The Rodeo Isn’t Just for Cowboys Anymore

Although you’ve likely heard of a rodeo before, you might not have visited one in person. Or for that matter, live in a state where the rodeo is woven into popular culture the way that it is in Texas, Kansas, Utah, Iowa or Colorado, just to name a few. So here at 3Doodler, we are bringing the rodeo to you with some fun facts, history, and Doodle ideas that’ll put you in the mood to rope a cow or a horse in no time!

When was the first rodeo?

The first official rodeo was in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado, when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met to settle an argument over who was best at performing everyday cowboy tasks, including breaking wild horses, which is today’s bucking bronc riding event. Although this is said to be the first organized rodeo, many others claim that title for their own rodeos in other parts of the US, including Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1872; Winfield, Kansas, in 1882; and Pecos, Texas, in 1883.

First Rodeo

What’s something about the rodeo you might not have known before now?

At its launch, the rodeo was a fairly non-discriminatory sport, open to Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and women contestants in an era when racial and gender discrimination were commonplace. Women competed in many events at mixed-gender rodeos well into the 1930s. During this time, ladies often competed against men and often beat men at a variety of rodeo events.

Rodeos Today

Known by rodeo fans as the “Daddy of ’em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo.

Outdoor Rodeo
Cody Taton rides a horse named War Wagon while competing in saddle bronc riding during a Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

In late February and into mid-March over 1.5 million people are attracted to Houston, Texas, the site of the world’s largest indoor rodeo.

Indoor Rodeo

Let’s Bring the Rodeo to You

So, if you can’t make it to a real rodeo this year, we thought it would be fun to bring the rodeo home to you. All you need is your 3Doodler 3D printing pen and some plastic to create a 3D cowboy of your own. When you’re finished, these creations make great additions to your kids’ action figure collection.

Don’t forget to share the influential and powerful woman in your life with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Here at 3Doodler, where half of our team is made up of women, we wanted to take a moment to highlight just a few of the incredibly talented women who have achieved great things with our 3Doodler 3D printing pens. From high-end fashion pieces to life-size cow sculptures (and everything in between), we’ve seen remarkable works over the years.

Women Creators

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  • 3d pen fashion pieces 3d pen art

If you follow 3Doodler on social media, you’ve likely come across Rachel Goldsmith before. Rachel has created a name for herself by painting using a 3D pen, PLA filament and a blank canvas. Beyond her canvas creations, she recently mesmerized us with a piece she did for CowParade NYC 2021. We watched in awe as Rachel showed us the art of doodling hair out of PLA filament, not to mention the life-sized fiberglass highland cow she created for the exhibit. She did a wonderful job at documenting her process. We can’t wait to see what Rachel will create next. Follow along on her next project via her Instagram.

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  • 3d pen figurines pieces 3d pen art

Cornelia Kuglmeier has been a cornerstone of our doodling community with her prolific work that turns fantasy into reality. You might even recognize some of her amazing Doodles on our Instagram. Connie is a 3D pen artist and educator, whose techniques are some of the most advanced we’ve come across. In addition to the content she posts on her Instagram, she’s posted some incredibly detailed and helpful tutorials on her YouTube channel that dive into tips and tricks for better doodling.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

Stéphanie Santos is a European fashion designer who uses 3Doodler 3D pens to create clothing and jewelry inspired by nature. Using her background in art, fashion, and biofabrication, she has created a visionary collection of clothing and jewelry with our 3Doodler Start+ and Create+ pens. The series was inspired by her passion for sustainability. All of the 3Doodler filaments are either compostable or recyclable, which makes an excellent material for her work. Interested in learning more about Stéphanie’s work? Check out our artist highlight.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

Alanna Baird describes herself as a Jill of all trades as she has dabbled in many mediums of art. “I make large art structures with my pen, which I love doing, but the most memorable build was doodling my 6-year-old grandson’s drawings for walls, roof parts, windows, and doors to assemble a small structure for our stick-drawn people to play in. Drawing from his imagination knows no bounds!” Currently, the ability to incorporate shadow into her work is very exciting as it adds additional elements for her to play with. Alanna’s work is currently on exhibit at the McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada.

Mira Zwillinger is a luxury brand led by mother-daughter fashion designers, Mira and Lihi Zwillinger. As one of the leading couture houses in Tel Aviv and sold at prestigious boutiques worldwide, the brand focuses on creating made-to-measure gowns using the finest fabrics and materials with an emphasis on delicate handwork and detailing. A recent collection of theirs showcased gowns that used hand-crafted doodled elements including stunning, intricately doodled 3D floral appliques were applied to organza, silk tulle, and lace.

From Action to Doodle

So today, join us by posting a photo of you crossing your arms in solidarity, with the hashtag #BreakTheBias, to stand with gender equality this International Women’s Day.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

To aid you in participating in this cause, but with a creative twist, we have this tutorial that will walk you through how to doodle your own #BreakTheBias pose using a photograph.

Don’t forget to share the influential and powerful woman in your life with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


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