The search is on for the Cowboy of the Year and the South Texas Hall of Fame Cowboys! Who is that cowboy you know and love who deserves this honor?
The 56th Young Farmers’ Open Rodeo and Festival will present The Cowboy of the Year and the South Texas Hall of Fame winners Friday night, Aug. 19, 2022. Daryl Ashley, Cowboy of the year 1994, said that few can still fill the boots of a true cowboy, but the search is on now for the Cowboy of the Year as well as new and deserving inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The Young Farmers is asking you to write a letter for your nominees and email it to me. Since 1966, the Pleasanton Express has helped the Young Farmers in their search for top cowboys. Every year more than a dozen former cowboys meet at the Pleasanton Express to read nomination letters and discuss who will be this year’s winners. These honors are given to genuine, hardworking individuals who know all things cowboy, and are also respected by their peers.
Cowboy of the Year nominations must be working cowmen and reside in Atascosa County. South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame nominees must have worked in Atascosa County, but do not have to be active currently or live in the county.
If you know a true cowboy who fits this description, you are encouraged to submit a nomination with the following information:
• Years of experience as a cowboy
• Overall knowledge and ability with a horse
• Ability to work with trailing cattle herds of various sizes in the Brush Country
• Knowledge of cattle habits and oils
• Character and dependability
• Why you believe your candidate is worthy of the Cowboy of the Year title or South Texas Hall of Fame.
Please drop off, email or send nominations to: Cowboy of the Year, PO Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064. The Pleasanton Express’ address is 114 E. Goodwin, Pleasanton and the email address is [email protected]
David Brandon Smith was named the 2021 Working Cowboy of the Year at the Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Rodeo and Festival. Robert May and William “Ernie” Bandy were both inducted into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. The City of Pleasanton announced the 1st Annual Cowboy Heritage Days will be held in collaboration with the Young Farmers Cowboy of the Year and Open Rodeo Festival August 19th and 20th. Together they plan to provide a spectacular family fun weekend for all. The Longhorn Museum and the Atascosa Historical Commission have joined the Cowboy Heritage Days planning committee. Cowboy Heritage Days is about preserving history.
There will be Friday night country music and rodeo at the Atascosa Show Barn and Tejano Music at the River Park, along with food trucks and craft vendors. Saturday will include a parade featuring the Cowboy of the Year winner as grand marshal, youth bull riding, shows, food and craft vendors, kid activities and Tejano music at the River Park. The fun will continue at the Atascosa Show Barn on Saturday with country music and open rodeo.
To become a sponsor or vendor please write to [email protected] gov at the City of Pleasanton Parks & Rec.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at [email protected]