The Boss of the
Plains Award was created in 1999 as an annual
recognition of individuals from throughout the
nation who have provided outstanding support
of the National Ranching Heritage Center or
its non-profit organization the Ranching Heritage
Association. The award is represented by a bronze
sculpture of a rancher astride his favorite
cowhorse, created by the award-winning artist
Don Ray of Channing, Texas. The award's name
comes from the rich Western history of the Stetson
Hat Co., whose founder, John B. Stetson, created
the first true hat of the American West, the
picturesque and stylish Boss of the Plains.
The name and style were the first registered
by the hat company. Stetson, recognizing the
importance of the Boss of the Plains Award,
has contributed the use of their hat and its
name to honor those who lead the way in supporting
this unique and very important museum and historical
Boss of the Plains 2012
Fort Worth, Texas
Western recording artist,
entertainer and Texas Poet Laureate Red Steagall
of Fort Worth will receive the Boss of the Plains
Award on June 1, 2012, recognizing his enduring
support of the National Ranching Heritage Center
museum. The award will be presented to Steagall
during a “Texas Wines and Rhymes” dinner and
gala, following a 6:30 p.m. reception in the
Red McCombs Main Gallery at the National Ranching
Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock.
Entertainment will feature Steagall’s music performed by well-known musicians and actors, including Barry Corbin, RW Hampton, Andy Hedges, Kenny Maines, and Andy Wilkinson. Award presentation will be made by sculptor Bruce Greene. A silent auction will round out the evening.
Reservations, limited to the first 300 people, are required.
This year’s Boss of the
Plains Award is sponsored by Steagall’s
long-time friend, Mrs. Anne W. Marion, owner
of the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas.
Room reservations may be made at the Overton
Hotel and Convention Center,
2322 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, (806)
Mention the Ranching Heritage Association
and Boss of the Plains for a special rate.
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at a glance …
Steagall is best known for his
Texas Swing dance music, which has been well
known internationally for some 40 years. He
has performed for heads of state including a
special party for President Ronald Reagan at
the White House in 1983. Steagall made three
overseas tours for the United States Information
Agency to the Middle East, the Far East and
As a native Texan, Red began a career in agricultural
chemistry after graduating from West Texas State
University. He then spent eight years as a music
industry executive in Hollywood before launching
a career as a recording artist, songwriter and
radio and television personality. His TV show
“In the Bunkhouse With Red Steagall” is carried
nationwide on RFD-TV, and his “Cowboy Corner,”
heard on 165 stations nationwide, is in its
19th year of broadcast. Each year since 1991,
he has hosted “The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering”
in the Stockyards National Historic District
of Fort Worth, drawing thousands of people annually.
Much honored for his work, Steagall’s contributions
to the Western way of life have been recognized
by his induction into the Texas Trail of Fame
in Fort Worth and the Hall of Great Westerners
at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage
Museum in Oklahoma City. A 5-time Wrangler Award
winner, Steagall has also received the Spirit
of Texas Award and was inducted into the Texas
Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. He is the
first cowboy poet to be named Poet Laureate
of the State of Texas.
Steagall serves as an active member of the RHA’s prestigious National Advisory Board, participating in or spearheading projects benefiting the National Ranching Heritage Center museum. He is supported in that work by his wife, Gail.
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