Elevating The Legacy of The Traditional Cowboy Arts

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding and the role of these traditional crafts in the cowboy culture of the North American West.

Emerging Artists

Jan 24, 2020 

Emerging Artists Competition

We believe by focusing on one discipline per year we can give participates more exposure to collectors, the public and other Western Crafts people creating more opportunity and growth in the industry.

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Upcoming Workshops

February 26-28, 2020

Rawhide Braiding Workshop

In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop is suitable for those with an understanding of braiding and familiarity with basic techniques as well as advanced braiders. Instructor: Nate Wald. Limited enrollment.

To be placed on a waiting list email: info@nationalcowboymuseum.org

Learn the history of the TCAA

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The Emerging Artists Competition

Brian Lebel’s 30th Annual Mesa Old West Show & Auction,
Jan 24-26, 2020 at the Traditional Cowboy Arts Booth
Mesa Convention Center  
263 N Center Str. Mesa Arizona. 

Featuring The Works of Bit & Spur Makers

Mathew Turner | David Harshberger | Kain Garcia | Troy Flayharty
Matt Humphrey | Mike Murphy | Curtis Hill | Crag Cobb

Judged by TCAA Members Ernie Marsh (founding member) and Wilson Capron.


1st place $5000.00 in awards & cash

($2,500.00 cash, $2,500.00 in travel, accommodation & tickets to Traditional Cowboy Arts annual exhibition & sale, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

2nd place $1000.00 cash.

3rd place $500.00 cash.

Peoples Choice $500.00 cash.


The competition is designed to build friendships and community in the spirit of friendly competition moving the chosen discipline forward.


The TCAA would like to Thank: 

  • Alan and Nadine Levin
  • Greg Braddock
  • Western Horsemen Magazine
  • Along with Brian Lebel , Melissa McCracken and all their Fantastic Staff.

Hope you will all come join us for this years TCAA Emerging Artist Competition!