20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D


Welcome to the 20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D. We’ll be posting poems, classic, old, and new, throughout the season.

Find a collection of poems, first started in 2000, here.



New poems added often during the season.


The Christmas Tree,” by Bruce Kiskaddon

jsbringing500“Draggin’ the Tree,” by S. Omar Barker

Rudolph’s Night Off,” by Baxter Black

Christmas Again,” by Bruce Kiskaddon

A Busted Cowboy’s Christmas,” by DJ O’Malley

A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer” by S. Omar Barker

“‘Neath a Christmas Eve Sky,” by Rod Nichols

“The Old Time Christmas,”  and “Merry Christmas” by Bruce Kiskaddon

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  Baxter Black, “Reindeer Flu” poem

  Wylie Gustafson, “Christmas for Cowboys” video

  Don Edwards. “Riding Up the Christmas Trail” audio (Badger Clark poem)

  Jean Prescott, “Santa’s Yodel” audio

  Waddie Mitchell, “A Cowboy’s Night Before Christmas” audio

  Michael Martin Murphey and Suzy Bogguss, “Cowboy Christmas Ball” video

  Red Steagall, “Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer,” audio S. Omar Barker poem

  Brenn Hill’s “North Pole Rodeo” video

  R.W. Hampton’s “Cowboy Christmas Eve” audio

  Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys’ 1949 “Cowboy Christmas Song”

  Tex Beneke’s 1951 “Root’n Toot’n Santa Claus”



Spalding Labs’ Flying SL Ranch Radio

Totsie Slover’s The Real West from the Old West

Andy and Jim Nelson’s Clear Out West Radio

Jarle Kvale’s Back at the Ranch

Chuckaroo the Buckaroo’s Calling All Cowboys

Judy James’ Cowboy Jubilee

Barbara Richhart’s Cow Trails

Hugh McLennan’s  Spirit of the West



“The Farm Cat Christmas Ball,” by Jo Lynne Kirkwood
“Christmas at the Line Camp,” by DW Groethe
“Dutchy,” by Lynn Kopelke
“Corriente Christmas,” by Robert Dennis
“Rompin’ Roy, Cowboy Elf,” by George Rhoades
“Merry Christmas,” by Gregory Matthews




“Savior,” by Mark Munzert
“A Sack of Tobac,” by Jean Mathisen Haugen





Lost to us in 2018: Elizabeth Ebert, Georgia Snead, Del Gustafson, Neil Abbott,  Marion Manwill, Rhonda Whiting, and Bruce Matley.




The BAR-D serves a very important purpose: To keep in peoples’ minds an awareness of cowboy poetry, and in doing so, to help keep our Western heritage alive, which in my mind is a responsibility no cowboy poet should lose sight of. If you trail up the BAR-D, you’ve found the best source for cowboy poetry. Hands down. Colorado rancher and poet Terry Nash

Here at CowboyPoetry.com and the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, our mission is to preserve, celebrate, and promote the arts and life of the real working West. CowboyPoetry.com heads into its 20th year in 2019, and thanks to a great community of supporters—people like you—we’ve been able to keep our promises. Right now your help is needed to continue the work of the BAR-D.

The Center reaches out to rural communities each year during Cowboy Poetry Week, in its associated Rural Library program. Rural libraries across the West receive the year’s original Western art poster and an invitation for our annual CD for their collections. Poets and musicians bring their programs into libraries and other community centers during Cowboy Poetry Week. To keep those programs going—and all of the work of the Center including CowboyPoetry.com and our social media—we need your help.

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For 2019, we are honored to have the work of ranch woman and outstanding Western artist Shawn Cameron on the Cowboy Poetry Week poster. The 2019 CD is a multi-disc collection of the poems of Bruce Kiskaddon, with 60 tracks of recitations by voices of the past and voices you hear at today’s cowboy poetry gatherings.

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