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 park. 

Red Steagall

Boss of the Plains 2012

Red Steagall
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.

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Room reservations may be made at the Overton Hotel and Convention Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, (806) 776-7000. Mention the Ranching Heritage Association and Boss of the Plains for a special rate.

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Red Steagall 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 South America.

·     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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