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Arizona Cowboy College teaching people to ‘cowboy up’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It’s a setting right out of an old
John Wayne movie.

Mountains provide a backdrop to the spread located near
152nd Street and Dynamite in the far northeast Valley.
Arizona Cowboy College offers one-, three- and six-day
courses where you will work side by side with “real
cowboys” not “dude wranglers.”

Lori Bridwell owns the Cowboy College and said they’ve had
students from Canada, China, England, Germany and other
countries along with CEOs from major companies who want to
get as far away from work as possible and find out what
the cowboy life is all about.

“They learn how to saddle and shoe a horse, how to rope
and brand cattle,” she said. “The cost for the six-day
course is $2,250 but we pick you up at the airport, feed
you great for a week and you will get all of the
instruction you can handle.”

Elaine Pawlowski is the ranch manager and said most of the
students pick up the cowboy life quickly along with a sore

“They work out at home and think they’re pretty fit until
they get on a horse for eight hours using muscles they’ve
never used before and are as sore as can be,” she said.

And, she laughed, once you get sore enough you get numb
and you’re OK — nothing a couple of beers can’t iron out.

Students spend two days at the bunkhouse followed by four
days at the out of town ranch working with cattle.

Bridwell said this is a cowboy immersion course.

“We get them in here and cram as much cowboy stuff into
them as we can and then send them on their way,” she said.

And Bridwell said some of her most favorite celebrities to
visit the cowboy college are former NFL star, now TV
football analyst Howie Long and broadcasting news legend
Hugh Downs.