Cowgirl Up (Part One)

By Norm Robins

Does your self confidence need a rocket propelled boost up? Are you a woman? If so, then Cowgirl Up is for you. Here is part one of this delightful digital podcast of a wonderful theatrical performance from Canada.

This is a collaborative effort of the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Alberta Theater Projects. The world premiere was just getting ready to go into rehearsal when the current virus hit, and the performing arts world shut down.

Three otherwise bored cowgirl goddesses, Joyce, Effie, and BB, descend to earth to teach a rookie barrel riding cowgirl how not to repeat her disastrous first run. Cowgirl Cassidy and her talented (and talking, sort of) horse Starbright have made it to the CFR, the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer Alberta, a town of 100,000 people in the Calgary/Edmonton corridor hard by the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Next up is the world-famous Calgary Stampede. But Cassidy is nervous as she enters the barrel racing competition. She knocks 2 barrels. Aware of her mistakes, she is distraught and disheartened.

Cowgirl goddesses to the rescue! They teach her what is in reality Zen Buddhism. Don’t think about what you are doing. Just be in the present moment. Let your instincts guide you. Give your horse her head. Don’t stand in her way. She is a naturally talented horse. And visualize, visualize, visualize. Think SFT, see a perfect run, feel the wind blowing my hair, and trust I’ve done all I can do.

This is a life lesson that goes far beyond cowgirls and rodeos. It is a heartwarming play that should be an inspiration to anyone and everyone in any situation.

There are two more parts to this great play. If I can get those podcasts I will review them and publish them.

On a personal note, when I was a very young man many, many decades ago we got our theater over the radio. Some of it was awful, and some of it was great theater. Families used to sit around the radio looking at it and listening. With nothing else around it was the only game in town. I remember some of it fondly. This podcast reminds me of those memories.

You can listen to this podcast at

And as a sad postscript, the actual 2020 CFR, originally scheduled for November 3rd – 8th in Red Deer, has been postponed until 2021.

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