.

Two contests, one judged by the Makers and one by the People.  New Award is the PRCA  Rodeo Cowboy Pick, this will be voted on by current and past card holders.

Makers Contest

  • 1st prize –         1000.00 – ACM Buckle
  • 2nd prize –          500.00

Peoples Choice Contest

  • 2014 Makers Entry Fee – Special ACM Piece

PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick

  • 2 Plaza Seats to 2013 NFR

The Alexis Park all Suite Resort and Hotel Reservations:

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.

High Plains Travel Co will be contacting each of you give you a quote for air/room reservations if needed for the ACM show.  High Plains Travel has negotiated special rates and blocked off a designated section at the hotel for ACM contestants/Vendors.   If you choose to stay at another hotel they can quote that as well.   Alexis Park is our host hotel; rates range from $50-$60 per night

Please feel free to contact me  if you have any questions.  Thank you. -Donna

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
info@artofthecowboymakers.com

Contact information for Air and/or Hotel
High Plains Travel Co/ Travel Leaders
5527 N Union Blvd Suite 101
Colorado Springs Co  80918
719-597-0004 Ext 110 Sarah
www.travelleaders.com/cos

August 2013 FAQ

When do the Makers and General Public get to vote for Makers and People’s Choice Award?

The Makers as well as the public will have Monday – Friday till 10am to vote.  Votes will be counted  and announced at  Friday’s Awards Ceremony, time will be announced.

Why do you want more information from us?

ACM came with1250 contacts.  Our email system has detected over 400 of the email address are no longer valid. ACM is asking you to please pass the contest information to other Makers who may not be aware of the contest,  along with our website so we can expand our reach of contestants to possibly include some of those from the past as well as first timers.  Please send any new contact information to info@artofthecowboymakers.com so that we may include up to date information into our database.

We are also on the lookout for Vendors of the handmade, custom made, homemade and the unique along with antique Western items!

If you are receiving this email, we would also like to request your mailing address, and your shop’s address.  Occasionally we have people asking for a Maker in their area and we are trying to design a directory by region and/or area so that people can look you up year-round.  If you have business card, please mail ten of them to our address below.

What about the Makers Entries/Deadlines?

We are still in need of entries for each category.  We haven’t yet reached ten entries in any one category.

Historically, Makers have a tendency to turn in their registrations late.  We understand that planning, not only your entry but the time away is not always an easy task. With some of us having to hold down another job on top of being a Maker, this can prove to be a challenge, and it can be a lot to juggle.

“Thank you”, to those who have already registration, because of your early response we would like to officially thank you with a gift of  $25.00 off  your total balance due in Las Vegas.

In the spirit of Vegas, and the gambling town it is,  the 15th entry received in each category will receive a $50.00 credit  off of their balance in Las Vegas.  Some categories are closer to that number than others, so it’s very important for you to get your entries in.     I have signed the contracts, so let’s get the word out!

What is happening with hotel reservations?

Starting August 11, High Plains Travel Co will be calling each of you to give you a quote for air/room reservations if needed for the ACM show.  High Plains Travel has negotiated special rates and blocked off a designated section at the hotel for ACM contestants/Vendors.

What are the prizes for the contest?

We have a minimum of 15 entries per category.

Two contests, one judged by the Makers and one by the People.

New Award is the PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick; this will be voted on by current and past card holders.

Each of your pieces has the potential of being seen by many.

Makers Contest    People’s Choice Contest

Makers Contest

  • 1st prize –         1000.00 – ACM Buckle
  • 2nd prize –          500.00

Peoples Choice Contest

  • 2014 Makers Entry Fee – Special ACM Piece

PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick

  • 2 Plaza Seats to 2013 NFR

 

We are working on other awards from Sponsors and donations; we will keep you posted.

Who uses the ACM website?

You, the Maker, the general public, and the clients.   People who are looking for a special or a customized piece; the PRCA Cowboys looking for that special pair of Chaps or workmanship to wear at the NFR, or Hollywood looking for that one-of-a-kind item.  You are Art of the Cowboy Makers – the website and information is for you and about you and we want you to utilize this website for your benefit.  We have requested links to your websites and have received a few but I know there are more out there.  Please connect with us by exchanging links so we can promote your work.  Our job is to promote you, market you, and help you increase your exposure to the rest of the world.

Thanks to the 2012 ACM winners! We have finished the interviews for the 2012 Makers.  We are showcasing them on our website; be sure to look, since these interviews could be with you as a 2013 ACM winner!

We are requesting ten of your business cards so that when we go on-site or visit with someone, we have your information handy and a business card for anyone interested in your work.  If you have any brochures or catalogs, as well, please send us at least two so that we can pass them on.  Send us  your shop address, as well as all your points of contact-not just your email.  Help us help you.

Are you still taking workshop applications?

We have received some fabulous applications for workshops to date.  We are still taking applications, so if you are interested in presenting a workshop, please fill out the applications and send it in.

Do you have all the Category descriptions?

We had requested category descriptions in our prior newsletters.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to submit your category descriptions; it gives more information to those who look at the website and helps tell the story about the heritage of each category.  Again we are asking you, the Maker, for some category information.  We feel that an artisan who intimately knows their craft is the best candidate for outlining the important aspects of each category. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and have your expertise broadcast to the internet at large.   Take a look at the current descriptions; we only need a few paragraphs that would include the heritage and history of that piece.

We still need category descriptions for Saddles, Leather Carving (Purses), Spurs, and Engraving; we have staff that can help you through the writing process, they will proof your submission and make suggestions where necessary.  With your help, we can get these completed for the website.

July 2013 FAQ

When do the Makers and General Public get to vote for Makers and People’s Choice Award?

The Makers as well as the public will have Monday – Friday till 10am to vote.  Votes will be counted  and announced at  Friday’s Awards Ceremony, time will be announced.

Why do you want more information from us?

ACM came with 1250 contacts.  Our email system has detected over 400 of the email address are no longer valid. ACM is asking you to please pass the contest information to other Makers who may not be aware of the contest,  along with our website so we can expand our reach of contestants to possibly include some of those from the past as well as first timers.  Please send any new contact information to info@artofthecowboymakers.com so that we may include up to date information into our database.

We are also on the lookout for Vendors of the handmade, custom made, homemade and the unique along with antique Western items.

If you are receiving this email, we would also like to request your mailing address, and your shop’s address.  Occasionally we have people asking for a Maker in their area and we are trying to design a directory by region and/or area so that people can look you up year-round.  If you have business card, please mail ten of them to our address below.

What about the Makers Entries/Deadlines?

We are still in need of entries for each category.  We haven’t yet reached ten entries in any one category.

Historically, Makers have a tendency to turn in their registrations late.  We understand that planning, not only your entry but the time away is not always an easy task. With some of us having to hold down another job on top of being a Maker, this can prove to be a challenge, and it can be a lot to juggle.

“Thank you”, to those who have already registration, because of your early response we would like to officially thank you with a gift of  $25.00 off  your total balance due in Las Vegas.

In the spirit of Vegas, and the gambling town it is, the 15th entry received in each category will receive a $50.00 credit  off of their balance in Las Vegas.  Some categories are closer to that number than others, so it’s very important for you to get your entries in. I have signed the contracts, so let’s get the word out!

What is happening with hotel reservations?

Starting August 11, High Plains Travel Co will be calling each of you to give you a quote for air/room reservations if needed for the ACM show.  High Plains Travel has negotiated special rates and blocked off a designated section at the hotel for ACM contestants/Vendors.

What are the prizes for the contest?

  • We have a minimum of 15 entries per category.
  • Two contests, one judged by the Makers and one by the People.
  • New Award is the PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick; this will be voted on by current and past card holders.
  • Each of your pieces has the potential of being seen by many.

Makers Contest    People’s Choice Contest
1st prize – 1000.00 + ACM Buckle + 2014 Makers Entry Fee + Special ACM Piece
2nd prize – 500.00

PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick – 2 Plaza Seats to 2013 NFR
We are working on other awards from Sponsors and donations;
we will keep you posted.

Who uses the ACM website?

You, the Maker, the general public, and the clients.   People who are looking for a special or a customized piece; the PRCA Cowboys looking for that special pair of Chaps or workmanship to wear at the NFR, or Hollywood looking for that one-of-a-kind item.  You are Art of the Cowboy Makers – the website and information is for you and about you and we want you to utilize this website for your benefit.  We have requested links to your websites and have received a few but I know there are more out there.  Please connect with us by exchanging links so we can promote your work.  Our job is to promote you, market you, and help you increase your exposure to the rest of the world.

Thanks to the 2012 ACM winners! We have finished the interviews for the 2012 Makers.  We are showcasing them on our website; be sure to look, since these interviews could be with you as a 2013 ACM winner!

We are requesting ten of your business cards so that when we go on-site or visit with someone, we have your information handy and a business card for anyone interested in your work.  If you have any brochures or catalogs, as well, please send us at least two so that we can pass them on.  Send us  your shop address, as well as all your points of contact-not just your email.  Help us help you.

Are you still taking workshop applications?

We have received some fabulous applications for workshops to date.  We are still taking applications, so if you are interested in presenting a workshop, please fill out the applications and send it in.

Do you have all the Category descriptions?

We had requested category descriptions in our prior newsletters.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to submit your category descriptions; it gives more information to those who look at the website and helps tell the story about the heritage of each category.  Again we are asking you, the Maker, for some category information.  We feel that an artisan who intimately knows their craft is the best candidate for outlining the important aspects of each category. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and have your expertise broadcast to the internet at large.   Take a look at the current descriptions; we only need a few paragraphs that would include the heritage and history of that piece.

We still need category descriptions for Saddles, Leather Carving (Purses), Spurs, and Engraving; we have staff that can help you through the writing process, they will proof your submission and make suggestions where necessary.  With your help, we can get these completed for the website.

June 2013 FAQ

What about deadlines?

Because of a family emergency that has caused my unavailability, I have pushed the deadline for Workshops, Makers, and Vendor Booth discounts from June 15th to July 15th. Though  I have not set a deadline for the Makers Registration form yet,  it would be best for you to send in your entry as early as possible.  I have to sign contracts for the pipe and drape, booths and tables.  We don’t have the flexibility to just walk in and move things around; to do things properly with Vegas, we need to pre-plan.  Your entries are on a first-come, firs t-serve basis and we don’t want to run out of room.  I have a set area just for all the Makers and their entries. If your registration forms are late it will be to hard move the pipe and drape as well as tables.  I have designed the area so that spectators will have to walk through the Makers entries in order to get to the Vendor Booths, in order to make your work the primary example of the quality craftsmanship of the Vendor show. We are receiving entries now, so send them in as soon as you can. Makers who participate this year in the Vendor show will receive the same booth price for 2014.  We are now taking Vendor booth applications from the general public.

What are the prizes for the contest?

Prizes are based on  fifteen entries per category.  If we do not get fifteen entries per category, we will then have to make considerations wether to eliminate the catagory for this year or have it be in the Peoples Choice and Cowboy pick only.   Decision will be made by management.  Our goal is to fill the 15 and hope that is yours as well.

As before, there will be two contests: one judged by Makers, and one judged by the general public. We will also be introducing a new category:  The PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick, which will be judged by current and past card holders.

Makers Contest
1st prize – 1000.00 – ACM Buckle per Catagory
2nd prize – 500.00
~
People’s Choice Contest
2014 Makers Entry Fee – l ACM Specialty Piece
~
PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick
Two plaza tickets to one NFR Performance

Youth Category
750.00 Scholarship

What is Art of the Cowboy Makers?

You are Art of the Cowboy Makers – the website and information is for you.  Our job is to promote you, market you and increase your exposure to the rest of the world.  Some of you are known only in your own backyard, communities, or regions, so our goal is to give you exposure to all of those who are interested in the “Western Way of Life.”  Please review the website for how it represents you-we welcome any changes or suggestions you may have. Our website is for both Makers and consumers.

What colors are you using throughout show?

The pipe and drape for the vendor show will be black cloth.  We will use the usual black and burgundy ACM tablecloths to display entries

Are you still taking workshop applications?

We have received some fabulous applications for workshops to date.  We are still taking applications, so if you are interested in presenting a workshop, please fill out the application and send it in.  Check out the “Workshops” tab on the website.

How are you using Facebook?

Social media is a new field that increases that creates a unique avenue of communication between Makers, consumers, and the leadership here at Art of the Cowboy Makers. Our Facebook page is not just a stream of information on your News Feed, but a community that helps you network with other Makers and those who are interested in the Western World. Come talk with us. Share photos of your entry progress, tell us about your past ACM experiences, or broadcast information you think that other Makers (or your consumers,) might want to know. With a fan base of over a thousand people, our Art of the Cowboy Makers Facebook page is also the perfect place to broadcast your talent. We’d love to do showcases on registered Makers. We can promote your website or your own Facebook page on ours, bringing a wider audience to you. If you’re interested, please email Bethany Martin at info@artofthecowboymakers.com .

Are you doing interviews of the 2012 ACM winners?

We have contacted the 2012 ACM winners and are completing their interviews.  Once they are complete they will be posted on the website and Facebook.  If you are a 2012 ACM winner and you haven’t responded, please contact Bethany at info@artofthecowboymakers.com or contact her at 719-247-0062. We will be posting the interviews on the Art of the Cowboy Makers website when complete.  We are excited to showcase our winners.

Do you still need category descriptions?

Yes, we are also working on descriptions of the individual categories on our website. Three of them-Cinches, Leather Carving (Rope Bag,) and Hats-have all been posted, but we still need submissions for the other categories. We are asking you, the Makers, because we feel that an artisan who intimately knows their craft is the best candidate for outlining the important aspects of each category. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and have your expertise broadcast to the internet at large. We still need category descriptions for Saddles, Chaps, Leather Carving (Purses,) Spurs, Braiding, and Engraving; we have staff that can help you through the writing process, our staff will proof your submission and make suggestions where necessary.  Please email us if you are interested!

Will you exchange links?

On our website, we also run a Makers Directory for all Makers, in which we share links to your websites and email address. In order to maximize our broadcasting abilities, we ask that you also share our  link to our website. The larger our audience, the more access you will have to other consumers.

May 2013 FAQ

Is there going to be anything on Facebook?
Absolutely!  Starting in May we will be using Facebook, Twitter and Blog for the website.  We now have a media person who is dedicated to the promoting of ACM.

Sponsor Information
We will have several levels of sponsorship available. Sponsorships will start at $250.00 on up.  Please see the website for more information.

Are Makers able to get a Vendor Booth?

Vendor booths are available to Makers.  In fact Makers are first to have the opportunity to reserve a booth.  Applications will be posted on the website May 13 and then it will be opened up to the general public May 27th, with the same criteria being, handmade homemade antiques, and custom items.  Makers booths will be discounted $50 as long as they are competing in the current year’s contest.

What about Workshops?

Discussing workshops has been a priority, because this show is about New Makers, Experienced Makers, 10 different categories and different skills levels your opinion is important.  Please find below some facts about workshops and then questions to you requesting more information.

  • Workshops will be held Monday – Thursday depending on applications Friday is an option
  • Sponsors will have priority when booking a workshop
  • Presenters will be paid to present workshop based on length of workshop and participants
  • Workshops will be selected from applications that are sent in.  Application will be posted on Wednesday May 8th.
  • Deadline to apply for Workshop is May 29th we will then select from the Applications on which workshops will be offered and workshops will be announced in June.

April 2013 FAQ

What are you doing with the ACM Website?

We are excited to launch our new website.  There are still tabs that need work but we are very anxious to hear what you have to say.  We are open to your suggestions and are working hard to make this website not only user friendly but also a way to promote the makers around the country.  We will be highlighting the 2012 Contest winners showcasing their passion and their work.  We will continue to have the directory listing all makers’ points of contact.  We will be listing our Buckle sponsors and showcasing them as well   If you have suggestions or something you would like to see please submit via email.

Why are emails coming from Travel Leaders/High Plains Travel?

Travel Leaders/High Plains Travel has been handling groups to the NFR for over 25 years.  They are the meeting planners for our event.  With the transition of ownership in order to send out mass emails legally we are utilizing their emails system and their technology in order to not add additional expense to ACM.  We still have our own address, email, and phone number but are utilizing an office in the same building to keep our expense down and have them assist with the meeting planning and organization of the show in Las Vegas.

Who will be sponsoring this event?

We are in the process of searching for sponsors for Buckles for each Category.  These sponsors will be able to present the buckles at this years contest along  with being listed on the website and showcased with their business and passion.  Our first priority is to give last years sponsor the first opportunity to be part of the 2013 ACM Contest.

March 2013 FAQ

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

info@artofthecowboymakers.com

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
719-597-0004

www.travelleaders.com/cos
www.highplainstravel.com

Special Hotel Rates for 2015

Travel information and reservation forms can be found thru the registration process.

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