Elko on My Mind

Report from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada: Maddy Butcher writes: We know horses grow and learn if their lives have a decent balance of comfort and discomfort. Without change and a little bit of uncertainty, there is no release and relief. There […]

The 36th NCPG: Join Me in Elko!

This month, the Western Folklife Center announced its lineup for the 36th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020. It’s going to be a fun one! Every year, Western Folklife focuses on a theme within the ranching community. Years past have often centered […]

Elko Favorites

When you come to your senses and put a winter Elko pilgrimage on your Must Do list, here are some favorite bits to pique your interest. Read more about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering here.  Favorite Alternative Event to the NCPG: If the NCPG is […]

Why Elko and the NCPG?

Northern Nevada may be beautiful, but it is not lush. In the winter, it is windy and cold. One might even call it “unwelcoming.” So the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, hosted by the Western Folklife Center and held annually for the last 35 years, stands […]

You Should Be in Elko

It’s Day One of my annual attendance of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. So excited! Before the multitude of concerts, dances, and poetry recitations, the Gathering hosts several educational workshops, intimate one-, two-, or three-day classes led by experts. You can learn […]

NCPG in Elko: Celebrating Storytelling and Life with Horses

For those who’ve not had the pleasure of attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an annual event run by Western Folklife in Elko, Nevada, it may be easier to describe it through metaphor: If the Gathering were something you ate, it would be tapas, snacks […]

Hello NCPG – See you in Elko!

Cayuse Crest Communications is proud to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Western Folklife, the non-profit organization that each year puts on the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. This year, it takes over the historical Nevada town (Elko has been called “the last […]

When ‘Mochila’ Means Gallop

Remember the Pony Express? Our guest columnist didn’t just want to remember the short-lived, speedy letter delivery route. He wanted to experience it. And we’re lucky to read about it! Curtis Moore grew up in Bishop, California, where he spent his summers packing mules in […]

Thich Nhat Hanh was an Excellent Horseman

Editor’s Note: Thich Nhat Hanh was a Zen Buddhist master, author, poet, and teacher who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West. He died in Vietnam last month at the age of 95. Writer Curtis Moore grew up in Bishop, California, where he […]

Outside Circle Show

In our travels, we get a sense of what makes for a great event. It’s the people, the focus, the details, and the feel. Feel, as many a horseman knows, is the elusive element that can make or break moments, most particularly for those paying […]