When folks picture the women of Hawaii, they likely
imagine a graceful hula dancer or a wave rider surfer girl.
We’d like to introduce you all to another group
of remarkable island women, the local cowgirls of the
Kauai All-Girls Rodeo Association
The Association was founded in 1999 by eleven riders who had a vision of providing an opportunity for women to compete in the All-American sport of rodeo. There are currently over forty members, ranging in age from grade schoolers to grandmothers. Many of the cowgirls are descendents of Kauai’s first "paniolos" (Hawaiian for cowboy) and are proud to carry on their family’s ranching traditions. The Kauai All-Girls Rodeo Association operates under the non-profit status of the YMCA of Kauai. We put on competitive rodeos throughout the year and welcome both visitors and locals to enjoy the arena action at no admission charge. In addition to rodeo speed riding and roping, the cowgirls donate time and energy to community service projects and proudly march equestrian units in traditional island parades. There’s also fun social side to the Association when members get together to practice their rodeo skills and trail ride on the beautiful Kauai countryside.